IMO Syllabus 2020-21- Students appearing for International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) exam must follow the IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 2 to 12. SOF prescribed the syllabus of IMO 2020 that consists of marks distribution, sections, and important topics etc. Students can plan their studies with the help of IMO syllabus 2020 to successfully clear the IMO exam. Topics and chapters listed under IMO syllabus 2020 for both level I & II remains the same, however, the level of difficulty increases. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is conducted in two levels. IMO Level 1 will be held in December 2020. SOF IMO level 2 exam will be conducted in February 2021. Level II is conducted only for Classes III to XII. Read the article to get the detailed classwise IMO syllabus 2020.
A total number of 35 questions asked in the exam that students have to solve in a duration of 1 hour. Questions asked in the achiever's section will be from the current class only. Students should refer to NCERT books of class 1 for preparation. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 1-
IMO Syllabus for Class 1
No. of Questions
Section 1 - Logical Reasoning
Patterns, Analogy, Spatial Understanding, Geometrical Shapes, Odd One Out, Measuring Units, Problems based on Figures, Grouping, Ranking Test.
Section 2 -Mathematical Reasoning
Numerals, Time, Money, Subtraction, Lengths, Geometrical Shapes and Solids, Patterns, Number names, Addition, Number Sense (2 digit numbers).
Section 3 -Everyday Mathematics
Syllabus as per Section–1 and 2.
Section 4 - Achievers Section
Higher Order Thinking Questions (HOTS) - Syllabus as per Section–1 and 2.
Total = 35
Total = 40
The question paper consists of 35 questions. The test duration is of 1-hour duration. Students can refer to NCERT Books for their preparation. To know the IMO syllabus better, students should also practice last five-year question papers. Questions of level-I will be 60% from class 2 syllabus and 40% from class 1 syllabus. Questions in the Achievers section will be from class 2 syllabus. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 2-
IMO Syllabus for Class 2
Patterns, Embedded Figures, Ranking Test, Analogy, Measuring Units, Odd One Out, Grouping of Figures, Geometrical Shapes, Coding-Decoding.
Numerals, Length, Weight, Capacity, Time, Lines, Shapes and Solids, number names and Number Sense (3-Digit Numbers), Computation Operations, Pictographs, Money, Patterns, Temperature.
There will be 35 questions in the examination having a total mark of 40. The time duration will be 1 hour. Students can refer NCERT books and previous year papers of class 3 for preparation. Questions of level-I will be 60% from class 3 syllabus and 40% from class 2 syllabus. Questions in the Achievers section will be from class 3 syllabus. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 3-
IMO Syllabus for Class 3
Patterns, Analogy and Classification, Coding-Decoding, Grouping of Figures and Figure Matrix, Alphabet Test, Mirror Images, Geometrical Shapes, Embedded Figures, Ranking Test, Days and Dates & Possible Combinations.
Numerals, Number names and Number Sense (4-digit numbers), Computation Operations, Fractions, Capacity, Length, Weight, Temperature, Time, Geometry, Money, Data Handling.
The Syllabus of this section will be based on the Syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning.
Higher Order Thinking Questions (HOTS) - Syllabus as per Section – 2.
This exam comprises 35 questions for 40 marks. Students can prepare for this exam with NCERT Books of both class 3 and 4. The first three sections of this exam will have 60% questions from the current class and 40% questions from the previous class. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 4-
IMO Syllabus for Class 4
Patterns, Ranking Test, Embedded Figures, Geometrical Shapes and Solids, Alphabet Test, Analogy and Classification, Coding-Decoding, Days and Dates & Possible Combinations, Mirror Images, Direction Sense Test.
Numerals and Number Names, Fractions, Length, Weight, Time, Money, Capacity, Geometry, Symmetry, Conversions, Data Handling, Computation Operations, Perimeter of Various Shapes, Number Sense (5-digit numbers)
From class 5 onwards, the question paper will consist of 50 questions for 60 marks. NCERT books, previous year papers and workbooks of maths and reasoning should be practiced regularly to succeed in this IMO examination. Questions of level-I will be 60% from class 5 syllabus and 40% from class 4 syllabus. Questions in the Achievers section will be from class 5 syllabus only. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 5-
IMO Syllabus for Class 5
Patterns, Analogy and Classification, Logical Sequence of Words, Mirror and Water Images, Direction Sense Test, Ranking Test, Geometrical Shapes, Alphabet Test, Puzzle Test, Coding-Decoding.
Numerals, Number names and Number Sense (7 and 8 digit numbers), Computation Operations, Measurement of Length, Weight, Capacity, Fractions and Decimals, Volume, Time, Temperature and Money, Conversions, Angles, Perimeter of Various Shapes & Area of Rectangle and Square, Geometrical Shapes and Solids, Symmetry, Data Handling
Higher Order Thinking Questions (HOTS) - Syllabus as per Section 2.
Total = 50
Total = 60
The question paper of IMO Class 6 consists of 50 questions for 60 marks. Questions will be asked from class 6 as well as from class 5, so students should prepare accordingly. Also, practicing mock tests regularly will help you in identifying your problem areas on which you should spend more time. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 6-
IMO Syllabus for Class 6
NO. OF Questions
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Knowing our Numbers, Whole Numbers, Playing with Numbers, Basic Geometrical Ideas, Whole Numbers, Understanding Elementary Shapes, Fractions, Decimals, Integers, Data Handling, Mensuration, Ratio And Proportion, Algebra, Symmetry, Practical Geometry
The question paper consists of 50 questions of 60 marks that need to be solved in 1 hour. Questions will be 60% from class 7 syllabus and 40% from the class 6 syllabus. Hence this is necessary to read the NCERT’s of both the classes. Practice from Mock tests will help in improving your performance in International Mathematical Olympiad. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 7-
IMO Syllabus for Class 7
Integers, Exponents and Powers, Algebraic Expressions, Simple Linear Equations, Lines and Angles, Comparing Quantities, Fractions and Decimals, The Triangle and its Properties, Symmetry, Congruence of Triangles, Perimeter and Area, Data Handling, Rational Numbers, Visualizing Solid Shapes, Practical Geometry.
International Mathematical Olympiad for Class 8 consists of 50 questions for 60 marks. For the preparation of IMO 2020, read and practice from NCERT Class 8 books for Maths as well as of class 7. As the questions asked in the first three sections will be carrying 60% weightage from the current class and 40% weightage from the previous class. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 8-
IMO Syllabus for Class 8
Rational Numbers, Squares and Square Roots, Cubes and Cube Roots, Exponents and Powers, Understanding Quadrilaterals, Linear Equations in One Variable, Constructions, Comparing Quantities, Algebraic Expressions and Identities, Mensuration, Factorization, Visualizing Solid Shapes, Playing with Numbers, Data Handling, Introduction to Graphs, Direct and Inverse Variations.
A total of 60 marks for 50 questions will be asked in International Mathematical Olympiad. Students have to solve a maximum number of questions in 1 hour to qualify the test. It is advised to read NCERT Class 9 Maths books and practice from previous year papers. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 9-
IMO Syllabus for Class 9
Number Systems, Polynomials, Linear Equations in Two Variables, Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Lines and Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Areas of Parallelograms and Triangles, Constructions, Circles, Surface Areas and Volumes, Heron’s Formula, Probability, Statistics.
In this exam, 50 questions will be asked from 4 different sections. Students should practice from NCERT Class 10 Maths books for preparing for International Mathematical Olympiad. The weightage of questions will be 60% of the current class and 40% from the previous class. Questions in section 4 i.e. Achievers section will be asked from CBSE class 10 syllabus. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 10-
IMO Syllabus for Class 10
Real Numbers, Polynomials,, Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables,Quadratic Equations, Arithmetic Progressions Triangles, Coordinate Geometry, Introduction to Trigonometry, Circles, Constructions, Areas Related to Circles, Surface Areas and Volumes, Some Applications of Trigonometry, Statistics, Probability.
Students have to solve 50 questions of 60 marks to pass the International Mathematical Olympiad. The question papers will consist of 60% questions from class 11 syllabus and 40% from class 10. However, in the Achievers section, questions will be asked from the class 11 syllabus only. NCERT Class 11 Maths books are the best study material for the exam. Apart from NCERT books, solving previous year papers and IMO sample papers will have an ample advantage for the students. So practice as much as you can. Refer to the table to check IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 11-
IMO Syllabus for Class 11
Sets, Relations and Functions, Linear Inequations, Logarithms, Complex Numbers & Quadratic Equations, Limits and Derivatives, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Straight Lines, Circles, Principle of Mathematical Induction, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Statistics, Mathematical Reasoning, Probability, Conic Sections, Introduction to 3-D Geometry.
The syllabus of this section will be based on the syllabus of Mathematical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
The question paper of IMO class 12 will be of 1-hour duration, and contains 50 questions of 60 marks. NCERT Class 12 Maths books are the best study materials for olympiad exams. Students preparing for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) should refer to the CBSE 12th syllabus for better understanding. Below is the complete IMO 2020 syllabus for Class 12-
IMO Syllabus for Class 12
Relations and Functions, Matrices and Determinants, Integrals, Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Application of Derivatives, Application of Integrals, Continuity and Differentiability, Three Dimensional Geometry, Vector Algebra, Differential Equations, Probability, Linear Programming.
Level II exam is conducted for students of class 3 to 12 only. Students who will qualify the level I exam with minimum performance level will appear in the level II exam.
Below mentioned are the criteria of students for level II exam:
Top 5% students from each class
Top 25 zone wise and class wise rank holders
Class toppers from each participating school where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam and score 50% qualifying marks
IMO Syllabus 2020 for level II is similar to level I exam but the difficulty level is higher in level II exam. Here is the exam pattern for the level II exam.
3rd to 4th
5th to 12th
SOF stands for Science Olympiad Foundation that conducts IMO i.e. International Mathematics Olympiad which is referred as SOF IMO
To qualify IMO, you should read NCERT Books of your respective class. Along with, that solve previous year IMO papers to get an idea about the level of questions asked.
The difficulty level of questions is moderate to high. Questions asked in section 1, 2 and 3 is of moderate to high-level questions. Higher Order Thinking Questions (HOTS) are asked in section 4.
You can get the IMO 2020 syllabus from the official website of SOF, sofworld.org.
Yes, the exam will be held in the English language only.
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International Mathematics Olympiad is based on your NCERT books or the books which are prescribed by your board. Practice makes man perfect. So as much as you learn from these books it is also necessary to practice. Online you can find previous year IMO exam papers. This will help you to gain the insight about the exam and the areas which needs special attention. Along with this you can also use Olympiad trainer apps.
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You haven't mentioned your class. I'm giving you the link for checking the cut offs below:
Accordingly check your class and their cut offs. If you still have any queries kindly comment i will reply. Hope this is helpful.
If you are asking about SOF IMO, then it will be conducted on 9th Feb, 2020 in different cities (Generally the students selected from a school are allotted a center in their district, if there is a particular minimum number of candidates from that district, otherwise they are allotted a nearest district).
Only the selected applicants from Level 1 will be eligible to appear for Level 2.
Also, the result for Level 1 is not declared yet. Result for Level 1 is expected to be declared in Mid-Jan.
Hello varsha !!
here is the link for IMO answer key 2019,helps you to get an idea about pattern,and also download links for key sheets also provided for which class you want so just go through it.Hope this would help you a little bit.
IMO is conducted by SOF, therefore previous year question papers are available on there websites, you may head over to the below link:
For practise and sample papers prepared by SOF,refer the below links:
And below is the sample IMO paper for class 1
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