RMO 2017 – Detailed Analysis by Resonance

The Mathematical Olympiad Programme in India, which leads to participation of Indian students in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is organized by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. This programme is one of the major initiatives undertaken by the NBHM. Its main purpose is to spot mathematical talent among pre-university students in the country.

For the purpose of training and selection of students for the Olympiad contest, 25 regions all over the country have been designated and each assigned a Regional Coordinator (RC). Additionally, three groups (Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathana (KVS) have a ‘Regional Coordinator’ each. The Mathematical Olympiad programme consists of five stages.

Stage 1:

PRMO 2017: The Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) is a national level examination. The PRMO exam is conducted by IAPT and students studying in class XI or below are eligible to appear for the PRMO 2017. PRMO was conducted in month of August across the nation. 500 students from each region were qualified post this stage to appear for RMO.

Stage 2:

The second stage examination, the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is a three hour examination with six problems. The RMOs are offered in English, Hindi and other regional languages as deemed appropriate by the respective RCs. The syllabus may be found at (give syllabus link). The problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication.

Stage 3:

The best-performing students from the RMO (approximately 900) qualify for the third stage – the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). The INMO is held on the third Sunday of January at 28 centres across the country.

Stage 4:

The top students from the RMO (approximately 35) are invited for the fourth stage, the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) held at HBCSE during April to May. At this camp orientation is provided to students for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Emphasis is laid on developing conceptual foundations and problem-solving skills. Several selection tests are held during this camp. On the basis of performance in these tests six students are selected to represent India at the IMO. Resource persons from different institutions across the country are invited to the training camps.

Stage 5:

The selected team undergoes a rigorous training programme for about 8-10 days at HBCSE prior to its departure for the IMO.

Stage 6:

The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the students in the IMO. The students are accompanied by 4 teachers or mentors.


Eligibility: As per the eligibility criteria of PRMO, Born on or after August 1, 1998 and All Indian students who are born on or after August 1, 1998 and, in addition, are in Class XI or below are eligible to appear for the PRMO 2017. A student from any state of the country can register for this examination. A student can be from a government or a private school.


 Conducting Body:

PRE RMO- IAPT (www.iapt.org.in) through regional coordinators

RMO- Regional Coordinators

INMO- HBCSE (olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in)


Geographical Regions:

Assam, Chattisgarh, Coastal AP & Rayalseema, Delhi, Gujarat- Daman-Diu-Dadra Nagar Haveli, Jammu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa, Meghalaya, Mumbai, North Bihar and Patna, North Western States, Odisha, Rajasthan, South Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal.


Special Regions: CBSE Schools, KV Schools, JNV Schools


Syllabus: The syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (regional, national and international) is pre-degree college mathematics. The areas covered are arithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, system of linear equations, permutations and combination, factorization of polynomial, inequalities, elementary combinatorics, probability theory and number theory, finite series and complex numbers and elementary graph theory. The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics. The major areas from which problems are given are algebra, combinatorics and geometry and number theory. The syllabus is in a sense spread over Class XI to Class XII levels, but the problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication. The difficulty level increases from PRMO to RMO to INMO to IMO.



RMO has six to eight problems (differ from region to region) that students have to solve in three hours. Following is the region wise paper pattern.

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In this analysis we have rated every question on a scale of 1 to 3. The ratings are done by expert faculty of Resonance. The individual ratings are then averaged to calculate overall difficulty level.

1: Easy

2: Moderate

3: Difficult

Difficulty Level Analysis: No of Questions

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* Guj,Raj,CH,MP,JH,WB: Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal

Resonance Experts feel that papers across were of similar difficulty level, while paper at Maharashtra and Goa was on more difficult side compared with Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Overall, it is felt by Resonance Faculty Team that paper was on easier side compared to last year and the cut-off is expected to be increase than that of last year.

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Region wise Topic Analysis

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To check solutions for RMO 2017, visit https://www.resonance.ac.in/answer-key-solutions/RMO/2017/

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