About IMO

The International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) is a prestigious mathematical competition held annually for talented high school students from around the world. The IMO aims to promote mathematical excellence, encourage problem-solving skills, and foster international cooperation in the field of mathematics.

Each year, teams from different countries participate in the IMO, showcasing their mathematical abilities through a series of challenging problems. The competition consists of two rounds, each comprising six problems that cover various mathematical topics. The IMO problems require a high level of mathematical understanding, creativity, and analytical thinking. Participants are expected to provide rigorous proofs and logical solutions to these problems within a limited timeframe. The competition not only tests the students’ mathematical knowledge but also their problem-solving strategies and ability to communicate their ideas effectively.

The IMO is known for its rigorous selection process and high standards. It provides a platform for young mathematicians to showcase their skills, compete with peers from around the world, and gain international recognition for their talent. The competition not only fosters mathematical excellence but also promotes cultural exchange and friendship among participants. The achievements in the IMO can open doors to further opportunities, including scholarships, research opportunities, and academic recognition.


  • Academic Excellence: IMO challenges students with complex mathematical problems that go beyond the standard curriculum. By solving these challenging problems, students enhance their problem-solving abilities, logical reasoning skills, and mathematical thinking. The rigorous preparation for the IMO can greatly improve their overall mathematical proficiency.

  • Global Recognition: IMO is a highly respected international competition that attracts talented students from around the world. Achieving success in the IMO brings recognition and prestige to the participants, both at the national and international levels. It showcases their mathematical abilities and distinguishes them among their peers.

  • Personal Growth: The IMO pushes students out of their comfort zones and encourages them to tackle difficult problems. It nurtures their perseverance, resilience, and determination. Through the competition, students develop critical thinking skills, creativity, and the ability to approach problems from different perspectives.

  • Networking and Cultural Exchange: The IMO provides a platform for students to interact with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. It allows them to build friendships, exchange knowledge, and learn from the experiences of other participants. This fosters cultural understanding, broadens their horizons, and develops their global outlook.

  • Future Opportunities: Exceptional performance in the IMO can open doors to various opportunities. Scholarships, internships, research positions, and academic recognition are often awarded to outstanding IMO participants. Such opportunities can provide a head start in academic and professional pursuits, including pursuing advanced studies in mathematics or related fields.


The SOF IMO test is open to students in grades 1 to 12. The examination is divided into two levels. The Level 1 Exam is specifically designed for students in grades 1 to 12. Upon successfully qualifying the Level 1 test, students in grades 3 to 12 are invited to participate in the Level 2 exam.

  • In summary, students in grades 1 to 12 have the opportunity to participate in the SOF IMO, and those in grades 3 to 12 who clear the Level 1 test can progress to the Level 2 exam.


1Number Sense, Number System, Addition and Subtraction, Geometric Shapes, Patterns and Series
2Number Sense, Number System, Addition and Subtraction, Geometric Shapes, Patterns and Series
3Number Sense, Number System, Basic Operations, Fractions, Measurement, Geometry, Patterns
4Number Sense, Number System, Basic Operations, Fractions, Measurement, Geometry, Patterns
5Number Sense, Number System, Basic Operations, Fractions, Decimals, Geometry, Patterns
6Number System, Algebraic Expressions, Ratio and Proportion, Basic Geometry, Data Handling
7Number System, Algebraic Expressions, Ratio and Proportion, Basic Geometry, Data Handling
8Number System, Algebraic Expressions, Exponents and Powers, Factorization, Geometry, Statistics
9Number System, Algebraic Expressions, Polynomials, Linear Equations, Geometry, Probability
10Number System, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Probability, Mathematical Reasoning
11Sets, Relations and Functions, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Probability
12Sets, Relations and Functions, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Probability

Please note that this table provides a general overview of the topics covered in each grade. It is recommended to refer to the official SOF IMO syllabus or consult the exam authorities for the specific subtopics and detailed syllabus for each grade.

Application Process

The registration process for the IMO test is exclusively offline. Students who wish to participate in the exam should approach their respective schools for registration. The schools have already received the registration forms and will facilitate the application process.

In addition to the application form, students are required to submit an application fee of Rs. 125 per student. For international students, the fee is $9 per student. It’s important to note that individual students cannot apply for IMO registration independently.

SOF strictly prohibits the submission of application forms directly from students. To complete the registration process, students must approach their local schools and follow the guidelines provided by the school authorities.

Exam Pattern

The IMO Level 1 test is administered to students in Classes 1 to 12. The duration of the test is 60 minutes. Students in Classes 1 to 4 are required to complete 35 objective-type (multiple-choice) questions, while students in Classes 5 to 12 must complete 50 objective-type questions.

For the IMO Level 2 test, students from Classes 3 to 12 who qualify from the Level 1 examination participate. The qualification criteria are as follows:

  • In a class where ten or more students appear for Level 1 and achieve a minimum aggregate of 50%, the class topper is selected.
  • At the zone/state level, the top 25 rank holders from each class and zone are considered.
  • At the worldwide level, only the top 5% of applicants in each class who appeared in Level 1 are taken into consideration.

These qualifying criteria ensure that the most deserving and accomplished students have the opportunity to compete at the higher levels of the SOF IMO examination.