Class 12 Students should be Eligible to appear for Indian Mathematical Olympiads

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Every year the HBCSE, the nodal centre of the country for the national olympiads programme, conducts the Mathematical and Science Olympiads to promote excellence in science and mathematics among pre-university students. The Mathematics Olympiad is conducted under the aegis of NBHM with the first stage being organised by the IAPT.

While class 12 students are eligible to write all the Science Olympiads, they are not allowed to appear for the Mathematics Olympiad, although this was not the case until a few years ago.

This is an earnest appeal to NBHM, HBCSE and IAPT to allow the students of Class 12 to appear for the Indian Mathematical Olympiads (PRMO, RMO, INMO) leading to participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad, starting 2018. 

1. The IMO official regulation states that all school students under the age of 20 are allowed to participate in the IMO. Moreover, none of the countries like USA, UK etc have imposed such a limitation on the students, as has been imposed on Indian students of class 12.

 2. To be a successful member of the Indian team at IMO, the students need 2 to 3 years of study to develop and master problem solving skills since the syllabus prescribed for the maths Olympiad is not part of their school curriculum. The children who become aware of such prestigious national competitions at a later stage of their student life are at a disadvantage as they do not get enough time to prepare for the competition

3. This will allow students who are better prepared to participate in the Maths Olympiad and will definitely bring more laurels to India at the IMO.

4. There is an increasing number of students interested in pursuing research in mathematics and the sciences over engineering and medicine, due to the presence of undergraduate research opportunities provided by the premier institutes of IISc, IISERs, ISI, CMI etc. Participating in the Olympiads in class 12 will continue to encourage and motivate these students to do so.

For the above reasons, it is only fair to allow all Indian students in class 12 also to appear for the highly competitive and intellectually challenging Mathematical Olympiads.

Following is the IMO Official Regulation states the following for eligibility of contestants -

2.2 A Country’s Contestants should normally be citizens or residents of that Country, and should be selected through that Country’s national Mathematical Olympiad or equivalent selection programme. Contestants must have been born less than twenty years before 1 July in the year of participation at the IMO. Contestants must have been normally enrolled in full time primary or secondary education on or after 1 December in the year prior to the IMO, or, in the case of home-schooled students, must not have received a high-school diploma (or equivalent), and must be working toward such a credential on 1 December.

The eligibility criteria for the Mathematical and Science Olympiads for 2017-2018, as mentioned on the HBCSE website is as follows -

Eligibility of Mathematical Olympiads in India: All Indian students who are born on or after August 1, 1998 and, in addition, are in Class VIII, IX, X and XI are eligible to appear for the PRMO 2017.

Eligibility of Science Olympiads in India:
Must be an Indian citizen.
Date of birth between 1 July 1998 and 30 June 2003, both days inclusive.
Must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) class 12 board examination earlier than 30 November 2017.
Must not have commenced (or planning to commence) studies in a university or equivalent institution by 1 June, 2018. 


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