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List of Olympiads for Indian Students is given in this article and it discusses all major National & International Olympiad organised for Indian students. The Olympiads are the platform where brightest young minds of the world meet and take exciting intellectual challenges. This article describes the name of top Olympiad Exam for Indian school students, the name of the conducting body, the process for selection of the students for National & International Olympiad, reward and aim of the Olympiads. We know Olympiad is not a step to make a career, but it is a big platform to provide a stimulus to begin a career in Science, Mathematics and many other subjects.

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List of Olympiads for Students

In India, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) and the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) are the main organisation which conducts written tests and provides training for selection in the top National and International Olympiads. The Olympiads are conducted at the three levels i.e.

  • International Level
  • National Level

International Level Olympiads

International Olympiad brings the talented secondary and higher secondary students from all over the world together in a very friendly & high-level contest. International Olympiad provides a golden chance to start a career in the field of science and mathematics specifically on the international level. The International Olympiad is not only competition, but it also forms the seeds of scientific collaboration which help the talented young students later in life. HBCSE aims to promote excellence in science and mathematics among the young students.

Maths Olympiad by HBCSE

In India, the mathematical Olympiad is conducted by the HBCSE. India has been participating in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) since 1989 and since 2015 India also started participating in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) and Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO).

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

Maths Olympiad Stages

Team selection For Maths Olympiad: HBCSE has designated 25 regions in India and each region assigned a regional coordinator for the selection of the talented candidates and additionally three groups the CBSE, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) have a ‘Regional Coordinator’ each. The students are selected for IMO, EGMO & APMO by following the steps given below:

  • First, the students have to clear the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) which is a three hour written test with six problems. Up to 30 students are selected for stage 2 on the basis of their performance in RMO.
  • Stage 2 is Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) which held on third Sunday of January every year. In INMO, the selected students have to appear in a four-hour written test. On the basis of INMO result, best 30 students are selected as INMO awardees.
  • The top 30 students, who qualify in INMO, are selected for the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) which is a one-month long training camp. On the basis of a number of selection tests during the Camp, a team of the best six students is selected from the combined pool of junior and senior batch students as the IMO Team. At the end of the IMOTC 6 top students are selected for International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

 The six-member team selected at the end of the IMOTC which is accompanied by a leader, a deputy leader and observers who represent the country at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) which is held in a different member country of the IMO every year. The International Mathematical Olympiad consist two written test which is held within 2 consecutive days. On the day of both contests the test consist three problems and lasts for four and half hours. The selected students receive gold, silver and bronze medal at IMO event and also receive a cash prize of Rs 5000, Rs 4000 and Rs 3000 respectively at the end of the training camp event.

European Girls Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO): A team of 4 top girls student selected at the end of IMOTC accompanied by a leader, a deputy leader & an observer who represent the country at the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) which is held in the month of April every year in any of the European country. The pattern of the EGMO test is entirely same as International Mathematical Olympiad.

Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO): APMO contest is only for the students belong to the Asian country and rim of Pacific Ocean countries. The Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad competition consists of solving 5 questions in four and a half hours.

Olympiad by IAPT

The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) coordinates the Physics Olympiad, Chemistry, Astronomy and Junior Science Olympiad for India along with HBCSE. It conducts the National Level Examination in which approximately 30,000 - 40,000 students participate every year. IAPT selects the top 30 students from each olympiad for the Olympiad Training Camp then the HBCSE select the team for International Olympiad. 

he National Level Olympiads are also held to recognise and appreciate the talented individuals on different aspects like few Olympiads in India are conducted subject wise for example of NES (National Standardise Exams) for various subjects like Physics (NSEP), Biology (NSEB), Chemistry (NSEC), Astronomy (NSEA), Junior Science (NSEJS).

Science Olympiad Stages

International Olympiad Medals won by Indian Students

Subject Years Gold Silver Bronze Honourable
Physics 2000-13 29 26 11 4
Chemistry 2000-13 16 28 12 -
Biology 2000-13 7 35 14 -
Astronomy (IAO) 2000-12 38 20 8 -
Astronomy (IOAA) 2008-13 13 10 7 -
Mathematics 2000-2013 6 33 27 16
Junior Science 2008-13 19 34 2 -


Maths Olympiad Medal Tally

Science Olympiad Medal Tally

Computing & Informatics Olympiad


IARCS conduct the competition every year for Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO). The main objective of the Indian Computing Olympiad competition is to identify Indian school students with outstanding skills in computer programming & algorithm. On the basis of the performance in Indian Computing Olympiad, four students are selected to represent India at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). International Olympiad in Informatics is one of the 12 International Science Olympiads organised annually.

The Indian Computing Olympiad is open to the all students from any board in India. The students who are enrolled in any Indian school up to class 12 during the current academic year are eligible to participate in the competition.  

World Robotics Olympiad

World Robot Olympiad is one of the top and largest robotic competitions in the world for 9 to 25-year-old age students who are studying in the field of science and technology. The talented students are selected by the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) which is an International Robotic Olympiad. WRO India is a team-based challenge, and the participating teams are required to create, build and design a robot model that can behave and look like a human athlete.

National Level Olympiads

National Level Olympiads are conducted within the boundaries of the country; there may be the support and involvement of the international organisations, but the important involvement of the audience is at the National level.  These Olympiads in India are conducted by various NGOs and Institutions like SOF, TERI, Unified Council, etc.In all these olympiads the registration is through school Authorities. The Olympiad given here are the reputed ones who witness participation across the country.

Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) Olympiad

Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) is a non-profit organisation which works to promote science, mathematics, introductory computer education and English language skills among young & talented students in India. The students desirous to participate in the program organised by Science Olympiad Foundation can register themselves only through their Schools.  The Science Olympiad Foundation conducts five Olympiad annually in India which is following:

  1. National Cyber Olympiad (NCO)
  2. National Science Olympiad (NSO)
  3. International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
  4. International English Olympiad (IEO)
  5. International Sports & Knowledge Olympiad (ISKO)
  6. International Company Secretaries olympiad

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Unified Council Olympiad

Unified Council is a progressive organisation work in the field of education. The Unified Council has been working to bring together, the best young brains in the area of education and it is also an endeavour to make the young generation strong and to nourish their brains for a bright and enterprising future. Unified Council organises programs in the countries like India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Nepal, Libya, Bahrain, Iran and Tanzania. The students want to participate in the program organised by Unified Council can register themselves only through their Schools.  The following programs organised by Unified Council:

Silver Zone Olympiad

Silver Zone is an educational and, non-profitable and non-government organisation situated in Delhi, India. The silver zone organisation has been working from the last 12 years and has been organising talent search examination on national & International level subjects. The students who want to participate in Silver Zone Olympiad programs can register themselves only through their Schools. Silver Zone conducts the following Olympiad:

Finance Olympiad 

National Finance Olympiad (NFO) organised by International by International Institute of Financial Market and sponsored by Economic Times. The Olympiad aims to make young students familiar with money management art which is a basic requirement for everybody in the world. The NFO is only for the students who are studying in class 8 to 12. The students can participate in the competition individually and also through their schools. The winner students will receive the cash prize worth Rs 100000. Finance Olympiad

Green Olympiad

The Green Olympiad is written examination conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and supported by the Central Board of School Examination (CBSE) every year which is based on the subject Environment. More than 2 lakh school students participate in the Olympiad. The student studying in SBSE affiliated schools in class 4 to 10 are only eligible to participate in the competition. Ministry of Environment and Forest awards Certificates of Participation to all students who participated in the contest and winners from every state gets Cash prize. Green Olympiad 


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