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About Zonal Informatics Olympiad

  • Zonal Informatics Olympiad is conducted by Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS), Mumbai, annually across the country and abroad. From 2001-02 to 2013-14, the Olympiad was organized in collaboration with CBSE.
  • This year ZIO will be conducted on November 20, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The candidates who qualify in the first stage examination (Zonal Informatics Olympiad) will appear in the second stage examination - Indian National Olympiad in Informatics-INOI which will be based on programming skills.
  •  Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO) and Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) will be organized on the same day, so students can participate in either one of them.

Zonal Informatics Olympiad Important Dates 2017

Events Dates
ZIO Application Starts September 15, 2016
ZIO Application Ends November 5, 2016
Indian National Olympiad in Informatics January 8, 2017
International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI) August 2017


More about INOI & International Olympiad

  • INOI involves programming in any one of three languages: C and C++.
  • About 30 students are selected from INOI for a training camp, typically, held in May–June to select the Indian team for IOI.
  • International Olympiad: Selected candidates from stage 2 will be called for intensive training for the final selection of the candidates for the International Olympiad.
  • International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI) will be held in August 2017 in Tehran, Iran

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Zonal Informatics Olympiad Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region India and West Asia
Class/ Age Upto Class 12
  • Academic Qualification: The examination will be open to all the students upto class 12 studying in schools affiliated to CBSE as well as other Boards in the country.
  • ZIO 2017 is open to students of all boards in the country.

Zonal Informatics Olympiad Reward

  • The students who qualify this exam will move to stage 2 will get a chance to participate in Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI).
  • About 200-250 students will qualify from ZIO 2017 to participate in the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics 2017 (INOI 2017)

Zonal Informatics Olympiad Application form and Process

The application process of Zonal Informatics Olympiad can be filled online as well as offline. The details of both are as mentioned below:

Online Application Process

  • This time there will be online registration for Zonal Informatics Olympiad 2016 and the registrations will open from September 15, 2016, and end on November 5, 2016.
  • Each and every student has to fill the online registration form.
  • Exam Fees: Rs. 250 can be paid by Credit/Debit Card or by using Net Banking.

Offline Application Process

  • If the students are willing to go for offline application, they can fill the offline appliation form to get enrolled for Zonal Informatics Olympiad. 
  • Exam fees of Rs. 250 can be paid either through NEFT or Demand Draft, The details for both the payment modes is given below:
    • NEFT Transfer
      • Beneficiary name: IARCS
      • Type of account: Current account
      • Account number: 32516380035
      • Bank, branch: State Bank of India, IIT Powai Branch
      • IFSC Code: SBIN0001109
      • Address: State Bank of India, IIT Powai Branch, Mumbai 400076
    • Demand Draft
      • DD in the name of "Indian Association for Research in Computing Science", payable in Mumbai.

Submission of Application Form

The candidates making application using offline form are required to send the spreadsheet along with proof of payment to 'ico@iarcs.org.in' additionally the original Demand Draft along with printout of the spreadsheet are to be sent to the following address as well:

Prof. Madhavan Mukund
Attn: ICO 2016 Offline Registration
Chennai Mathematical Institute
H1, SIPCOT IT Park, Siruseri
Kelambakkam 603103
Phone: (044) 6748 0900

Admit Card: The candidates opting for offline application will be assigned a username & password using which they can download their Admit Card for the examination. 

  • Applicant will receive their User Name & Password on the given email id and Admit card can be downloaded using the same details after November 01, 2016
  • The user name and password will be sent to the email id provided while filling offline registration form.

Zonal Informatics Olympiad Examination Centres


Amritsar Bhubaneswar Dehradun Jodhpur Nagpur Tiruchi
Allahabad Bokaro Goa Kanpur New Delhi Trivandrum
Ahmedabad Chandigarh Guwahati Kolkata Patna Varanasi
Bangalore Chennai Hyderabad Kota Pune Visakhapatnam
Baroda Cochin Indore Lucknow Raipur ----
Bhopal Coimbatore Jaipur Mumbai Ranchi ----


Documents to be carried on the day of Examination

  • A bonafide certificate with their photograph attested by the Principal of their school.

Important Note

  • Since Roll Numbers will not be allotted to candidates, they have to write their name, class, school’s name with address and center name in the answer sheet and information sheet provided to them.

Zonal Informatics Olympiad Selection Process

Examination Pattern of Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO 2017)

The examination will be a written examination to test the aptitude of the students, their logical competence, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking.

Exam Date of the Zonal Informatics Olympiad

The first stage examination consisting of the Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO 2016) will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2017, between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m

How to Prepare for Zonal Informatics Olympiad?

  • Students can go through previous year papers of Zonal Informatics Olypmpiad for practise. Previous year papers are available from 2003-2013. >> ZIO Previous Year Papers
  • Go through the Online Training material for Indian Computing Olympiad and it would be of great help to understand various topics and various questions that could be asked in the exam. >> The Online Study material

Zonal Informatics Olympiad Address

Prof. Madhavan Mukund
Attn: ICO 2016 Offline Registration
Chennai Mathematical Institute
H1, SIPCOT IT Park, Siruseri
Kelambakkam 603103

Zonal Informatics Olympiad Contact Details

Phone: (044) 6748 0900

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