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The Mathematics Olympiad activity was undertaken by NBHM from 1986 onwards and is currently run in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai. One main purpose of this activity is to support mathematical talent among high school students in the country. NBHM has taken on the responsibility for selecting and training the Indian team for participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad every year. While NBHM coordinates and supports Mathematics Olympiad contests all over the country, regional bodies, mostly voluntary, play an important role at different stages. For the purpose of administering Mathematics Olympiad contests, the country has been divided in 16 regions. A regional coordinator is responsible for conducting these tests in each region. The names of the regions and their respective regional coordinators are given at the end.General Information about Mathematics ContestsThe Mathematics Olympiad Programme leading to participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad consists of the following stages: 

Stage 1: 
Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO)RMO is held in each region normally between September and the first Sunday of December each year. The regional coordinator ensures that at least one centre is provided in each district of the region. All high school students up to class XII are eligible to appear for RMO. RMO is a 3-hour written test containing about 6 to 7 problems. Each regional coordinator has the freedom to prepare his/her own question paper or to obtain the question paper from NBHM. The regions opting for the NBHM question paper hold this contest on the 1st Sunday of December. On the basis of the performance in RMO, a certain number of students from each region are selected to appear for the second stage. Regional coordinators charge nominal fees to meet the expenses for organizing the contests. 

Stage 2:
Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)INMO is held on the first Sunday of February each year at various Centres in different regions. Only students selected on the basis of RMO from different regions are eligible to appear for INMO. INMO is a 4-hour written test. The question paper is set centrally and is common throughout the country. The top 30-35 performers in INMO receive a certificate of merit. 

Stage 3: 
International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC)The INMO certificate awardees are invited to a month long training camp (junior batch) conducted in May-June, each year. In addition, INMO awardees of the previous year that have satisfactorily gone through postal tuition throughout the year are invited again for a second round of training (senior batch). 

Stage 4:
International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)The team selected at the end of the camp, a “leader” and a “deputy leader,” represent India at the IMO that is normally held in July in a different member country of IMO each year. The leader and deputy leader are chosen by NBHM from among mathematics teachers/researchers involved in the Mathematics Olympiad activity. IMO consists of two written tests held on two days with a gap of at least one day. Each test is of four-and-a-half-hours duration. Travel to IMO venue and return takes about two weeks. India has been participating in IMO since 1989. Students of the Indian team who receive gold, silver and bronze medals at IMO receive a cash prize of Rs. 5,000/-, Rs. 4,000/- and Rs. 3,000/- respectively, from NBHM during the following year at a formal ceremony at the end of the training camp.The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) finances international travel of the eight-member Indian delegation connected with international participation. NBHM finances the entire in-country programme and takes care of other expenditure. Students aiming for selection for participation in IMO should note that RMO is the first essential step for the programme. To appear for RMO, students should get in touch with the RMO co-ordinator of their region well in advance, for enrolment and payment of a nominal fee.

Syllabus:
The syllabus for Mathematics Olympiads (regional, national and international) is pre-degree college mathematics. The areas covered are: number systems, arithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, systems of linear equations, permutations and combinations, factorisation of polynomials, inequalities, elementary combinatorics, probability theory, number theory, infinite series, complex numbers and elementary graph theory. The syllabus does not include calculus and statistics. 

The typical areas for problems are: 
Number theory, geometry, algebra and combinatorics. The syllabus is in a sense spread over class IX to class XII levels, but the problems under each topic are of an exceptionally high level in difficulty and sophistication.

The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO. A good idea of what is expected of students in Mathematics Olympiads can be had from the following two books: Mathematics Olympiad Primer, by V.Krishnamurthy, C.R.Pranesachar, K.N. Ranganathan and B.J. Venkatachala (Interline Publishing Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore).Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics, by V.Krishnamurthy, C.R.Pranesachar, K.N.Ranganathan and B.J.Venkatachala (New Age International Publishers, New Delhi - 1996).

Contact Addresses for Mathematics Olympiads:
For information about the RMO, contact the RMO co-ordinator of your region from the list given in Annexure VIII, or the The HBCSE website also provides useful information. 

List of Region-wise Coordinators for conducting Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) and the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)

Coastal A.P. & Rayalaseema Telengana
Prof. R. David Kumar,
Commissionerate of Collegiate Education,
Govt. of Andhra Pradesh,
Opposite to Latha Complex,
Namapally (Station), 
Hyderabad 500 001.
Prof. Rudra Kedareshwar,
Vignan Vidyalayas,
Nizampet Road,
Opp. to JNTU, Kukatpalli, 
Hyderabad 500 072.
Mb: 09849277329
040-23011853 (R)
Fx: 040-24602285
040-24617469
E-mail: rdkumar1729@yahoo.com,
rdkumar@yahoo.com
Mb: 09440778045
040-23047827 (R)
Fx: 040-23041851
E-mail: kedar_rudra@yahoo.co.in
 

 

National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) is the scholarship exam conducted by NCERT, under their National Talent Search Scheme. It was started in 1963 to identify talented students and nurture their talent. The NTSE is one of the most prestigious talent search exams in the country. The scheme provides financial assistance to the meritorious students in the form of a monthly scholarship and an annual book grant. Students who are awarded the scholarship receive financial assistance up to the Ph.D level in Social Sciences, Basic Sciences and Commerce. The NTSE scholars will receive a sum of Rs. 500/- per month as per NTS rules. Apart from the scholarships that can be won by the students of Class VIII, a good performance in the NTSE will be a very valuable addition to the overall credentials of a child later in his/her career. In fact, the very process of appearing for NTSE can be a very enriching experience for a child.

For the year 2010, NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class VIII only. A total of 1000 scholarships are to be awarded - 15% of them will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for the Physically Challenged Group of Students the selection process will consist of two stages. Stage I is an elimination round. Students qualifying in Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II.
TEST AREAS : 
The written examination for Class VIII will be in two stages: 
Stage I examination at the State/UT level will comprise of two parts, namely 
1. Mental Ability Test (MAT)
2. Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics. 

 

Part/Section

Areas Tested

No. of Questions

Total
Marks

Total time allotted
for the section

MAT 
(Mental Ability test)

Reasoning

100
(numbered 1 to 100)

100

90 minutes

SAT 
(Scholastic Ability test)

Mathematics 
(20 questions) 
Science 
(35 questions from Physics, 

Chemistry and Biology) 
Social Sciences 
(35 Questions from Social Sciences)
The last 10 questions are mixed from different subjects.

100
(numbered 101 to 200)

100

90 minutes

 
Each state will nominate students (as per the state quota) to appear for stage II at National level 
Stage II examination at the National level will comprise of 
1. Mental Ability Test (MAT),
2. Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics
3. Interview
 

Part/Section

Areas Tested

No. of Questions

Total
Marks

Total time allotted
for the section

Qualifying Marks

MAT 
(Mental Ability test)

Reasoning

100
(numbered 1 to 100)

100

90 minutes

40% for General category and 32% for SC/ST/PC

SAT 
(Scholastic Ability test)

Mathematics 
(20 questions) 
Science 
(35 questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology) 
Social Sciences 
(35 Questions from Social Sciences)
The last 10 questions are mixed from different subjects.

100
(numbered 101 to 200)

100

90 minutes

40% for General category and 32% for SC/ST/PC

Interview

 

 

25

15-20 minutes

No Qualifying marks

 
4. There is no negative marking 
5. Each right answer is awarded one mark 
6. Once the students finish the MAT, the SAT is administered after a short break of about 5 minutes. 
7. Only those candidates who qualify in the written examination at the National Level will be invited for the interview

 

 

 

Dr A S Rao Examination  

SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH EXAMINATION (STSE)

The Council conducts Science Talent Search Examinations (STSE), every year, on the last Sunday of December  for students of 8th, 9th, 10th and Intermediate (Jr) classes. The question papers are of “objective type”, with three sections containing
          a)            single correct answer questions,
          b)            multiple correct answers questions and
          c)            ‘assertion-reason’ type questions.
          
The questions test the depth of understanding of the subject and analytical thinking of the students. And in about six weeks after the examination is held, detailed memos are dispatched to the candidates, showing the student’s answer to each question and its key, and the overall rank of the student.

Merit Certificates and book prizes are given to about top twenty students in the examination for each class. In order to encourage students from Moffusil Centers, Merit Certificates are also given to students who have done well from these Centers.

The top award for the first ranker amongst candidates of each class is designated, since the STSE of 2003, as Dr A S Rao Award, which carries a cash award of Rs 5000.

 
RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOPS FOR TALENTED STUDENTS

The Council organises Residential Workshops for Awardees of the 8th & 9th standard Examinations, free of costto the participants. The residential workshop is of six-day duration, and is held in the month of April, soon after the closure of schools for the summer recess.
         
Students of 9th std. do project work individually, write up a Report and then make an oral presentation. The project work helps the student to develop initiative, and to innovate where necessary, and to be critical in analysing the experimental data.
         
Students attend expositions on diverse topics by senior Faculty, and also audit some lecture-demonstrations. This would enlarge the intellectual horizons of the students. They also get the benefit of interacting with about 25 senior Faculty drawn from Hyderabad University , Osmania University , Ambedkar University and other educational institutions.

 
CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT of TEACHERS

a)       The Council recognized the urgent need to help science teachers from schools in rural and semi-urban areas to cope up with the upgraded and revised syllabi, particularly the need to clarify difficult concepts. The Council organized, as a first step, short duration Workshops ( five) for secondary school science teachers, in different districts.

With the experience gained in these, the Council decided in 2001 to enlarge the content of these programmes and to concentrate the efforts in one district, and chose Mahaboobnagar District as the target area; the District headquarters is about 110km from the Council’s Office.

Then, the Council conducted four ‘Pilot’ programmes to help teachers of mathematics and science in this district, with financial support from Sir Ratan Tata Trust and active cooperation from the District Educational Officer. 

b)    The Council was encouraged with the response of the teachers to the ‘Pilots’ and started in June 2005 a comprehensive THREE YEAR PROJECT on Capacity enhancement of secondary school science teachers of Mahaboobnagar District with major funding from Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
                        
The Council felt that there should be a synergy between the activities of the Council and that of the Government, and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the AP Government. And the Council is gratified that the Secretary (Education), Commissioner of High School Education, Director SCERT and the District Educational Officer [DEO] are giving all cooperation and assistance in making the programmes a success. 

RESOURCE PERSONS: 
The Academic Resource Persons, about 30, from Universities and allied institutions in Hyderabad, and about 15 Local Academic Resource Persons from Mahaboobnagar, render their services as volunteers. Similarly, Administrative Resource Persons, about ten, also are volunteers.

The major components of the project, which are at no cost to the teachers, are: 
i)       Interactive Contact Sessions (residential) spread over 4-days to clear confusions and provide clarity about difficult concepts in the upgraded syllabi. (Parallel sessions are held for about 40 teachers, each in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry streams.) 
ii)      Experimental Awareness Programme (2 days), at five regional centers in the District, to train teachers to demonstrate experiments in Physics and Chemistry during their lecture classes. 
iii)     Providing a Quarterly NEWS LETTER in Telugu to each teacher, with articles of interest to teachers, a letters column, and news items of relevance to science teaching.

 
QUERIES IN SCIENCE
The Council arranges to respond to any queries in science that students or teachers may have. The queries may be either sent by post or by email.
          For any information contact us: 
          e-mail: drasrac06@yahoo.co.in
          Dr. A S Rao Awards Counsil
          Bala Vikasa Kendra, Dr.A.S.Rao Nagar
          Hyderabad 500 062.
          Phone: 040 27143828

 

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