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Olympiad Corner

What are Olympiads?

Olympiads are competitive exams aimed at assessing the academic position of a student as compared to the other students pertaining to the same educational level. They also serve as a talent hunting tool. These examinations are conducted by various bodies in and outside India. Students can partake in Olympiads held at state, national and international level. In India Olympiads are organized by both government and private organization. Some notable ones are-


Pre Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) is the first of the six stages of Mathematical Olympiad with the sixth stage being the pristine International Mathematical Olympiad. It is conducted by the Mathematics Teacher’s Association (MTA). A student needs to qualify PRMO to appear for RMO and subsequently the other stages.

  • Month of examination- August
  • Eligibility- Indian students studying in classes 8 th , 9 th , 10 th , 11 th and 12 th
  • Duration of Exam- 3 hours
  • Number of questions- 30
  • Type of questions-Objective


After qualifying PRMO, a student will be eligible to compete in Regional Mathematical Olympiad which is conducted every year by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) across 19 regions in the country. Each region has the freedom to prepare its own question paper. From each region 30 deserving students are selected as per the merit to appear for the India National Mathematical Olympiad.

  • Month of Examination-December
  • Eligibility- Indian students studying in classes 8 th , 9 th , 10 th , 11 th and 12 th who have qualified
  • PRMO
  • Duration of Exam- 3 hours
  • Number of Questions-
  • Type of Questions- Descriptive


Students who qualify the RMO compete at national level in the Indian Mathematical Olympiad. This examination holds a very reputed position and was first conducted in the year 1989. Besides being a prestigious national level examination, it also serves as a gateway for student to experience international exposure and competition.

  • Month of Examination- March
  • Eligibility- Indian students studying in classes 8 th , 9 th , 10 th , 11 th and 12 th who have qualified
  • RMO.
  • Duration of Exam- 4 hours
  • Number of Questions- 6
  • Type of Questions- Descriptive


National Talent Search Examination is a well-known and revered examination all across the country. It is annually conducted by the National Council of Education Research and Training. The competition is a tough nut to crack, but it gives a lifelong edge to the students who are talented enough to do so. It has two stages. Stage 1 is a state level exam focusing on Mental Ability Test, Social studies and basic knowledge of 9 th and 10 th Math’s Science and Stage 2 is a national level exam. NTSE is a platform for students who can work hard and emerge as all-rounders with the main focus in rewarding students with scholarships which aid them in higher studies.

Stage 1 NTSE contains two papers

Paper 1-

  • Type of questions- Multiple Choice
  • Subject- Aptitude
  • Number of questions- 100

Paper 2-

  • Type of questions- Multiple Choice
  • Subject- Science, Mathematics and Social Science
  • Number of questions- 100 (Science: 40, Mathematics: 20 and Social Science: 40)


National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) is the first of the five stages that leads to International Junior Science Olympiad in various subjects. It is a pan India examination conducted by Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT).

  • Month of Examination- November
  • Eligibility- Indian students studying in class 10 th
  • Duration of Exam- 2 hours
  • Number of Questions- 70
  • Type of Questions- 60- One option correct and 10- more than one correct MCQs


National Standard Examination in Astronomy (NSEA), National Standard Examination in Biology (NSEB) and National Standard Examination in Chemistry (NSEC) just like NSECJ are the stepping stones for students who want to appear for International Olympiads in the respective subjects.

  • Month of Examination- November
  • Eligibility- Indian student studying in 9 th , 10th, 11 th and 12 th
  • Duration of Exam- 2 hours
  • Type of Questions- Objective

Olympiads held by private bodies-


NSO stands for National Science Olympiad. Students from class 1 to 12 can appear in this. Conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation, it is quite popular among students. Students appearing for NSO are awarded ranks at four levels- international, state, city and school which help them get a true picture of their status among their peers.

  • Month of Examination- December-January
  • Eligibility- Indian student who has not passed 12 th
  • Duration of Exam- 1 hour
  • Number of Questions- 35
  • Type of Questions- Objective


National Level Science Talent Search Examination is an Olympiad conducted by Unified Council. It is conducted online and students from class 1 to 12 can appear for this examination. The test focuses on assessing the fundamental knowledge of a student.

  • Month of Examination- December-January
  • Eligibility- Indian student who has not passed 12 th
  • Duration of Exam- 1.5 hours
  • Number of Questions- Different for different classes
  • Type of Questions- Objective


Unified International Mathematics Olympiad is a competitive test that allows students to assess their own strengths and weakness in the subject of Mathematics. It is conducted in the month of January. Students from class 1 to 10 can appear for the examination.

  • Month of Examination- January
  • Eligibility- Indian student who has not passed 12 th
  • Duration of Exam- 1 hour
  • Number of Questions- Different for different classes
  • Type of Questions- Objective

Why should a student appear for Olympiads?

A strong building can only be formed when the foundation is stable, for students one way to have a firm foundation is to repeatedly appear in competitive exams and analyze their skills in comparison with their peers. A few reasons why appearing for Olympiads can help a student ---

  • They expose students to the real competition and force them to look at a wider perspective.
  • International and National level Olympiad help students prepare themselves for the bigger competitive exams that they might appear after graduating from high school.
  • Students become equipped with the usage of all kinds of modes of examination and the real world competitive fervor.
  • Participating in such Olympiads not only tests the students on their intelligence quotient but also on their emotional quotient.
  • Achieving a good rank in the Olympiad can serve as one of the first entries into building a strong profile which will help the students in the future.
  • Some of these Olympiads also reward the students materialistically by providing them with scholarships and monetary prizes which can serve as a great booster and financial aid to a lot of students in need of the same.
  • These Olympiads also brings laurels and recognition to a student’s school, city or country.

How Invictus serves as a catalyzer in a student’s journey?

We at Invictus understand the significance of guidance and hard work. We believe that every student holds a potential to achieve the set goals if provided with the right direction and a conductive environment. A young mind is like wet clay it can be molded into a bright future if placed in the right hands, and we aim to do exactly that for students of foundation level. What sets Invictus apart from other educational intuitions is looking at students as the key to a successful society which compels us to impart the best possible education to our students. We look at the goals of our students as not just theirs but ours and this nation’s. The environment provided at Invictus creates an air of ambition where students feel motivated to take over any challenge. The faculties not only selflessly teach the students the intricacies of their curriculum but also of the competitive world by imparting the right emotional approaches to be used in a competitive scenario. The students here get the closest glimpse into the actual examination by appearing for the test series which do not just replicate the tests but also the overall conduct of the examinations. Students are constantly pushed to analyze their performance and first compete with themselves and then the others.

We at Invictus believe that every child from the top to the bottom of the ranking in a class needs to be taken in consideration and fueled to reach his/her best potential. We understand the balance that needs to be catered to the school going students and the space that needs to be provided to have a sound and fresh mind which in turn can grasp the classroom teaching in a better way. Here at Invictus, a middle ground is found between a strict and lenient environment keeping in mind the fragility of young students which we believe has resulted in so many success stories and we look forth to create many more!