Benefits of Participating in Class 8 Maths Olympiad

Benefits of Participating in Class 8 Maths Olympiad

What is the first word that strikes our mind while buying or selling anything? Benefit. This question might make it sound strictly transactional, but one cannot deny its role as one of the many driving forces that contribute to our daily motivation. It is the most powerful incentive that fuels our ambition when there is no known reason left, especially for people in the business world. While its advantages cannot be dismissed out of hand, it is not always monetary by nature. Its influences can be seen far and wide in every aspect of our lives, be it professional, emotional, or educational.

Nowadays, the most sought-after field in terms of benefits is unquestionably that of education. The amount of investment that it requires makes people expectant for a fruitful result. And they are right in doing so. Everyone wants their children to excel academically so that they constantly soar to new heights in their occupation, and make their parents proud. Therefore, as a significant asset, they are closely scrutinized since the early days of schooling.

But studies are not sufficient in themselves. One needs to go beneath the four walls of a classroom for all-around development in the form of co-curricular and extracurricular activities.  And that is what the International Mathematics Olympiad intends to do.

But how exactly does it do that? Let us find out more about it.

IMO is an acronym that stands for International Mathematics Olympiad. One can date back its origin to Romania since 1959. It comes under the International Science Olympiad(ISO), which regulates the conduction of this test across the countries of the world. There are several other fields formally recognized for evaluation by the ISO, such as-

  • Science
  • Information Technology(IT)
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine
  • Linguistics
  • Astrophysics, and so on.

In India, the liability of organizing this exam on a national level falls on the Science Olympiad Foundation(SOF). SOF IMO is held for three days across the country. Classes from 1-12 can participate in the first level of the competition. Those who clear the first round go on to compete on an international level.

The questions are objective-type multiple-choice questions of one mark each. There are a total of 35 questions for classes 1-4, whereas classes 5-12 have to attempt 50 questions in one hour. To get a more in-depth description, one can examine the IMO Class 8 Previous Year Paper 2012.

Various perks come along by participating in the IMO. They are elaborated as follows-

  • Awards/Certificates:
Class 1 and 2Award for 1st Level winners
Classes 3-12Class, zonal, and international topper awards for 2nd Level winners

If the second-level exams are not feasible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then for the year 2021-22, the Level 1 exam results will be treated as final.

Awards for performance in Level 1

  • School Level: For classes 1 and 2
5-9 students writing the examGold medal to the topper of the class
10-25 students writing the examGold medal to top 3 rank holders of the class
More than 25 students writing the examGold medal to top 10% rank holders in the class

Every student is also handed a Student Performance Report(SPR), which gives a detailed analysis of his/her performance in various sections of the question paper. An SPR consists of 5 sections, namely:

AMarks and rank achieved at school/city/zone/region
BPast year-wise analysis of student
CPercentile of the student at the class, city, and zonal level
DComparison of average marks at school, city, and zonal level
ETopic-wise performance analysis of the student

In addition to this, each student is awarded a participation certificate. The first top 25 students from each class and Olympiad are awarded Medals of Distinction.

  • Zonal Level:
RankScholarshipsNumber of Awards
1-25Medal + Certificate of Distinction7800
26+Participation CertificateAll

Awards for performance in Level 2

  • Zonal Level:
RankScholarshipsNumber of Awards
1stGifts worth Rs. 1000 each + Zonal Gold Medal + Zonal certificate of Excellence 312
2ndGifts worth Rs. 1000 each + Zonal Silver Medal + Zonal certificate of Excellence 312
3rdGifts worth Rs. 1000 each + Zonal Bronze Medal + Zonal certificate of Excellence 312
4-10Gifts worth Rs. 500 each + Medal of Distinction +  Certificate of Distinction2184
11-25Medal of Distinction +  Certificate of Distinction4680
26+Merit CertificateAll
  • International Level:
RankScholarshipsNumber of Awards
1stRs.50,000 each + International Gold Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
2ndRs.25,000 each + International Silver Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12
3rdRs.10,000 each + International Bronze Medal + Certificate of Outstanding Performance 12

Scholarships by IMO:

SOF IMO has also introduced several scholarships for the year 2021-2022, such as:

  • Girl Child Scholarship Scheme(SOF GCSS):  The SOF GCSS is to provide financial assistance to the girls from economically weaker sections of the society to help them move forward with their school education. Around 300 girls will be provided an educational scholarship amounting to Rs. 5000 each for their education for a whole year. Girls will be nominated and selected from all around India by filling up a nomination form sent along with a prospectus to their schools.
  • Scholarship for Excellence in English (SOF SEE): This scholarship will recognize and reward Excellence in English Language among school students in India. A nomination form will be sent to schools along with a prospectus.
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship (SOF AES): It will promote the all-around academic development of students. It will also recognize the performance of brilliant students and award them with Academic Excellence in Olympiad exams for different subjects in the form of a trophy and a citation. Only one student from classes 3-10 from each state/zone will be selected for this scholarship.


Benefits from these awards and scholarships positively motivate students. They prompt them to not only develop a healthy and competitive spirit but also contribute to the reinforcement of all the fundamentals learned up to that point in their brains.

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