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CBSE Group Mathematical Olympiad (GMO)

Group Maths Olympiad

To be held in 2nd December, 2012

Mathematical Olympiads are the competitions conducted by different organisations to identify, encourage, promote and nurture the talent in mathematics at state, regional, national and international levels.

After having been accorded the status of an independent group by National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) in 1997, Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi has been conducting CBSE group Mathematics Olympiad for students studying in its affiliated schools.

The said competition will be conducted on 2nd December, 2012 at different centres located in different parts of the country. Top 30 students from CBSE group will then participate in Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) conducted by National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM). Selection at National level leads to participation at the International Mathematical Olympiad.


The role of mathematics cannot be denied in the age of rapid technological advancements and innovations. The broad objectives of conducting Mathematical Olympiad include:

  • Identifying talent in Mathematics
  • Providing opportunities to young and talented students to solve challenging problems in Mathematics
  • Promoting excellence in Mathematics
  • Encouraging talented students to pursue careers in the fields related to Mathematics


  1. Any student studying in class XII, XI, X or IX can participate in the competition. However, there will be a common question paper for all participants. Bright students from class VIII may also appear in RMO.
  2. A school can sponsor upto five students for the competition.
  3. The five students should be selected strictly on the basis of a screening test conducted by the school itself.


Every sponsored candidate shall remit a sum of Rs. 55/- as entry fee for the examination. The fee of the candidates should be forwarded by the principal of sponsoring school to the venue principal (centre) in the form of demand draft in favour of the principal of the venue school. The list of state coordinators (venue schools) appears at the end of this folder.


  1. Sixteenth CBSE Group Mathematical Olympiad 2012 will be held on Sunday, 2nd December, 2012 at the centre notified at the end of this folder.
  2. The duration of the examination will be 3 hours (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)


The fee along with desired information about the sponsored students should reach the state coordinator by 10th October, 2012. In no case should the fee or documents be sent to the Board.


  1. The head of the participating schools will forward the names of sponsored students to the state coordinator nominated by the Board
  2. The information about the sponsored candidates including name, father’s name, date of birth, school address, class, residential address, total marks obtained in the class one lower than in which he/she is studying, should be sent to the state coordinator along with the fee before the last date.
  3. The sponsored candidates should be bonafide students of the institution
  4. The admit card to be issued by the sponsored school should have complete information about the students.
  5. The admit card should also carry the signature of the student and his/her latest photograph duly attested by the principal.


  1. The Group Mathematical Olympiad will be held at one or two venues in each state as listed in the folder.
  2. Every candidate is required to appear at the venue in his/her state only. No change of venue for the examination will be admissible.
  3. Every candidate has to bear the expenditure for his/her transport, board and lodging etc.
  4. In case of candidates studying in gulf schools, the schools will have to make arrangement for candidates to appear at the identified centre.
  5. The state coordinator will inform all the participating schools about the roll nos. of the candidates, exact venue, date of examination, time of examination and the other details


The question paper will be made available in English medium. The candidates are required to answer in English only.


There is no specific syllabus for the examination. Areas of school mathematics such as algebra, geometry, basic number theory, trigonometry, arithmetic, combinatorics etc. are to be prepared for the test. The question paper will consist of 6-7 questions of non-routine nature.


  1. The coordinator will act as the Centre Superintendent. For the examination at his/her centre. He/she will appoint invigilator as per CBSE examination norms.
  2. In addition to invigilators the Centre Superintendent may appoint one clerk/peon for the conduct of the examination.


  1. The question papers will be sent by CBSE to the state/regional coordinator directly in advance.
  2. The coordinator shall keep the sealed paper in his/her safe custody till the commencement of examination. The sealed packets containing the question paper should be opened only half an hour before the start of examination.


The answer sheets of candidates who appear in CBSE GMO will be evaluated at CBSE Headquarters. CBSE will select 30 candidates strictly in order of merit. Only the selected candidates will be informed about the result and will be eligible to appear in the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad conducted by NBHM. The name of the selected candidates will be communicated to respective schools as well as NBHM for further necessary action.

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