Online registrations open for Indian Olympiad Qualifiers 2021-22


Want to enroll for the international Olympiads in Maths or Astronomy or any of the science subjects? Looking for the dates of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier tests? First, you need to appear for the Indian Olympiad Qualifiers (IOQs) in the respective subjects. This article provides complete information on the various IOQs, including the eligibility criteria for each, the online registration website to enroll for them, and the timetable of the Indian Olympiad Qualifier tests.

The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is the nodal centre in India for the national Olympiad program in Maths and Basic Sciences, which is the stepping stone to participating in international Olympiads.

In the case of Maths, there is a five-stage process that is conducted under the aegis of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). The first stage of this process is the Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics (IOQM). Subsequently, the remaining stages are organized by HBCSE.

In the case of Basic Sciences, the Olympiad programs are for Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Junior Science, and Physics. Like it is for Maths, there is a five-stage process for each of the above subjects separately, the first stage of which is the Indian Olympiad Qualifier (IOQ) which is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) in collaboration with the teacher associations in other subjects. Subsequently, the remaining stages are organized by HBCSE.



About Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Mathematics

In brief, the format of the test is that there are 30 questions for the exam that is of three hours' duration, with each question having an integer answer in the range of 00 – 99.

Eligibility requirements

Nationality: You must be eligible to hold an Indian passport (refer to the official information bulletin to know about OCI-cardholders).

Age criteria: Your date of birth should be on or after 1st August 2002.

Academics: You should be a resident of, and studying in, India since 30th November 2019 or earlier, or you should be a student in an Indian school system since 30th November 2019 or earlier. Only students who are studying in Class 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 are eligible to appear for the IOQM. If you are a student of a Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) or a Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), then also you are eligible to appear for the IOQM.

Additionally, you must not have completed (or scheduled to complete) the Class 12 Board exam earlier than 30th November 2021. You should also not have started or plan to start studies in a university or any equivalent institution by 1st June 2022.

Note- If you are a recipient of a Merit Award of Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO)-2021 or an awardee of INMO from 2021 or earlier, then you can directly appear for the INMO 2022 without the requirement of having to qualify through IOQM, on condition that you fulfil the required eligibility criteria of International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)-2022 and of the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO)-2023.

About Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Basic Sciences

The test will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

Eligibility requirements

The eligibility criteria as mentioned below for registration is the same for the (i) Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Astronomy (IOQA), (ii) Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Biology (IOQB), (iii) Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Chemistry (IOQC), and (iv) Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Physics (IOQP).

Nationality: You must be eligible to hold an Indian passport (refer to the official information bulletin to know about OCI-cardholders.

Age criteria: Your date of birth should be between 1st July 2002 and 30th June 2007, both days inclusive.

Academics: Same as for IOQM. Additionally, you must not be appearing in Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science (IOQJS)-2021-2022.

After the IOQ result: The number of students to be selected for the Orientation-cum-Selection Camp (OCSC) is 50 for Astronomy, and 35 each for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Junior Science. However, the number of students may change before the IOQ exams.



About Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science

For this test, there are no questions directly on Maths, but only on Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with almost equal weightage.

Nationality: You must be eligible to hold an Indian passport (refer to the official information bulletin to know about OCI-cardholders.

Age criteria: Your date of birth between 1st January 2007 and 31st December 2008, both days inclusive.

Academics: You must be residing and studying in India since 30th November 2019 or earlier, or you should be studying in an Indian school system since 30th November 2019 or earlier. You should currently be a student of Class 8, 9, or 10, and not have completed (or scheduled to complete) the Class 10 Board exam earlier than 30th November 2021. Additionally, you should note be appearing in any of IOQA, IOQB, IOQC or IOQP 2021-2022.

IOQ Registration Procedure

Registration has to be done through the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education Olympiads official website. For details of the registration fee and selection procedure for each of the IOQs, refer to the information that is provided at the respective websites.

The last date to register for IOQs is 31st October 2021.

Indian Olympiad Qualifier Timetable Schedule

Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Maths: 9th January 2022, 9:00 hrs. to 12:00 hrs.
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Junior Science: 9th January 2022, 14:30 hrs. to 18:00 hrs.
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Physics: 16th January 2022, 9:00 hrs. 12:30 hrs.
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Biology: 16th January 2022, 14:30 hrs. to 18:00 hrs.
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Astronomy: 23rd January 2022, 9:00 hrs. to 12:30 hrs.
Indian Olympiad Qualifier in Chemistry: 23rd January 2022, 14:30 hrs. to 18:00 hrs.

Contact information

For queries and assistance with the online registration procedure, you can send an email to helpdesk.ioq22@gmail.com

Contact Ph.: +91-8433527954, +91-8433527956 – call on any working day from Monday to Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 1 p.m./2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and on Saturdays between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Related websites-
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education website: https://olympiads.hbcse.tifr.res.in/
Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) website: https://www.iapt.org.in/
Mathematics Teachers' Association (India) website: https://www.mtai.org.in/

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