Mathematics Olympiad is an international level competition for school students to discover and enhance their mathematical aptitudes. It is an international championship mathematics competition held annually among school students. The Math Olympiad helps school students to prepare for future competitive examinations. The problem solving skill of students will get improved by participating in this examination. The preparation and participation in these types of competitive examinations will make the school students to think analytically and critically. The Math Olympiad is conducted for the school students of class 1 to class 12. There is difference in conducting Math Olympiad exams for class 1 – 4 and class 5-12. Let’s see how to prepare for the Class 7 Math Olympiad.
The duration of the exam is 60 minutes. The exam is out of 60 marks. The question paper consists of 50 multiple choice questions which is divided into 4 sections including:-
- Logical Reasoning which includes 15 questions.
- Mathematical Reasoning which includes 20 questions.
III. Everyday Mathematics which includes 10 questions.
- Achievers Section which includes 5 questions.
The first three sections Logical reasoning, Mathematical reasoning and Everyday mathematics carry 1 mark for each question whereas the achievers section carry 3 marks for each of the questions. Students are required to mark the answers on an OMR sheet. Now, Let’s see the some questions regarding the syllabus:-
Number systems and Operations, Rational numbers, Fractions and Decimals, Algebraic Expressions, Conversion of units, Exponents and Powers, Percentage, Profit and loss, Linear Equations, Simple and Compound Interest, Mensuration, Ratio and Proportion, and Triangles, Perimeter, Area, Volume, Circles, Data handling, Applied Mathematics, Reasoning and Aptitude, Series completion, Problems based on figures, Find the odd one out, Symmetry, Embedded figures, Mathematical Operations.
1)What is next in the following series?
ZA, YB, XC, WD, ?
Answer is option C, VE.
2)Which number is the missing in the following figure? 5
Answer is option A, 1.
3)How many triangles are there in the figure?
Answer is option D, 12.
Mathematical Reasoning 1)What is 43/4– 21/2?
Answer is option C , 21/4.
2)What is 11.3 × 2.7 =
Answer is option D, 30.51.
3)Which of the following represents the product of n and 25?
Answer is option A, 25n.
1)In a parking lot, 2 out of every 10 cars is blue. What percentage of cars in this lot are blue?
- 20 %
Answer is option A,20%.
2)Rahul can throw a ball 50 3/5 metres high. Kumar can throw the same ball 481/3 metres high. How much farther can Rahul throw the ball than Kumar?
Answer is option C, 2 4/15m.
3)Cost of 4 apples is 8. What is the cost of 9 apples?
Answer is option C, 18.
4)A class has 20 students in total. The ratio of girls and boys is 3:4. How many girls are there?
Answer is option C, 9.
1)In a quiz, Forty prizes consisting of first and second prizes only are to be given. First and second prizes are worth Rs.2000 and Rs.1000, respectively. If the total prize money is Rs.65000, then
- The equation formed is
- The number of 1st prizes are
- The number of 2nd prizes are
- 2. 3.
- 2000x + 1000(40-x) = 65000 25 15
- 2000x – 1000(40-x) = 65000 20 10
- 2000x × 1000(x-40) = 65000 10 15
- 2000x ÷ 1000(x-40) = 65000 30 10
Answer is option A, 2000x + 1000(40-x) = 65000 25 15.
These are some of the model questions. The main steps one should do while preparing for Math Olympiad are the following:-
1) Prepare mathematics chapter and topic wise notes.
2) Do try worksheets and mock tests.
3) Develop logical reasoning.
4) Prepare well by practicing more and more mathematics related questions. More practice makes improvement.
There are some guidelines for the examination. They are the following:-
1) The medium of the exam is English.
2) CBSE, ICSE, ISC and other State Board Syllabus is followed for the setting of test papers.
3) The exam is conducted during school hours only.
4) Calculator is restricted inside the exam hall.
The Mathematics Olympiad competition is held among different countries. In India, the participation in the IMO was started since 1989. The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) in Mumbai, India under the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) is responsible for the operation of the Math Olympiad in India. Participating countries send minimum 6 students each year. The selection process includes several stages of competition and the final 6 will be chosen. The various stages includes;
Stage 1 – Pre-regional Mathematics Olympiad
Stage 2 – Regional Mathematics Olympiad
Stage 3 – National Mathematics Olympiad (INMO)
Stage 4 – International Mathematics Olympiad Training Camp
Stage 5 – International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
The best way to prepare for the Math Olympiad is;
1) Make your own ideas/ methods to understand the solutions well. 2) Practice makes everything better.
3) Start preparation early and it will help for time management. 4) Take short and scheduled break during study.
5) Practice OMR sheet.
6) Collect the study materials as early as possible.
7) Review the notes.
8) Get maximum of 8 hours of sleep a night, especially on the day before exam and it will refresh your mind.
9) Have fun, relax and study.
Hard work make victory possible. Don’t just work hard, work smart.