Stage III to V of Indian National Mathematics Olympiad (IPhO)
Stage III: Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Mathematics
The students who have cleared the second stage i.e.. INMO awardees are then invited to a month long training camp usually in the months of April-May each year at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai. Along with the INMO awardees, participants who had been given training in the previous year and who have satisfactorily gone through postal tuition throughout the year are re-invited to a second round of Training (Senior Batch). This senior batch of students after completing this round of training are awarded with a prize of Rs. 5, 000/-in the form of books and cash. AT the end of the training camp, a team of the best six students is choosen from both junior as well as senior batch participants.
Stage IV: Pre-departure Training (PDT) Camps for IMO
The selected team of six students goes through another round of training and orientation for about 10 days prior to departure for IMO.
Stage V: Participation in IMO
This trained six member team then represents India in IMO accompanied by a leader, a deputy leader and an observer. The IMO is held in July every year in a different foreign country every year. The IMO test comprises of two 4 and ½-hour written test which is held on two consecutive days. The entire programme is of about two weeks. India has been participating in the IMO since 1989. Students of the Indian Team who receive gold, silver and bronze medals at the IMO receive a cash prizes of Rs. 5000/-, Rs. 4000/-and Rs. 3000/-respectively at a formal ceremony at the end of the training Camp during the following year.
The entire expenses of the students and the accompanists is borne by the Government. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) finances international travel of the team, the leader and the deputy leader, while NBHM (DAE) finances the other expenditure connected with the international participation and the entire in-country programme.
However to reach the international level, RMO is the step. For participation in RMO, it is necessary that the student gets into contact with the regional co-ordinator of their region well in advance for enrollment and payment of stipulated (nominal) fees.