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Indian Computing Olympiad, 2019
Started in 2002, the Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO) is a nationwide programming competition held annually by Indian Association For Research In Computing Science (IARCS). The goal of the competition is to identify school students with outstanding skills in algorithms and computer programming.
This competition is used to select the team of four students to represent India at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). IOI is one of the twelve international Science Olympiads held annually. Other prominent Science Olympiads include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Astronomy.
It is a three-stage competition.
Details about the stages
The three stages of ICO are as follows:
Note: All these exams are individual events.
The syllabus for the first 2 stages is the list of Basic Topics in the Online Study Material.
Many National and International institutions have special admission procedures for Olympiad students. Find more details here: www.iarcs.org.in/inoi/#incentives
Participation in Olympiad: An Inspiration for a Career in Computer Science
The unique experience of the Olympiad inspires young students to continue their fascinating journey with computer science. Most of the past Olympiad students have chosen academic careers in computer science at reputed universities and research institutions in India and abroad.
Indian Performance at International Olympiad in Informatics
Indian students have been participating at the IOI since 2002. India has won 1 gold medal, 13 silver medals, and 32 bronze medals. More details here: stats.ioinformatics.org/results/IND
Go for Gold Award
Directi and CodeChef have extended their Go For Gold program, which was created to see an Indian college student win gold at the ICPC world finals to the Indian Middle/High School students. More on the ICPC Go For Gold program can be read here.
Under our IOI Go For Gold initiative we want to see a Indian middle/high school student win gold medal at International Olympiads in Informatics.
The coveted Go For Gold award remains unclaimed for consecutive 4 years since 2015. The prize money at stake for the year 2019 is INR 1,312,438. You can read all about our Go For Gold for schools program and awards to be won here.
We wish to see more and more students taking up computer programming while they are in school and to bring glory to their school, parents, and the whole nation.