×

# Tips to qualify RMO

This discussion has been deleted!

Note by Swapnil Das
1 year, 6 months ago

Sort by:

I got a perfect score (102/102) in the Karnataka RMO as a 11th grader, and qualified for INMO in 10th grade the year before that, so I might be of some help.
What I've learnt along the way is this:
1. Don't ever be intimidated by the problems. You get scared, you lose. I learnt this the hard way in INMO - I couldn't solve problems in the test that I would have easily solved at home. Dealing with pressure and expectations is difficult, but don't let it get to you during the test.
2. Read the Art of Problem Solving Part 1. Many of the strategies there are extremely useful; there's a reason it's so popular. Wishful thinking and 'keeping your eye on the ball' are two of my favorites.
3. Every RMO problem is killed by one key observation/ fact. Get this, and you're pretty much done. Examples are, a certain quadrilateral is cyclic, this expression is a perfect square, and so on. Not very difficult to see, but not obvious either.
4. You only need to solve 3-4 problems out of 6 to qualify. Make significant progress in one problem and you'll get more marks than had you spent trying all of the 6 problems. From what I've seen, you get either 0,1,2 or 6,7,8 or 15,16,17 marks based on your progress. This makes it crucial to focus on the problems you know you can solve.
5. Geometry is important, there are generally 2 questions every year. It's pretty fun too. Don't be afraid to bash (try big computations) if you have the time. Some questions require patience. A lot of it.
6. Inequalities are dead at the IMO level (almost) because of calculus based techniques like the tangent line method, uvw, pqr, Langrange multipliers, and so on. But, you will never need to know any of these for RMO. Stick to your basics, such as the Power Mean, Cauchy Schwartz and Chebyshev inequalities. I guarantee you that these will be enough for now. Recently however, there are fewer inequalities being asked in the RMO.
7. Number theory is useful. Always look out for an application of Fermat's little theorem or some other congruence if asked to solve an equation in natural numbers.
That's all I have, feel free to ask any questions. · 1 year, 6 months ago

hello, i am abhishek .i want to ask u that is the brilliant rmo wiki is enough to get qualified for krmo i am in 10 th standard · 12 months ago

It's all about how much you practice, not the topics you learn. · 11 months, 4 weeks ago

No, as per my opinion. · 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Hey would u have any tips for pre-rmo? @Swapnil Das @Ameya Daigavane · 2 months, 2 weeks ago

is "Art of Problem Solving" that you mentioned about in point 2, a book? i didnt understant point 3. Thanks! I am in 10th class now, i appeared for Delhi RMO last year after clearing PreRMO, and got severly dumped. · 3 months ago

Art of Problem Solving Volume 1 It's a good book! · 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Excellent tips! Thank you! · 1 year, 5 months ago

Great Tips! · 1 year, 6 months ago

@Ameya Daigavane Can you share something about 'Wishful Thinking' and 'Keep your eye on the ball' here? We would love to learn those techniques from you. $\huge\ddot\smile$ · 1 year, 5 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, I've been off Brilliant lately.
'Wishful Thinking' comes down to, "If this situation was simpler, how could I solve the problem?" and then looking at characteristics that could simplify the problem greatly. An example would be - if $$ABCD$$ were a cyclic quadrilateral, then I can then invoke Ptolemy's...and I'm done!
And then we try to prove the statement we want to be true.
Note that a lot of times we could go wrong with our wishes, so you should carefully analyze and check a few cases, or draw a few diagrams before diving in.

"Keeping your eye on the ball" is just another way of saying "Don't lose focus of what you're trying to prove".
During a proof, you might find something interesting that may or may not be related to the problem itself. At this point, you need to ask yourself, "Does this property simplify my proof, or shed new light on the problem?"
Otherwise, you risk going off on a tangent, wasting time and effort.
This advice is best for competitions, as you should always try to discover stuff on your own, when you have the time to.
Mathematics is all about the joy of discovery. · 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Nicely written! Thanks! · 1 year, 6 months ago

You are most welcome! · 1 year, 6 months ago

Nicely written and an inspirational note ! Nice job... · 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you very much :) · 1 year, 6 months ago

Which books do you refer to for preparation and which books should I refer to (as I am much below your intelligence )seeing my present level. Does learning a no. Of theorems useful?Please enlighten me 😆 · 1 year, 6 months ago

Nah bro, don't underestimate yourself. You have a great potential. You can refer books I recommended in the RMO board. And coming to theorems, I have some tips that you may follow:

• Yes, learning of theorems is useful, really useful.

• On the other side, don't try to just cram up the theorems without knowing what they mean or deriving them yourself once.

• Don't try to learn everything, particularly algebra. Many algebraic theorems are easily derivable. Learn some geometrical ones so that the solution to a given question seems somewhat 'obvious' to you.

These are some points I could gather from my own experience. I hope you find this useful :) · 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you for your invaluable tips and by R.M.O. board you mean the one which you created earlier right and can you please suggest the important topics as this would be my last chance(I would be in class 11 after completion of my ICSE boards next week)so I have minimal time. · 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes, I meant the one I created long ago.

Important topics to study for RMO, you need that, right? Let me gather some for you in the comment.

• Do study Algebra and Geometry carefully. After you finish up, study combinatorics with some stress on proof based problems.

• For Algebra, study Theory of Equations and Inequalities. Don't give much stress on the latter, as it is becoming non-existent nowadays.

• Study about Circles and Triangles in Geometry, and learn lot of theorems about the same. Work more on construction problems.

• I would not encourage you to learn Number Theory now, as it is your last shot for RMO. It is an entirely new topic, and studying the same would be highly time consuming.

• Make questions of your own, and try posting them here as a note or to any of us privately. This would help you get you work verified.

• Take time, 2 months for each topic. Have patience while solving problems, though they may look tedious at the first sight. I had spent 6 hours for a single geometry problem, and at last got that right!

· 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey I am slightly weak at geometry which books would u suggest and would u have any tips for me @Swapnil Das · 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your help!you're truly great 😊 · 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh no, I am no great. It was a pleasure helping you :) · 1 year, 6 months ago

amazing tips!!! · 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh Thanks :) · 1 year, 6 months ago

I remember one guy telling me that he wanted to be like Albert Einstein. He wanted to learn calculus before the age of 15 (just like Einstein). I don't know what has happened to that guy. · 1 year, 6 months ago

See, knowledge has no value if it is not executed properly. · 1 year, 6 months ago

I even don't know what has happened to me :P · 1 year, 6 months ago

I am in class 9. I want to participate in RMO this year.as I don't know anything about combinatorics,functional equations and higher algebra please suggest me some books and ways to prepare.please suggest those books that can help me.understand the topic as I am a beginner. · 6 months ago

See RMO Board created by me. · 6 months ago

i have 8 months left for rmo . i have started with number theory . is it correct ? · 7 months, 1 week ago

Sure. Starting way ahead of time helps. · 7 months, 1 week ago

what should be the sequence . and what resources should i use ? · 7 months, 1 week ago

Use Titu Andreescu Books and also Evan Chen notes. · 7 months, 1 week ago

sorry for another question, but how much time (days/months) should i give to each topic? i also have david m burton elementary number theory · 7 months, 1 week ago

2-3 hours everyday. Any topic you like. · 7 months, 1 week ago

thank you , i basically study on my own . are you sure only these 2 books will help? are there OTHERS? · 7 months, 1 week ago

search rmo board created by me. i and others have cited some. · 7 months, 1 week ago

@Ameya Daigavane- I am Alapan. I am giving RMO this year (class 10) and I am pretty confused about geometry. I feel I am not good at it. Please help. · 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Shall we create a RMO board similar to the one last year? I found it very helpful. · 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Sure! Create a board! · 11 months, 3 weeks ago

RMO is coming near!9th sept!put full effort as much as you can guys!best of luck!There is a sample paper available at rmomath.mah have a look at it! · 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for mentioning. · 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks you very much for creating this very helpful note. · 1 year, 5 months ago

Oh, my pleasure :) · 1 year, 5 months ago

You have done a Very courageous work! Hats off to you .. SWAPNIL BROTHER · 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you brother! · 1 year, 6 months ago

Thnks · 1 year, 6 months ago

You are welcome :) · 1 year, 6 months ago

@Swapnil Das How can one improve their Geometry problem solving skills....it takes A LOT of creative thinking! · 1 year, 5 months ago

True, you have to practice a lot. · 1 year, 5 months ago

Is there any good book which one may use... Thanks in advance! · 1 year, 5 months ago

• Geometry revisited
• Olympiad notes by Evan Chen
• Arihant RMO and INMO by Rajeev Manocha
· 1 year, 5 months ago

can you please suggest me some good questions on induction · 1 year, 5 months ago

Well!I have many questions on induction presently!please convey of which topic u want!one such simple question is prove that 3^(n+2) does not divide 2^3^n+1 for any positive integer n!(hint use a lemma for 3^(n+1))☺ · 1 year ago