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About the Indian Computing Olympiad

The Indian Computing Olympiad is a nationwide competition organized annually by IARCS. The goal of the competition is to identify school students with outstanding skills in algorithms and computer programming.

The Indian Computing Olympiad is open to all school students across the country, from any school board. Any student registered in school upto class 12 during the current academic year is eligible. There is no lower age limit for participation.

The Indian Computing Olympiad 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.

The first round of the Indian Computing Olympiad is in two parts.

  • The Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) is a written exam. held at centres across the country. ZIO-2016 was held on Sunday, 15 November, 2015.

  • Alternatively, students can also also qualify for the second round by taking part in the Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO), an online programming contest. ZCO-2016 was held concurrently with ZIO-2016 on Sunday, 15 November, 2015.

The second round, the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) involves programming. INOI-2016 took place on Sunday, 10 January, 2016.

27 students were selected from INOI for the IOI Training Camp (IOITC). IOITC-2016 was held during May, 2016.

IOI-2016 will take place in Kazan, Russia in August, 2016.

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Incentives for students

Codechef conducts a monthly programming contest Lunch Time through Codechef for Schools and offers incentives for IOI through the Go for Gold for IOI programme  ...

The following academic institutions in India have special admission procedures for ICO students.

  • Chennai Mathematical Institute offers direct admission to students selected for IOITC in Class 12.  ...

  • IIIT Delhi offers bonus marks to students selected for INOI and IOITC  ...

  • IIIT Hyderabad offers admission via the Olympiad category to students selected for IOITC  ...

The following international academic institutions have special admission procedures for IOI students.

  • The Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada, offers Michael and Ophelia Lazaridis Olympiad Scholarships to IOI medallists  ...

Our partners

The Indian Computing Olympiad is held in partnership with:

From 2001-2002 to 2013-2014, ZIO and INOI were coordinated through CBSE.

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