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About the Indian Computing Olympiad
The Indian Computing Olympiad is a nationwide competition organized annually by IARCS in coordination with CBSE. 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.
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 six prominent Science Olympiads held annually. The other five Science Olympiads are held in 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. The next edition, ZIO 2014, will place in November, 2013. The exact date and registration procedure will be announced on this webpage.
In addition to ZIO, students can also also qualify for the second round by taking part in the Zonal Computing Olympiad (ZCO), an online programming contest. ZCO 2014 will take place in November–December, 2013. The exact date and registration procedure will be announced on this webpage.
The second round, the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) is held at centres across the country. INOI 2014 will take place in January 2014. INOI involves programming in any one of three languages: C, C++ or Pascal.
About 25 students are selected from INOI for a training camp, typically, held in May–June to select the Indian team for IOI.
IOI-2014 will take place in Taiwan in early July, 2013. The dates for the training camp will most likely be in early May, to ensure that the team is selected in time to complete all travel and registration formalities for IOI-2014.