Olympiad in informatics
The Indian Computing Olympiad is used to select the team of 4 students to represent India at the International Olympiad for Informatics (IOI). The competation is held in three stages : The Zonal Informatics Olympiad, The National Olympiad in Informatics, and The International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp. Stage I :
The Zonal Informatics Olympiad (ZIO) is a written round. Most of the questions can be solved with the use of algorithmic techniques, altough logic is usually enough.
Stage II :
The Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) students have to write programs on a computer. The INOI is a programming competition round. Students are expected to solve two algorithmic problems in 3 hours in either C, C++ or pascal. Questions in this round are similar to those in the IOI and other national computing Olympiads. About thirty top-performing students in the INOI are selected for the International Olympiad in Informatisc Traning Camp (IOITC).
Stage III :
The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOITC) is a one fortnight long annual training camp held in India to select and train students to represent India at International Olympiad in Informatics.
At the completion of the camp, 4 students are selected to represent India at the International Olympiad in Informatics. When & how should I start Preparing for the olympiads ? The Olympiads are most prestigious school competation in the world. Students have to go through a rigorous process to be selected for the Indian team. Students selected to represent the country get an opportu nity to complete and win prizes at an International level.
Students who represent India in the International olympiad in Physics/chemistry/Mathematics/Informatics and Astronomy automatically qualify for KVPY Fellowship. Organisations like Infosys, Sasken, NASSCOM etc. also give prizes top the participants and winners of the International Olympiads.
Usually students appear for the olympiads in class XI but brilliant students can appear for the stage I exam level in lower classes and increase their number of attempts and even their medal tally as they can participate in the International Olympiad till they reach Class XII.