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Meet Rishi, an SOF IMO topper


31 December 2020

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History of SOF math Science Olympiad

SOF is an Educational Organization popularizing academic competition and assisting the development of competitive spirit among school children.

SOF was established by leading academicians, scientists, and media personalities with the aim of promoting Science, Mathematics, Computer Education, English, General Knowledge, and professional courses. Science Olympiad Foundation has been striving for close to 25 years to promote scientific attitude and temperament through innovative activities and use of IT in the learning processes that involve school students across the globe. 


The key to having a large, exclusive scientific and IT talent pool for the future is seeking out, identifying young geniuses, and providing them with a unique competitive platform where they can prove themselves.

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Interview with Rishi Sivashankar topper of SOF International Math Olympiad 

Rishi Sivashankar is a 2nd grader from Chennai, who recently added a new feather to his hat of achievements by securing a score of 38/40 and a Rank 5 in the SOF International Math Olympiad. We had the opportunity to talk to this young champ about his experience with the exam.

How was your experience with the Math Olympiad?

It was a very interesting opportunity.

How did you prepare for it?

I prepared with previous IMO question papers and also solved the question papers given by Cuemath.

How did you feel when you got to know about your rank?

I was very happy and excited. I felt it will be a proud moment for my parents

How did being in Cuemath help you ace the Olympiad?

I solved many questions in Cuemath class and it helped me in solving the Olympiad exam without fear.

How do you think Math will help you get closer to your dream of becoming an astronaut?

By understanding Maths, I will be able to understand the concepts of my future studies which can help me in achieving my dream.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give to the kids who are about to join Cuemath?

At Cuemath class we can study and also have a lot of fun with math games which will help to understand maths very easily.


This blog mainly focuses about a student of 2nd grade who overcome this difficulties and made a top in the exam with the support of cuemath and his ability no not give up.

How can you focus on competitive exams and be successful here are few tips you should follow:

Step 1: Follow a time-table. As a first step, make a time-table keeping in mind what you want to achieve in the short-term and long-term.
Step 2: Focus on preparation.
Step 3: Evaluate yourself. 
Step 4: Stay positive and confident.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Math Olympiad hard?

The examination is held over two consecutive days and contestants have four and a half hours to solve three problems per day, which can include geometry, number theory and algebra. You don't need knowledge of higher mathematics such as calculus, but the questions are designed to be extremely difficult.

How do you appear at the math Olympiad?

  1. Top 5% class wise candidates who appear in the Level 1 exam.
  2. Top 25 rank holders in Level 1 in terms of Class and Zone.
  3. Class topper will qualify for Level 2 where at least 10 students from a class appear in the exam and scores 50% qualifying marks.

External references 

To know more of SOF International Math Olympiad click the link below:

Main goals of SOF 

Why are Olympiad Exams Important

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