Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad 2019-20

One of the major initiatives undertaken by the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) in collaboration with Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) is the Mathematical Olympiad Program. The aim of this program is to identify mathematical talent in the country.

The first stage of this program is Pre- Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) and is conducted by the Mathematics Teachers Association, India (MTA).

The PRMO Exam will be held on 11th August 2019 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in different centres all over India. In some regions the exam has been re-scheduled.


In order to register for the PRMO:

  • Candidates must be Indian Citizens
  • Born on or after 1st August 2000
  • They should also be studying in Class 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th

It is the student’s responsibility to determine that she/he satisfies the eligibility norms. If at any stage, it is found that the student is not eligible, she/he will be immediately disqualified.

Exam Pattern

The PRMO 2019 will be a 3 hour test and will have 30 questions. The exam will be conducted in English and Hindi.


The syllabus of PRMO covers topics mostly from Class 11 to Class 12 levels, but the candidates must note that the problems under each topic involve a high level of difficulty. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO.

The syllabus for Mathematical Olympiad (regional, national and international) is pre-degree college mathematics. Topics included are:

  • Arithmetic of integers
  • Geometry
  • Quadratic Equations and Expressions
  • Trigonometry
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • System of linear equations
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Factorization of polynomial
  • Inequalities
  • Elementary combinatorics
  • Probability theory and number theory
  • Finite series and complex numbers
  • Elementary graph theory

The syllabus does not include Calculus and Statistics


The result of the PRMO Exam will be declared in the third week of September. The result will be declared online at the official website. Along with the result, HBCSE will also release the state wise cut-off. The final result will be declared by the fourth week of September after considering the discrepancies (if any reported).

The candidates who qualify the PRMO Exam, will be eligible for the next stage of the Mathematics Olympiad Program, the Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)





NTA: Registration for JEE Main 2020 Mock Test Begins!

National Testing Agency has commenced the registration process for the offline mock test for JEE Main 2020. All the interested candidates can avail the opportunity by booking their slots at different test centers, for the mock tests starting from August 10 to December 29, 2019. NTA had established more than 3400 TPCs for JEE Main across India in the previous year.

NTA has also started online JEE Main mock test 2020 for both paper 1 and paper 2, which can be conducted in three languages including Hindi, English and Gujarati. There are 18 mock tests available for JEE Main Paper 1 and one for Paper 2.

The mock test will help the JEE aspirants to test their capability to take the JEE Main exam. Furthermore, it will help in being familiar with the pattern and syllabus distribution. It will also improve their time management and accuracy.

Steps for Registration

  1. Visit the official website of NTA and click on “Student Registration (For Mock Test)”.
  2. Login via Gmail or Facebook
  3. For Gmail login, enter your username and password
  4. Fill out all the personal information required
  5. Select 5 centers in the order of preference
  6. Select the schedule of the session
  7. A confirmation message will be delivered to the registered mobile number.

Important Websites

Everything You Need to Know About NEET 2020


The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in Indian universities and colleges. The exam, which was conducted by CBSE until 2018, is now conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). NEET is a single examination being conducted to fill over 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats across the country.

Following is everything you need to know about NEET 2020:

Important Dates:


Tentative Dates

Online Registration/Filling Application Form First week of November 2019
Issuance of Admit Card April 2020
NEET 2020 Exam First week of May
Result Announcement First week of June
Mode of the examination:

The mode and frequency of the examination to be held in 2020 are still unclear. However, NEET 2020 maybe conducted twice a year, and in online mode. All aspirants will soon be updated about the changes by National Testing Agency (NTA).

Eligibility for NEET 2020:
  • Age limit: Upper age for candidates from General category is 25 years and for candidates from OBC/SC/ST categories is 30 years.
  • Educational Qualification: A candidate must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English as compulsory subjects in class XII.
  • Minimum marks required: (For UR – 50%), (For OBC/SC/ST – 40%), and (For PWD – 45%)
Languages you can take NEET 2020 in:

English, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu.

Steps to fill application form:
  • First Step – Register
  • Second Step  – Fill the application form
  • Third Step  – Upload photo and signature
  • Fourth Step  – Pay online fee
Documents required at the time of online registration:
  • X mark-sheet
  • XII mark-sheet
  • Identification proof
  • Scanned photograph
  • Scanned signature

JEE Main 2020 Registration starts soon!

                                    Registration for JEE MAIN 2020

The registration for JEE Main (2020), the most sought-after exam in India, is going to start soon. JEE Main is conducted by NTA, twice a year. The official website of JEE Main will be releasing the information about registration for January exam of JEE on 20th August as per the updated knowledge. The table given below provides details about the tentative dates of JEE Main 2020.

Important Dates(Tentative) January 2020 April 2020
Release of information brochure 20th August, 2019 January, 2020
Release of registration form 2nd September, 2019 1st week of February, 2020
Last date to submit the form 4th week of September, 2019 1st week of March, 2020
Release of Admit Card 3rd week of December, 2019 3rd week of March, 2020
JEE Main exam date 2nd week of January, 2020 2nd week of April, 2020
Declaration of result Last week of January, 2020 Last week of April, 2020


Eligibility Criteria

  • No age limit for the candidates to appear in JEE Main 2020 exam.
  • The candidates should have passed the 12thclass with 5 subjects.
  • Candidates should have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in the 11thand 12th
  • The students who have passed class 12th in 2018 and 2019 or are appearing for the 12th Board exam or equivalent exam in 2020 can appear for the JEE Main 2020.

For the updated information and notification release, you can visit the official website:





Is Engineering no longer a popular choice for students?

With the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) completing the admission process for undergraduate engineering courses in the various IITs, NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs on July 19, 2019, and the release of the seat matrix indicating the number of vacant seats by the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB); a shocking data has been presented. The figure of 7464 vacant seats in various NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs raises a question on the status of engineering being the most sought-after professional course. Seats lying vacant even in prestigious NITs like Delhi, Calicut, and Warangal is truly an eye-opener.

To look at the statistics of this academic session, a total of 2,45,000 students qualified to get admission in 25 IIITs, 31 NITs, and 28 GFTIs, but out of the total number, 29,139 students did not even register for seat allotment. Around 13,000 candidates opted out of the seat allocation process in the initial phase only. In fact, many students opted out of the JoSAA counseling process even after being qualified to get admission in one of the 23 IITs.

Following is a table showing the statistics of vacant seats in the various NITs:

NITs No. of Vacant Seats
NIT, Agartala 295
NIT, Srinagar 227
NIT, Jalandhar 198
NIT, Surat 192
NIT, Raipur 161
NIT, Durgapur 154
NIT, Rourkela 149
NIT, Nagaland 128
NIT, Nagpur 124
NIT, Calicut 121
NIT, Karnataka 114
NIT, Patna 108
NIT, Bhopal 102
NIT, Mizoram 102
NIT, Arunachal Pradesh 100
NIT, Tiruchirappalli 99
NIT, Kurukshetra 90
NIT, Andhra Pradesh 87
NIT, Jaipur 85
NIT, Silchar 83
NIT, Sikkim 82
NIT, Hamirpur 77
NIT, Manipur 69
NIT, Delhi 68
NIT, Warangal 62
NIT, Meghalaya 51
NIT, Jamshedpur 51
NIT, Allahabad 50
NIT, Puducherry 46
NIT, Goa 35
NIT, Uttarakhand 24

Following table shows the vacancy of seats in the various areas of specialization:

Branches No. of Vacant Seats
Mechanical Engineering 421
Civil Engineering 391
Electronics and Communication Engineering 380
Computer Science and Engineering 287
Chemical Engineering 231
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 186
Electrical Engineering 181

There is also a subsequent decrease in the number of aspirants appearing for JEE exam. From 12,90,028 students taking the exam in 2014, the number reduced to 11,47,125 in 2019. The following bar chart shows the yearly statistics of the declining number of JEE aspirants:

The data forces us to confront the shifting interest of students in the present time, where non-engineering courses are getting equal, if not more attention. The question then is – what is the reason behind this drastic change?

Some plausible reasons to support the data may be:

  • Increasing interest in new-age professions such as journalism, digital marketing, content writing, graphic designing etc.
  • The pressure and competition of undertaking the journey of becoming an engineer makes the option less appealing. The difficulty level of the examination is as relentless as to drive students to the point of depression.
  • Lack of interest in students to pursue Science because of poor teaching methodologies at school level.
  • The dismal education system of the country doesn’t provide engineers with the adequate skills required in the professional world, thus leading to lack of employment.

Thus, it is time that we seriously consider what the future holds for engineering as a profession. Whether it will lose its glory or continue to be the most booming industry is a question which needs our immediate attention.