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The Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) is the second of the three rounds of the Indian Computing Olympiad towards selection of the Indian team for the annual International Olympiad in Informatics. Selected students are eligible for a fortnight-long training camp, the IOITC.
About the Indian Computing OlympiadEdit
The Indian Computing Olympiad (ICO) is a nationwide competition organized annually by the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science in coordination with CBSE. The goal of the competition is to identify school students with outstanding skills in algorithms and computer programming.
INOI is the second of the three stages towards selection of the Indian team for the International Olympiad in Informatics, the first and the third being ZIO and International Olympiad in Informatics respectively. In this exam, students have to write programs on a computer, unlike the ZIO which is a pen-and-paper test. About thirty students are selected for a fortnight long intensive training camp (International Olympiad in Informatics).
The INOI has been conducted by the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science with organisational help from the CBSE.
Pattern of the examEdit
The INOI is a programming competition round. Students are expected to solve two algorithmic problems in 3 hours in either C , CBSE or Pascal . Questions in this round are similar to those in the International Olympiad in Informatics and other national computing olympiads. Examples of such questions can be found at the IARCS monthly online contest page.
Eligibilty and participationEdit
The eligibility criteria used for the International Olympiad in Informatics are also used for the INOI. Hence, all Indian nationals who have not formally joined college are eligible for writing the INOI.
Students who have been selected through the ZIO are allowed to participate in this round. Also, all students who participated in the International Olympiad in Informatics the previous year and are still eligible for participation in the INOI get a direct entry to write INOI without writing the ZIO.
Conduct of the examEdit
The INOI is held at various centres across the country. Students are provided with a computer with the necessary programming environment for the competition. This year INOI was held on January 19, 2008 and results have been declared.
Selection for the training campEdit
About thirty top-performing students in the INOI are selected for the International Olympiad in Informatics. These students are provided with a Cd-rom containing FreePascal, Windows versions of GNU C and C++ (DJGPP) and other necessary tools for practising.
There have been complaints in the past that the name "Informatics" is misleading. From 2006-07 the entire olympiad process (comprising the ZIO, INOI, and International Olympiad in Informatics) will be called Indian Computing Olympiad, or ICO. However the names of the various stages/examinations remains unchanged.
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