Mathematical Kangaroo Competition


Mathematical Kangaroo (also known as International Mathematical Kangaroo or Kangourou sans frontieres in French) is an international mathematical competition that takes place in 92 countries. There are twelve levels of participation, ranging from 1to 12 grades. The key competence tested by Mathematical Kangaroo is not just pure knowledge of formulas, but the logical combination of concepts.

Kangourou sans Frontieres is an organisation made up by mathematicians from all over the world. They aim to spread the love of mathematics, encourage mathematical education in schools, and create a favourable perception of mathematics in society, motivated by the importance of mathematics in the current world. The annual Kangaroo Mathematics Competition is the main activity of Kangourou sans Frontieres. Mathematical questions in the multiple-choice format are available to students at all levels of school. The questions aren't the typical textbook problems, and they cover a wide range of topics. They demand imagination, basic computational abilities, logical reasoning, and other problem-solving strategies in addition to inspiring ideas, perseverance, and creativity. Small anecdotes, surprising questions and results frequently appear, prompting conversations with friends and family. The organisation of the competition in the individual countries is up to the members of Kangourou sans Frontieres.

The competition is now taking place all over the world. Sweden was the first to participate in 1999. In Germany, 860,000 students from 9,000 schools participated in 2011, up from 549,000 in 2007. The competition was held in Latin America in 2014. A week-long Kangaroo summer camp was hosted by the Bulgarian association in 2017. In Canada, elementary school math contest clubs teach "questions typical of the Math Kangaroo Contest," beginning with those that include a visual component and assist in the development of logic and spatial reasoning. Pakistani students initially participated in the competition in 2005, and the number of participants has grown each year since then. The tournament was immensely popular in Europe and was "making its way into the United States," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2009. Denmark took part for the first time in 2015. In 2017, India competed for the first time as part of the International Olympiad Academy.

Test Format

  • This is a 90-minute exam. For Grades 5 to 12, there will be 30 questions worth 120 points, and for Grades 1 to 4, there will be 24 questions worth 96 points. Each question contains five MCQ-based options.
  • Individually registered students can only take the online exam, & Schools interested in participating in the Mathematical Kangaroo Competition can apply through both offline and online mode.
  • For participants who registered offline, the contest will be conducted by the designated contact person at the student's school.
  • They will be given an answer sheet (OMR Sheet) to write their response on. They can use a blank sheet for calculation and, after the exam, it must be handed back to the proctor or invigilator.
  • Pre Ecolier-1 and Pre Ecolier-2 students will take the same test paper but will be ranked separately. Same applies for Ecolier-1 & 2; Benjamin-1 & 2; Cadet- 1&2; Junior-1 & 2 and Student-1 & 2.
  • 1 point will be deducted for each incorrect answer, and no penalty for skipping a question.
  • During the exam, pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, and other geometrical instruments are allowed.
  • Instruments or gadgets like calculators, smart watches, etc. are strictly prohibited.
  • The first-round perfect scorer will appear in the Final round of competition.


Medals and Merit Certificates

  • Gold medals will be awarded to the top 5% of competitors; silver medals will be awarded to the next top 10% of competitors, and bronze medals will be awarded to the next top 10% of competitors. All medalists will be presented with merit certificates. Others will receive a participation or appreciation certificate.
  • Only an e-certificate will be given for appreciation and participation.
  • In the final round of competition, the first-round perfect scorer will compete. Students who score higher than 95% in the final round will receive a Perfect Score Award, a Gold Medal, and $100 in cash.