The History of Olympiad Examinations
The history of Olympiad examinations dates back to 1895 when the first Olympiad examination in Mathematics was conducted in Hungary.
Thereafter, it became customary for all the European countries to conduct Olympiad examinations in their respective countries to identify the apex talent and gifted brains so that such talent can be nurtured and fine tuned.
The first International level Mathematical Olympiad was conducted in 1959 at Romania. Till today, this event remains the ‘Curtain Raiser ‘for the Olympiad activity in all other subjects like Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
But let us ask ourselves what ‘Olympiad’ signifies!!
Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of human endeavor and resilience. They originated in ancient Greece and were held every four years.
The word ‘Olympiad’ denotes the period of four years between two games and is characterized by rigorous and arduous preparations for the impending games.
Across the passage of time, the word ‘Olympiad’ has come to refer to any event that brings out the best talent and human excellence.