Questions regarding INOI 2021


I will be giving INOI 2021 for the first time, I’m in class X. A couple of (maybe dumb) questions:

  • Do we have to take our own laptops or will we be provided systems at the centre?
  • Will the OS and software (compiler, text editor etc.) be pre-installed or do we have to do it by ourselves?
  • Will we be able to submit multiple times (how many?) or only once?
  • Do we have to write our codes on a text editor, or on a compiler?
  • Can we compile and edit the code multiple times?
  • Are we allowed to take the Question paper back with us?
  • Will we be given blank sheets for rough work?


We have to take our own. The better the laptop (i7 core or Ryzen 9 processor, 16gb-128gb ram), the more the chances of qualification.

You will be given 10 minutes before the exam to install Arch linux and other required tools on a hard drive provided by the institution.

The more submissions you make, further down the ranklist you go, reducing your chances of qualification greatly.

Text editor? Who even uses text editor? Me and the bois code directly on the compiler.

No. Once you compile the code, the code file becomes read only. Any new changes have to be made in a new file (copying from the previous file won’t work - you’ll get loads of compiler errors).

Due to scarce resources and environmental concerns, all papers will be taken back, to be reused in the future examinations (if you stare hard enough, you can see the previous years questions on the provided question paper).

No. IOI is strictly computer bound. Hence, no form of hard copy work will be tolerated. No papers will be provided or allowed into the exam hall (admit card is an exception, but you are not allowed to write anything on it)


If you haven’t figured, the above was sarcastic. You will find all required details here: Indian Computing Olympiad - Current - IARCS

The answers to your questions are:

  1. No
  2. Pre-installed
  3. Yes. No limit.
  4. Are you a troll?
  5. Do you have stupid?
  6. The paper is (most probably) digital.
  7. Yes. You need to bring your own pen(cil)s thos.

In all honesty, you have very low chances of qualification if you don’t know how the basic system of coding-compiling-submitting works. Do try some questions from the INOIPRAC contest to acquaint yourself with the judging platform.


You always live up to your name :rofl:

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Done a few problems from INOIPRAC, Just didn’t knew how the system works as I’m still a novice. My chances are low already :slight_smile:

Also thanks for making me hyperventilate.

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Thank you so much!

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