The International Olympiads in Problem Solving is a multi-tiers competition for both school students and university students.
The aim of the Olympiads is to showcase the skills in problem solving and competitive programming in the computing sciences and engineering
among the participating countries. Thus, the participating contestants can share their proficiencies in information and communication
The « International Olympiads in Problem Solving (IOPS) » is to be organized yearly by one of the participating countries.
All countries which have an officially recognized relationship with the United Nations or UNESCO are welcomed to participate.
For each participating country, a national steering committee is appointed to make intense training and fair selection of the national delegation.
The national steering committee is free to choose the adequate procedures for training and conducting local and national contests.
Only contestants selected to be members of their national delegation can attend the international world final of the Olympiad.
The selection of contestants for the national delegation of a participating country is the sole responsibility of the national steering committee of that country.
A national delegation is composed of 4 to 12 contestants and two representatives of the national steering committee.
Students compete individually and try to solve the maximum problems by finding the most efficient solutions.
Any school student or university student aged no more than 25 years is eligible to compete in the Olympiad.
The international steering committee is responsible for the conduction of the Olympiad's Final.
The number of contestants per national delegation (4 to 12) is fixed annually based on the number of participating countries, the format of the Olympiads Finals (Multi-Sites or Single-Site) and the capacity(ies) of the site(s).
The international steering committee organizes yearly an award ceremony in one of the participating countries.
The top three contestants and one of the representatives of their delegations are invited to the award ceremony.