The Asian Math Circuit is the world’s most comprehensive and advanced mathematics circuit for students of Grades 3-12. Conceived by piCirql’s panel of mathematics practitioners and experts (from Columbia University, Trinity College, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras and Ecole Centrale Paris), the circuit promotes skill development and excellence in mathematics. Students get a standardized PiMAT (piCirql Math Achievement Test) score on completion of periodic assessments through Clash of Pi (series of online tests).
The Asian Math Circuit provides a framework for students to challenge themselves and progress beyond the boundaries of their school-prescribed academic syllabus. PiMAT scores are cumulative i.e. points earned are accrued year-on-year.
More than 1000 schools in Asia and over 300,000 students in 16 countries have adopted the circuit making it the most widely regarded mathematics excellence program in the region.
The curriculum-agnostic nature of the circuit makes it a truly universal platform to prove specialized mathematics proficiency. Access to granular data analytics combined with artificial intelligence gives students an independent and standardized metric to work towards.
The rolling 12-month circuit runs through the whole year (with a break in March). The goal is to encourage students to think and apply concepts, thereby building their proficiency in mathematics within a fun, exciting, competitive yet rigorous framework.
Students receive the following benefits:
- Opportunity to participate in Asia’s biggest and most advanced mathematics league (schools from India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE among others)
- Secure standardized PiMAT score in Mathematics proving Math proficiency
- Domain level certification to eligible students
- Dedicated student portal with online test zone
- Access to mock papers and detailed test analytics
- Induction into Hall of Fame, Annual Awards, trophies and medals
The circuit runs each month, with 15 rounds conducted over a 12 month period. The 5 domains (3 rounds each) cater to grade-appropriate disciplines of mathematics.
Topics in each domain vary by grade. Details can be found here.
Grades 11 and 12 participate in a common test in the Professionals Leagues
The circuit calendar is released a year in advance and cannot be changed/ rescheduled. The calendar is available here
Each domain comprises 3 rounds - TWO qualifiers and ONE final
Students are not penalized for missing a round. However, missing out on a final round will adversely affect the PiMAT score. The BEST qualifier score and the domain final score are taken into consideration to arrive at the Overall Domain Score.
Questions on the circuit may be multiple choice (MCQs) or those that require working out. Specialized mathematics software is used to input answers. Only the final answer needs to be entered into the box.
Students are encouraged to participate as regularly as possible in order to maximize their chances of securing their highest possible PiMAT score.
Designed to promote rigorous mathematics within a competitive and stimulating framework, the purpose of the circuit is threefold:
- Rigor: Grit and courage are the hallmarks of success in any discipline, and more so in mathematics. The circuit aims at providing a rigorous platform for students to benchmark themselves and to provide markers for their own progress
- Competition: It is well established that healthy competition at the highest level is key to achieving excellence. Much like in a sports league, competition drives students to push their boundaries, work on their areas of difficulty and strive for higher order thinking.
- Outcome-oriented learning: There is no better path to improvement than the positive feedback loop that is generated from periodic competition, assessment and progress based on actionable metrics
Skill development Focus
- First principles thinking
- Cross-disciplinary math applications
- Speed and Accuracy
- Familiarity with online testing
- Targeted practice with benchmarks
- Goal oriented customized learning based on data analytics
- Math excellence to pursue STEM and related fields
Contrary to the one-off testing and assessments that have become the norm in education, the circuit is designed to provide continuous feedback to students. Domain rounds zero in on granularity of concepts that form the basis of a solid foundation in mathematics.
The SPACE Rubric specially developed by the circuit is based on a complex algorithm that evaluates the 5 most important metrics that form the building blocks for mathematics excellence. The parameters are defined as follows:
- Speed - Total time taken to complete a finite set of questions correctly
- Perseverance - Progress over a 12 month period
- Accuracy - Error reduction achieved under exam conditions
- Consistency - Reduction in variance of scores
- Excellence - Commitment to working hard at achieving short-term goals
The SPACE rubric is widely regarded as the most comprehensive benchmark in mathematics in modern education.
Domains are designed to allow for natural progression over the 12 month circuit period. The circuit begins in April each year and gets progressively more challenging as the year progresses.
Domains are named after world famous mathematicians and are structured to ensure forward and backward linkages with the concepts being tested.
Grade-wise topic distribution by domain
The circuit calendar is released up to a year in advance. Given the format, there is no possibility of a retest or a rescheduling of dates. However, students always have the opportunity to take the next monthly round.
- Qualifiers are conducted over TWO days (Saturday and Sunday). This typically falls on the third weekend of each month, with some exceptions. Please refer to the calendar for exact dates
- Final rounds are conducted on a SINGLE DAY
- If a student misses the round, there is NO possibility for rescheduling
- In case of technical difficulties that may arise during the test, students can reach the Helpdesk immediately
- There are provisions for a partial retest in case of dropped internet connectivity or other technical reasons
- The decision of the Review Committee is final and binding
The Asian Math Circuit works in partnership with leading international and private schools in Asia to provide the education ecosystem with a viable and seamless methodology to assess and advance mathematics learning and skills development. Despite the ever-increasing importance of mathematics in the technology intensive world, it remains one of the hardest to assess.
The PiMAT score is a culmination of the most crucial skills that are prerequisite for mathematics excellence.
There is no elimination and scores are additive. Superscoring is allowed on the circuit. This means that the BEST 3 Overall domain scores are included to arrive at the PiMAT score.
The Domain Score is calculated by cumulating the best score achieved during the qualifier rounds and the final score (in a 50:50 ratio)
Each Clash of Pi has a maximum of 25 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. Individual scores are calculated based on the following parameters:
- Each question carries 4 points
- Students may choose to skip questions
- The maximum score possible is *100 and there is no negative marking
*Based on a proprietary algorithm, bonus questions may appear for select students based on their performance during each test. Bonus questions carry extra points. In such cases, the maximum score may be greater than 100.
The bonus timer appears as a separate timer. The original test timer will be paused while the bonus question is attempted. Students who submit their answer to the bonus question within one minute, will be taken back to the original test or be timed out as the case may be.
For 2 students with the same scores, ties are broken based on time taken i.e. the student who has taken less time will get a higher rank.
Students earn proficiency badges based on Bonus questions that they are able to answer. The badges are as follows:
- LEGEND BADGE: This is the highest achievement possible on the circuit. Students who answer 4 or more bonus questions correctly are eligible
- CHAMPION BADGE: Students who answer 3 bonus questions correctly are eligible
- EXPERT BADGE: Students who answer 1 or 2 bonus questions correctly are eligible
The circuit is conducted online. Each registered student has a secure portal through which the test is taken.
The test zone gets activated on the live circuits days. On the scheduled test dates, students may login from any PC or laptop with a good internet connection.
Clash of Pi is also mobile enabled, though we highly recommend using a PC or laptop for a seamless user experience.
Preferred browser: Google Chrome
Questions on the circuit may be multiple choice (MCQs) or those that require working out. A specialized mathematics software is used for mathematical symbols and other processes. This box will appear in certain types of questions. Students must use the box to input their answers. They must not include any other text inside the box.
Students can practice mock tests to familiarize themselves with the software.
Students above Grade 6 may use calculators. Calculators are not permitted for Grades 3-5.
Students are awarded certificates after the completion of each domain. The certification levels are based on the minimum criteria set out by the circuit for each domain.
Domain Certification Levels:
- International Circuit Rank (ICR) for Asia’s Top 20 students in each grade
- School Champion – Top 5 Ranks at the School leve
The circuit culminates in March each year by felicitating the top performers over the 12 month period. The Pioneer International Student Awards for Mathematics (PiSAM) winners are announced on the website in March and communications are sent out shortly after. The categories are as follows :
- Certificate of Distinction - These are awarded to Hall of Fame students, who have displayed consistent and top notch performances right through the circuit. They are Asia’s Top 20 students in each grade category
- Certificate of Achievement - These are School Achievers who have ranked among the best performers at the school level
Awards gift boxes are distributed in liaison with the schools (at no extra charge) or may be sent directly to the student home address (at an additional charge to cover courier costs).
The circuit provides students with the perfect platform to showcase their talent and to hone their mathematics skills. Certifications earned on the circuit along with PiMAT scores are greatly valued in institutions of higher learning. Students with piCirql certifications are well regarded as having solid mathematics skills with robust conceptual knowledge in the subject.
They are students who have created an account in the past and/or have participated in the circuit at any time during the last 3 years.
Returning students can simply log into their portal and click on Renew. The applicable price (including Partner School discount, if any) will be visible to you on the portal
Note: Student accounts are uniquely identified by email i.e. one email address can only be used for a single account
Students will be promoted as per the school calendar i.e. when they move to the next grade. If the grade level reflected on the portal is incorrect, you may write in to [email protected]
- Click on your school link (given to you by your school) or register directly on the website
- Fill in your details
- You will be taken to the payment page
- Use any one of the options – debit card, credit card, UPI, netbanking to complete your payment
- On payment of the registration fee, the student account gets created immediately
(For registrations done through the school, accounts are created on receipt of the student details from the school coordinator)
Students may register at any point during the academic year. They must participate as per their current school grade.
Students are NOT PERMITTED to participate in grade categories below their current school grade. Students who do so will be disqualified and their results will be deemed null and void. The student will be assigned to the current school grade immediately.
Students are permitted to participate in grade levels HIGHER than the current school grade. You may pay and create a new account to participate in a higher grade level.
Students will be asked to verify their grade BEFORE the start of the circuit in April each year. This is a one-time check conducted at the beginning of each annual circuit. Students are requested
Any queries/ clarifications may be directed to the Circuit Support Team.
Phone/ WhatsApp: +91 9916516222 or +91 9986211600
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
You can expect to receive a response within 24 hours.
Special provisions on live circuit dates:
India/ South Asia: 8AM - 8PM IST
East Asia: 10 AM - 10 PM local time
Middle East: 7 AM - 7 PM local time
It is recommended to use WhatsApp to register any complaints, or report technical difficulties during the live circuit. The average response time on the live circuit dates is less than one hour during the times mentioned above.
Q: Some of the topics have not yet been covered as part of my school syllabus. How can I answer the questions?
A: The circuit is designed to allow students to advance their mathematics knowledge above and beyond the prescribed school syllabus.
There may be a few topics that have not yet been covered at your school. However, the questions on the circuit are meant to stimulate and challenge your ability to apply basic concepts.
There is additional Prep Material (LEAP) available for purchase on the website. The material (in the form of learning videos and practice questions) is exhaustive and can be used as a great source of preparation.
Q: How can I view the detailed syllabus for each of the topics?
A: The broad syllabus for each domain is available in the domain calendar
Each topic broadly covers grade appropriate concepts pertaining to the relevant topic area. Details can be found here
Questions that appear on Clash of Pi typically deal with the broad topic area but may not be limited to the sub-topics listed.
Q: I missed taking the test on the scheduled date. Can I do that test as practice?
A: No. The tests can be taken only on the scheduled dates. If you have missed taking a qualifier in a particular domain round, your score in the other qualifier will be taken. If you have missed a domain final, you will lose out 50% of your score.
Q: I am a top performing student in Class 5. Can I register for Class 6 Clash of Pi?
A: In general, students must participate in their current grade level. However students are permitted to participate in a grade level HIGHER than their current grade. They will need to create another account and pay the registration fee again.
Q: I found the questions very difficult for my Grade. Can I transfer my registration to a lower grade?
A: Students are not permitted to participate in a grade lower than their current school grade.
Q: I am a home-schooled student. Would I miss out on any benefits as I’m an individual taking the circuit?
A: The circuit is available to all students, whether home-schooled or otherwise. Domain certificates will be uploaded to your student portal in digitized format. Annual awards will be sent to your private address at an additional cost to cover courier charges.
Q: Some of the circuit dates fall on days when I’m travelling. How can I take the test in such instances?
A: Since each monthly round comprises a 15 minute online test, Clash of Pi can be easily taken anywhere. All you need is a stable internet connection.
Q: One of the Rounds is during my exams. Will you be able to change the dates?
A: Circuit dates are released up to a year in advance and cannot be changed.
Q: How is the overall score for each domain calculated for a student?
A: Domains comprise 2 Qualifiers and one Final. The Best score achieved in either of the Qualifiers will be considered for the Overall Domain Score computation. This constitutes 50 percent of the total. The score in the Final will contribute to the remaining 50 percent of the Overall Domain Score.
Q: How is the school score calculated?
A: The School Score is calculated after the end of each Domain. The Top 10 students per grade in each school contribute to the School Total.
Q: What type of report will the schools get?
A: Partner Schools receive monthly updates along with the following details:
- Overall school score
- Scores of participating students
- List of students who have earned domain level certificates
Q: Will all students get a participation certificate?
A: Yes, all students participating in the circuit will receive digitized certificates through their student portal. The Pioneer International Student Awards for Mathematics (PiSAM) winners receive physical awards and certificates after the end of the annual circuit (typically around March each year).
Q: When can I see my results?
A: You can view your results within one hour of submitting your test. The results will also be emailed to your email id.
The Top 10 in each grade are published on the website at https://www.picirql.com/leaderboard. This is a live leaderboard and gets updated every few minutes. The final winners are declared on the Monday after Clash of Pi.
Q: What are the awards for each domain?
A: The top performing students will receive:
- - International Circuit Rank holder Certificates (Those students who earn a Top 20 International Rank in the Domain)
- - School Rank Certificates (Students are among the Top 5 students in the grade at a school level)
Q: Where can I take Clash of Pi from? Which devices can I use?
A: Clash of Pi is conducted online. Each registered student has a portal. The test zone gets activated on the live circuits days. On the scheduled test dates, students may login from any PC or laptop with a good internet connection.
Clash of Pi is also mobile enabled, though we highly recommend using a PC or laptop for a seamless user experience.
Q: Are there any system requirements that I need to take care of before attempting the Clash of Pi contest?
A: Yes. Clash of Pi works best on the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. Please upgrade your browser to the latest version before you start taking the test. Images and pictures in the questions are best rendered on the latest versions.
We recommend the use of Broadband Internet or strong Wi-fi. HOTSPOT connections are avoidable as they are quite unstable. However in the absence of any other type of connection, you may use hotspot as well.
Q: Can I have a retest after the contest is over?
A: There is no possibility of a retest beyond the circuit dates. Any technical issues need to be raised on the dates of the circuit.
Q: The math software did not open during the test. What should I do?
A: This might happen due to a poor/ lagged internet connection. Refreshing the screen could fix the problem. If the issue persists, students must call the Helpdesk immediately.
Q: Can I register/ join the circuit at any time?
A: Yes, the circuit can be joined at any time as it is a 12-month rolling calendar. Students will be able to participate for a 12 month period from the date of joining.
Q: Is my login the same for all the qualifier rounds of Clash of Pi?
A: Yes. Your login ID remains the same for all the qualifier and final rounds in the rolling 12 month period.
Q: My name is spelt incorrectly. How can I change it?
A: Please write an email to [email protected] with your Correct Full Name, Misspelt Name, Class, School Name and Login ID. We will update the details. You can view the changes on the student portal.
Q: My grade is incorrect. How can I change it?
A: Please write an email to [email protected] with your Full Name, Login ID, Class, Incorrect Class, School Name and City. You can view the changes on the student portal.