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Panini Linguistics Olympiad!

PLO is a fun, exciting, educational, challenging, puzzling, linguistic competition for students studying in grades 6th to 8th (Juniors) and 9th to 12th (Seniors).

This competition helps foster problem solving, computational thinking and appreciation for the linguistic diversity and linguistics in general.

Here, You can challenge your mind against puzzles in logic, language and linguistics, from deciphering flower formulae to tracking the evolution of Nna.

To actually get on solving these, you don’t need to have any prior knowledge of Linguistics or languages!

Round 1 Results 2024 Candidate details

PLO 2024 Timeline

PLO 2024 will be held on 10th February, 2024 - 10 AM to 2 PM.
Please reach out to us at plo@iiit.ac.in in case you have any questions regarding guidelines.


Registration Opens!

January 20

Eligible students can register online to participate in the Round 1 contest.

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Registration Closes

February 8

Important points to find out.


Round 1 Contest

February 10

The Round 1 contest for juniors and seniors will be held.


Round 1 Results Announced!


Results of the Round 1 contest and list of students selected for the next round released.


Invitational Round


Selected students from across India participate in the Invitational Round, where they compete for selection to the International Linguistics Olympiad.




Students who perform well will also be invited to participate in a fun camp to learn, practice linguistics, and have lots of fun!


Team India at IOL!


The selected participants travel to Brazil to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad 2024!

Let's try one problem.

To get a feel, try this sample problem.


K = outermost green layer

C= next whorl

A = next – the yellow dots, and

G the innermost = orange.

The number of elements in the whorl is subscripted.

To view the full solution, find this problem on the Resources Page

Did you enjoy the problem?

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