Mathematics as a Career Path
Mathematics as a career choice has been picking up among the students of India since the last couple of years. But sadly, very few students are aware fully of the scope they have to study in India. Mostly go for the local colleges and Universities in their neighborhood. In this post we shall discuss the avenues that are open to students after they pass their 12th class in India.
India has a rich tradition in math since time immemorial, and this has led to the establishments of various centers of learning in math and related sciences. In the present day too, there are various institutes offering math education and research of world repute in India. Typically the road to an education in math starts after passing the 12th class in India. A student then has the opportunity to either opt for a BSc degree or an Integrated MSc degree or a BS degree or an Integrated MS degree.
The two best places in India offering a Bachelor’s degree in math are the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bangalore and the Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), Chennai. ISI offers a B.Math degree, and admissions are held after a tough screening test in various centers of India held in late May each year followed by a personal interview at Bangalore. CMI offers a BSc degree in Math and Computer Science, admissions to which is through a written test held in various centers of India in late May each year. Both ISI and CMI also admit students who have qualified in the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO), or are Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) fellows.
A student can also opt for a BS degree in math, which is a 4 year course. At present the two best places in India for a BS degree are the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. IIT admits students via the IIT JEE held every year in early April. While IISc admits students via the IIT JEE, AIEEE held every year in early April, KVPY and INMO.
After the BSc/BMath/BS degrees a student has the opportunity to get an MSc or an MS degree from the many places in India and abroad. They can also apply for an Integrated MSc-PhD degree offered at some places in India. Ideally the best places in India for a Masters degree in math are mentioned below:
- CMI, through admission test held in late May
- ISI, New Delhi through admission test held in late May
- University of Hyderabad, through a written test followed by an interview held in early June
For Integrated MSc-PhD programmes the best places are:
- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai admits through a written test held in May and followed by an interview
- The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai admits through the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) exam followed by an interview
- Harish Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad admits through the NBHM exam followed by an interview
If a student wants to opt for an Integrated MSc in math then the best place in India is the University of Hyderabad, which admits students through a written test held in early June. Various other central universities also have the Integrated programme, amongst them the best curriculum after the University of Hyderabad is at the Pondicherry University and Tezpur University.
A student can also opt for an Integrated MS degree offered at present by the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Pune, Mohali, Kolkata, Thrivendrum and Bhopal, and also at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) at Bhubaneswar. The IISER admits students via IIT JEE, KVPY and through board exam performances. While the NISER admits students through the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) held every year in early June.
After a Masters degree, a student can pursue a PhD. The best places in India to get a PhD in math are TIFR, IMSc and HRI.
Students studying at all the above institutes are paid fellowships varying from Rs. 800-Rs.5000 for the Bachelors students, Rs.5000-Rs.7000 to the Masters Students and Rs.12000-Rs.18000 for the PhD students.
In case of any queries regarding any of these institutes please feel free to drop a comment in this post and we will try to resolve your query.
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