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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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Manjil P. Saikia holds a masters degree in Mathematics from Tezpur University. At present he is Diploma student at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. He is the editor of the english section of Gonit Sora. He co-founded the website in April, 2011.

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    I think u ppl shouldn't mislead students into this dumb career os research. The institutes u mentioned totally take maybe 50 people. As if everyone would get an opportunity. Also ur research field is just like military: until people get in talk sweetly and entice them but once the person is in treat them brutally. There is so much corruption, nepotism and lack of transparency that i'm shocked no one raises any issues about that. And people who do are branded losers and stupid. The interviews in these places are so horrible bcoz they ask so many personal questions and insult you personally. Their job is only to check whether ur qualified or not. I know of a prof. In hri who makes sure people from his state get a chance very easily in hri's spim and graduate programme. Mathematicians get very angry like undoubtedly even you are seeing this post when somebody exposes them. Research is all about getting money, showing off about your marks, which place you study, your intelligence etc. today. So what's the point in attracting people. Clean up your act and be honest. Even if a fellow got inspired by your post and tries for admission in these places u would laugh behind his back at his lack of knowledge compared to yours. Unless there are sweeping reforms. and transparency in the research field better don't advertise it

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      Dear "math sucks" aka Aditya Bawane,

      Our aim was not to entice anyone to study anything, we gave a clear cut reviewed view of the best places in India to study math. We didn't ask anyone to study there,. its a matter of personal choice.

      However, what you mention has not been unheard of, but let us also point out to you that we have in our team a person who has been to a interview at one of these places, and he assures us that the only personal question they asked him was what was his home town, nothing else, rest of the interview was all about math.

      But, still we hope you will not take such a negative attitude towards us, we are only trying to give out information.

      -The Gonit Sora Team.

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        Hello Gonit Sora Team,

        I have done my Bachelor in Mathematics from V.P & R.P.T.P. Science College affiliated to Sardar Patel University in Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Gujarat India. My program was three year program. Now my problem is I would like to study for Master in Mathematics from the best university whose study is valid internationally that is in America(US). What should I do? Can anyone guide me?

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          Degrees from all UGC recognised institutes are valid in USA. But it is better if you pursue it in places like IITs, IISERs, CMI, ISIs, IMSc, TIFR, HRI or central universities.

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            @gonit sora : first of all , thanks for enlightening the students and bringing awareness among people about mathematics. Please guide me whether am i eligible for doing post graduation in mathematics , if so what are the best institutes in india for doing my post graduation in mathematics and what are the admission procedures for the latter?
            awaiting for your reply.


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            Thanks for your feedback. Can you give details of your career so that we can better access your question and answer accordingly.

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      @Math Sucks. The comment that you have written is totally uncalled for. There is no denying of reality but I shall stand by Gonit Sora for spreading the awareness about Mathematics as a career. This is excellent. Most of the students and teachers do not know various avenues in the field of mathematics. Such information sharing will definitely help pupils. I think this is not the right platform to talk about socio-cultural problems. I hope you understand my point and appreciate it as well.

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        Hey! I am aspiring to study M.S. Mathematics from USA.. What is the possible scope of the subject in corporate world both in India as well as USA. What are the prospects of jobs except teaching & research..

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          There are lots of prospects nowadays, starting from actuarial sciences to financial sciences. Industries, insurance companies, banks, software developers etc all employ mathematicians.

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      @ "math sucks"-> i strongly request the author to remove this dirty misleading comment from this page.
      With great darkness and ignorance, the 'math sucks' is really polluting the environment.
      i m an MTech in Microelectronics but still respect maths because without it nothing can be designed or simulated and also without it Physics is baseless.Nowadays bio-maths is also available as elective required for biologist.
      'Mathematics is the Backbone of Science'

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        Thanks a lot for the comment. The comment hasn't been deleted because we thought people should have the right to say what they feel like, unless its totally useless things. But we will take care of your concerns in the future. And we do hope your views are shared by the others as well.

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      dear maths sucks...your lack of maturity and dedication of hating maths make me surprised..i was in search of such a dumb ass..i am a student pursuing maths..just because you puke while solving easy maths problems..doesnt mean you just babble nonsense..i have deep sympathy for you..any math doubt let me know..

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    I know i may be really late for applying to the above universities but do you think there are any chances of me getting in there, i am really eager to join one of them above as i have a lot of interest in maths. Could you by any means help me out of it.
    Waiting for your urgent reply

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      The admission procedure to the above places have already closed. We will be opening a career related news section soon, keep visiting that section for information regarding the admission procedures for the next year.

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    i read in cls 9, pls let me know from which cls will i hav 2 start preparing for the IIT JEE Enrance exam.. also pls tel me which is the best coaching institute in assam for IIT JEE entrance exam preparation.................eagerly waiting for your reply

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      Sagar, ideally 2 years of extensive preparation for IITJEE is anough, but to be on the safe side you should start preparing right from now. Remember, you are competing with the best in the country, and not only from Assam.

      As regards to coaching institutes, we can't say definitely that this one is the best, but from our experience we see that the materials of FIITJEE and Brilliant Tutorials are better than the rest.

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    in addition to these institutes institute of mathematics bhubaneswar and NISER bhubaneswar also provide advanced bsc and integrated msc programmes respectively.these r new but hold a lot of promise

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    hey!!! i was wondering if you can give me an idea of the scope in mathematics after pursuing the integrated ms degree....

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    Hi, I am an undergraduate student and rescently gave the
    NBHM PhD Scholarship Test.I think my score is 18 out of
    40.Do I have any chance of being called for an interview
    at IMSc?
    Thank You.

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        The syllabus includes almost all of undergraduate mathematics, many books have been suggested by us in the earlier comments.

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          thank you for your reply sir.....
          and i want to know, what is the estimated cut off for NBHM integrated phD entrance exam and then how many students are selected from the interview at IMSc?

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            The cutoffs vary from year to year, but around 50-60% is a good enough score to get a call. IMSc has no fixed intake, it depends mainly on the willingness of the faculty and the talent of the candidate.

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      The CMI exam tests the knowledge at the MSc level in India. Apart from a massive amount of problem solving you need to be thorough with the fundamental concepts of the subject. Some practice papers are available in the CMI website. Please go through them. Algebra and Analysis are the key areas in the exam.

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    Can anyone please tell me what are the career options after doing post-graduation in Mathematics like which companies employ,what kind of package they give,what is the career growth and all.

    • 37

      Many software companies are now willing to recruit math graduates, but you need to have a strong background in some basic computer courses. The career potentials are enormous provided your skills are developed adequately.

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        I am a student of final year Bsc (H) Mathematics and i would like to prepare for entrance in CMI.
        Can you please suggest some books for the preparation of the entrances in CMI.
        would be really thankful..

        • 39

          Right from the start focus on clearing your concepts and follow good books. Indulge in a lot of problem solving from books like Munkres for Topology, Rudin for Analysis, Halmos for Linear Algebra and Herstein for Algebra. Best of luck.

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    i have completed my btech.. so wat is that i have to do... i mean can u give me a career guidance in maths related.. i am very much interested in mathematics

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      First of all, please tell us in what branch you have done your B.Tech? Its easier to get into math from CSE or ECE.

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      CMI and ISI being uni-directional is always better to study if you have a genuine interest in the subject. However, if you do not want to go into hard core research than IITs are also very good.

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    hi i completed my btech (ECE). i am very much intrested in maths. can i do ms maths after btech . if i choose this field will it effect my career ???

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      Yes, you can opt for Math after BTech in ECE. There will be no hamper in this case, you may try to work with graphs, networks etc. Of course you will have to already have a good background in some parts of mathematics. People doing ECE have even gone on to fields like number theory etc.

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      hi priya, i am going to complete in ece next year. i wonder if u could help me by sharing what are you doing now and what did you do to get into mathematics degree?

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    I am preparing for CMI for Msc in application of mathematics, can you tell some online link for material or problems similar to their exam standard. Please reply soon

    • 59

      The CMI website has a sample paper online. You can try that. The actual paper pattern differs very little from the sample.

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    Hi Sir,
    Recently, I got admission at one of the IISER-s for integrated phd in math. But I wish to do my phd at tifr mumbai, cmi or isi. What are the complications in switching my college again for Ph.D after finishing the M.S Degree from IISER? In particular I am worried if I might be forced into doing a third year for MS(for thesis work)? Also, do you think that the exposure that one can get for research at iiser is equivalent as compared to established institutes such as IISc, TIFR, CMI, ISI etc?

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      Dear Varadhan, congratulations on getting into the IISER. Can you specify in which IISER and what kind of math are you interested in?

      The following points:

      1. There are no such complications, because you will in any case spend one or two semesters at those institutes on course work, where you will learn some new things apart from the things learned in your MS course.

      2. Of course there is less mathematical exposure in IISERs compared to TIFR, IMSc, CMI, ISI, HRI etc. Its is because these institutes focus mainly in research in math and also they have very active people who are well networked all over the world.

      If you are more interested in Algebra or Algebraic Geometry then IISER Mohali is a good choice due to the presence of Prof. Passi, Prof. Paranjape etc there. The others IISER have a relatively less matured faculty, but none the less everyone is very talented and have done some exemplary research work.

      If you have any more queries feel free to ask.

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    Hello Sir ,
    I am a 3 rd year B . Sc student and gave the entrance exam for M Sc / PhD mathematics for CMI for my M Sc . As this paper is the same for students applying for M Sc and Phd courses so they have mentioned in their
    website ( where the syllabus for the entrance exam is given ) that their general policy has been to keep the same question paper for M sc and PhD levels having separate cut - offs . I think that my score will be around 65 - 70 % percent . Is there any chance for me for being called for the interviews ?
    Thank You .

    • 63

      Yes, there is a good chance. The usual undergraduate cutoffs at CMI are around 70%. The MSc cutoffs will be similar. But still, prepare to look into other avenues. By the way, if you have the question paper or have some of the questions memorized, then please post it here. It may help others preparing for the same exam.

      In case of any more queries feel free to ask.

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    Is this the cut - off for students applying for the M Sc or is it for the PhD course ? The level of questions is more or less the same as given in the CMI website . This year's question paper will be soon put up in their website .

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    For M.Sc and Integrated PhD which of these institutes is the most suitable for pursuing a research career in analysis and topology - TIFR Bangalore , IMSC , HRI , IISc , ISI , CMI ?

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    Hi Gonit,

    Thanks for such a nice article. Could you please clarify one of my doubt and suggest me. It would be very helpful for me.

    I am BE in E&TC working as a software developer in IBM India with over 3 years of experience. I am earning handsome salary and there is absolutely no need to change the field.

    But somewhere in my mind I always realise some kind of passion for Mathematics and that's why want to achieve a status there. Could you please guide me so that I can make a good career in Mathematics earning handsome salary too :).

    Thanks a lot,
    Sumeet Sharma

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      The academics in institutes earn a lot of money, not to mention research grants and trips to attend conferences in various places all over the world. The first step for you to do is to get a PhD in your choice of field.

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    I'm 1st year undergrad at JU. I want to do Msc/MS in IIT/ISI/CMI. How should I prepare? Are there any coaching institute?

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      There may be some institutes in Delhi. But it is always better to prepare yourself. There are sample papers with syllabuses in the ISI and CMI websites. Go through them and see where you stand. Do your undergraduate studies properly specially algebra, topology and analysis. For IITs there are sample papers and previous years question papers of JAM available in the market. Collect those and try to solve them.

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    What is the right age to start preparing for CMI/ISI Math programs. I am asking this for my daughter who is in class 6 now. She does some advanced maths but she dont know where she stands compared to others. It may be too early now to aim for CMI etc but I also dont want her to loose interest or not get information and not make it later.
    Please guide me on how to proceed


    • 77

      Hi, there is no ideal age, but 2 years of serious preparation in the HS years provided the student has a good understanding of the basics of math and has an aptitude in problem solving should be enough to get her through. However, its advisable to do Olympiad problems as much as possible. This website contains some problems that might be suitable for your daughter.

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    sir what about the courses(like Maths honors) offered at DU? And what are the other scopes after pursuing Bsc in maths?

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      It depends on the colleges also. For example a degree from St. Stephen's or Hindu will be better than some other college. In what kind of work are you interested? Maybe if you are clearer than we can help you better.

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            But CMI and ISI together take less than 60 students a year :(
            Most of will have to be content with BSc Hons. from Central or State Unis and supplement that with MTTS and/or Summer internships to be on equal grounds with a CMI-ite or ISI-ian.
            On the other hand, the Mathematics courses at IITs and IISERs for the first 3 years seem to be on the same level as most Central and State Unis, at least in terms of structure.....

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            Inspite of having similar course structure, the IITs and IISERs give you more exposure to research.

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    Really good to see such a wonderfull and excellent site
    currently i have given 2nd yr Math(h) exams from KMC,DU.
    i would like to study in TIFR/ISI/CMI/HRI/IMSc, i know that they are hard nuts to crack but i am very much interested in it and for this i do problems mainly from Anlaysis and Algebra,i also use AoPS site,could you please suggest me any reference where i can find problems and solutions which would help me in cracking these exams.
    Thank You !!!

    • 85

      Thanks a lot. Your appreciation is a booster to make us work harder. The books by AMS on Analysis Problems are really good. You can also try the books by P. R. Halmos on Linear Algebra. They are classic. Read basic topology also, as there will be questions from it too.

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    What's the best place in Calcutta to do a BSc. Hons in Mathematics? Presidency, Xaviers, Scottish Church or Jadavpur?

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    More specifically, what are the best colleges under Calcutta University for Mathematics Hons.? Presidency has become a University while Xaviers and RKMV Belur Math are autonomous institutions......

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    I'm really interested in maths and would like to pursue it further... I just cleared my 12th class exams with 93.5%. I'm not eligible for pursuing Maths(H) at Stephens or probably Hindu too n too late for IISERs n CMI...
    Sir is it worth going for Maths(H) in some good DU col or simple Bsc at St Stephens(provided i clear the interview)?
    Also NIT Rourkela provides 5 year MSc in Maths.. I hv 20000 rank in aieee n stand a chance...

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    hello sir,
    I am currently in final(fourth) year of B.E. computer science and engineering.
    I am thinking of pursuing higher studies in mathematics.
    i mainly enjoy studying calculus, algebra etc. but i can't seem to enjoy probability, is pure mathematics is a line for me rather than applied mathematics ?
    can you please tell me which is better for me, MSc or Phd according to my computer science background,and which colleges should i apply to.

    Thank you.

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      You can go to any branch you want, but probably Game Theory or Logic would be a good choice for you. Getting a Masters and then a PhD should be the priority. You should try for CMI or ISI for the Masters programme.

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    I had to drop my studies in between due to some personal reasons.But now I have completed my B.Sc. from au.I am 26 year old now but still have strong aptitude in maths.I don't possess a good academic record but I do possess good mathematical skill and temperament.I have always been interested in making a career in research and still am tempted to do so. I cannot think of myself doing anything better than doing mathematics. I just want to know if still I do hold a chance or not.I would b very obliged if u could please tell if there's some hope for me and how should I go about from here on. I do have financial problems as well.Please, Please guide me.

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      You can at any time pursue math, you just need the zeal and passion for it. Try to appear in the exams by NBHM and TIFR. Once you qualify they pay you for your studies with monthly stipends upto Rs. 18, 000 for 3-5 years.

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        As far as I know there is a max age limit to apply for NBHM scholarship.I think I exceed the age limit. What If I appear for cmi and isi.Will they consider me for admission if I qualify given the long gap that I have in my studies. Will the age and long gap will not be a hurdle for me in getting in to TIFR.What is average cut off in TIFR written examination. How should I prepare for TIFR interview.Currently I am 26 yrs old and hav done graduation this year from allahabad university with 54%. I have a good background in algebra and analysis. Please guide me

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          I think ISI and CMI would consider you. Some institutes like HRI, IMSc are sometimes liberal in their age matters, so you can directly talk to the faculty at these institutes regarding possible admission there.

          The average cutoff for TIFR written test is around 28-30 out of 40. You need to have a good background in both linear and abstract algebra for that test, apart from Topology and some amount of Number Theory. Please find last year's question paper here:

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            Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions. HRI and IMSc take admissions through NBHM which I am not eligible to appear for.Do you think that age factor wont matter in getting in to TIFR. I truly appreciate your initiative of informing people about career in mathematics and answering there queries.Your prompt reply to the queries is really admirable. I love this site. Once again thanks a lot.

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            As I said, there selection criteria can be relaxed for deserving candidates. Please talk to any faculty from these institutes whose interests matches yours. They may then be able to guide you further. I do not think age would matter at TIFR, all will depend on your ability.

            Thanks a lot for your kind words of appreciation. We would love to hear from you about any suggestions for the website. Please feel free to email us. and do pass on the info about us to others.

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    I am taking gap this year to prepare for these( cmi ,isi for bsc) exams .My high school as well as competitive type math is good (that is why I aimed to pursue career in it) and now I am doing olympiad type maths with full coverage of basics, theory and problems Is it right way to prepare by self study? ( I will some DU college for this year so not to waste this 1 year by sitting in home ideally.) so that if any doubt occurs, I can ask someone (teachers etc.) about it. Though I am pretty much sure about my selection there, in cmi, isi, (because I will not be starting from zero level). next year but I think I may get rejected in interview due to a gap year . can that be the reason for somebody's rejection?
    P.S. : I have taken admission in a DU college, so this will be not quite a GAP.

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    I am going to prepare for cmi, isi for next year .so I have this one to year for preparation . But I was confused whether to for only problem solving books like those mentioned at cmi's website in addition with a few general books recommended for theory or to go first for theory and deeply understanding every topic like I am planning to do different books for different topics like 1-2 for inequality, 1-2 for geometry and so on. And then go for books like challenges and thrill of precollege mathematics, russian circles etc. as they contain good &challenging problems from all branches.I think this process is going to take so much time and I will be able to complete whole syllabus only by december or january, if I study hard.Please advice on which path should I go, though latter seems more trustworthy and going to benefit me on the long run.

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      I think you should go for the later approach. Also solve the book by Arthur Engel called 'Problem Solving Strategies', and do look at the previous years CMI question papers available at its website. Best wishes.

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    I completed B.Tech(I.T) and working as s/w engineer in an MNC since 2 yrs.
    I would like to get into maths stream , of course i need to brushup my maths skills as i lost touch with maths these 2 yrs.
    what steps i need to follow to turn into maths stream.
    Is there any opportunity to do masters in Maths by part time,as i am working.

    Waiting for ur reply.

    Thanks in Advance,

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      Yes, you can always opt for any university offering a masters program in math in distance mode. But it is always better to do a full time course. You can start with brushing up your algebra and analysis first and then apply for any of the places mentioned in the article. Infact there are lots of mathematicians of repute who started out as engineering students. Best wishes.

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    I have taken commerce with maths in 11th and 12th.Can i opt for maths honours in ISI and please also tell the blueprint of the entrance exam

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      Yes, you can apply for ISI, you need to have only math and english as your subjects.
      As far as the exam is concerned, the written test will have two components, one objective type of 30 questions and one subjective type of 10 questions. This will be followed by interviews among a few selected students. The test is a standard math test of the level of IIT JEE and INMO.

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    please tel me some books from where i can learn real analysis from the very basics. also if u can suggest any website with videos so that learning the subject can be easier and lot more fun.

    • 116

      The best introductory book is 'Introduction to Real Analysis' by Bartle and Sherbert. You can also read 'Calculus' by Apostol.

      Please check back after a few days, we shall post some videos here.

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    I have come to know recently about a book published by isi for isi aspirants named test of mathematics at 10+2 level . can you please tell me how and from where I can get this book? also tell in order to completely solve this book what I am required to solve or do beforehand?

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    Hello , i have talked with you earlier also it was lovely talking to you, one more help i would like to get from you, i am preparing for Msc Math entrances and doing it at home myself so i was thinking about buying some coaching institute's material ,could you please suggest me some institute(s) whose material will be good to practice questions,thankYou

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      Generally the books mentioned in the earlier comments would be enough. However, it would be improper for us to suggest a coaching institute here.

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    hi i want to go for integrated M Sc and P H D in mathematics. Can u plz guide me how should i start preparing for entrance exams???????(im a 3rd kirori mal college delhi university student)

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      Brush up your real analysis, topology and algebra very well. These are the thrust areas in the interviews. The books mentioned in the earlier comments are really very good.

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        will bartle sherbert n s c malik fr analysis, freidberg gallian n herstein fr algebra and josebh bak for topology enough for prepration ????? plz suggest if any other book.........

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    i m in 4th year of mechanical engineering.i have deep interest in mathematics.can i do msc in mathemathematics.please reply me as soon as possible

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    Hello Sir
    I m pursuing Bsc at St Stephens(1st yr) and want to pursue maths in higher education. The course that we are doing currently is not very challenging and grilling. I request you to provide suggestions so that I don't kill my interest and have a profound foundation at the end of the 3 years to perform well in JAM n other entrance tests.

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      Read from good textbooks like Herstein for Algebra, Bartle and Terence Tao for Analysis and Munkres for topology, and practise lots of ODE and PDEs.

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        i jus finished my 12th this year..i have a great interest in mathematics but i lack interest in physics..right now im confused to choose my career between engineering and BSc Math..can you tell me the scope for both these..and please help me choose my career..awaiting your reply..!!

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      You can ofcourse go to industry. If you are interested in computers then you can try your hand at cryptography and programming. Also there are aspects like actuarial sciences and financial mathematics, that are also very lucrative career prospects nowadays.

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    Hello sir
    I am doing B.E. in mechanical engineering from BITS pilani.
    But I am interested in maths want to do MS maths. Is it possible for me to do so as you were saying that getting into maths from CS or ECE background is easier. If it is possible whats is the best way to do that. Also can I get admission for MS in US because I heard they would require courses in Undergraduate maths like topology and abstract algebra to be completed. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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      You can certainly try. You can write to a prospective university giving your details and they will write back to you if they can accept your application. Normally the universities in the US has a graduate admissions cell, you can write to them regarding your admission there. I do not see a problem with you getting admitted if you have good recommendations and academic records.

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    Hello Sir,

    Now i am in 2nd year of bsc (PCM). i would like to pursue Integrated Phd in Maths, Please suggest me the Entrance exams to join good University which offers Integrated Phd in Maths. Also some of the best colleges and Universities for MSc Mathemathics in Karnataka without entrance exam. what's the scope for Applied Mathematics compared to General Mathematics. what are the Career oppourtunities in both Applied Mathematics and General Mathematics.

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      You can try to give the NBHM and TIFR examinations for Integrated PhD in mathematics. Most of the institutes take students based on these exams and followed by a personal interview.

      If you are interested in joining industries, then applied math is the way to go. But pure math is also lagging behind in this case.

      Job prospects include industrial mathematics, cryptography, code breaking, alogorithms designing etc.

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    I am a B.Tech. EC final year guy and want to know about exams coming up for MS or MSc courses of computational mathematics in respected and well known institutes and also the forms and their submission dates.

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    Hello Sir,
    I am 12th standard and i am keenly interested in pursuing mathematics in graduation . I am aiming for CMI or IISC or ISI . Can you suggest me any books that i can refer to prepare for entrance exams. I am already preparing for KVPY . thanks in advance

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      You can follow the books for Olympiads and the general boards syllabus. Also IITJEE and AIEEE problem solving would help you a lot.

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    First of all would like to thank you a lot for writing this article.
    I did my B.Tech in Information Technology and now I am working in a software MNC for last 2.5 years. I would like to pursue Masters in Maths. I have few questions
    1. Could you please information regarding the best colleges for masters in maths abroad?
    2. I am more interested in calculus, so which course and college would be better?
    3. What courses should i take up to have a career in cryptography computational mathematics and which colleges would be good for that?

    Thanks again,

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      Thanks a lot for the comment. Here are your answers.
      1. It depends on what your interests are. Please be more specific.
      2. Calculus can be a bit too general, can you tell us exactly which part interests you?
      3. Try learning some number theory and algebra.

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    I am doing my bsc degree in maths from annamalai university through distance education.Am i eligible for cmi or isi entrance in Bsc (hons)so that i could get a regular degree from reputed institutes and can have deep knowledge in maths

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    Does anybody know of any website like this one (in mathematics) which provides entrance exam information of various institutes in india and other subject related current happenings and news in Physics .I am preparing for physics entrances and (i think)that would really help me a lot
    Thanks in advance.

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    can anybody tell me of a good website where I can ask my queries related to all the topics ( in physics)_ other people discuss related to maths on this webpage like about the selection procedures of various institutes in india at postgraduate level or which is the best institute in physics research in india etc., etc..

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    Respected Sir,
    thank you for the reply.
    If possible,can you give me some links as to where on the internet can I find some past year CMI and ISI entrance Exams question papers.Thanking you in advance.

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    Dear Sir
    This is an amazing source of information to any mathematics lovers!
    Is it possible for you to suggest me blogs/ websites with this type of amazing material for Chemistry and Biology as well, which would give information regarding the Int Phd /Phd entrance exams of the reputed institutes in India?

    Sorry to bother you with something off the topic!

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      We are not sure of the best such info place, but we can try to bring something out of that sort here too. Thanks a lot for appreciating our work.

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      Yes almost all institutes take students after B.Tech for MSc. But your math background should be very strong.

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    i must thank u for such information about career in maths and top universities in india.
    i have completed my now i want to get admission into top universities like TIFR,IMSc,CMI,HRI,etc for Ph.D program.but, the syllabus for all these institutes entrance exam is in M.Sc level. so, can u suggest me some books for preparing these entrance exams..
    thank u.....

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    Dear Sir,
    I have recently given the tifr phd admission test. I think I have answered around 25 to 27
    correct out of 40. Can you kindly inform me about the cut off for the interview call at tifr (mumbai and bangalore) and if I shall have the chance to be called for the interview.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Dear Sir,
    I have recently given the tifr admission test for phd in mathematics. I think I have answered 25 to 27 out of 40 correct. Can you kindly inform me the cut off for the interview call at Tifr(mumbai and bangalore) and also if I shall have the chace to get an interview call.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Sir if you have seen TIFR paper 2012 for Mathematics Msc-Phd program , could you please tell what would be an ideal cutoff?

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    hello...i am presently doing bsc (H) maths..I would lyk to fo msc from cmi or isi..but m not aware of the salary one wud get after completing phd from them..can u pls tell me

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      It depends on the type of job that you do. An Assistant Professor at a Central University gets around Rs.44,000 per month, while at IITs, IISERs, ISIs, etc he will get around Rs. 60,000 per month.

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    Hi ! I did B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College Of Engineering. But now I want to do further studies in the field of Mathematics but am not sure what are the best options that I do have(if there are any) and the career prospects after that. Can you please help me with that ?

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    what shhould one expect in bmath interviews.
    and what is d expected cutoff for objectve and subjective parts assuming present difficulty levels in bmath at cmi n isi entrance

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      BMath interviews will have more focus on clearing your basics, so read all you can on analysis and algebra properly. The cutoffs vary from year to year but there is an increasing trend from this year to the next.

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    I did an integrated 4 year Msc.(hons) Mathematics degree from BITS Pilani. I wasn't given a separate Bsc. degree. I wanted to know whether I would be eligible for MS Quant. Eco. at ISI?

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    i'm a 4th year engineering candidate.can u plz guide me how can i opt mathematics as my further carrier..i always had a keen interest in mathematics.. but due to some reasons i opted for electronics engineering.i'm looking for some path in the world of mathematics.

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      You can either go for a MSc and then a PhD or else directly a PhD if you think your math basics are strong. You can apply to places like IITs, IISERs, CMI, IMSc etc.

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    hello...i am in desperate need of help. i have done my 10th and 12th with 90.2(maths-97) and 66.8(maths 64, pcm%-58) in 2008 and 2010 respectively. i have a gap of 3yrs too due to my father's death in 2009 . i managed his shop during this period(currently i am in B.A. 1st year eng, hist,socio). i have been a quick learner and meritorious student throughout my studies.However, i am very good at maths , have a great zeal for it but need to brush it up. kindly guide me about a few colleges in India where i can certainly get admission in bsc hons (maths)[esp. Kolkata,Mumbai], apart from entrance exams. also tell me if i am eligible for ISI AND CMI. if my gap will be a hindrance in qualifying interview? kindly reply as soon as possible. i beg u.

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      Your gap should not be a case of concern if you are good as you say. So prepare from now and give the exams well. It is not difficult to pass the exams, but the interviews are the most crucial stage.

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    Hello sir
    I have completed my computer science.
    But I don't want to be a programmer because I am weak in coding, but I am best with mathematics from school time.
    I like the maths.
    I want to ask, is there any master degree or career course opportunity in mathematics for me?
    Because I am already 23, need to settle and help my father with my first love mathematics as a profession.
    Thanking you.

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      Yes of course, age is no bar if you are serious about learning and doing math. Please take a look at the institutes mentioned in this article.

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    I want to know about the number of students CMI filter after the written test for in Applied mathematics.I would really appreciate if you can help me with the information.


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      That depends on the number of students they like, it may differ from year to year, but its usually around 30.

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    I m in 12th(commerce with math and eng).I wish to apply for b.stat at ISI Kolkata. So, am I eligible to apply for it???
    If yes, can u tell me the details about the entrance exam and do i need to join some special tuition to prepare for the exam???

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    hello gonit
    i m pursuing my b.e. in electrical engg. i hv a keen interest in maths so i m preparing for gate-14... i just want to know that is it better to prepare for gate or should i prepare for NBHM or other colleges like imsc or cmi...??
    thank u

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    I have done B.E(Mech) from mumbai university and since i like maths i have been teaching maths for IIT JEE to class 11 and 12 students for last 10 years. Now i want to do Msc in maths through correspondence course as i cannot pursue it full time. Please suggest me some good universities for the same. thanking you.

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      Almost all research institutes in India have a very good number theory group. Your first task would be to do well in the NBHM exam.

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    Tell me opprtunities after doing distance degree bsc maths from annamalai university(ugc approved).I got around 55%.Is there any restriction for me to do regular msc degree because of ug distance course?

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    I have recently given Ph.D interview at TIFR mumbai. I am a B.Sc student. Can you kindly tell me how many students are selected from B.Sc? will there be any waiting list to consider some students later?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Institute Of Mathematics and Applications
    (IMA) boasts of offering course kind of which is only offered by three other institutes in india, ok so one of them is cmi second one is isi, but I am not able to guess anything about the third one. Surely, it cannot be IMSc because we are concerned about only undergraduation level courses.
    So, any guesses?

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    Ok so i am in my second year doing a dual degree in chemical engineering at IIT Madras and i am very very confused about my future. I love maths a lot, but high school math was pretty interesting, now its all theorems theorems and proofs so can u tell me: what kind of stuff do we mean when we say 'research in maths' or a 'masters in maths'?

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      Hi, the style of math taught in the college and university courses tend to be very boring and mundane, but math is not at all like that only. There are many practical aspects from math, from symmetry making in chem to optimization in any branch, etc. A popular account of various types of math that is connected to the real world can be found at

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    Hi. I'm preparing for CMI M.Sc. Applied Math Entrance. They have posted a new sample paper for this year. The pattern has changed slightly. Could you tell me if Algebra (including Linear) and Analysis should be sufficient for the preparation? What is the cutoff for an interview call?

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      Also, as per the syllabus there are two streams in CMI. I wish to take up Financial Mathematics. Could you tell me what areas I must focus on in my preparation for the same, broadly what will be taught at CMI and what will be the career prospects?

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        The detailed syllabi of the courses are available in the website of CMI, please refer to it. Financial math has rich prospects in almost any domain of human activity nowadays and its an excellent career choice.

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      Hi, typically the bulk of the questions would be from analysis and algebra. But do expect some amount of other stuff also. The cutoff may vary depending on the students and the standard of the question papers. But scoring atleast 65-70% would be a safe bet to get a call.

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        Thanks a ton!!
        How about the M.A./M.Sc. Computational Finance course at Institute of Mathematics and Applications, Bhubaneswar? It is an institution of Govt. of Orissa affiliated to Utkal University. The degree is awarded by Utkal University. Math and Stat students are eligible to take the entrance test. It would be great to know if this course is worthwhile. After this course will one be eligible for a PhD in Math from the premier institutes that you have named?

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          IMA is a great institute and that course is also very good. Yes, you are ofcourse eligible for any PhD course after your degree at IMA.

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            If you have seen the IMA entrance papers, they are relatively much easier. What can be the cutoffs? and any idea what do most students do after completing the course from IMA? Also, you said its a great institute, then why haven't you included it in your blog entry?

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            We are sorry, we have not seen the IMA question paper. The name is missing because of a slip of the mind in the author's case. We apologize for this mistake.

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    i want to know a bit about hri summer internship
    spim , like what kind of course is taught ,
    do we need to submit a project at the end and if accomodation , food ,travel expense or stipend is provided...

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      Accomodation, food and stipend are all provided by HRI. And yes, a brief project report has to be submitted to get a certificate. The courses you would take would depend on your mathematical maturity and your guide.

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      In which state do you want to become a teacher? There is a Teacher Eligibility Test in some states of India, maybe you can appear that.

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    Thanks for providing such information, its highly appreciated. I was quite good in Mathematics and always fascinated by numbers, calculation but in my growing up years was never known about career option in Maths. Can you please pass on distance learning options for higher studies in Maths. I have done B. Tech (ECE).

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    does somebody know hpow can I buy or get test of mathematics at 10+2 level the book published by ISI for its undergraduation admission?
    Any sort of help is appreciated.

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    dear author,
    i am very good as well as very much interested in studying courses which are just related to mathematics and/or arithmetics and/or logics/algebra etc. i was always excellent in maths everywhere in school. but i chose engg in ec for my undergraduate course, i have completed almost 3 years now and i am getting distracted towards my interest in maths. i want to know is there any institute/course where i can join after completing my engg directly.
    thank you.

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      Yes all the institutes mentioned in this article take in BTech graduates, but then your understanding of mathematics must be very strong to be accepted after your BTech.

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      Both these institutes are very good, some IITs are better than some IISERs and vice versa, it depends on what you are interested in and in which IIT or IISER you want to study.

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    i m b.Tech 2006 pass out.i want to do phd in mathematics. is there any option to do phd in mathematics without having the degree of postgraduation?

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      Yes you can do a PhD in math provided your basics are very clear. You can apply to almost all institutes mentioned in this article for your PhD after your BTech degree.

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      It is very difficult to estimate the cutoffs, but we would guess that anything above 60-70% would be a safe bet to get a call for the interviews.

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      It is very difficult to answer such questions as the cutoffs are highly random, and it depends on the students taking the exams. But a score of 60-70% should be safe comparatively.

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    i wanted to know what are the cutoffs in the msc cs exam of CMI. What is considered to be a good enough score..?

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    Sir , i just completed my 12 th with a score of 100 in maths. I am interested in pursuing a career in maths. Can you please help meby telling which college can apply for?

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      You can go into banking, finance and software industry also to name a few. The opportunities are enormous if you have the potential.

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        and wat is d scope if we do Plain Bsc means Bsc without specialization in maths and thn we opt for Msc maths honors.?
        does it create any difference for those who opt for bsc maths honors and who opt only for simple bsb without specialization.......?????

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          Your career path is determined by how you study the subject in your post graduation and/or PhD. So according to us, apart from being a little nehind your contemporaries there will be not much harm to your career.

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    hi...i completed my bsc in maths from delhi university.And i am doing my post grad from the same.Could you please suggest me job options after my post grad

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      As already mentioned in many previous comments, mathematics graduates are offered a variety of jobs from banking to telecommunications to finance to academics. The type of job depends on your skillset.

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    Sir I have passed my 12th in 2011. I took a year's drop. Currently I am in an engineering college first year but I am deeply interested in Maths. I want to get admission in ISI Calcutta or CMI. Will the big gap after 12 affect my career if I go for admission in these institutes now. Please guide me sir.

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      It would not matter much if you are good. However it would be best for you to complete your engineering course and then apply for masters in math.

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    hi ...i just given my 3rd year exams and going to do msc maths after tht from government clg ,ludhiana , punjab .. i m gud student scoring near 90% marks in 1st n 2nd yr ...... can u plz tell me what exams i should give during msc or after that ,, i want to do phd in applied mathematics from one of top colleges in india .. can u guide me how can i get admission in one n pass ugc/net exam during my msc.

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      For applied math, IITs, IISc and TIFR-CAM are the best institutes in India. TIFR conducts their own written exam followed by interviews, while IITs and IISc take in students via GATE, CSIR-NET, NBHM, INSPIRE programmes.

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    My son has attempted CMI entrance in 2013 and is expecting to get about 66 to 70%. What are his chances of getting into CMI

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    i am cs 3rd year i wanna do my masters in maths. can u suggest me what shud i do. and what type of jobs will b there in india??
    awaiting for ur reply.

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      Hi Sakshi, you have a very good background for a career in mathematics. If you specialize in number theory or graph theory, you can apply your CS skills to do a job related to internet security, design of cryptosystems, etc. In case of any queries, please revert back with specific question.

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    Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions. It is such a pleasure and admirations should be there to spend time and answer all others question.Based on info in this site, I pulled down some info regarding entrance exams for various institutions mentioned in your web. I came across some of the few exams are happen every year for Higher studies in Maths. That I have mentioned below.. Exams are,CSIR-UGC NET for JRF; or UGC-NET for JRF; or DBT JRF; or ICMR JRF; or JEST 2013; or NBHM 2013; or IISc Entrance Test 2013; or GATE 2012/2013 or INSPIRE Fellows (for Ph D) But I couldn’t find some of the core info .It will really add enormous valve we get answer for these queries in this website.
    1) Entrance examination and corresponding eligibility course (In case of B.E/B.Tech, these r d exams can b availed for pursuing higher study, In case of BSc u need to take these exam)
    2) Colleges(Top level universities like TIFR,IISc,IMSc,HRI,NISER and IITs etc) and corresponding acceptable entrances exams(Such as TIFR only accepts TIFR Entrance test & For IISc they accept everything above mentioned)
    3) Expected Cut-Off for each exam categories for Qualification?
    4) Consolidated books list from basics to expertise in subject matter(I knew u mentioned few above in ur web)
    5) Seats availability in each institution?
    6) Expecting days of notification & Exam?(If possible Links)
    As far as I know, I put down all info which would help full to all &if we get answer, this web will become Single point source for higher studies in Maths)
    Thanks a lot once again.

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      Hi, thanks a lot for your comment. Give us some time and we shall put up all the above info you requested in a separate article and put up a link of it in this article. In case, you want to help us you can surely email us.