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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. Most go for the local colleges and Universities in their neighbourhood. In this article 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 centres 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 centres of India held in late May each year followed by a personal interview at Bangalore. CMI offers a BSc degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and another in Mathematics and Physics, admissions to which is through a written test held in various centres of India in late May each year, which may be followed up by an interview later. Both ISI and CMI also admit students who have qualified in the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). For ISI they also have to attend an interview in Bengaluru. For ISI the interview takes place at Bengaluru. Added to that CMI also admits students who have qualified in the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) and Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO). The INMO is held every year on the first Sunday of February. But to appear in the INMO, one has to pass the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) which is held in various centres throughout India in December every year. Similarly to appear in INPhO one has to pass National Standard Exam in Physics(NSEP) and for INOI one has to pass either of Zonal Computing Olympiad(ZCO) or Zonal Informatics Olympiad(ZIO).

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 JEE Advanced held every year in April-May. While IISc admits students via the JEE Mains, JEE Advanced and Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY). The KVPY is held every year in November for students in classes 11th, 12th and UG 1st year.

A student can also opt for an integrated BS-MS dual degree course in math offered at the Indian Institutes of Science and Education Research(IISERs) which is a 5 year course. The IISERs are located in Pune, Mohali, Kolkata, Bhopal and Trivandrum. The IISERs admit students via KVPY, JEE Advanced. One may also apply via marks in board exams and then writing the IISER entrance exam which is held in mid July in the five IISERs. The marks in board exams depends on the INSPIRE cutoff for the respective boards.

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, Kolkata or Bengaluru through admission test held in late May

For Integrated MSc-PhD programmes the best places are:

  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai and Bangalore admits through a written test held in May and followed by an interview

  • IISc, Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) followed by an interview at IISc

  • 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

  • IISERs (Pune, Mohali, Trivandrum, Bhopal, Kolkata) also has a good Integrated MS-PhD course and they admit students either via their own exams or NBHM

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. In recent years, many new Central Universities have also started this course.

A student can also opt for an Integrated MS degree offered at present by the IISERs, and also at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) at Bhubaneswar and Centre for Basic Sciences (CBS) at Mumbai. The IISERs admits students via JEE Advanced, KVPY and through board exam performances. While NISER and CBS 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. Normally these institutes (except TIFR which has its own exam) accept students who have cleared either NBHM or the CSIR JRF exam followed by an interview. Students who have been awarded INSPIRE Fellowships by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), GoI may also be called for interviews at these institutes. Apart from these, CMI, ISI, IISc, IISERs and NISER also has a very highly ranked PhD programme.

Students studying at all the above institutes are paid fellowships of Rs.5000 for the Bachelors students, Rs.5000-Rs.7000 to the Masters Students by the DST and around Rs.12000-Rs.18000 for the PhD students. In CMI PhD students are paid Rs. 26000-28000 for PhD and Rs. 9000 for M.Sc. But recent hike in fellowship for PhD students mean that they might be paid as high as Rs. 26000 in the coming session onwards.

In this article we have only focused on the best institutes in India. There are many other quite good places to study mathematics. Among them mention may be made of the Institute of Mathematics and Applications (IMA) at Bhubaneswar and the University of Delhi.

[This article was slightly modified on 14th of March, 2015.]

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Manjil P. Saikia is an alumni of Tezpur University (India) and The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy). He is now a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna (Austria). He is the managing 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?

        • 4

          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'

      • 13

        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

    • 16

      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

    • 18

      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 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.

    • 38

      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.

      • 39

        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..

        • 40

          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

    • 42

      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 ???

    • 57

      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

    • 60

      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?

    • 62

      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 .

    • 64

      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

    • 74

      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


    • 78

      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 !!!

    • 86

      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.

    • 117

      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

    • 123

      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)

    • 125

      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.

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    I am currently pursuing integrated M.Sc(Maths) degree and I am into the final leg of the course i.e.,project work. Could you please suggest me some topics for project which can drive me to good carrer?

    I am also bit confused whether to do the project in CS or Maths.

    Thanks in advance.

    Awaiting your valuable suggestions.

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      Hi, it would be good if you mention your specific research interests like in which field of CS or math you would like to do the project? Ideally it would be good if you pick up some important open problem and study the literature that is available till now, in that way you can learn a lot of stuff and keep up with the current trend of research in the field.

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        Thanks for your comment.I just want to know about the better option among OR and core maths topics like Number theory.

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    Hello, I've been offered Admission at IISER Mohali for Int-PhD Math and my interest lies in Analysis, I want to do MS from Best Institute of India like TIFR,ISI,CMI,HRI,IMSc.
    Please guide me if i get admission to one of those shall i drop from IISER next year?

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      IISER Mohali has a very good math faculty and would be a good place for a PhD. But of course if you are interested in analysis then TIFR, IMSc, IISc and ISIs are also very good option. If you can get into any of these next year then you may reconsider IISER Mohali.

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        Sir I've heard that in India ,research is mainly in Algebraic Geometry ,Algebra and Number theory! Is that so?

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          No, that is not entirely correct. Different places have different focus groups of research, for example HRI's focus is number theory, TIFR-CAM's is differential equations and applied math and so on. Almost all topics of math are studied in India and good quality research comes out from it.

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    I have cleared ISI(B.stat) and CMI this year. I love to do Maths(Olympiad types). I have interest in Computer Science also. But i have joined ISI. As heard by others that there are more chances of getiing offer of Phd from abroad, specially USA. I am also confused about type of computer syllabus in CMI. Is it comparable with IIT's? Please suggest me as early as possible. CMI will start from 2nd August. Before that i have to take a final decision.

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    hello sir,
    your post was helpful a lot. Such a guidance is always unique and lovable.

    I have just passed my higher secondary exams this year. But due to some problems I could not apply for ISI this year. Would it be possible to apply the next year? your comment on this would be a lot of helpfull.

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    and I want to apply for first year at their. If ISI do not take is it possible that other research institutes take applications of one year drop students?
    sir, your help will be highly encouraging.

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    your post was highly helpful. Such a guidance is always encouraging and lovable.

    My query was, does ISI take applications from students who have passed their Higher Secondary exams in the previous year? Due to some problems I could not apply for ISI this year. In that case if I apply next year for first year UG courses, will my application hold valid? If not, do any other universities from what you mentioned in your post provide with this facility?

    Your reply will be lifesaving from the point of view of my passion for maths.

    Thank you.

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      All the institutes mentioned in this post will accept your application, but they will ask the reason for the year loss in their interviews.

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    thanks for such valuable information and help in queries.
    i am in fourth year, ECE. but i want to pursue higher degree in mathematics like master degree and phd. you said i can still apply after completing in ECE.
    please mention the exams i can give for admission into institutes where i can go for master degree in maths after ECE.

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    sir please tell me if a student who has taken one year drop after 12th class and has completed two years of (computer science branch) goes for admission to undergradute programmes of ISI OR CMI then would there be any serious problem in his career ahead. please help me sir i really need your help..
    i know he can apply for masters but there will be very less chance of getting selected for masters so will applying for b.stat good option...... waiting for your reply.

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      There would be no problem at all except the fact that you would loose two years. ISI and CMI has no problem in accepting good students on their merit irrespective of the circumstances, so you can give it a shot.

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    sir it is often heard that people who solved 4 or more problems in ISI Subjective paper were disqualified but many got called to the interview who solved only one problem... is it so.... what do the examiners look for in the solution of the problem...

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      That is not the case, but there are exceptions. ISI looks for real talent and so if someone gives an ingenious solution to some problem then he will surely get a call for the interview.

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    hi guys................
    actually i am in merchant navy since 4 yrs..........but i joined this profession for making family condition good. mathematics was my passion, still today i have so much . i used to teach me neighbours in my home stay period up to iit level guys who all are preparing for IIT-JEE. thay also used to tell me that you should do sth in maths. can u all suggest what should i do on this level................plz help me...............i wanna make my carrier in mathematics which was my passion.

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      If you can give us your level of education in mathematics then we can give you a better answer. But the ideal thing would be to get a PhD in math.

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    Thank you fore the valuable information.Can you tell me about the job opportunities after completing M.Math and in which all areas can we apply for a job.

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      There are plenty of job oppurtunities after M.Math from ISI, you can apply for financial as well as software jobs.

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    For preparation of ISI and CMI is it necessary to have a particular topic where we are required to focus more.
    I am solving books Maths Wit (In 2 volumes) by Prof. Shambhu Chatterjee. Are these enough. Can you suggest some additional books.

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          The following books shall be useful:

          1. Problems Plus in IIT Mathematics by A. Dasgupta
          2. IIT Mathematics by K. D. Joshi
          3. Problem Solving Strategies by Arthur Engel
          4. Challenge and Thrill of Pre-college mathematics by Venkatachala
          5. Inequalities by B. J. Venkatachala
          6. Introductory Combinatorics by R. A. Brualdi

          Besides try to solve RMO and INMO problems.

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            As now there are only 8 months left for the exam can you please suggest study plans for best performance at B.Stat Entrance paper.

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          First clear up all the essentials of your class textbooks, and then try to solve previous year's question poapers of IIT, ISI, CMI, etc. You should also look into the book 'Problem Solving Strategies' by Arthur Engel.

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    I am extremely interested in mathematics and computing at CMI.Please tell me how I should prepare for the entrance exam. I love maths and computer science equally,specially theoritical aspects of computer science. In pursuit of my interest. I have already completed the following books:
    1)School text book
    2)Problems Plus in IIT mathematics by ad gupta
    3)Higher algebra(hall&knight)
    4)Mathematical Analysis by G. N. Berman
    5)Advanced engineering mathematics(only differential equations &linear algebra parts)

    I want to know are these enough for preparing for CMI entrance test?
    Actually I am weak in chemistry.So I dont hope to get Mathematics and computing in IITs. So,the next best alternative is CMI.
    So,please help me sir. I really want to get into CMI.
    Thanks a lot

    • 316

      Hi, the books you have completed are quite good, but it is not enough. Try solving 'Problem Solving Strategies' by Arthur Engel and 'JEE Mathematics' by K. D. Joshi.

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    Sir only 8 months left for ISI B.Stat paper. Can you suggest some study strategy for best performance in the entrance exam.

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    I am doing M.Sc. Maths with specialization in Computer Science.
    Can I pursue a career in Pure Maths
    How do I go about finding a professor for my research.
    I am not very clear about many things.
    How to apply for NBHM exam

    • 321

      Yes, you can pursue a career in pure math. Apply for the NBHM exam via the NBHM website. And try to write to people whose research areas match your interests and then see their responses.

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    What is the eligibility criteria for HRI. What is the level of syllabus to be asked in Entrance and interviews (B.Sc. OR M.Sc.)
    Thank You

    • 323

      They normally ask questions from standard B.Sc syllabus. The eligubility is that you must be either poursuing your B.Sc (thrid year) or have compelted one. More details can be found in its website.

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    When are the exams held by NBHM for HRI and IMSc for Msc entrance?
    when are the forms released and tentative dates for the xam?
    Thank You

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    i am class 12th student and want to do BSc and MSc . please let me know about the opportunities in teaching field or in any other field after doing it. Is going for M tech will be the better option? please tell me about the BS degree in maths.

    • 326

      The BS degree is a good option for those who wish to pursue a research career right after their bachelors degree. In India, IISc, University of Delhi and Gauhati University offers this course. There is a good scope for teaching after MSc if you clear the CSIR NET exam. MTech in applied branches of math is always a good choice.

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    Dear Sir

    My sister has done M.Sc (Applied mathematics) from HCU(Hyderabad Central University) 20 years back. After that she dedicated her self to her family and did not pursue career. But she still has the zeal and concepts alive. She is 42 years now. Are there any ways that she can pursue her career now. Please advice.


    • 328

      Yes, she can start anytime she wants. There is no bar on age for doing an PhD in almost all institutes in India. But she needs to revise the topics that are taught in today's courses.

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    Mine is probably the strangest case you'd have come across in a long time. Let me tell you my story in brief and then I'll ask my questions.

    I am a 36 years old man, living in Delhi. While I was in my school, mathematics was my favourite subject, followed by physics, and I also excelled in these two subjects. However, when it came to choosing a stream in 11th, owing to several factors, I chose Commerce with mathematics. I did well in that and later did my BCom (H) from SRCC in Delhi. Simultaneously I completed my Chartered Accountancy by the age of 21 and joined the workforce. I have had a pretty smooth career, yet in the back of my mind I was regretting my decision of not studying mathematics any further. I was keen to study further but had no idea how to go about it. The main reason for this was that till around 3 years back, commerce graduate could not do Masters in mathematics. I wanted to do MA in Maths and that too in a distance mode; and no university seemed to offer it that time. However I continued my search. Then suddenly one fine evening I found out that Lovely Professional University was offering a distance education MA – Maths, which was open to graduates of all stream. I, without hesitation, enrolled for it. This was probably one of the best decisions of my life. I completely enjoyed the challenge that this course offered me. I am scheduled to complete this course in next few months and now I have my eyes set on doing something even further in this field. The obvious choice is a Phd.
    I already have a settled career and have no intention of using Mathematics as a money earner for me, although I’ll be keen to teach others, just for the joy of teaching.
    Now here are the questions I have.
    1. Am I eligible to do a Phd, since my graduation is not done in Mathematics?
    2. Is Phd the course I should go for or is there something else, I should pursue, say MPhil.
    3. LPU is not a great university. Will this have any impact on my chances in getting admission in Phd?
    4. Which universities in India/ abroad are best suited for Phd?
    5. How long will the Phd usually take? Can it be done part time, while I carry on my usual day job?
    6. Are there any universities which are focussed on Mathematical Economics or Mathematical Finance.

    Your guidance in this regard shall be mightily appreciated.

    • 330

      Hi, your is certainly a unique case, so as far as we are concerned the following are to the best of our knowledge:

      1. Yes, you can do a PhD, because most institutes ask for a Masters degree in math, but it would be wise to ask the university you plan to apply to beforehand.
      2. You can always do a MPhil to get a feel of what the subject might be like now. Since, you do not have a Bachelors degree in math, so we would strongly suggest to read up as much of the core undergraduate courses as you can apart from the ones that you are doing now in your MSc. It would be wise to enroll in a 1 or 2 year MPhil programme in distance mode.
      3. No, this will not have an impact, everything depends on your capabilities. However, the degree given by LPU must be accredited by UGC.
      4. The Indian universities are already mentioned in the article. You can also look at this article For universities abroad, it all depends on your interests.
      5. Again this will depend on you, but normally a three year period is the norm for a full time student which in most cases extends to five to six years. Yes, you can do it part time.
      6. You can look at the Institute of Mathematics and Applications at Bhubaneswar, Delhi School of Economics, Indian Institutes of Management and the Indian Statistical Institutes.

      We hope our answers were satisfactory. Thank you for your comment, keep visiting us.

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    Hi Gonit,
    I will appear for 12th exams this year. Between CMI & ISI which one is better for B.Sc Maths?
    I heard that course of CMI & ISI is "very tough & difficult" than BSc Maths offerred by other universities
    ( some people told me that completing course itself is a big challenge..)

    secondly, please can you recommend other good universities for B.Sc Maths ?


    • 334

      The names of other institutes are written in the article itself. The courses at ISI and CMI are tough, but they can be surmounted.

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    Dear sir please tell me that after having done 2 yrs in engineering stream I want to do B.Stat from ISI Calcutta because my real interest is in Mathematics but I have recognized it quite late. People are saying that even if I manage to clear the B.Stat entrance exam in 2014 then I would not get any placement due to 3 years gap between 12th standard and undergraduate studies. Sir I am extremely worried about this. Sir please help me immediately whether it is true or not or you have heard of any such real cases. Please help me sir.

    • 336

      No, there would be no hamper in your placements, if you choose for acadmemics. Infact your engineering education might come in handy sometime there.

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    Hi Gonitsara wassup, Sanjay from bangalore, love maths n physics, I have a math problem, can any one of you pls try to crack it for me with diagram? Here goes... chk it out

    The circle C has radius 1Unit & touches the line L at P. The point X lies on C & Y is the foot of the perpendicular from X to L. Find the maximum possible value of area PXY (as X varies)?

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    Hello Sir,
    Currently I am working with IT company. Done B.E in 2009 from ENTC branch. I was excellent in maths in college and always use to teach maths to my friends.
    Now i want to make career in math such a way that i can eligible to teach maths to B.E students.
    Please suggest what would be the next step or possibilities.
    Your guidance in this regard shall be appreciated.
    Thank you.

    • 339

      The best way would be either to get a MS or PhD in mathematics or maybe get an MTech in subjects related to math like Mathematics and Computing, Industrial Mathematics, etc. offered by some IITs.

      • 340

        Could you please suggest some colleges for me to pursue my higher studies in Mtech/MS/Phd courses in pune.

        As per my research I could find only two colleges

        1. Fergussan for subject Applied math

        2. IISER for integrated phd and normal phd.

        Further to above, Could you please also advise me from do I start with the preparation since I have a GAP of 4years.

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    I am a first year undergraduate student in institute of mathematics and applications , bhubaneswar. I have a deep interest in number theory , graph theory and cryptology( though I haven't read much of the last one). And wish to apply for a summer internship in some institute to do a summer project in these fields .I have heard from some people(including my seniors) with experience that to do so first you have to e mail the professors after checking whether thier research intersets matches yours or not , explaining your interst in the same topic and your desire to do a project under their guidance and so on.
    But, since I do not have any past research experience and just know the basic stuff in number theory and graph theory and combinatorics and a little bit of background in programming, I doubt any professor will even consider me .
    Since these internships start in May- june, I am willing to learn more higher level stuff in number theory ( mainly analytic) and combinatorics in addition with learning One programming language( I'm in the process of completing one). and LaTeX.
    So what I want to ask IS WHETHER iT IS POSSIBLE for someone with my knowledge and interest to get an internship,and if yes then how? How should I apply for it? How should I start asking Professors of other institutes for it? And how and what exactly should I do to increase my knowlege so to get some good internship.
    I'm only a beginner so I'm not hoping that I'm going to get some internship in Tifr or hri or some other great institute . But, I think I should at least try to mail professors in related field from IITs, IIsers,CMI, ISI.( MAY BE YOU CAN CUT cmi FROM THIS LIST).
    And if i'm wrong , then can you please suggest where should I apply to ?
    P.s.: I apologize if this is not a right place to ask a question like this, but I did not of any more proper place so I just posted my query here.
    Thanks a lot in advance for reading such a long and probably usseless post.
    I think I'M DONE.

    • 342

      Dear Ritesh, it is heartening to see your high dreams and goals. The first thing that you must do is to follow some good books to brush up your knowledge. Given your interests we thing the following would be ideal for you:

      1. Elementary Number Theory by D. M. Burton
      2. Graph Theory by F. Harary
      3. Introduction to Mathemattical Cryptography by Silverman et. al.

      You can very well apply for internships at this stage and should write to good professors in good institutes clearly mentining your interests and at least one referee name along with your CV. You can also separately apply for the following internship programmes available:

      1. Indian Science Academies' Summer Research Fellowship Programme
      2. CMI Summer Fellowship Programme
      3. HRI Summer Program in Mathematics
      4. IISER Pune Summer Research Programme
      5. IISER Mohali Summer Research Programme

      You must also devote some time in trying to learn LaTeX properly and efficiently.

      We hope our reply was of use to you. If you need any more information, please revert back to us. Thanks a lot.

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    Hi Gonit,

    Your blog is very informative !
    I am in final year of B.Sc Mathematics & have following questions -

    Q1. For salary placements & career prospects which is better for M.Sc Maths - IIT or CMI ?

    Q2. Whether M.Sc Stats has better career prospects than Maths ?

    I am comfortable with both Maths & Stats but finding it difficult to chose one of them for M.Sc. I come from weak economic background & hence job prospects are important to me.

    Many Thanks

    • 346

      Thanks a lot for your comment. The answers to your queries are as follows:

      1. It really depends on the kind of job you want, in case of academics all get the same pay.

      2. Again it depends on the kind of job that you want to do. Statisticians are more multi-disciplinary than mathematicians and hence can be used anywhere.

      If you want a company job or a bank job or an industry related job, we would recommend you to try Statistics. In that case, you can also try for the Indian Statistical Services conducted by the UPSC.

      • 347

        Many Thanks Gonit !

        In your response to Q1, I want to work in corporate sector & not into academics, so which one will be better for M.Sc- CMI or IIT ?

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    hey sir..
    I am a B-Tech student. Persuing it in Computer Sc. I have extreme interest in maths. So, just want to know can i apply in the above colleges after my B-Tech completion?? or i have to again start my career bachelors in maths???

    • 350

      Since you are doing CSE, so it will be easier for you to apply. You do not need a Math BSc, all these institutes consider extremely motivated BTech graduates too. Just apply normally to these institutes directly.

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    I want to do Phd. in Maths but I am married and cant move to some other place. Is there any distance learning programs in Maths. I have done in Telecomm from B'lore.

    • 352

      Hi, normally a distance PhD is not a good option, you may consider doing a Part Time PhD from some university, wherein you will have to go periodically to meet your supervisor.

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    Thank you for your reply.

    Could you please suggest some colleges for me to pursue my higher studies in Mtech/MS/Phd courses in pune.

    As per my research I could find only two colleges in Pune:
    1. Fergussan for subject Applied mathematics
    2. IISER for integrated phd and normal phd.

    Further to above, Could you please also advise me from where to start for entrance as now i have 4 yrs gap.

    • 358

      Both the institutes you mentioned are good. You can also look into University of Pune. You should first brush up your basics in algebra, analysis and topology and then start preparing seriously.

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    Hi, Gonitsora
    The above article has been very useful to me. I just wanted to ask if there is any possibility to do research in space after doing Msc in maths.Right now i'm doing Bsc(1st year).I like maths but i'm also interested in creative line.So i'm a little confused on what to choose as my career path.Please advise me.

    • 361

      Yes, definitely you have scope in space reserach. ISRO has an institute called Indian Institute of Space Technology in Trivandrum, they offer a PhD in mathematics, you can look into it.

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    I am done with my B.Tech graduation. I am more fascinated into Mathematics. I would like to do PG in maths but I can't quit my job and do a regular course. So could you please help me in suggesting a college or list of colleges which offer post graduation/ master's in Mathematics/Statistics. please help me with your advice.

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    My question here will be
    1.Does it effect in career security if I pursue mathematics courses than statistics in ISI?
    2.Is it true or just rumour that statistics have better career scopes than mathematics?

    • 365

      The answers to your queries are:

      1. No it does not affect your career, both are equally good.

      2. Stats have a better scope of fetching you a job other than academics in India.

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    there are 2 options in the csir net form : net or jrf
    if suppose i fill for jrf and the cut off for net(without jrf ) is 150 and for jrf it is 170 and my score is 160, then will i be qualify net or i wont qualify for net also because i filled jrf in the form and could not meet the cut off for jrf ????

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    hello sir,
    i love 2 stdy maths...i hve great intrst n dz subject...i wanted 2 join CMI for getting my degreee n mathematics aftr due 2 sme persnl reasns i failed 2 attend d entrnce exam..nd nw im dng my 2 nd yr btech n i still want 2 stdy im not sure about d scope of dng msc maths aftr my really confused...i wanted 2 chase my on an other note ,i want to knw d scope of doing msc maths aftr my btech n civil....i hope u will gve me the correct guidance,...

    • 368

      You can definitely study math after your BTech. You can either opt for an MSc or a PhD. Most of the institutes take students with a BTech degree, so it should not be a problem. Just apply for the exams mentioned in this post.

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    sir , this question goes on behalf of one of my good friend.
    He had mastered most of the concepts at under-graduate and a quiet a bit of graduate stuff .To describe his proficiency just want to mention that he had done all this within a less than 6 months and solved most problems of the books suggested in the brochure of B-math ,M-math and is also able to sole past year entrance questions of ISi .
    he firmly believes that he is to the level of graduate study .His area of most lies in Real analysis ,abstract analysis ;,general topology,algebraic topology,differential geometry, algebraic geometry,modulos and elliptical curves ,abstract algebra, harmonic analysis,partial differential equations ,algebraic number theory , analytical number theory combinatorial number theory,game theory. but he is still in his first year of under graduate studies .
    what should he do ??? he wants to sit for M-math and TIFR for integrated Msc program but qualification restriction prevents along .

    • 372

      He can always sit for the exam, but it would be advisable to atleast complete his BSc. After that we see no problem why he won't get into a prestigous institute like TIFR.

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    Why did u not consider IIT's and IIsc for Msc and Integrated MSc-PhD program? and can you please give some information on placement and salary details from these colleges under such courses.

    • 374

      IITs are very good for MSc, but they have a applied tinge to the course, we thought of focusing only the pure side of the subject. Placements are respectable in almost all the institutes that we mentioned. Ofcourse IITs and ISI have better placements compared to others.

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    Hello !! I am doing in mechanical and automation engineering. I'll complete my 3rd year this june !! I wanted to take BSc in maths three years ago but due to some reasons I took up I have quite lost a touch on mathematical concepts now but am still longing to study maths. I am not much interested in computers. Last month I started searching what are the possibilities. ISI and CMI are of course far-fetched. Seeing the syllabus on CMIs site and book references I bought 'calculus' by T M Apostol, 'algebra' by M Artin and John conways 'functions in one complex variable' . Self study is quite hard but still I am doing it. What I am thinking is that after I complete next year I go for BSc in some local university and then continue with MSc and all. I consulted with few friends of mine and they suggest that it is not plausible enough. It'd be a waste of four years, rather I must prepare for entrances related to Masters in Mathematical related discipline. If i'll clear it'd be good else I must look for MTech. The last three years I haven't been studying but just clearing the exams so I've been quite unproductive and I believe If I'll go for B.Sc it won't be much of a waste. But then I have not yet talked to my parents and as I said I am not confident about clearing the entrances for Masters degree. I am quite lost. Is it that I am too late ? I know there ain't any guarantee and It'll all depend on my caliber but I am unsure If a plus Bsc will get me a career (considering If I can't go for masters 4 years from now). I am thinking of applying for B.math ISI and BSc math CMI this year too !! Can you give a personal advice on my situation please !!

    Thank you

    • 376

      Hi, yours is a very peculiar situation, because you want to do a BSc in math after completing BTech. If you are ok with three more years of study then there is no point in asking the question. However, a viable alternative would be to do a correspondence degree in math, say from IGNOU or any state open university and then simulatenoualy prepare for your MSc entrances. You can give your MSc entrance at any point you feel confident about, irrespective of whether your correspondence degree is over or not. Please also look into this alternative.

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    i am appearing for 12th this year. I belong to Maths,phy,comp,chem group.I thought of doing CA, but some people said that do B.Sc degree and opt for ICWA exam. but if i decide to do commerce and CA, whether it will be a good choice?
    Otherwise shall i be in my field. I have great interest in Mathematics. I hope u will help me.

    • 378

      Both of the options that you mention are very good. But contrary to popular belief, doing mathematics and CA are two very difference things.

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    it is really nice to see so much of information for the students. i think it is your love for maths. i want to know whether tifr mumbai and tifr banglore admission tests for integrated m sc are conducted separately or on the basis of entrance exam and interview the allotment is done. secondly is there any provision of admission to mit university for imo awardees.

    • 380

      Hi, TIFR conducts its won entrance exam and then selects some people for interviews and then they give the final calls to all.

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    I have decided to appear for ISI B.Stat 2014 entrance test and have a general understanding of XI and XII Mathematics syllabus.
    Sir kindly outline a study strategy so as to make effective preparations to successfully clear ISI B.Stat 2014.
    Please help me sir.

    • 382

      Focus on basics and then good amount of problem solving. Since time is very less now, focus mainly on problem solving.

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    I am currently studying BTech in Computer Science Engineering from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida. I want to study mathematics after my graduation. What is the scope for a BTech student in mathematics? Are there any disadvantages we face because we are not graduate from one of the above mentioned colleges, or because we are BTech and not BSc or BS?

    • 384

      There are no disadvantages, if your concepts in basic math (linear algebra, real analysis, abstract algebra) are satisfactory. Since you are from CSE, it would be slightly more easier for you than other branches.

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    sir, I read in class 10 and soon going to step in class 11. I'm very confused sir becoz being a topper in science always I luv it and I also like to do maths but problem is this that I don't score well in maths somehow somewhat happens and I loose my marks I feel very very bad that I can't express my sorrow and becoz of tht only my cgpa become less just because of my silly mistake and time management in exam. so sir I want to know if I opt maths then isn't it will be hard for me..??? before some months I decided to go for bio but now I want maths only so is it correct to opt maths & c.s my capability in mind ???

    and sir I want to go in research line so please explore all the fields related to that except engineering. thankyou..!!!

    • 386

      Dear Shanata, everyone of us makes silly mistakes, so it is not a thing to worry about. With adequate practice and carefulness you can overcome them in no time. If you really love mathematics, then opt for it, because it is more important to love what one is studying than anything else.

      In research, most of the time you would have to think or imitate something that has been done, so your silly mistakes will not be a major hindrance in it. But since you are in Class 11 now, maybe for the next year, you can try reading all the different subjects in your curriculum and see which one best suits you and then decide on the one you want pursue a career in.

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    first of all i found the article really helpful.i have just completed my 10 from Assam.i m interested in maths but really don't know what to do!!what are the maths oriented exams i can give after 12(the ones which require only maths)??what are the books i should consult and what are the topics i need give more importance from my 11 and 12 courses???i want to get into CMI or ISI so in that case what books should i consult??what should i do to crack the olympiad and the books required to do so???i saw the previous question papers of olympiads and admission tests of isi but found them rather confusing and tough so i think i have to brush up my concepts on some topics(like number theory,calculus and reasoning) so what books should i buy to improve my primary concepts about them??please reply

    • 388

      The entrance exams of ISI and CMI asks only questions related to math. You need to know everything in your +2 curriculum and also some amount of number theory and combinatorics. You can find most of the materials in Problem Solving Strategies by A. Engel, Challenges and Thrill of Pre College Mathematics by Venkatachala et al and IIT Mathematics by A. Dasgupta.

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    sir, you made me think more about my career. your advice will be beneficial for me. thanxx for the help and info. :)

    you are really good ,if in future if I require any help regarding my studies I will definitely take your help.
    and sir for class11 maths which books are good for cbse board. which book you'd like to suggest.

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      IIT Gandhinagar offers an MSc in math, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University offers an MTech in Industrial Math and Computer Applications and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT offers an MTech in ICT. These are some institutes where you can think of applying.

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    My friend is doing Masters in Mathematics from Tezpur University and had plans to pursue a PhD later on. The friend is a little demotivated at the moment and has decided to drop all plans for a PhD, since I'm not from this field I have no idea what to suggest, don't really know what people who study maths actually do besides teach it. It may sound funny but I'd like to know what are the options of utilizing such an extensive mathematical knowledge in the field of Defense perhaps, I read a little about pursuing phD in DRDO but any suggestions aside from that? is there any way of lateral entry or examination for admittance in RAW?
    and lastly could you name a few Institutions/Industries/Organizations where one would most likely get a job with a masters in Math
    Thank You

    • 396

      DRDO or DRLs recruit math graduates at an entry level Scientist position. They conduct nationwide exams followed by interviews for these positions. Apart from DRDO, almost all defense related organisations in the country like RAW, BARC, etc recruits math graduates. All of them have separate nationwide recruitment tests and interviews from time to time. It would be advisable to keep on following 'Employment News' or 'Rozgar Samachar' regularly.

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    Can you please mention some institutes where I can do a part time M.Sc in maths/applied maths/cryptography in Bangalore?

    Thanks and Regards,

    • 398
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        But only ISI offers Msc maths that too full time. IISc has only Ph.D or integrated programmes. So, I can only take up full time course. Am I correct?

        • 400

          Yes, they offer full time courses. You should try IGNOU for a part time course. Or to get a feel of the subject you can try some online courses at

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    I am currently pursuing B Tech in Electronics and Electrical engineering at IIT Guwahati. I am a KVPY fellow and RMO (Regional Maths Olympiad) qualified. I want to pursue further studies in Mathematics. I have 2 questions: 1) I have no extra credentials in Math except maybe a few AA grades in Math related subjects in my college courses. 2) I am interested in the MASTER OF MATHEMATICS [M MATH] program offered by ISI Kolkata, but the eligibility criterion says "a BE/B Tech Degree, with Mathematics as a full subject and a strong background in Analysis and Abstract Algebra". What is meant by Mathematics as a full subject?

    • 402

      SInce you are KVPY fellow, so the ideal way for you was to appear for the ISI, CMI, IISc or IISER interviews. In any case, you can still try to do a Masters in math. The good thing about institutes like ISI is that, they do not have a hard and fast rule of rejecting students. So, you can still apply and depending on your performance in the written test, they would call you for an interview. It would be advisable to pick up some amount of Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra or Real Analysis before you go for the test.

      Since you are at IITG, you must utilize the expertise of your excellent faculty in the math department. You can talk to Dr. Bhupen Deka and give Gonit Sora's reference, he would be able to help you out.

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    You say that it is easier for students with CS background to go for Masters in Mathematics but they should have knowledge of Mathematics at UG level. But ISI says that one should have Mathematics as a "FULL COURSE OF STUDY"... so is it possible for me to apply for M.Math or M.Stat keeping in mind that Mathematics is there only in first three semesters of engineering studies.

    • 404

      The rules for ISI are not hard and fast. If you have a BTech or BE then you must have done atleast three math courses irrespective of your branch. So, that should be sufficient for ISI.

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    sir , i am a M. TECH student in mechanical engg. i want to do ph.d in mathematics , what should be the way? plz reply

    • 406

      You should apply for the exams mentioned in this article, and should brush up your basic math skills well. If you are trying to do a PhD in computational skills, then your programming skills must be very good. You can try to give GATE in Mathematics as see where you stand currently.

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    I am studying B.Tech in computer Sc. and I am interested in mathematics is there any possibility that I can sit in JAM for in maths.And if you could send me the syllabus for the JAM that would be very helpful.

    • 408

      Yes, you can sit for the exam. You should refer to the JAM website for 2015 to get the syllabus and sample question papers.

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    Hello. I am 46 years old. Have a BE, MBA, PhD in Management - studied in 'good' institutes such as IIM. Was always good at math. Am interested in studying math just for the love of it. Have joined BSc Math at IGNOU to learn the subject again since it is now almost thirty years since I really studied math. I hope to complete it this year. Going forward, is it realistic of me to aspire to do my PhD from say, IMSc Chennai? I would prefer an external MSc/PhD arrangement instead of a full-time one, since I have other commitments too. What should be my next step? Take up post-graduation (then, from where?), integrated PhD (from where?)? Am I eligible for the NBHM exam after my BSc in Math from IGNOU? I am not doing these courses to make any career in math. It is just that I love this subject and a good institution helps you to interact with smart and knowledgeable people. Plus a structured course helps you learn a lot. Thanks in advance for your help.

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      IMSc focuses more on full time PhD candidates, so if you want to do part time, then it would not be a good choice for you. For a part time course, you can try to talk to some professors at your local university. Age is never factor if you have the passion and zeal to learn something. And there is no age limit for getting a PhD. You can continue doing your MSc from IGNOU and in the meanwhile, you can try to do some online courses in websites like, etc. That would give you a feel for the subject and would be a good way to know, which branch of math you would like to do a PhD in. For getting a scholarship for MSc/PhD unfortunately there is an age limit and you are not eligible for scholarships at this stage.

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        Thanks for your helpful reply. I will aim to then join a full-time PhD program in mathematics, preferably in a quality institution. I hope that won't be a problem due to my age, if I am able to successfully compete for a place?

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    Hi, I'm studying BSc mathematics at Jadavpur university. I appeared for IIT-JAM and got AIR 34. I'm really interested in pure mathematics, especially algebraic topology. Which IIT is best for pure math ?

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    I am an undergrad and interested in Mathematics and CS equally. I was thinking of opting for Mathematics and Computing available in various IIT's. I expect my rank in JEE(Adv) to be around 3500 and in JEE(Main) to be around 5000. Which Institute would be best for me. Also is the BSc(math+ cs) course in CMI any better compared to computing in IIT's and NIT's?

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      If you are interested in computing, then choose IIT. If you are interested in theoretical computer science, choose CMI. IIT Guwahati would be a good choice for you.

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    i am a student of B.Tech,mechanical engg.,3rd year.I'm very intrested in mathematics.i fell i hav taken a wrong step choosing engg,though i have a very good % im not satisfied with i want to continue my studies related to maths.please help me and tell me what i can do after completion of my B.Tech

    • 419

      You could brush up your basic math and try to join an MS or PhD course. It would be easire to get admission abroad for an MS than in India. Ofcourse, for that you will have to appear for TOEFL and GRE.

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    How is IISER Kolkata for int. phd in maths?
    I will be giving cmi and isi for maths this may. Are there any other good enough institutes for the same (whose application process is still open).

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    I have got call letter from IISER Mohali for Int. Ph.D program... But I am confused somewhere and in dilemna also after reading few things here and there in Internet about the institute.
    Please help me.
    1. Is IISER holds more importance than Punjab University?
    2. What will be in the Aptitude screening test?
    3. What will be level of Interview? What about the professors? are they rude as stated in the 1st comment in the post?

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      Here are the answers:

      1. Yes!
      2. It would be on your basic math skills at the undergraduate level.
      3. It would depend on your interests, so prepare properly in the field of your expertise. The profs would be quite experienced, so at some point they may seem intimidating and rude, but that is only bacause, they want to take in the best.

      All the best!

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    I have done B.E. in electronics and instrumentation. I worked as a software engineer for almost 3 years. Now, I want to pursue PhD in mathematics from Pune. Please guide me as to which institute in pune offers this course. Also, let me know about the eligibility criteria and entrance test.

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    Hello Sir,
    I completed my class 12th in 2013. I took a drop for JEE Advanced but unfortunately I am not able to clear the Exam, But I have Interest in Maths from my school Days. I want to Study Maths for my future. I have 2 choices
    1. I may take up Bsc.(Hons.) Maths from Delhi University ( Hansraj College ) as I am getting this college from my class 12 Percentage. and further Prepare for IIT JAM and complete from Msc. from IIT.
    2. Also I getting Integrated Msc. Maths from NIT Rourkela (5 Year Course )
    Please Suggest me what to take up from these choices
    Thank You in advance .

    • 427

      Go in for DU, as their course is quite good. Prepare for JAM and go to an IIT or IISc, it would be the best option for you.

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    Would like to compare 4 year BS course at IISC, Banglore and CMI Chennai. If I get admission in both which is a better institute for studying Mathematics? Request you to compare both the institutes to help me make a informed choice. As I have got KVPY have been offered admission at IISC and shall be writing CMI entrance in a few days. Thanks and am looking forward to your guidance.

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      It would be CMI, beacuse that is a purely mathematical institute. Give the entrance properly and if selected go for it.

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    I saw comments. I have following questions. My daughter wants to appear for IIT-JAM and if possible do Integrated Phd in IISc. Can you answer the following
    1. How many people appeared for JAM - Maths in 2014
    2. What is the max marks for IIT-JAM Maths (for how many marks the exam conducted for)?
    3. How do marks and ranks co-relate (that is, if you get 85% you will be in top 30 ranks, if you get 70% you will be top 500 ranks etc... basically rank predictor) for a GM student. And also, rank and admission. For eg., if you get 30th rank, you canl get into IISc integrated Phd, if you get top 50, you can get IIT Chennai M.Sc etc., In other words, what is cut-off for various institutes in 2014 (and or 2013)?
    4. What are your suggestions for IIT-JAM preparations?
    5. There is lot of difference in syllabus between TIFR & JAM. Considering the limited period available for TIFR, what do you suggest to concentrate upon (TIFR or JAM) for a regular Science with Maths major student?
    6. What are the best institutes in India for Maths PG ?

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      Thanks for your comment, here are the answers:

      1. Sorry we do not have that figure, but it should not be less than 8000-10000.
      2. Please check the booklet
      3. That is also very difficult to predict, but normally being in Top 30 guarantees you admission in any institute you wish for. To get IIT Madras or IIT Delhi etc you need to be around top 80-100.
      4. The best way to prepare would be solve previous years question papers and have a thorough understanding of the basics.
      5. JAM would be an easier option, because TIFR have interviews after the written test which can be very difficult to crack.
      6. CMI and ISI would be best for mathematics in India.

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    dear gonit sora ,im a student entering into 12th std this year.I have a passion for mathematics and i want to do degrees in mathematics.I want to do phd in maths after my bsc and msc but I also heard about an ms degree in mathematics and i want to know about it , so can u please tell me.

    • 435

      MS is normally a 2 year masters degree following a 4 year BTech or BS degree, it is a little advance than the normal MSc degree and in India very few institutes offer an MS degree. If you get a good BSc degree than you can always opt to go abroad to get an MS.

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    Hello Sir,
    I did my BTech in Mechanical Engg. after which I've been working in a construction equipment industry for 3 years. Because of my interest in mathematics I'd like to pursue Masters in Mathematics. In my engineering I had done computational fluid dynamics basic course. And my interest is in calculus.
    Could you guide me from which institute should I pursue the Masters degree in Mathematics along with the syllabus for preparing for the entrance exam.
    I'd also like to know the future prospect/job profile.income after masters degree in mathematics.

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      Hi, it is really good that yu are planing to do research. You best option would be any one of the IITs as they have a good applied math research group. For that you shall have to give GATE in Mathematics. The course is the typical Indian BSc syllabus. You shall get an idea of the course for the exam if you look into the old question papers. A PhD in applied math would go a long way in getting a job as there is a huge potential for applied math PhDs in many different sectors.

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    I have just completed my class 12 and am going to acquire my B.Sc in mathematics from St.Xavier 's college....after acquiring B.Sc what are my career options available for me..please help me

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    Thankyou for your commendable service . My son has completed 10th std.with a score of 9.2 in CBSE. He is interested in pure mathematics. What is the ideal combination of subjects in +2 i e., Maths, Phy, Che & Comp Sci or Biology so that he'll better prepare for ISI/CMI/IISc/KVPY.Please do suggest.

    • 441

      Please let him opt for Computer Science if he wants to go into mathematics, that way he can leave the option of theoretical computer science open to him in the future.

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    i want to know about job oppurtinities and placement packages after doing only MSC(honours) Maths from bits pilani, pilani campus.i would be very thankful for it.

    • 443

      It depends on your specialization in your MSc, but typically software companies and financial sector companies recruit math graduates.

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    Hello sir,
    Actually i was thinking to opt maths honors because i m interested in it. But the thing is what kind of job i can expect after completing my maths honors? or Do i really need to get admitted into a PG program?

    • 445

      You can go into banking, financial or software sector jobs. It is advisable to do a PG course. Also, all the career options for normal graduate still remains open for you.

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    is amity a good college for studying Bsc mathematics?I want to do my MS degree abroad after my bsc.So I want a good bsc degree .

    • 447

      It is ofcourse not the best, it would be advisable to study in a fully government institute like say University of Delhi or Hyderabad, etc.

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    and also one more thing should I write any entrance exam for mathematics(or) are there any particular entrance exams for mathematics?

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    • 451

      The University of Delhi has a very good BSc program and if you can get into the top tier colleges then it would be a very good choice.

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    I'm interested in studying Algebraic topology. Another field of interest is cryptography. Given my JAM 2014 rank I think I would get into IITK or IITM. What are my prospects in research in the above mentioned topics ?
    Also I would like to know any other field in mathematics where I can combine my computer and math knowledge. Thank You

    • 453

      There are many options for you, but first you must get into a good MSc program. Both IITK and IITM are good institutes, but given a choice you can opt for IITM as Chennai has many good math institutes like CMI and IMSc where you can study some of the topics you have mentioned. IMSc is in fact very close to IITM and is a 10 minutes walking distance.

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      In which level? BMath or MMath? Typically they ask questions which challenge your fundamental knowledge in the subject.

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    Hi friends i am Mtech Degree holder in Electronics & Communications. I have passion to do PhD in Applied Mathematics as part time Student. Can you please suggest any colleges in South India where Engineering aspirants can do PhD in Mathematics. Thanks

    • 457

      Almost all good colleges will take an engineering graduate for a PhD. But it would be better to appear for JAM/CSIR exams and clear them and then apply. You can look into IITM courses, they have a lot of scope for applied math.

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    Hello Sir !!
    I am looking for a proper guide and hope to get it here which can satisfy me and help me to take the next step .
    I am software engineer (B.Tech in computer science). I do want to pursue my studies in maths(say M.Tech in maths). I don't have GATE score ,I didn't applied for it. Please help me which university I should go for .I am looking for either correspondence course or weekend classes .

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    I have been selected for an Int. PhD programme at TIFR-CAM, Bangalore and for a MSc in Mathematics Programme at CMI.

    I am in a dilemma as to which should I join.

    My long term goal is to do a PhD in the area of Combinatorics.

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    hello everyone,i just want to know the best wat of preparing for tifr i mean to say that i need faculties for clearing my basics in every branch of mathematics.i completed my bsc(h) mathematics from university of delhi and i think i need to work on my fundamentals with some good faculty and if anyone knows good teacher who is capable of clearing the fundamentals who can go through books like joseph p. gallian of abstract algebra then i would love to study with that aim is very clear and i.e tifr but i need guidence.if anyone has gone through interview panel of tifr for msc mathematics programme then i would like to ask him/her is that gap year matters while going through they ask regarding gap years and if yes then please let me know.

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    Dear Gonit Sora,
    I have finished my Class 12 this year with 93% in CBSE and expecting JEE(Mains) rank around 25k. I wanna pursue a career in math and mostly it will be in Number Theory. But I due to a few stupid silly mistakes, I couldn't clear KVPY,CMI, ISI, NISER and JEE(Adv) this year (in each exam, I've made stupid mistakes,which I figured out when the answer keys came) my family is asking me to do a 4-yr BE/BTech and then pursue math in post-grad. But I really don't want to do engineering, although I love programming. So either I will get Chemical Engineering in the top Engineering college in Bangalore or may get CSE in a slightly lesser known college than the above. Also I got into St.Xavier's Mumbai, but my parents didn't want me to go to Mumbai. So should I do a BE/BTech or should I opt for a 5-yr Integrated MSc in either of NIT Rourkela, Surat or Agartala ?? I don't really enjoy physics..but I like chemistry..Also I want to clear KVPY next year and I'm pretty confident I will. So which option should I pick?

    • 464

      You can get into a CSE course and prepare for your exams again the next year. In case it doesn't work out, you can then do a MS in math after your BTech but then you shall have to do a lot of studying on your own, you can take the help of online courses like Coursera for that.

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        I got into BE in a top college in Bangalore, and in Electrical and Electronics branch. I'm thinking of writing ISI and CMI exams this year.. Which areas should I focus on more, as in geometry,or algebra or calculus? Or do you suggest I finish the BE course and then do a MS - PhD later on? Because I'm not sure on which fields to focus on for the entrances and I've limited time to prepare. Thanks in advance.

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      Ofcourse, it would be easier for you to go into Theoretical Computer Science if you have a BE in CS. You can look into that option too. First of all, you need to clear your basics and then focus on appearing in NBHM, GATE, JAM etc and then see where and how it goes.

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    sir,i have cleared written exam for bmath at isi banglore and waiting for interview result...i wanted to know whta kind of jobs i can get if i finish my studies....also what are the future scope of research ...pls help...?

    • 470

      ISI is a good place to be if you are into research. Try to complete the degree with a good understanding and then see where you want to go.

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    Hey, Mr Gonit Sora, Currently am doing Engg. in Electronics and Telecommunication. But i always i wanted to pursue a Career in mathematics. But for few reasons I could not do it. I wanted to know that whether there is a way to persue a career in Mathematics after i complete my Engg course. For courses would I have to start from scratch or Is there a way where I could pursue courses related to mathematics after i complete engineering using that degree as my graduate degree and pursue any course ?? Suggestions regarding Courses in India and in abroad both are welcome.
    please reply.
    thank you.

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