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).

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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

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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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  • dimpi
    Posted at 10:14h, 02 July Reply

    for future aspect which course have better career opportunity in future MBA or MSC maths

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:33h, 10 July Reply

      MBA would have better job opportunities and faster too.

  • shelja
    Posted at 12:40h, 02 July Reply

    hi.i am a dentist n had dropped mathematics after my tenth standard...but mathematics has been my favorite subject since chilhood n i wanted to study that in my higher education n get the highest possible education in this subject.. but things didnt work out that is there any way i can complete my education in that subject now??

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:34h, 10 July Reply

      Yes of course, you can start with some online courses in Coursera like 'Introduction to Mathematical Thinking' and see if you still have aptitude for the subject. If you want to carry further on, then you may wish to enroll yourself in a distance learning course.

  • Rajarshi roy
    Posted at 13:06h, 02 July Reply

    I have been selected in the foll places
    1.b math ISI
    2 bsc CMI (awaiting positive interview result)
    3.instrumentation eng in IIT kharagpur
    My areas of interest are maths and computer but for better prospects. I am willing to study physics and statistics that courses demand.
    My queries:
    1 which would be the best place to study if i want to keep both research and jobs in corporate sectors open
    2.which would be better in respect to my earning in future.
    3.which would be better for pursuing career abroad
    In short i would like to be globally acclaimed and be able to earn would be beneficial if you give me a comparitive picture to choose the right path for now and after graduation to fulfill my dreams.kindly reply soon as i have very short time in hand.thanks in advance.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:36h, 10 July Reply

      1. CMI would be a better option.
      2. All the places will give you equal opportunities.
      3. CMI and ISI maintain the same standard of global recognition in their respective fields. Of course IIT would be a more better known institute. But as long as you are devoted to your studies, the institute does not matter much.

  • srinivas
    Posted at 19:50h, 02 July Reply

    dear gonit sora
    Im living in Chennai ,I want to know what are the best colleges in chennai for doing Bsc mathematics .
    CMI is said to the best college in chennai for mathematics,are there any other colleges apart from CMI for bsc mathematics ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:37h, 10 July Reply

      Yes, there are lot of colleges under Madras University to which you can consider applying.

  • SRP
    Posted at 12:57h, 03 July Reply

    I am currently doing my integrated msc in mathematics(5 years course) in CEBS mumbai, i wanted to know which college could be better for phd in mathematics amongst tifr, georgia institute of technology, Carnegie melon university and university of Massachusetts(it's not MIT), I'll be gald to see your response

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:38h, 10 July Reply

      The choice of college for PhD depends on your area of interest. Try to see which college has more people in your area of interest and look at their last five years of publication and research record. That should give you a fair idea of which one would be the best.

  • sham chawla
    Posted at 21:44h, 03 July Reply

    dear sir
    i have been selected for mathematics in IIT Delji through JAM, integrated phd in iiser mohalli, integrated phd on tifr cam banglore. which option is better. Please guide me. if you have any telephone no. or email kindly share.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:40h, 10 July Reply

      The institute would depend on your interests. If you are into applied math, then go for TIFR CAM, but if you are into pure math, go for IISER Mohali.

  • Rajarshi roy
    Posted at 13:16h, 04 July Reply

    Dear sir,
    I am waiting eagerly for your suggestions.time is very limited .so kindly answer at your r usually very prompt as i see from previous posts.but i cannot understand why in my case u r not taking so much time.anyways i am still waiting for ur valuable guidence .rajarshi

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:40h, 10 July Reply

      The query has been answered, we are sorry for the delay.

  • udit
    Posted at 18:28h, 07 July Reply

    helo sir i m udit from delhi.i want to do bsc maths hons from isi kolkata.i want to give entrance exam of bsc.should there is institude who provide coaching fr entrance examplz replied me i am waiting.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:41h, 10 July Reply

      There are a few which provide such kind of training, but we are not aware of any in New Delhi.

  • nayan omar
    Posted at 23:42h, 08 July Reply


    I need a Genuine Advice from all of you, I am a Software Engineer in one of the leading MNCs in india. I love Mathematics more than anything in life unfotunately i left learning it 3 years back.

    I am a in Information Technology and working as a Programmer Analyst for an American Bank.

    I want to make my career in Mathematics please suggest what i can do.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:41h, 10 July Reply

      Try to look into a few online courses and then see if you still have the aptitude. If yes, you can enroll for a distance degree in math.

  • Anfal
    Posted at 12:32h, 09 July Reply

    I want to study b.Sc Maths,i want to know job opportunities other than teaching,research.What is the of b.Sc maths in India,USA and globally.Reaply me fast

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:43h, 10 July Reply

      You will have limited job opportunities with only a BSc degree, you should consider doing an MSc as well. Of course doing your degrees in US would be better than in India, but if you can get into ISI, CMI, etc , then these are also globally known.

  • Prashanth CM
    Posted at 22:47h, 09 July Reply


    I did my BE in 2012 under Information science stream. I have been working in an MNC & now i feel like my field is maths...
    I want to continue my interest with maths with MSc & Phd.
    Do I have chance of getting into these colleges?
    What kind of the entrance test it will be?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:43h, 10 July Reply

      Yes, you do have a chance of getting in the colleges. Give GATE and NBHM exams. You can also try for TIFR exams too.

  • Sharad
    Posted at 13:56h, 10 July Reply

    I am B.Tech(CSE) 2006 Batch from UP Technical University and working in an MNC for last 8 years and doing good. I have lot of interest in mathematics and want to pursue further study doing part time courses related to mathematics as cannot leave job due to family responsibilities. Can you advice how can I continue to follow my interest which can be helpful for my future so that if I want to switch career from corporate to teaching/reasearch work/maths related job then I can do that. Thanks..

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:37h, 12 July Reply

      You can start with some introductory online courses offered at Coursera, in that way you do not have to leave your job and you can study from work/home.

  • Anfal
    Posted at 16:59h, 10 July Reply

    How much marks should i score for 12th to get admission in US or ISI,CMI??

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:36h, 12 July Reply

      Admission into US is a combination of a lot of factors, one of which is your 12th board marks. But its good to have atleast 8 CGPA.

      You need a first class in 12th for admission into ISI and CMI. But you will have to clear their exam/interview.

  • Anfal
    Posted at 18:09h, 12 July Reply

    Ok thanks,can u suggest me some good colleges who have less formalities.

  • shrey
    Posted at 11:30h, 15 July Reply

    Anfal- Actually, ISI AND cmi do not have any formalities, they just require you to have more than 60% in 12th boards, for general category which is same as required by any other institute in the country, followed by clearing entrance exam in both which again is a requirement for you to gain admission in any institution in the world unless they are state or central university like DU, CU, MU etc.
    Admission to US Universities does certainly involves lots of formalities- you have to get good marks in TOEFL , which is an English language exam , then SATs ( both general and subjective) then apply for VISA and then apply for Financil assistance unless you can fund your your own education costing approx.40 lakh, along with getting good letters of recommendations from your high school teachers, a good statement of purpose and doing a whole lot of other things, which probably I'm forgetting at the moment or unaware of.
    On the other hand, admission to any good Institute in the country requires decent marks in 12th and clearing their entrance which is lot different from their 12th boards.

    • Anfal
      Posted at 20:32h, 20 July Reply

      Thanks a lot

  • Vivek Kumar
    Posted at 20:52h, 22 July Reply

    DEAR SIR ,
    I have done btech in printing technology i want to know if i can do Msc in maths now.
    through distance

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:50h, 25 July Reply

      Yes, that is possible. Please visit the website of IGNOU for more details.

  • geetanjali
    Posted at 01:15h, 23 July Reply

    helo.. sir,
    a wonderfull place for a maths lover..!! thanks a lot..
    i just passed mah 12 but couldnt perform well in boards.. so i dropped a yr.. n giving improvement exams this yr.. m not very good at maths.. but i like maths a lot.. n want to make me best at this!! dats why i wanna get admit in isi or cmi next yr..
    my ques z is der any possibility to get admission in isi for a stu who z not brilliant in maths..
    2. how should i prepare for these exams.. coaching or by own??
    3. pls suggest me some books.. or coaching in delhi
    4. how many seats are their in isi and cmi?
    5. b/w du and isi.. which is better..??? as i live in delhi
    waiting for your reply..!! rply asap

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:53h, 25 July Reply

      Hi, if you work hard then everything is possible. A passion for the subject is the only requirement. You can join a coaching institute if you do not feel confident about yourself. That way you will be able to gauge the challenge that lay before you. You can join all the standard IIT JEE coaching institutes as they also give some importance to the ISI exam. But remember, the patterns for both these exams are different. Try to solve a few Indian olympiad questions as sometimes CMI and ISI give similar questions.

      There is no fixed number of seats in these institutes. Typically ISI selects around 200 students for interviews and then maybe select 60 for the final course. Same is the case with CMI. ISI is anyday better than DU.

  • harshal
    Posted at 17:19h, 23 July Reply

    is there any use of my 99/100 marks in Math in CBSE board?I am very much interested to study math but I thought that I can't achieve fame and money by it.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:53h, 25 July Reply

      Your question is not very clear. How do you want to use your marks? By seeking admission into which college?

  • prerna lahoti
    Posted at 20:47h, 24 July Reply

    Hello sir,
    I have done my class 12 with commerce and mathematics but I have a huge passion for mathematics and thus I did try for ISI entrance but with one month's practice I couldn't crack it.I decided to coach myself for the exam for a year and again try to crack it but all the proffessors I tried to contact told me that since I am a commerce student I cannot crack ISI,is this true?Presently I have joined a college for but i want to pursue mathematics.Please guide regarding ISI and CMI. I have decided to prepare for the entrances of all the institutes you have mentioned above.I also wanted to know that if I take B.Sc in math the next year ,then after that in what should I pursue my post graduation with MBA or MSc. in Math or Msc in Stat as I m interested to work in a corporate sector and for me job prospects and salary are a matter of high importance.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:56h, 25 July Reply

      You can study BSc with a HS in Commerce in some institutes. It would be better to write to the deans of ISI or CMI and enquire about your status. Given enough time in preparation, there is no reason why you would not be able to crack the exam.

  • prerna lahoti
    Posted at 16:11h, 25 July Reply

    Thank you sir for your advice but I also wanted to know regarding post graduation plans as questioned before.

  • Vineet Pulkit
    Posted at 00:14h, 26 July Reply

    I'm currently studying M.Sc mathematics at IIT Bombay. Is there any scope for doing PhD abroad, mainly USA, UK, and European countries ? Is a M.Sc degree from IITB good ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 14:59h, 26 July Reply

      Yes an MSc from IITB is really good. For a PhD abroad you need to appear for the TOEFL and GRE exams. Please note that they just form one part of your application, you must find some people to write you letters of recommendation and also your grades must be good. First select a few schools that you may want to study in and contact some of the professors there.

  • Vineet Pulkit
    Posted at 23:08h, 28 July Reply

    Thanks for replying.
    I want to know that whether a PhD is better or a MS-PhD from US universities. Also some Canadian and most of the UK based universities award M.Math degree (which in India is awarded by ISI only ), is M.Math better than MS-PhD ? Should I try for M.Math or MS and then PhD or directly should I try for PhD ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 13:14h, 01 August Reply

      Getting an MS is optional. If you feel that your mathematics education is not up to the mark then go for an MS, otherwise directly apply for a PhD. There is no difference between M.Math or MS.

  • Sushil
    Posted at 18:29h, 29 July Reply

    I want to become a maths teacher in international schools so what degree should I get

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 13:16h, 01 August Reply

      An MSc is essential, so first complete it and then go for PhD and BEd, etc.

  • Tirthankar Pal
    Posted at 20:31h, 29 July Reply

    Dear GonitSora,

    I am an Integrated MCA after 10+2 and the did MBA (E-Commerce). I am currently doing M.Tech(Computer Science) in part time mode. I have 10+ years of experience in Software Development. For recession reasons as well as my love for Mathematics and a search of a stable career, I want to pursue a career in Maths teaching in schools. I am already teaching Olympiad, NTSE, IIT JEE Foundation courses in Maths to Class 8, 9, 10 students.I am 39 years old. My questions are :-
    1) Can I enter into schools, at this age, as a maths teacher?
    2) If I do complete my M.Tech (Computer Science), am I eligible to enter as a maths teacher in schools?
    3) Will I have to do a B.Sc + M.Sc in Maths in distance mode from the likes of IGNOU?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 13:18h, 01 August Reply

      1. Yes, absolutely you can enter into schools now.
      2. Yes, you would be. But some government schools require you to complete a Teacher Eligibility Test (TET).
      3. No, it won't be necessary if you are interested in teaching at schools.

  • ghouse
    Posted at 13:09h, 31 July Reply

    which entrance exam provides to join in msc maths in famouse universities

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 13:16h, 01 August Reply

      Please specify the university and then we would be able to help you better.

  • prasad patil
    Posted at 23:35h, 31 July Reply

    hello. I m pursuing in maths. I want to pursue p.hd in maths. what all things should I do for the preparation for the entrance of phd. plz guide and please let which books to refer. plz reply via email. I m waiting

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 13:18h, 01 August Reply

      Hi, in which institutes are you interested in doing a PhD?

  • Davinder
    Posted at 22:39h, 01 August Reply

    Hello ... I m from punjab. I jave done btech in computer science..but m not interested in eng.. i want to became a math teacher in govt i did B ED in (computer, math ) combination... but as per as punjab govt rules ..math teacher should have studied at least three year at graudate level... but in btech i have studied only two year .. what can i do ?.can i give some additional paper math as additional subject ? then i will be eligible for govt job as math teacher ?.. please reply me ..m waiting .

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 17:49h, 02 August Reply

      You can do an MSc in Mathematics and then you should be eligible to join the job.

      • Davinder
        Posted at 18:29h, 02 August Reply

        but i think govt recruit teacher on the basis of graduation ... is there any option of additional subject , after graduation ? in any university .... from where i can clear all three year math subject in one year ?

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 16:06h, 03 August Reply

          No, then there is no option that we know of.

  • ashwini mali
    Posted at 17:41h, 02 August Reply

    hi, ganit sora team
    i want an information about job opportunities after maths & also name of class for set-net please reply via email

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 17:50h, 02 August Reply

      There are many opportunities in banking, finance and software sector. You need to take the appropriate courses in your masters and then apply for these jobs.

  • aishwarya
    Posted at 19:52h, 04 August Reply

    Dear sir,
    Will taking a gap year affect my chances of getting into institutes like CMI or ISI for postgrad?
    And will the University that I graduated from play a big role in the selection process?

    • Manjil Saikia
      Posted at 10:55h, 05 August Reply

      No, they will not have much impact if your performance in the interview is good.

      • aishwarya
        Posted at 15:17h, 07 August Reply

        Thank you.
        CMI entrance exam for applied math. has a section with MCQs with more than one right answer. Can you suggest any resources from where I can practice this type of problems.

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 12:21h, 08 August Reply

          You can look into old CSIR NET exam question papers available in our website.

    Posted at 20:30h, 05 August Reply

    First of all iam very much happy to see this very informative forum.Hats off to u guys Gonit sora team.sir iam a ug student of maths.recently i have got an immense inclination towards maths.. and seeing ur replies i have got information like never before .i would love to indulge myself in research work .seeing ur coomments CMI seems to be the top should i prepare for it ,is just focussing in b,sc syllabus enough... my college(cotton college,Guwahati) ,does its syllabus match with the entrance paper of CMI?wat all extra boooks do you recommend for a serios prparation...

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:19h, 08 August Reply

      Arjun, Cotton College has a good syllabus and CMI is not a distant dream for you. 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.

      • ARJUN
        Posted at 14:29h, 08 August Reply

        thank you and with his blessings may ur team continue to guide many more bright talents of this country in the future..

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 20:21h, 08 August Reply

          Thank you very much for these kind words.

  • Karan Bhasin
    Posted at 17:09h, 06 August Reply

    Hi Sir,

    I am doing B.Sc. Maths(hons) from Delhi University and I want to get into the banking/finance or the economic sector where maths hons would really help but I am confused as to which course should I go for which would help me the most

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:20h, 08 August Reply

      You can carry your education with a MSc in Applied Economics degree from a good university and then look into the economic sector.

  • Karan Bhasin
    Posted at 17:43h, 09 August Reply

    Alright, thank you so much

  • Mohit
    Posted at 08:36h, 16 August Reply

    Hi, very good article. I am currently doing mechanical engineering if i give GATE in mathematics where will i be eligible to apply .I went to site of iisc but there eligibility criteria is written as jam 2014 for integrated msc-phd programme but after reading jam brochure i found out you are eligible through jam only if you have 4 semesters in mathematics but i had only in three . i am a little bit confused . can you help......

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:05h, 18 August Reply

      Through GATE you shall be eligible. It is always good to write to the Dean at IISc to get a more accurate idea.

  • Jaspreet
    Posted at 20:30h, 18 August Reply

    hello ! i liked reading your article becoz Maths is something which i truely respect and love.I would be thankful if i could get a guidance from you.I'm pursuing my final year in bcom honours from delhi university. I've a great passion for maths. i even invent my own formulae & research works. Its my hobby doing maths.' would Maths phd be a good career for me ?' Should i opt for maths phd ? or should i go for The CA course ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:06h, 18 August Reply

      You can ofcourse do a PhD after the CA course. That way it will leave your options open in case you do not like the math in PhD level.

  • Jaspreet
    Posted at 00:23h, 19 August Reply

    Thank you so much for this valuable suggestion !
    but sir , in today's era, would maths phd be a succeful career ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:54h, 20 August Reply

      Yes absolutely. It is a great choice.

  • Sahil Bahri
    Posted at 13:43h, 25 August Reply

    Sir, right now I am going through my 12th. Truly, I don't know what to do after it. I was aware about this career but never knew 'how to start' and from 'where to start' about it. Can you please give me a brief procedure for all of the tasks which I have to do after my 12th for doing maths honours in future?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:29h, 27 September Reply

      Hi Sahil, your question is not very clear to us. But from what we assume, it would be good to first of all get all of your school basics right and then apply to the places we mention in the article.

  • amit singh
    Posted at 10:53h, 26 August Reply

    Sir,i have passed my 12th in 2012.Am i eligible for B.MATH & B.STAT in ISI after 3 year gap.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:35h, 27 September Reply

      Yes, you are.

  • Yashika
    Posted at 17:15h, 26 August Reply


    I am Btech 2013 passout. I completed my BTech in ECE. I love mathematics.
    I scored 100 in maths in 12th and Btech.
    After that I taught maths online for 4 months.
    Then I joined 1 MNC.
    Still I am working on mathematics.
    I want to continue my career in maths?
    Can you please give me options what I can do?

    Thanks in advance

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:34h, 27 September Reply

      Hi Yashika, you can go for a PhD in India or abroad depending on your choice. In India you shall have to pass the standard exams like GATE, NBHM, CSIR etc. For abroad you need a good CV, TOEFL and GRE scores and some solid recommendations.

  • R.K.D
    Posted at 15:42h, 28 August Reply


    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:33h, 27 September Reply

      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.

      The IMA is another very good institute to study. They have their own admission test, you should look into their website for more details.

  • rishi
    Posted at 20:25h, 31 August Reply

    pls tell me about institute of mathematics and application , orissa . which books shoud i prepare to clear through CMI for B.Sc. will i be able to get them for free online...

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:32h, 27 September Reply

      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.

  • prerna lahoti
    Posted at 18:14h, 09 September Reply

    Sir its an earnest request if you could please tell me about any teacher who trains students for ISI ENTRANCE IN KOLKATA???

    • Bishal Deb
      Posted at 17:58h, 13 September Reply

      The Ramanujan School of Mathematics(RSM) is a very popular coaching centre of mathematical olympiads and entrances like ISI and CMI. The location is 203 BT road, near to ISI Kolkata, Baranagar.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:31h, 27 September Reply

      The Ramanujan School of Mathematics(RSM) is a very popular coaching centre of mathematical olympiads and entrances like ISI and CMI. The location is 203 BT road, near to ISI Kolkata, Baranagar.

  • Shushant
    Posted at 18:32h, 23 September Reply

    Sir I am pursuing B.Tech(Computer Science). I want to go for research in Cryptography and Artificial Intelligence but I do not have any degree in Mathematics. Would it be difficult than normal for me to pursue my research interest.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:30h, 27 September Reply

      Not at all, you can always pick the essentials up any time you want to.

  • nilesh
    Posted at 21:55h, 23 September Reply

    Hii.. i wanted to know whether there is a maximum age restriction for MSc from IISC banglore...i am 27...have done Btech in IT ..i am interested in the MSc programme offered by IISc and the various IITs

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:30h, 27 September Reply

      No, there is no such age restrictions.

  • Rahul Kharde
    Posted at 07:10h, 25 September Reply

    i have a CMI How will i get admission in it? this year i m going to complete my graduation in -bamu university maharastra .....

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:30h, 27 September Reply

      For CMI you need to write their admission test which may be followed by an interview. The test is usually conducted in May each year. The notifications come out in February-March.

  • subhankar nath
    Posted at 22:17h, 29 September Reply

    dear sir ,
    i am a student of 2nd year of IMA, Bhubaneswar. i want to do internship on REAL ANALYSIS . so which colleges & universities will be appropriate for me. please reply as early as possible. thanking you............

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:50h, 04 October Reply

      You should apply for the internships offered by the Indian Science Academies. They have a good choice of guides in each subject.

      • subhankar nath
        Posted at 16:51h, 10 October Reply

        thank you so much

  • Rahul
    Posted at 10:36h, 01 October Reply

    I am a Bsc math hons. student and want to prepare for for above institutes.I wasn't aware of olympiad's in my school days.So,should i study and do ques. of olympiads(i know i can't sit for the exam now,i just want to do it) given the fact that i am a college student.Will it beneficial for me in preparation for Master's entrance exams or a waste of time?I am really confused.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:51h, 04 October Reply

      Olympiads are never a waste of time, if you can manage your time efficiently then studying old Olympiad problems can be a good simulating exercise.

  • sham chawla
    Posted at 16:31h, 06 October Reply

    sir pl guide me about the institutes that give admission directly to phd after b sc maths . i have qualified NBHM for phd

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 00:02h, 08 October Reply

      Thats really great, you should apply to IMSc, CMI, HRI and the IISERs. They offer direct admission after BSc.

  • shubham gupta
    Posted at 23:54h, 10 October Reply

    hi...sir.i am doing bsc from bhu cental university with mathematics hons .i have completed my 12 in 2013 and appearing in bsc in 2013 but due to certain measure problem i have back year now i readmitted in 1st year .is their any problem for me in postgraduation or any post graduation entrane examination or any problem at the time of jobs or interive ...please help me sir i am too nervous
    thanks u a lot ...for such a kind of great information and type of carrier oppertunity in maths..thank u sir ...please reply sir

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 15:36h, 16 October Reply

      No there would be no problem, don't worry about it.

      • shubham gupta
        Posted at 00:23h, 20 October Reply

        highly appreciable to u sir ....thanks a lot for reply and for such kind of works really solute to u self shubham from middle class and area from i belong is totally wnaware for education and i sacrifice a lot for bhu bsc entrance thats time i dont know about such a iisc isi ..etc but my dream is to became mathematics specialist ....
        and serve a better and knolegeble maths to all people

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 23:47h, 26 October Reply

          Thank you Subham, your kind words inspires us to do better. We hope you will be able to give your best and become a great mathematician someday. Remember, a passion for the subject is a prerequisite, you can always learn whatever you want to given some time. All the best.

  • rishab
    Posted at 18:18h, 12 October Reply

    am a maths hons student ...........i need beginners books for calculus and algebra.........plz suggest me some good books !

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 15:37h, 16 October Reply

      The following books are very good for beginners:

      1. Topics in Algebra by I. N. Herstein
      2. Introduction to Real Analysis by Bartle and Sherbert

  • Shushant
    Posted at 23:19h, 15 October Reply

    Can you please suggest some good books for Cryptography for beginners?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 15:38h, 16 October Reply

      You can take a look at the Springer book titled Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography by Silverman et al.

  • sham chawla
    Posted at 20:30h, 17 October Reply

    Res sir
    pl guide me if there is any institute which gives flexibility to the student to appear in all the 4 semesters of post graduation in maths in the same year. also request you to pl share your E mail ID and phone no if possible

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:46h, 26 October Reply

      Hi, the details of different institutes are different, but we do not think that at present any institute will allow you to appear for 4 semesters at one go. Maybe 2 at one go. In any case it would be very difficult for you to manage 4 semesters at once.

      Our email id is

  • Raju Kumar Singh
    Posted at 12:50h, 21 October Reply

    Dear Sir,

    I am a BE graduate in Electronic Engg from 2010 Batch. Currently I am working in a sector where I do have any interest nor I want to make my career there as well. I realize very late that I have interest for maths and very much enthusiastic to make my career here in this field. I have applied for JAM 2015 and will apply for TIFR and NBHM test. However, my concern is about the books that I have to refer especially for NBHM test. I have to do two things first to brush up my maths knowledge as there is a gap of study and continue my further study as well It would be highly helpful for me if you provide me name of few of the books that I can refer for this purpose. My main aim is to clear NBHM test.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:49h, 26 October Reply

      NBHM is a difficult exam, and then there will be an interview. The best way would be to start with Algebra by Joseph Gallian, then move on to Real Analysis by Bartle and Sherbert and then Topolgy by Munkres. Once you have mastered the basics from these books, try to solve the previous NBHM exam papers and then see where you lack your knowledge.

  • divya gupta
    Posted at 23:18h, 24 October Reply

    Sir, I am mathematics and passed net-jrf exam recently I want to start my phd in imsc or hri please tell me admission procedure

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:51h, 26 October Reply

      If you have cleared the CSIR JRF then you are eligible to apply directly for the interview in these institutes. If not, then you can try again for CSIR JRF in the next NET exam or give the NBHM exam for PhD scholarship.

  • Rajesh Shukla
    Posted at 16:48h, 26 October Reply

    First of all your this page is really helpful now what i'd like to ask is ,
    I am B tech CSE student and i want to study BS Statistics after graduation so can you guide me achieve my dream bcoz I really love statistics.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:52h, 26 October Reply

      Thank you very much, Rajesh. At present there is no BS in stats in India, there are many BSc courses in stats though. It would be better to go for a MSc in stats if you feel that your mathematical knowledge is good. You can also look into opportunities abroad as they are more flexible than the Indian system.

  • Rohit
    Posted at 17:25h, 10 November Reply

    I am pursuing maths as subject from IIT Guwahati but I am not able to get a good cpi.Is there any scope further.Kindly help me

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:05h, 17 November Reply

      CPI of a first class is enough, if you have the basics clear it would not be much difficult to get a position somewhere.

  • Shushant
    Posted at 17:40h, 13 November Reply

    Sir, I am pursuing B.Tech (Computer Science 3rd year). I want to do M.Math from ISI Calcutta. So please tell me the particular topics therein as well as the scope that lies after doing the same.
    Thank You

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:06h, 17 November Reply

      The ISI website has many sample papers that has the full syllabus in it. Try to solve those papers. Normally the standard of questions is almost similar to these papers. However the interviews are much harder.

      • Shushant
        Posted at 20:03h, 17 November Reply

        Can you suggest some books for preparation of the entrance exam of M.Math. Would it be very difficult for me (CS background) to clear the interview?

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 22:18h, 21 November Reply

          No, it is not very difficult. The ISI Sample question papers and syllabus file will contain a list of books that you should definitely consult. Try to solve all the problems of the sample papers.

  • Swapnil Jagtap
    Posted at 13:57h, 16 November Reply

    Hi Sir,
    I don't found any notification for NBHM 2015 phd entrance exam.
    Generally in early Nov we can apply for the test, but this time there's no information regarding that.

    Sir I have to appear for that exam, what should I do next.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:09h, 17 November Reply

      The notification has not yet come. Please keep visiting the NBHM website for details.

  • Rohit
    Posted at 17:30h, 18 November Reply

    Thank you very much

  • Nagendra singh
    Posted at 01:20h, 19 November Reply

    good morning .
    I am a teacher and wants to coach students for maths olympiads like RMO, INMO.
    from which class I should start.and plz name the useful books for the purpose.

    On which topics I should emphasize and how much.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:20h, 21 November Reply

      Generally it is found that students need more geometric training, so it is better to start with it. Starting from any class will work, but be careful not to tire the students too much.

      Good places to start with are the books 'An Excursion in Mathematics' (published by Bhaskaracharya Pratisthana, Pune) and 'Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics' (published by New Age Publishers). You shall get these books with the regional RMO/INMO coordinators.

  • monika sanodiya
    Posted at 20:54h, 04 December Reply

    Hello.. i m studing msc maths 3rd sem (rani durgawati university) my average percentage 67 according to two sem. .. i m little confuse about should i do after completing msc in my home town ? Can i get govt. Job ? Plzz give me right suggestion ...

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 03:20h, 06 December Reply

      Yes, defintely. But it is better to keep a first class percentage.

  • Jit
    Posted at 04:07h, 20 December Reply

    I am in 2nd year M.Sc. in Hyderabad University in Dept of pure math. I dont want to pursue my career in Research. Though I want a job that relates my interest in math in Linear algebra , analysis, applicable mathematics such as Cryptology. As per my knowledge CMI provides a course in Application Mathematics that should fit for me best. I am interested to join the course. My age is 23 and I'll have a M.Sc degree when CMI will take admission in this course this year. But I am confused should they accept me in that course if I able to get a interview for that course? (I was selected for interview 1 yr earlier though was not selected then ) . Please Suggest.

  • JIt
    Posted at 18:59h, 20 December Reply

    I am in 2nd Year M.Sc. in Pure Math in Hyderabad University. I dont want to pursue my career in Research. Though I want a career that relates my interest in Linear Algebra, Analysis, Applicable Mathematics such as Cryptology. I think cmi offers a tremendous course on application of mathematics. Whether it will be appropriate to apply for that course after completing my msc in Pure Math? Will they accept if I am selected for Interview? I know ISI offers also a MTech in CS that also leads to jobs(Not very much sure). My Plan is to join a course that is very much related to math but leads to some jobs different from Teching or Resarch .It may be in Accounting,finance,or any good company jobs. Please Guide. Thanks.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:10h, 20 December Reply

      You are absolutely right in thinking about the course in CMI. Give it a shot, since you have seen the interview earleir so you are at an advantage and prepare accordingly. There is no reason for them to not select you if you do well (in terms of CMI standards). ISI has MTech in many different branches, you should definitely look into them too.

  • JIt
    Posted at 14:10h, 21 December Reply

    Thnaks. Can you able to give a detail picture of the kind of Jobs'll be available after the course in CMI application in Math ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:50h, 26 December Reply

      As mentioned earlier you can get jobs related to banking, finance, economics and software technology.

  • Shushant
    Posted at 17:56h, 22 December Reply

    Sir if I do not have a very good percentage in B.Tech (CS) and I apply for masters in Math from ISI or CMI then would my low percentage be a hindrance towards my selection for the masters course in mathematics ? Please explain.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:00h, 26 December Reply

      You will need at least 60% in your Bachelor's. Thats all most institutes ask of you.

    Posted at 22:46h, 26 December Reply

    Hello গণিত চ'ৰা (Gonit Sora) Team.
    I appreciate your work.

    I am currently studying in 5th semester Mechanical Engineering,NIT Silchar,Assam.I did my schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya,Silchar.

    Let me share my experience.From childhood I was always in love with mathematics.Perhap's that's why I got 23rd AIR in Junior Mathematics Olympiad and 2nd in Northeast (class 10).Top 100 students were invited to Delhi for training for INMO2011.It was really a nice experience for me.I saw many smart students from different corners of the country,especially those who were from metro cities.There I saw them preparing for IITJEE,IMO etc and it was really a good learning experience.From then,I also started preparing for IITJEE using FIITJEE study materials. But I could only manage to get 4334 AIR rank in 2012(OBC category) by 15 ranks trailing from the closing rank.I also appeared in RMO 2011 and was called for training and appered INMO 2011 in NEHU,Shillong under Prof.Rege and met other students and wonderfull teachers.

    From that much experience I concluded that I was somehow good at maths,especially in geometry analysing whatever marks I scored in Olympiads.Even I got praises from Prof.Rege.I discovered I have some sort of image memory.I can mentally solve trigonometric problems,see patterns in a figure or logo.Morever, I am very bad at remembering things which really creates problem in my day to day life.So I am bad at remembering equations and always have to derive it from the basic level.But I always believe : " Algebra is written geometry, Geometry is drawn algebra"

    I took Admission into Mechanical Engineering,NIT Silchar (class of 2016) thinking it is has vast application in industry and analytical in nature.In my first year I again prepared for IITJEE but didn't get even a rank and that year only I heard about 3 year B.Stat program at ISI.I just gave the exam to know how much i can score on that exam.Surprisingly I was called for interview at ISI,Kolkata.But I didn't go there thinking why waste a year and M.Stat is necessary after that.(Total 3+2 years).

    Now the condition is that my CPI is 6.7 which is considered "average". And i feel that i am not been able to give my best.The course also has some subjects which are theoritical in nature which i do understand but couldn't remember and write well in the examination.I am good at subjects like Theory of Machines and Mechanism ,Vibrations which require geometry.Also I find interest in sociology,psychology,Management,Economics,Linguistics.Morever I am an electronic hobbyist too and find interest in Robotics and Mechatronics and its applications like Biomedical Engineering.Recently,our idea of making a Low cost digital Blood Pressure Meter got selected in TEXAS INSTRUMENTS( and we are on process of making it.

    So, I am struck to choose in which field, I can give my best. One advice I got is to pursue Mtech in Operation Research,which are offered in ISI-K, IIT-B after or go for a job especially a good analytics company for two year, making a strong profile and appear for GRE to pursue MS in OR in US.
    The ultimate goal was always to give back to society,whatever I do.I always feel:
    "Whatever you are is God's gift to you.
    Whatever you make of it is your gift to God."

    Sir,hope you can understand me and please show me the path.

    God bless you.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 06:03h, 27 December Reply

      Dear Ruhit, it is really good to know about you. From your interests it seems to us that the ideal way forward would be get an MS in Math from USA. But since your math background is not too good, this might be a tough nut to crack. So you must have some backup options. An excellent option would be to either apply for the Berlin Mathematical School which offers an excellent MSc and PhD in different areas of mathematics. You can also think about applying for a one year diploma in mathematics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy which would be really good for you to brush up your mathematics.

      Unfortunately you will not find any geometry and only very little algebra in OR, and so you might get bored with it. Please review the course curriculum properly and see if you like the subject.

      In India, as you have mentioned you can apply to ISI for the MTech, alternatively you can also apply for a Integrated PhD in many of the places mentioned in the article and in the earlier comments. You can also apply for the MSc in applications of mathematics at CMI.

      If you have any further queries feel free to get in touch with us.

    Posted at 23:04h, 26 December Reply

    Also I would like to share initiative like your team to enhance Mathematics :

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 06:04h, 27 December Reply

      Our recent Youtube channel was inspired by Numberphile. But we are nowhere near them in terms of content and delivery. We are learning, thanks a lot for sharing this. Keep your enthusiasm for mathematics alive.

      • RUHIT
        Posted at 10:14h, 27 December Reply

        It will be my pleasure 🙂

    Posted at 13:23h, 27 December Reply

    I would also like to share programs like MTTS ( to be mentioned to everyone and also want to contribute to গণিত চ'ৰা. I know some sort of short cut techniques in solving Geometry problems.

    - রুহিত

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 17:11h, 06 January Reply

      Dear Ruhit, you are welcome to write for us, just send an email to with your article. You can use LaTeX to write the articles.

    Posted at 13:33h, 27 December Reply
    Posted at 19:01h, 02 January Reply

    Hey Sir,
    I want to know that i can do msc( math) after pursuing btech in cse .
    If yes, then please tell what is elibility criteria and suggest colleges for that.
    Please help me, I am very much interested in maths .
    And also tell kind of jobs for maths graduates.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 17:17h, 06 January Reply

      Dear Yash, yes you can do your MSc after your BTech. Almost all institutes of higher education will take you in. You will need a first class BTech degree and would need to qualify the exam and/or interview of the institute that you are applying into. With your background in computer science, you will be easily able to get a good job in software industry or in cyrptography.

  • Karnica
    Posted at 23:48h, 02 January Reply

    Have been searching for such a site for quite some time .
    Interested in ISI b-math course
    1)Want to know how 2 crack d subjective paper of it .
    2)Is there any site or blog from where 2 practice such ques along wid their ans .
    3)Can we get prev yrs subjective paper along with d answers
    I would be very thankful if u may reply 2 above ques.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 17:20h, 06 January Reply

      Dear Karnica, here are the answers to your queries:

      1. The way to do well in any exam is to clear your basics and try to solve problems in algebra, calculus, geometry that appear to be non-stereotype. Solving previous years INMO and RMO question papers helps a lot.

      2. We do not know of any such website apart from, which is a olympiad resource but is very useful for ISI exam too. They have a good discussion forum where many Indian aspirants are very active.

      3. Some of these question papers have been shared in our website earlier, you can see this post for instance:

      • karnica
        Posted at 11:26h, 10 January Reply

        thanks a lot 4 your assistance .

  • linishwer
    Posted at 09:13h, 10 January Reply

    hi ,i am a 12 kv student..i want to become a pgt maths teacher in kvs..what to do next after my 12th

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 09:39h, 10 January Reply

      Hi, you will need at least a BSc in mathematics and a BEd degree.

  • Devon Victor
    Posted at 19:51h, 14 January Reply

    I want to know that since I am preparing for IIT JAM - MA, is there any scholarships inside IITs ? If yes, what type of scholarships they provide?
    I would be grateful to you if you suggest me some scholarships I can apply for after BSc regarding higher studies in Maths?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 02:47h, 18 January Reply

      You should apply for the NBHM MSc scholarships, you will need to give a written test and then an interview. The scholarship amount is Rs. 6000 per month and is considered to be really prestigous.

  • Naina G.
    Posted at 01:46h, 29 January Reply

    Hello. I'm currently doing B. Sc. (Hons.) Maths from Delhi University. I'm really tensed regarding the career options I have after this degree. Please suggest me some good colleges for pursuing M. Sc.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 15:17h, 04 February Reply

      The colleges in DU are also a very good option apart from University of Hyderabad, University of Mumbai, University of Pune and all the institutes that were mentioned in the article.

  • GV
    Posted at 11:20h, 10 February Reply

    What was the cutoff marks of NBHM 2014 for phd? What can be the possible cut off this year for the same?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:42h, 13 February Reply

      Normally it is 20 for IMSc, 19 for HRI and IISER Pune and 18 for general NBHM scholarship.

  • Shushant Pandey
    Posted at 18:16h, 12 February Reply

    How good is Bartle and Sherbert for Real Analysis ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:44h, 13 February Reply

      For beginners, it is an excellent book. If you are more adventurous, you could go for Apostol's two volume Calculus.

  • Shushant Pandey
    Posted at 01:33h, 16 February Reply

    For pursuing Masters and PhD in Computer Science (Cryptography) which institute is better : ISI Calcutta OR IITs OR IISc ?

    • Manjil Saikia
      Posted at 20:45h, 22 February Reply

      ISI Kolkata would be a better choice if you are into theoretical stuff. You can also look into IMSc Chennai.

  • suman
    Posted at 01:47h, 18 February Reply

    What's the cut-off score for M Math program @ ISI kolkata exam-2014.

    • Manjil Saikia
      Posted at 20:50h, 22 February Reply

      It is not always constant, but I guess scoring above 60% would get you an interview call.

      • suman
        Posted at 20:00h, 23 February Reply

        thank u! Is it 60% in both the papers(objective and subjective).

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 19:28h, 27 February Reply

          Yes, 60% is a safe bet.

  • Tarun
    Posted at 12:04h, 26 February Reply

    Hi, I am currently working with 5 years of experience in Analytics industry but my graduation is in BBA which is Non mathematics field. I had maths in 12th.I would like to know good universities /colleges that accept people with my background either in India or abroad to pursue Msc in statistics or Mathematics to further pursue phd.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:31h, 27 February Reply

      Normally universities do not accept anyone for a Masters degree without math at the undergraduate level. But you could write to some universities abroad and enquire if you are eligible to apply.

  • kavitha
    Posted at 13:00h, 26 February Reply

    Hi Sir
    I am a Btech Computer Science graduate. At present working in Oracle. I would like to know which is the best option for a Intg PHD pgrogram TIFR bangalore / IISc /CMI /ISI.

    Since I am not from a maths background , Can you please suggest me the best books to crack the exams .

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:33h, 27 February Reply

      Hi, all of the institutes that you mentioned are top notch, and all are good. You should brush up your basics in algebra, topology and real analysis before attempting the exam. For algebra a good book is Herstein's Topics in Algebra, for Topology you could look into Munkres book and finally for real analysis there is a nice beginners level book by Bartle and Sherbert. Please note that these books go much beyond the syllabus of the exams, and hence you should know which topics are in the syllabus of those exams. This information can be easily found out in the webpages of the respective exams.

  • tweety
    Posted at 20:54h, 28 February Reply

    Sir I havd done n nw preparing for site is vei helpful.i wanted to ask
    1.i applied for sau n isi.n I m preparing applied part is good.but theorettical part is weak.where shud I focus?
    2.any idea aboyt weightage?
    3.what bout banaras hindu univ. ? I have keen interest in research+got settle with the same,is it possiblr?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 02:04h, 02 March Reply

      1. You should brush up algebra and topology very well, assuming your analysis is good.
      2. There is no fixed weightage in the exam, it will be a mixed bag.
      3. BHU is also a very good and reputed university in India, and you should definitely apply for it.

  • Renu
    Posted at 09:23h, 03 March Reply

    This is probably the most informative site on the net for any Math aspirant. Kudos to you for showing the correct path to students & parents alike.

    My son wishes to become a Data Scientist. He is currently appearing for his Class 10 ICSE boards. If you could kindly answer a few queries:

    1) Between CMI & ISI, which UG course offers a better platform to later pursue Data Science as a career?
    2) Which other institutes should he target as a back up for a good Math UG Degree in India?
    3) Is there any institute in India which offers a Data Science degree at the UG level?

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:41h, 03 March Reply

      Thank you for your kind words. For your son we have the following suggestions:

      1. CMI would be a better option.
      2. IISc Bangalore, University of Delhi and IMA Bhubaneswar are also very good options.
      3. We do not know of any, but our knowledge is limited and hence please do not take this as a truth.

      Thank you.

      • Renu
        Posted at 09:09h, 18 December Reply

        Renu MAR 3, 2015 AT 9:23 AM
        This is probably the most informative site on the net for any Math aspirant. Kudos to you for showing the correct path to students & parents alike.

        My son wishes to become a Data Scientist. He is currently appearing for his Class 10 ICSE boards. If you could kindly answer a few queries:

        1) Between CMI & ISI, which UG course offers a better platform to later pursue Data Science as a career?
        2) Which other institutes should he target as a back up for a good Math UG Degree in India?
        3) Is there any institute in India which offers a Data Science degree at the UG level?

        Thanks & Regards,

        Gonit Sora MAR 3, 2015 AT 8:41 PM
        Thank you for your kind words. For your son we have the following suggestions:

        1. CMI would be a better option.
        2. IISc Bangalore, University of Delhi and IMA Bhubaneswar are also very good options.
        3. We do not know of any, but our knowledge is limited and hence please do not take this as a truth.

        Thank you.

        Thanks so much for your reply.
        In continuation to my query....

        1) my son has opted for Commerce in his HS....I read on the CMI & ISI sites that a student from any stream is eligible for their UG courses, as long as English & Maths have not been dropped. Is being in the commerce stream any sort of a deterrent for A student pursuing CMI or ISI?

        2)My son cleared the pre-RMO with 80% when the cut off was 55% but not the RMO this year. He is in Grade XI, & hence his last attempt at INMO (ALSO HIS FIRST) How should he improve his preparation for the CMI & ISI entrances? He is really keen on joining either of these 2 institutes.

        3)Should he join some online coaching?

        Thanks & Regards,

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 19:12h, 12 January Reply

          Hi. Below we answer your queries to the best of our knowledge:

          1. No, it is not. But he should be very proficient in his mathematical skills and be ready to work harder than other students.

          2. He should try to solve problems from previous RMOs and INMOs and also try to read books like 'Problem Solving Strategies' by A. Engel, and books by Titu Andreescu, etc.

          3. We are bit aware of any such program and hence cannot give you an informed opinion.


  • karpov1966
    Posted at 02:13h, 04 March Reply

    MY daughter is currently in xii cbse she recently found out she has no interest in engineering but only in maths. she was earlier preparing for jee mains. But now she wants to pursue her career in mathematics instead of engineering but she is afraid to take the path as many of her fellow students try to demotivate her saying maths has no career from the income and job prospectus view.Also she thinks it is late for her to appear for cmi and isi exams. her exams finishes on march 31. so little time to prepare for jee main. also she is not confident of nest exam as she came to know about it recently .She thinks she is not fully prepared for phy/chem.for nest/iiser. pl guide. also please advice which exam she should focus as she is getting a time of one month only ISI/CMI/NEST/IISER. ? Her Maths is quite good. Also guide if she does not clear any exam which career path she should follow if she gets good marks in xii and jee mains. or B.Tech(I.T.) What is the scope for acturial science if she do it alongwith B.Sc.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:17h, 13 March Reply

      Hi, contrary to popular belief, if you are quite good in what you do in math you will get high paying jobs. It might be difficult in India to get such a job, but still plenty of opportunities exists even now. And if the plan of the present government to open a big data centre in India comes to fruition, then there will be plenty of jobs for mathematicians there. Organisations such as DRDO, ISRO, etc recruit mathematicians every year. But it is quite competitive to get such a job.

      Coming to your queries about the exams, students who clear JEE Advanced with a good rank can get into a BS programme at some IITs in mathematics, which are really good. Also IISERs take students from JEE Advanced. As for the NEST and IISER exams go, their level of difficulty will not be generally more than that of JEE Mains, so your daughter still has a chance in those exams. And from what you say, your daughter is good in mathematics, then it is not late to appear for the ISI or CMI exams. Tell her to check previous years question papers from these exams and see what is her level now. She can also look into some old INMO and RMO problems, as such problems may also be asked in ISI or CMI entrance exams.

      Finally, B.Tech (IT) would be a good option in terms of job prospects, but if her plan is to eventually do math, then she should go for BSc from a top level college in India, and then try to follow it with a Masters from India or abroad. Being an actuary can pay you quite well, but unfortunately the scope is still very limited in India. And if she really loves math, then actuarial sciences will be a let down for her.

      We hope this will be helpful to you. All the best to your daughter.

  • ashish
    Posted at 18:04h, 05 March Reply

    sir i prepare for iit jam please give me some guidliance and say useful books for jam

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:18h, 13 March Reply

      Please check the previous years questions for an idea of the exam. Prepare differential equations, numerical analysis and vector calculus specially well as there will be non trivial questions on those topics. You should do lot of problems from Schaum series books, as questions in JAM are of a similar level as the problems in those books.

  • amit singh rathore
    Posted at 00:56h, 08 March Reply

    sir i am a student from national institute of technology jalandhar punjab,can i eligible for from any reputed institute of india like iit,iiser,cmi,nit etc.plz tell me

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:20h, 13 March Reply

      Yes, you are eligible but you shall have to appear in the exams mentioned in the article and do well in those.

  • amit singh rathore
    Posted at 01:29h, 08 March Reply

    and sir my branch is mininig engineering.

  • Jnanajyoti Bhaumik
    Posted at 09:22h, 19 March Reply

    Sir, I'm a first year student present enrolled in BSc. Maths under University of Delhi. I'm thinking of joining a coaching institue for IIT Jam preparation in the summer, however I'm also interested in institutes like CMI, ISI, IMSC, TIFR among others, so would coaching for IIT Jam also provide a good base for the entrances of these exams(Cmi,isi,etc) or will I need to put in extra effort ?

    • Jnanajyoti Bhaumik
      Posted at 09:29h, 19 March Reply

      Also I'd be really really grateful if you'd suggest a coaching institute and any other advice you might want to part with is very welcome.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:56h, 20 March Reply

      We are very sorry, but we do not have much knowledge about coaching institutes in New Delhi to give you a correct and helpful response. But if you find a good coaching institute for JAM than it should help you for preparation of CMI and ISI admission tests too.

  • gladwin
    Posted at 16:39h, 19 March Reply

    sir i am a maths 1st year student.i want to do a in maths.but i find learning languages really tough,which is lowering my overall percentage.pls advice if i have to concentrate on all my subjects or just maths and the supplementary subjects(statistics and computer)or just maths. does the overall percentage affect my chances to get admission to cmi or isi which have entrance exams.pls advice and thanks in advance.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:57h, 20 March Reply

      Normally, you need a minimum of first class if you belong to the General category to be eligible for admission into various colleges. So try to keep your overall percentage above 60% or if you follow CPI then above 6.5 so that you do not become ineligible even if you do well in the interview, etc.

      • gladwin
        Posted at 19:11h, 21 March Reply


  • anmol
    Posted at 20:32h, 23 March Reply

    I want to know about cut off for msc maths in nits..
    Can u tell me last year cutoff?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:03h, 24 March Reply

      What is nits? Do you mean the National Institute of Technology?

  • Deepali Mishra
    Posted at 21:50h, 24 March Reply

    Sir, I am bsc 2nd year student and I want to do msc +phd.My maths is quite good which type of study material I should preffer for iit jam preparation. I like physics and maths both may I do msc+phd in both subjects is there any combination of these subjects.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:13h, 25 March Reply

      You may see if you wish to work in theoretical physics, which is almost all mathematics. For IIT JAM, please prepare from the standard texts but give special importance to vector calculus and differential equations. The following books may be useful:

      Topics in Algebra by I. N. Herstein
      Topology by Munkres (only the first few chapters)
      Differential Equations with Historical Notes by Simmons
      Understanding Analysis by Abott
      Vector Calculus by M. R. Spiegel

      Best wishes.

  • Renil Babu
    Posted at 10:35h, 25 March Reply

    I am a B.Tech ECE. I did my analysis in ECE and i found out that i am not good at ECE. I am very good at mathematics and was best in my class. I was very comfortable in mathematics. I want my career to be related to mathematics. i have 60% marks. Would you please guide me. I would love to go to isro and other research area that has mathematics. what should i do to get in isro.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:14h, 25 March Reply

      ISRO normally conducts exams and interviews for recruitment every year. These exams are quite competitive and you must prepare well. Follow the weekly Employment News as ISRO and many other government agencies place their ads on the paper.

      • Renil Babu
        Posted at 17:43h, 27 March Reply

        do u think that opting for mathematics after is a good option. because the people at my society say that it is foolish, too late, are u kidding??. i am confronted with these questions. even my friends think it so .

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 21:44h, 30 March Reply

          Its always a good idea if you have the passion for it. Try either to get in an MSc or a PhD degree course, that way you will be able to complete your education quickly. All the best.

  • Nivedita
    Posted at 11:12h, 01 April Reply

    I wanted to know if BSc and MSc are enough for pursuing PhD in the field of mathematics or do we also need to do BEd and MEd? And totally how many years does it take to start from BSc and complete PhD?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:03h, 02 April Reply

      Only BSc and MSc is enough to start PhD. BSc and MSc will take together 5 years and PhD will take minimum of 3 years.

  • Richa
    Posted at 20:25h, 02 April Reply

    i m doing bsc mathematics and i wanted to know if there is any course or any field with great future salary after bsc

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 00:27h, 02 May Reply

      Yes, if you do a B.Sc from a good place and take some good number of courses in applied maths with combination of some financial mathematics. Statistics courses may also be good in this regard.

  • Vipul
    Posted at 20:55h, 16 April Reply

    I am in third year of mechanical engineering. I have a deep interest in mathematics. Can I go for M.Sc (Maths)? If yes then, which institutes in India offer this programme for people with engineering degrees?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 00:13h, 02 May Reply

      Yes you can go for M.Sc(Maths). You have to clear their entrances and just need to satisfy a minimum cutoff for your grade point which is generally around 6-7. Added to that you must take some mathematics courses during your B.Tech. You may consider CMI and ISI as options.

  • Anurag Jain
    Posted at 10:07h, 22 April Reply

    I m going to complete my graduation by june. For masters i have been selected in IIT and also got an interview call from IISER's. So now i am in a confusion that if i selected in IISER too then which option will be better IISER or IIT. I want to pursue masters in pure mathematics.
    Please help me.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 00:32h, 02 May Reply

      You may see the respected university websites and check the profiles of the faculty members and see their research interests. It depends on which IISERs or IITs you have as an option and what are your preferences.

  • Shushant
    Posted at 23:20h, 25 April Reply

    Which are the best institutes in India for pursuing PhD in Computer Science (theoretical Computer Science) ?
    How is the reputation of TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) in the field of Computer Science?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 00:23h, 02 May Reply

      TIFR, IMSc, IIITs, CMI and ISIs are some of the good institutes for theoretical computer science(TCS).
      TIFR is very highly reputed in TCS research. It has a good number of faculty members who are very good researchers.

      • Shushant
        Posted at 18:16h, 02 May Reply

        How good are the institutes (for research) you have mentioned as compared to the IITs ?

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 03:13h, 05 May Reply

          For research most of them are much better than the IITs.

          • Shushant
            Posted at 19:22h, 05 May

            Thank You Sir.... Congratulations on your world wide recognition and excellent Google rating (six out of ten). You're really doing a very job by popularizing Mathematics and research in India.

          • Gonit Sora
            Posted at 20:52h, 24 May

            Thank you very much for the kind words.

  • akshaya
    Posted at 20:55h, 29 April Reply

    Hi! i have decided to choose mathematics [BS] in IISER...and all are questioning me of the job opportunities related to mathematics...i wanna know the future of mathematics?and can i take the professor line?

  • mahendra
    Posted at 23:44h, 29 April Reply

    hello sir,
    plz, suggest me some best books for the preparation of iit-jam(maths and physics separately). And also give little bit of guidance for preparation.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 03:15h, 05 May Reply

      The best way to prepare is to clear your knowledge of the basics very well. Follow the books that have already been mentioned a lot of times in the previous comments. We are sorry but we cannot give you good guidance for physics.

  • Jaspreet
    Posted at 03:29h, 09 May Reply

    A great article for people finding career in maths. Sir, i'm in my final year of bcom hons. and i want to get a maths phd after this. please guide with the best route for this. Since i don't have a b.maths or an msc degree. can i get an admission to maths phd ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:54h, 24 May Reply

      Without a Masters degree in your case it would not be possible to get into a PhD course. Most of the universities also do not accept BCom graduates for a Masters course, so the best option for you would be to join a Masters course from IGNOU and learn everything very well and then apply to a PhD program.

  • Srikanth
    Posted at 14:46h, 10 May Reply

    hi , Iam a BTech civil engineering graduate. I want to know something about jam exam.... Am I eligible to do Msc PhD integrated course in iit's through jam???

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:55h, 24 May Reply

      Yes, you are eligible.

  • pranav arora
    Posted at 12:18h, 13 May Reply

    hello sir,
    i am doing actuarial science ,i want to know which under graduate programmes can i do and in which colleges.

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