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 (in Assam, Guwahati and Tezpur are centres) 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 Assam, Guwahati and Silchar are centres) 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, Tirupati and Trivandrum. There is one planned IISER in Nagaland as well. 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 six IISERs. The marks in board exams depends on the INSPIRE cutoff for the respective boards. More details about this can be found here. Apart from the IISERs, such a course is also offered at the National Institute for Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Centre for Basic Sciences (CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and CBS admits students through the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) held every year in early June.

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, Tirupati) 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. Additionally, some of the IITs have such courses as well, like IIT Kharagpur. The admission for this course is through IIT JEE.

In addition to the institutes mentioned above, there are several other good institutes which offer Bachelors level courses. For instance, one could also study at the Institute of Mathematics and Application (IMA), Bhubaneswar, the University of Delhi (in several world class colleges like St. Stephen’s College, Kirori Mal College, etc.), several NITs have Integrated MSc courses (this information can be found in the JEE Mains brochure for example), etc.

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 (provided they clear a certain threshold percentage in their 12th boards exams), Rs.5000-Rs.7000 to the Masters Students by the DST and around Rs. 26000-Rs. 31000 for the PhD students. In CMI PhD students are paid Rs. 26000-28000 for PhD and Rs. 9000 for M.Sc.

[This article was slightly modified on 14th of March, 2015 and substantially modified on 8th October, 2018 and 11th November, 2020.]

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  • Rahul Pandey
    Posted at 17:52h, 20 January Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 11:43h, 27 January Reply

      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.

  • Yatin Khurana
    Posted at 16:30h, 01 February Reply

    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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:02h, 03 February Reply

      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.

  • Aruna Abi
    Posted at 17:42h, 02 February Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 10:04h, 03 February Reply

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

  • sham chawla
    Posted at 23:20h, 07 February Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:00h, 21 February Reply

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

  • Shushant Pandey
    Posted at 02:20h, 13 February Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:01h, 21 February Reply

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

  • Shubhangi Jindal
    Posted at 16:17h, 22 February Reply

    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?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:06h, 24 February Reply

      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.

  • shanata
    Posted at 10:14h, 04 March Reply

    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..!!!

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 11:29h, 05 March Reply

      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.

  • aniruddha
    Posted at 14:43h, 04 March Reply

    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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 11:31h, 05 March Reply

      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.

  • aniruddha
    Posted at 16:04h, 06 March Reply

    is s l loney good enough for trigonometry and co-ordinate????

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 11:58h, 10 March Reply

      Yes it is quite good.

  • shanata
    Posted at 15:11h, 07 March Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:31h, 10 March Reply

      The normal text books are very good, you can try reading IIT Mathematics by K. D. Joshi.

  • Pallavi
    Posted at 13:47h, 12 March Reply

    Could you please suggest some MS or MTech colleges in subjects related to math in Gujarat state.
    Thank you.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 15:04h, 13 March Reply

      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.

  • Clueless
    Posted at 00:32h, 13 March Reply

    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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 15:01h, 13 March Reply

      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.

  • Pradyumna
    Posted at 21:41h, 21 March Reply


    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,

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:00h, 22 March Reply

      IISc Banaglore would be the best choice. You can also try for ISI Bangalore.

      • Pradyumna
        Posted at 00:15h, 23 March Reply

        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?

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 19:33h, 20 April Reply

          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

  • Abhay Gupta
    Posted at 09:03h, 22 March Reply

    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?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:03h, 22 March Reply

      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.

  • Shushant Pandey
    Posted at 23:54h, 22 March Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:32h, 20 April Reply

      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.

  • abinash pujari
    Posted at 14:21h, 24 March Reply

    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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:34h, 20 April Reply

      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.

  • Sitangshu Pal
    Posted at 00:23h, 25 March Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:35h, 20 April Reply

      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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    Posted at 15:17h, 02 April Reply

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  • KR
    Posted at 18:13h, 08 April Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:39h, 20 April Reply

      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.

      • KR
        Posted at 20:47h, 22 April Reply

        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?

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 12:49h, 12 May Reply

          No, there should not be any problem.

  • Abie guh
    Posted at 01:48h, 17 April Reply

    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 ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:41h, 20 April Reply

      You can try for Bombay, Kanpur, Madras and Delhi if you into pure math.

  • Rahul Nahata
    Posted at 19:16h, 18 April Reply

    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?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:42h, 20 April Reply

      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.

  • Aditya
    Posted at 13:04h, 23 April Reply

    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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:50h, 12 May Reply

      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.

  • Nidhi
    Posted at 14:42h, 26 April Reply

    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).

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:51h, 12 May Reply

      CMI and ISI are anyday better than the IISERs.

  • Maths
    Posted at 13:24h, 28 April Reply

    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?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:55h, 12 May Reply

      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!

  • Samina
    Posted at 17:03h, 28 April Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:56h, 12 May Reply

      You can try to contact Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana at Pune, they would be able to help you out properly.

  • Vidith Nahata
    Posted at 11:42h, 05 May Reply

    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 .

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:57h, 12 May Reply

      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.

  • Pradeep
    Posted at 15:43h, 11 May Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 12:58h, 12 May Reply

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

  • zaahir
    Posted at 07:59h, 21 May Reply

    Sir i want to know about cuttoff in integrated Msc in maths in pondicherry university.please reply me.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 13:08h, 29 May Reply

      We are very sorry, we do not have that info here.

  • Sarma
    Posted at 10:13h, 21 May Reply


    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 ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 13:13h, 29 May Reply

      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.

  • srinivas
    Posted at 22:24h, 27 May Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 13:15h, 29 May Reply

      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.

  • Yash Verma
    Posted at 20:54h, 30 May Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:29h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • Mohammad irshad
    Posted at 13:52h, 31 May Reply

    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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:30h, 29 June Reply

      Please be more specific, do you want to stay in academics or seek a job right after BSc?

  • k.sudarsanam, Tiruvannamalai
    Posted at 19:34h, 01 June Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:30h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • aayush
    Posted at 15:11h, 03 June Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:32h, 29 June Reply

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

  • Kashish Arora
    Posted at 09:11h, 04 June Reply

    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?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:33h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • srinivas
    Posted at 16:13h, 04 June Reply

    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 .

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:34h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • srinivas
    Posted at 16:29h, 04 June Reply

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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:34h, 29 June Reply

      In which level are you interested, BSc or MSc?

  • chetan
    Posted at 17:45h, 04 June Reply

    what if we do B Sc or MSc from DU ???

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:35h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • Guddu
    Posted at 10:42h, 07 June Reply

    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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:37h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • Akshay Khandelwal
    Posted at 22:37h, 09 June Reply

    tell me about I.S.I. interview.What they ask?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:39h, 29 June Reply

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

  • Ekaveera
    Posted at 10:50h, 13 June Reply

    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

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:53h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • ekta
    Posted at 12:30h, 15 June Reply

    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 .

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:52h, 29 June Reply

      You should then opt for IGNOU or a state government open university in your state.

  • Abhishek Khetan
    Posted at 17:15h, 22 June Reply


    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:51h, 29 June Reply

      Go for CMI if you are not into applications of mathematics.

  • raaj
    Posted at 07:06h, 24 June Reply

    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.

  • Ghanashyam
    Posted at 11:42h, 24 June Reply

    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?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:50h, 29 June Reply

      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.

      • Ghanashyam
        Posted at 23:24h, 08 February Reply

        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.

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

          Algebra and Calculus should be the focus now.

  • Aarthi
    Posted at 13:23h, 24 June Reply

    I have finished my BE Computer science .now i am interested to do my masters in maths can u guide me

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:48h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • Aayush Agrawal
    Posted at 09:39h, 25 June Reply

    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…?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:45h, 29 June Reply

      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.

  • Amaya Sarkar
    Posted at 20:40h, 28 June Reply

    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.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:43h, 29 June Reply

      You can give TOEFL and GRE and apply for an MS abroad or you can give JAM and apply for an MSc in India. The option to go abroad would be easier if you have a good undergraduate record. Also, you could try some online courses like Coursera to catch up on some math basics.

  • Sonali
    Posted at 21:47h, 28 June Reply

    Actually I had written my engineering entrances but couldn’t get a good rank. I had always dreamt of studying in a reputed college but things didn’t happen that way. I am pursuing my BSc in Maths/Statistics/Computer science at St Francis college. My dad says that I must do engineering(in which i will get some stupid college) because it is a more easier pathway and moreover we will get placed easily there. Just let me know whether Btech is better for me or Bsc. What are the career options after doing BSc MSc in maths or stat. Also I want to appear for IIT JAM 2017. Is it too tough like jee advance.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:42h, 29 June Reply

      JAM is easier than JEE because here the competition is less and the syllabus is based on only Mathematics. You must clear your basics before giving JAM. Doing an MSc from an IIT would go a long way in getting a good job prospect. A BTech from a shoddy college is not a good option in our opinion.

  • dimpi
    Posted at 10:11h, 02 July Reply

    please tell me career opportunity after MSC maths besides teaching. and pls tell me the recruiters name and job profile

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