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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  • 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 ways…so 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 school…so 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 institute…how 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 ….my 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.

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