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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  • 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 [email protected].

  • 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 [email protected] 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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