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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  • somnath Das
    Posted at 00:45h, 18 May Reply

    Hello sir,

    My case is also strangest one. I am 32 year old married living in Pune, My favorite subject was math while in school, but due to some reason I opted for 10+ 2 commerce (No math, as the school was not offering math as a subject) then I did, my graduation in commerce with business mathematics as a subject just for 1st year as the subject offering was only for first year and after that i did my MBA finance. But my passion for math never ended i still practice higher maths almost everyday. I started my career as strategy analyst in investment banks (like Royal Bank of Scotland, BNY Mellon). I worked closely with quant team (they were holding Phd or masters in Maths or Physics). then I realized that i have done a biggest mistake by not having maths degree. Now I am dying to get into Quant or data science profile and for that I need master degree in Math just to qualify for interview. Please suggest what are my options for getting a correspondence or online degree in Maths.

    1. Should I start from Bsc Math then Msc and Phd (I can do only correspondence course) or direct from Msc is good enough?
    2. Am I eligible for Bsc Math or Msc Math? if not then what are options in getting maths degree?
    3. I found a online degree course(Bsc and Msc Math for any graduate) in Tamil Nadu open university(UGC and DEC recognized) but not sure about the value in Indian or abroad. should I take the course?

    please help…

    Somnath Das

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:01h, 24 May Reply

      Hi, yours is a little bit out of the ordinary. Here are a few comments on your queries, we have also received an email from you, to which we shall reply in greater detail.

      1. If you are doing only correspondence then you should start from a MSc course. We are sure that you can cover the required BSc background for such a course in a good amount of time on your own.

      2. You are still eligible for a correspondence degree course, but in most of the universities due to age restrictions you may not be eligible for regular courses, unless if you belong to any reserved category.

      3. In India the degree is given same value like a regular degree. You may also wish to know that Prof. Sujatha Ramdorai (a member of our Advisory Board) has a Masters degree in mathematics by correspondence. She is now a highly respected mathematician and works at University of British Columbia, Canada.

      We hope this information helps you.

  • ajay
    Posted at 20:09h, 21 May Reply

    sir can you please tell me a few good JAM coaching centers.
    I plan to take the correspondence class for mathematics .so anywhere in India would do.
    thanks in advance.

  • subha
    Posted at 11:09h, 27 May Reply

    Dear sir, the above article was worth reading.You have not mentioned about PG Mathematics courses offered in IITS, where one can enter into it, after clearing JAM entrance exam.Is it worthy doing Maths( PG course) here or else IIT is good only for doing engineering course.Please clarify my doubt.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:35h, 28 May Reply

      We had focused only on a few institutes. IITs are also very good to pursue your masters in mathematics. Some of them have a slightly different masters which are more suited for industry, for example IITG has a Masters program in Mathematics and Computing.

  • srikanth
    Posted at 07:45h, 30 May Reply

    sir, iam a civil engineering graduate.First of all i need to know something ….are btech candidates eligible to do msc mathematics?. If they are…what are the institutes which allow to do msc program with btech background apart from cmi??

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:24h, 01 June Reply

      Yes they are eligible. Almost all the institutes mentioned in this post take students with an engineering background.

  • dinesh
    Posted at 12:10h, 07 June Reply

    sir, I want to know what is the difference between industrial mathematics and mathematics? which course will be having higher value.?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:44h, 14 June Reply

      The value depends on the type of career you are looking forward to. In case of Industrial Mathematics, the courses will be more oriented towards applying techniques from mathematics into industry and other sectors. This will give you a good impetus to apply for jobs in industry. However, an MSc in mathematics will be oriented towards studying the subject without any applicable goal in mind. This course will be more useful if you want to pursue a career in academia.

  • dileep
    Posted at 17:33h, 20 June Reply

    dear sir, i am a B Tech graduate . In 1st year we have “engineering maths” and in 2nd year 1st semester we have “matrices and numerical methods” and in 2nd year 2nd sem “probability and statistics” and after reading eligibility criteria for M.math in ISI i found out this point “a BE/B Tech Degree, with Mathematics as a full subject and a strong
    background in Analysis and Abstract Algebra,” what does this point mean? and Am I eligible for M.Math program in ISI?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:28h, 23 June Reply

      You are eligible for applying to ISI. But the entrance examination will have questions on analysis and algebra apart from the subjects that you mentioned. So, we would suggest you to read these subjects on your own. A good starting place would be I. N. Herstein’s Topics in Algebra, Bartle and Sherbert’s Introduction to Real Analysis and Munkres’ Topology. It would also be a good idea to ask someone at the math department of your institute to mentor you, as these subjects would seen too abstract at first if you did not previously have any experience with mathematical proofs.

  • Malvika Singh
    Posted at 23:22h, 20 June Reply

    Respected Sir,
    I am currently a first year maths undergraduate student at University of Delhi. Maths, as an subject interests me and I want to pursue masters in the same. I want some guidance on whether it’s better to do the same from an university abroad in in India itself?
    Also I would like to know about the procedures foreign universities adopt for selection the students for masters?
    Please reply, I’ll be thankful to you.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:32h, 23 June Reply

      Hi, the university matters, not the place that you do your masters in. For example an institute like CMI, ISI, TIFR or IISc will have as much credibility worldwide as any of the best universities in the world. So, if you want to have a good education in India then we suggest that you prepare very well right from now and clear all your doubts and study from good books. As for your other query, the selection process varies from country to country, but generally some things are constant. You will need a solid Bachelors degree with good grades, your university is well known so it is an advantage for you. You will need to show English proficiency by taking some tests like TOEFL or IELTS. Apart from that, it will help if you do some internships or projects in your summers so that later you can ask for recommendations from your supervisors. Most universities ask for two recommendations, but some ask for three, so also keep that in mind.

  • rohit
    Posted at 16:59h, 21 June Reply

    sir,is it mandatory to do hons in bsc to get into cmi ,tifr etc for msc or phd …can we apply by doing normal bsc if not then what are the institution offfering msc in maths by doing normal bsc…egarly waiting for reply

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:23h, 23 June Reply

      Hi for CMI and TIFR you need to do a BSc in Mathematics/Statistics/Physics specifically. But most of the other universities only ask for a degree with Mathematics as one of the subjects.

  • akshat
    Posted at 17:21h, 22 June Reply

    i am pursuing B.E. in fire and safety engg. 2nd yr.. i want to do in maths especially related to geometry .show me some path. also suggest me some xams in maths which i can face at present…

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:25h, 23 June Reply

      The way for you is to apply for an MSc after you pass your BE. But keep in mind that Geometry is not taught in any Indian university as such. The school level geometry that you did will never be offered as a course, for mathematicians geometry has more to with differential geometry or algebraic geometry, both of which needs atleast a masters level understanding of mathematics.

  • arun
    Posted at 18:02h, 25 June Reply

    Hello sir,
    I couldn’t crack jee advanced and I’ve done my admission in bsc. But I really want to get in some great colleges like iisc and isi. Can I apply for kvpy being an undergraduate and get admission in such institutes. Please help me

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 02:43h, 29 June Reply

      Hi, you can only apply for the SB Stream (, but that will not make you eligible for admission into IISc or ISI. For admission into these institutes you shall have to take their respective admission tests again next year.

  • rohit
    Posted at 17:08h, 26 June Reply

    sir are there any universities offering bsc hons in mathematics from distance learning. I have to take admission this year only.

  • dheeraj
    Posted at 09:09h, 28 June Reply

    hi sir what are the various institution which offers msc or msc- phd in maths after doing normal bsc(not hons) and also can i give csir jrf by doing normal bsc

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 02:45h, 29 June Reply

      Many central universities offer MSc courses for students without honours in mathematics. But they need mathematics as a subject in all three years of your BSc. The criteria for NET is atleast a BSc degree, you can still appear for NET and if you qualify the cutoff then you will get JRF.

  • jyoti
    Posted at 19:44h, 30 June Reply

    hi sir i am currently pursuing bsc(not hons)( third year) in agra ,i am preparing for iit jam .According to jam condition we have to submit proof that we have qualify bsc degree before 30 sept but my result of third year would come in october or november so if i got selected then is there any process so that i can get admission withou wasting my one more year .
    please sur tell ma i am very depressed about this..

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:22h, 09 July Reply

      The best way to get this information correctly is to write to the IIT that is organising JAM and explain them the situation. Normally institutes take this matter into consideration, so we would suggest you to write to the Chairman of JAM 2016. Best of luck.

  • dheeraj
    Posted at 13:01h, 01 July Reply

    sir is the degree (ug) from distance learning is accepted by all the institution

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:22h, 09 July Reply

      Yes, they normally are accepted.

  • Reshma
    Posted at 21:09h, 01 July Reply

    Hello sir

    i m very interested to doing preparation for CMI , ISI or TIFR but there is no faculty to provide the tuition for the same in my city can u recommend any DLP program for cmi isi tifr preparation from any institute or coaching pls help me

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:23h, 09 July Reply

      Hi, we cannot recommend any such institute because we have no knowledge of coaching institutes. However, if you prefer we can recommend you some books that may aid you in your preparation.

  • Tawan
    Posted at 09:59h, 02 July Reply

    Dear Sir,

    i m intetsed for to do MSC maths from CMI/ISI can u advise me for any good correpondance course that can i manage the study from Home there is no any faculty in Kanpur Uttarpradesh to teach that level of study. Pls tell me there is any good faculty in kanpur for CMI or ISI level entrance exam guidance or any coaching in india which povide can good . correpondance course

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:24h, 09 July Reply

      Hi, we cannot recommend any such institute because we have no knowledge of coaching institutes. However, if you prefer we can recommend you some books that may aid you in your preparation. Also, if you want you can go to seek help from some faculty member at IITK.

  • Tawanpreet
    Posted at 15:26h, 02 July Reply

    Hello sir
    pls provide the best refernce book for CMI/ISI admission and tips for entrance exam.
    Pls provide the detail which portion is very scoring in ISI/CMI exam

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:24h, 09 July Reply

      To which course are you considering to apply? Kindly provide this information so that we can give a comprehensive answer.

  • Reshma
    Posted at 17:47h, 05 July Reply

    Hi sir,i have completed my graduation from lucknow university and preparing for with Maths.i m preparing for iit jam but want to know about Tifr and CMI and how to preparefor it.can you please suggest the best coachings for these exams.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:31h, 09 July Reply

      Hi, we cannot recommend any such institute because we have no knowledge of coaching institutes. However, if you prefer we can recommend you some books that may aid you in your preparation.

      For CMI and TIFR examinations, the written test is normally followed by an interview which is at a much higher level than IIT JAM. So the first thing for you would be to completely revise the content of abstract and linear algebra, real and complex analysis, topology and differential equations. The following books would be of help:

      1. I. N. Herstein: Topics in Algebra (all of Groups, Rings, Vector Spaces, and some parts of Fields)
      2. J. Munkres: Topology (whole of Part I)
      3. Bartle and Sherbert: Introduction to Real Analysis (whole book)
      4. Simmons: Differential Equations with Historical Notes (the relevant sections)
      5. Churchill and Brown: Complex Analysis (the relevant sections)

      In addition to the above, the following books are also very helpful:

      1. Schaum Series books in Linear Algebra, Vector Calculus and Differential Equations
      2. P. K. Saikia: Linear Algebra (useful for nice problems)
      3. J. Gallian: Contemporary Abstract Algebra (contains lots of solved exercises)

      Solve as many problems as you can and look at previous years’ question papers to get an idea about the exam. Best of luck.

  • dileep
    Posted at 01:08h, 06 July Reply

    sir, are engineering students eligible for m.stat program in ISI

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:31h, 09 July Reply

      Yes, they are. But you will need to have some math courses in your bachelors.

  • Sanjay M
    Posted at 12:00h, 09 July Reply

    I have been selected for the BSc. Hons. course at CMI.The classes will start by August 3rd only.I would like to know which course is better, Maths with Physics or Maths with Computer Science.Also suggest some books that would help me with the CMI course , so that i can read them during these days.
    I would also like to mention that this year they selected students without interview(96) and with interview(22) also.I was selected through the interview.
    Thank you.
    Awaiting your reply.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:34h, 09 July Reply

      Congratulations on your success. The course will depend on what you would want to do in future. With computer science you will have a better job prospect in companies that have banking, software, etc as their primary point of attention. With physics, it would be helpful if in future you would like to switch to more physical side and go into nanotechnology, theoretical physics, etc. But CMI has a lot of flexibility and you will be able to take as many courses as you can without cramping your schedule. So you can choose some physics courses and some CS courses and audit them and then decide, if that is allowed.

      As for books, it would be useful if you can read some parts of Rudin’s book on real analysis or Halmos’ book on finite dimensional vector spaces.

  • Argho
    Posted at 09:56h, 10 July Reply

    Hello Sir,
    It is really an awesome website. Sir, I appeared for ISI and CMI entrance this year. But I did not qualify them. I also appeared for IMA entrance, results are yet to be declared. If I get chance should go for it or not?
    Sir, I want to appear again for this exams, can you please guide me how do I prepare for it? Which books should I follow? What way should I practice?etc etc
    Lastly, Sir does the difficulty level for the test increases for those who appear again?
    Thank You Sir once again for creating such an amazing web-page.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:04h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Argho, thanks for your comment. Yes, you should definitely go for it if you have not cleared CMI or ISI entrance. We would advise you to appear for the exams again next year. The solution set for this year’s exam will be available in the CMI website, take a look at it and see what were your mistakes and what were your weak points and then try to clear your doubts in those areas. We would recommend the following books:

      1. Problem Solving Strategies by Arthur Engel
      2. Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics by Venkatavhala,
      3. Trigonometry by S. L. Loney
      4. IIT Mathematics by K. D. Joshi
      5. Problems in Calculus of One Variable by I. A. Maron
      6. NCERT Textbooks

      In the interview they might ask about your year and what did you read in this year at college so please do not neglect your coursework in college too.

  • Tawan
    Posted at 13:28h, 10 July Reply

    Thank u sir for ur guidance ….

    Dear Sanjay if u read my text kindly provide ur mail id pls

  • Tanmay
    Posted at 20:08h, 10 July Reply

    I am Tanmay, currently a Masters student at IIT bombay, pursuing 2 years MSc. I am currently at an internship in Germany at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Freiburg. The internship is on applied math, and my work mostly involves coding in matlab and also literature review. I want to know whether I can pursue PhD in Cryptography area. I love abstract algebra and number theory, and also like coding. I know that India is not the best place for Phd in crypto. can you suggest some ? Thank you…

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:07h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Tanmay, of course you can pursue your PhD in cryptography. Techniques in number theory and abstract algebra are mostly used in cryptography and there are some people in India too who do good work in the field. If you are open to the idea then you may also explore options related to theoretical computer science in India. Many places in US and Europe which have good groups in these areas. This website ( will be able to give you some idea in making a choice. Also, it is a good idea to talk with your professors at IITB. Another thing that you may want to look into is elliptic curve cryptography which is a fascinating and beautiful branch of mathematics.

      • Tanmay
        Posted at 19:01h, 20 July Reply

        Thank you for the list. Its really great. I don’t know whether I have a fighting chance of getting in any univ abroad. I will be applying this year. Anyways thanks for the reply

        • Tanmay
          Posted at 19:03h, 20 July Reply

          Another reason of applying abroad is, getting into a PhD in India is very difficult nowadays. This year only, my seniors who cracked net with good ranks didn’t get into any reasonably good places for PhD. India is too competitive.

  • Tawan
    Posted at 21:22h, 10 July Reply

    hi sir, as i requested you for some guidance for clearing cmi or tifr exams ,you have suggested some books to study.thanx for your support.i had a query ,you suggested to seek help from iitk faculty but how is it possible and which teachers will be helpful.can u please suggest the way to communicate to iitk faculty.pls guide me for d same.thanq

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:08h, 14 July Reply

      Normally the faculty are very busy, write a polite email to a faculty who you think might be willing to help and explain them your situation and ask them for a little amount of their time. Many would be happy to help you.

  • dheeraj
    Posted at 17:49h, 15 July Reply

    sir, i have applied in ignou in bsc research maths(not hons).so am eligible to give cmi ,isi ,nbhm,iit jam etc.
    And is ignou would be best option for me as in agra there is so much politics in university result doesnot come on time and also classes only held for one or two months.
    sir please tell bsc from ignou would not create any problem in my future as i am very much intersted in maths

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:27h, 15 July Reply

      No Dheeraj, it would not create any problem if you follow it up with a good MSc. Best of luck.

  • shushant
    Posted at 23:34h, 16 July Reply

    Sir I am currently pursuing B.Tech in CS. My area of interest is Theoretical Computer Science and I want to do further research in it. I want to do PhD but am confused between two options : prepare for MSc at CMI and then look for a good foreign university for PhD OR prepare for my PhD directly at TIFR Mumbai. Which according to you would be better ?
    Are TIFR/CMI comparable to reputed foreign universities ? Please help me.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:08h, 19 July Reply

      Yes, they are comparable in repute, but going to a different country in a different environment would do you more good. If you do not mind doing a Masters and then joining your PhD then we would suggest you to go for CMI and then to some good university abroad.

  • Argho
    Posted at 15:50h, 21 July Reply

    Sir, Thank You for your guidance. I already followed IA Maron. But I did not beneifit myself from it. I mean is really a amazing book but I want to practice calculus of ISI and CMI types. Sir can you please help me. I searched a lot of books but I could not find any calculus book with ISI or CMI type problems. Please Sir name such a book. And if you can then please send me some sample papers and problems. So, that I can solve them.

    • Bishal Deb
      Posted at 01:40h, 22 July Reply

      Hi Argho. You may look up Apostol’s Calculus Volume 1. I used this book for theory and found it quite good. Apart from it I solved problems from the past papers of ISI B.Math/B.Stat and CMI papers.

      • Argho
        Posted at 09:05h, 23 July Reply

        I have used Apostol. I won’t lie, I benifited in the theory part but during practical implication it wasn’t very useful. I want to practice similar problems to ISI and CMI and learn them.

        • Bishal Deb
          Posted at 01:58h, 26 July Reply

          ISI publishes a question bank consisting of questions from the past papers and several more. It is called Test of Mathematics at the 10+2 level. The questions there are quite good. Pay attention to stuff like MVT, Rolle’s theorem and the definitions. CMI especially checks how clear your basics are and how you can apply them. You should have a good understanding of given an equation then how would its graph look like and how would it behave. I got the intuitive ideas by solving the papers.

          • Argho
            Posted at 09:28h, 26 July

            Thanks. But you know what I can solve other problems but not calculus from that book. So, I was looking for a book which has similar question to it and are solved. So that I can learn from it. If you know of any then please be kind enough to tell me.

          • Bishal Deb
            Posted at 16:22h, 02 August

            I have sent you a mail answering your queries.

  • Argho
    Posted at 09:36h, 24 July Reply

    Sir, I also want to appear for KVPY this year. As I already told you I would be joining college this year, so it will be my last year to appear for KVPY. I don’t know anything about it. Sir can you tell me how do I prepare for it? And what book should I follow?

  • Rahul
    Posted at 10:14h, 01 August Reply

    @Gonit Sohra; I have completed my in E&I. Now i want to continue my education in field of mathematics. Please suggest me further action.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 01:20h, 09 August Reply

      The way forward would be to get a Masters in mathematics and then see how it goes. You could also apply for MTech in Mathematics and Computing or Industrial Mathematics.

  • Indrajit
    Posted at 00:13h, 07 August Reply

    I have passed M.Sc. in mathematics this year. I have been selected for a Job in Govt. of India. I am going to join Indian Institute of Survey and Mapping in Hyderabad as a trainee for two years. After that my office will be in Bhubaneswar for 5 years. In this situation may I apply for Part-time phd in mathematics? I intended to apply in NIT durgapur for part-time phd. Department ensures that I am eligible to apply but said about difficulties to communicate with guide. Presently I have these following questions.
    (1) Is there any institute in Bhubaneswar providing part time phd in math?
    (2) What are the institutes or universities offer part-time phd in math in India?
    (3) Is there any option for phd in distance mode?(may be from abroad!)
    (4) Is there any residency requirement or attendence mandatory for part-time phd?
    Please help with advice.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 02:45h, 09 August Reply

      Hi, you could certainly apply for a part time PhD, but keep in mind that UGC norms regulate that even part time students may have to do some course work in a regular setting. Now, coming back to your other queries:

      1. You could also consider NIT Rourkela.
      2. All the universities offer such an option, depending on the availability of guides, but most of them have a mandatory period where you have to regularly attend classes.
      2. No, it is not advisable even if it is possible.
      4. As already mentioned there might be one or two courses that you will have to complete, depending on the university. Your attendance will also depend on your possible supervisor.

      Please reply if we can assist you further regarding any specific institute related query. Best wishes.

  • Argho
    Posted at 08:51h, 12 August Reply

    Sir, I also want to appear for KVPY this year. As I already told you I would be joining college this year, so it will be my last year to appear for KVPY. I don’t know anything about it. Sir can you tell me how do I prepare for it? And what book should I follow? I don’t have much time left.

  • Rajukumar
    Posted at 01:18h, 13 August Reply

    Hello sir,

    Doing masters in mathematics through distant learning will be as same as doing it regular? And is there any eligibility for the same? like age, marks obtained in graduation.
    Actually, I am a BE graduate and my graduation was done in the year 2010. Now I am working, hence, cannot opt for quitting the job. Also, could you please share few of the colleges that offers this course?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:28h, 27 August Reply

      Hi Rajkumar, here are the answers to your queries.

      The degrees are equivalent, but ofcourse you will learn more in a regular course. The universities normally ask for a first class in your Bachelors.

      The best option for you would be IGNOU:

  • Argho
    Posted at 08:47h, 14 August Reply

    Sir I want to know which books should I follow for KVPY Stream SB and Madhava Mathematics Competition. Moreover Sir I have joined IMA, Bhubaneswar this year. So am I eligible for both the exams?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:29h, 27 August Reply

      Yes, you are eligible.

  • tanya
    Posted at 18:57h, 28 September Reply

    I m a student of bsc with maths computers and managements m not interesyed in doing masters in mathematics bt I have to do it due to certain circumstances . I would like to know that what can I do with mathematics degree in hand? as I am interested in doing something different having maths degree in hand.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:25h, 17 October Reply

      There are lot of different choices for you. You can follow it up with an MTech in Computer Science, Operations Research, etc, or opt for jobs in finance, banking, software, etc. You could also become an actuary, without going for a Masters in mathematics.

  • rahul
    Posted at 00:47h, 04 October Reply

    I have had always an interest in Mathematics. But due to parental pressure , after my Class XII, I went to study engineering (Textile engineering to be precise).
    Now I am 27; I have completed my engineering and looking for job but still I want to study Maths and its application in Computer science.
    When I was studying my , side by side , I was self studying both Maths and computer science.
    So what I would like to know, in India, given my age , How can I formally pursue a Bachelor in Maths , followed by a Master’s in Maths ?
    I know that , there are no age limits for pursuing master’s but for pursuing Bachelor , there are age limits in some universities.

    So please inform me about universities and institutes from where I can pursue my education in maths ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:26h, 17 October Reply

      We believe it is good if you directly opt for a Masters programme, rather than doing a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s. But if you want to do a BSc then we would suggest you to join an open university, like IGNOU which will be less time consuming and more efficient for you.

      • rahul
        Posted at 21:01h, 10 April Reply

        Based on your last reply, I checked out the master’s programme in mathematics of many indian universities and the eligibility of such courses clearly stated that a 3-year B.Sc Hons. in Mathematics or with Physics, Computer science or Maths or likewise.
        Now, my present status is that I have done B.Tech in Textile Engg. Currently i am in my final semester of my M.S degree in the field of Statistical Quality Control from ISI Bangalore. I am 27 now. Based on your last reply, I am thinking about doing a B.Sc from IGNOU.

        But, in the meantime, can you please state some Indian universities / institutes, which allows students to pursue Master’s degree in Mathematics (Applied Maths/OR/Statistics/ Maths with Computer Applications) even if they have a 4-year B.TECH degree instead of the typical 3-year B.Sc degree?

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 16:52h, 10 May Reply

          If you have taken mathematics as a subject for at least four semesters (or two years), then you are eligible to apply in most of the institutes mentioned in this article. With your MS degree, you may also be eligible to join a PhD program in some of the institutes mentioned here.

  • srikanth
    Posted at 13:23h, 07 October Reply


    Iam srikanth, completed in civil engineering. I have a doubt regarding NBHM M.Sc scholarship. Are B.Tech candidates eligible for that M.Sc scholarship?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:27h, 17 October Reply

      The eligibility criteria is that you should be enrolled in a Masters programme in mathematics or statistics in a recognized Indian university.

  • vaishnavi
    Posted at 23:05h, 10 November Reply

    Thank you for your valuable work
    I m a 2nd yr bsc maths student and want to pursue integrated msc-phd applied maths from good institutes.Later i would like to go for jobs in software industries or banking jobs.So i need your advice on
    1)which institutes’ entrance exams i should apply
    2)how is hri for applied maths as it would be a convenient option for me
    3)please give me a list of atleast 6-7 institutes including iits
    4)what is the basic difference in jam and tifr
    And what should be the approach for preparing these exams

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:38h, 17 November Reply

      Dear Vaishnavi,

      You should apply to all the exams and institutes mentioned in this article. You can keep in mind about TIFR – Centre for Applicable Mathematics in Banagalore, this centre is a very good applied mathematics centre. Unfortunately, HRI would not be a very good option for applied mathematics.

      JAM is conducted by one of the IITs or IISc and is for admission into ONLY IITs and IISc in their Masters level courses and in the Integrated PhD courses. TIFR conducts its own exam and it takes students solely on the basis of that exam, it doesn’t consider JAM scores till 2015.

      You can find many question papers with answer keys of NBHM here:

      You should practice these problems and see which areas you are weak in. We would recommend the following books, try to solve as many problems as you can from them:

      Topics in Algebra by I. N. Herstein
      Topology by J. Munkres
      Understanding Analysis by Abott
      Problem Book in Linear Algebra by P. R. Halmos
      Schaum series problem books in Linear Algebra and Complex Analysis
      Differential Equations with Historical Notes by Simmons
      Introductory Combinatorics by R. A. Brualdi
      Elementary Number Theory by D. M. Burton

      Please note that you need not read all these books from cover to cover, look at the questions of a few past years and then make an educated guess on the topics you need to cover. Aim for at least 30 out of 40 correct answers in the papers and then you will be called for an interview.

      Best of luck!! Share your experience with us after the exam and interview.

  • Keerthana
    Posted at 22:18h, 11 November Reply

    My ambition is to study maths in inscription. Can u please suggest the ways to prepare the entrance exam . Now I am studying 11th std.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 18:35h, 17 November Reply

      Can you please elaborate what you mean by inscription here?

  • vaishnavi
    Posted at 20:04h, 21 November Reply

    Thank you so much

    • vaishnavi
      Posted at 22:00h, 23 November Reply

      I have started preparing for iit jam but am also considering giving tifr and nbhm hence i have following queries
      1. Is preparing for jam enough for simultaneous preparation of tifr and nbhm or i would have to go for much tougher questions and allot extra time for these exams
      2. If not enough then how much time i should dedicate for these exams and also what is the difference in difficulty between tifr and nbhm

      • Gonit Sora
        Posted at 20:53h, 25 November Reply


        Here are the answers:

        1. JAM is not enough for NBHM and TIFR, the questions are different. Take a look at some earlier papers and see the difference.

        2. It is very difficult to answer this question, but suffice it to say that if you can clear interviews of TIFR and NBHM, then JAM would not be difficult at all.

        • vaishnavi
          Posted at 21:52h, 26 November Reply

          Thank you for your valuable advice

  • arpita guha
    Posted at 17:33h, 30 November Reply

    Are there any institue for applied mathmetics in India? Bsc

  • Tirthankar Pal
    Posted at 21:24h, 02 December Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am 40 years of age with family and having deep interest in Mathematics. I have done B.Tech in Computer Science and MBA – IT with very good marks in maths and maths based subjects. I have 10+ years of IT Experience and was into programming throughout. From 2012 – till date I am giving private tuitions in Maths and Computer Science. My strength is IITJEE Foundation for classes 8,9,10 and Quant for various competitive exams. I was exploring the idea of getting into some well known coaching centres but found that they take maths faculty from 25 to 40 years of age. Is it wise to apply in these types of coaching centres or continue with my private tuitions? I have given my detailed profile in the website. Please do have a look and let me know. I need to know whether there is a long term career option in these coaching centres.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:02h, 09 December Reply

      We would say yes, there is a long term career option, but your students must do well and it also depends a lot on them. But if you want to open your own coaching institute then you will need competent teachers also apart from you. But please be aware, that our expertise with coaching institutes are close to zero, so it is always better to talk to someone who is already employed in a similar job like the one you would want to do.

  • Shushant Pandey
    Posted at 12:40h, 23 December Reply

    Sir my younger brother will be moving to class sixth. He is desirous for preparing for Mathematical Olympiads.
    Will it be alright if he is introduced to books like Mathematical Circles (Russian Experience), Hall & Knight etc.
    Can you please suggest some good books for him to help him in starting his preparation?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:09h, 12 January Reply

      Hi, this is a very good idea and he will enjoy the book. You may also try Mathematical Olympiad Treasures and Mathematical Olympiad Challenges. Please tell him not to get discouraged if he cannot solve the problems right away, it takes time and practise.

  • VKU
    Posted at 22:42h, 28 December Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am a freshman in mathematics. How must i proceed to get into M.Math program at ISI/IMsc

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 15:20h, 12 January Reply

      Hi, first you must familiarize yourself with the basics of BSc syllabus and then try to solve practice papers of MMath exams that are available in the ISI website. You may try to read the books mentioned by us in some previous comments.

  • shrey
    Posted at 17:25h, 30 January Reply

    Do you have any idea about TIFR banglore cutoff for mathematics this year? there were 20 questions in this section this year, I got about 14-15 correct. Do I have any chances? I know from my friends who gave it last year, that it was about 11 out of 15 last year.
    Thanks for any reply, in advance!

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:50h, 07 February Reply

      Hi Shrey,

      Sorry for the delayed response. We think you have good chances of getting called for an interview, but it is not possible to predict cutoffs. Normally in NBHM or CMI, getting above 60% means you have a good enough chance to get into the next round. Tell us how it goes.

      • SHREY
        Posted at 17:32h, 04 March Reply

        Hi, gonit sora
        I got called in for Interview at TIFR-CAM.
        So, I can say that if in banglore section if you attempt like 80-90% problems and are sure that almost all of them are correct, then you have a good chance for interview.
        I, now have another question, but I ‘ll posting it as a seperate question below.

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 23:50h, 06 March Reply

          Thanks a lot, Shrey for your comment.

  • Reshma
    Posted at 20:41h, 11 February Reply

    hello sir
    i have given iit jam exam on 7 feb 2016.Now i am going to fill isi and other colleges form.Can you please list the name of some colleges and universities for msc maths with eligibility criteria bsc with 55% marks since i m scoring 58% in my graduation.
    Also please help me in getting the syllabus of isi bangalore because i have checked the official website but unable to understand and also the new syllabus is not provided (the given syllabus is of 2014).
    please guide how to prepare and please list some books for preparation.The list of books i m having are:
    1. Friedberg-Linear Algebra
    2. Thomas-Calculus
    3. Bertley-Real Analysis
    4. Malik and Arora-Real Analysis
    5. Galiliean- Modern Algebra
    Apart from these if any required please tell and guide for the exams
    Can i ask some questions for solutions if any required or if have any doubt in any topic for explanation can i get help from your side .

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:27h, 17 February Reply

      If you do not belong to a reserved category, then almost all reputed universities would require a minimum of 60% marks in your honours courses. The syllabus should be the same for this year as well. You can find some previous years questions in this URL We would also recommend the book ‘Topology’ by Munkres.

      Unfortunately, we cannot answer individual exam questions, we refer you to for discussing your queries there.

  • suman
    Posted at 19:26h, 16 February Reply

    What’s the reputation of the South Asian University in Delhi for an MSc in applied mathematics? Please reply.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:17h, 17 February Reply

      Well, it is a new university and so is hard to say. But the course content looks good to us.

  • Shona
    Posted at 13:33h, 23 February Reply

    hi sir
    can you please list some of the colleges for msc mathematics with 55% in bsc.
    What’s the reputation of the hindu and hans raj college in delhi for msc mathematics.
    Do NISER, Bhubhneswar and CBS, Mumbai takes up applicants for msc mathematics not integrated msc

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 00:46h, 28 February Reply


      It is difficult for us to list all the universities which have a 55% cutoff, we would suggest you to look at each university separately.

      It is always better to do your MSc in an university then in a college. As far as the degree is concerned, your degree will still be from DU but you may miss out on knowing newer people and having better opportunities if you are in a college.

      NISER and CBS take students for Integrated MS-PhD course with the option for leaving after MS (but please verify this information from them directly).

  • namita jain
    Posted at 01:09h, 25 February Reply

    Hello sir,
    I’m 29 years old. I’ve graduated in BE (2009 pass out) in textile technology. Since childhood i have had a keen interest in math but due to lack of information and guidance,couldn’t pursue further studies in math as a main subject. I have a teaching experience of more than 5 years in private coaching institutes preparing students for NTSE, RMO and other Olympiads but I do not want to restrict myself at this level. Wishing to pursue further studies in math, I also gave GATE and JAM this year. Still, I’m not sure about the admission in IITs because in BE (textile technology), maths is only in the 1st, 2nd and 4th semesters. Hence, it wasn’t a subject for the complete first two years as per the basic eligibility criteria for taking admission in IITs .
    Thereby. I request you to suggest me with something so that I can take further steps.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 00:49h, 28 February Reply

      Well, this requirement of four semesters for mathematics is quite strict and we cannot give you any information to the contrary. However, if you have done decently in the exams then you may wish to write to the concerned institution with your dilemma. You could also think about giving the CMI or NBHM examination where this condition is much more relaxed.

    • namita jain
      Posted at 01:21h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you so much Sir for your reply. I really appreciate how helpful it is and one can get a clear idea after reading the many posts and replies about career in mathematics and accordingly take steps for it. One more question that popped up that as i have seen websites of many top institutes and some other links showing that after doing M.Sc and PhD in maths,career options are mainly in education and research sectors. I also saw that the alumni even were in those fields only. On your site in the career options there are many other kind of options with math apart from the education sector. How can i approach for such career options like data scientist, quantitative analyst, economist and many more. Am I eligible for those?
      Please guide me on the above.

      • Gonit Sora
        Posted at 23:51h, 06 March Reply

        In theory, with a degree in math you are eligible for such jobs apart from academic positions. But the job market is very competitive and you have to be quite focused on what you want to do. The best way to look for such jobs would be to register in some known job sites and LinkedIn and try to interact with the people in such positions.

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  • Sambhavi
    Posted at 16:06h, 28 February Reply

    Hello Gonit Sora team,
    Iam Sambhavi. First of all am thoroughly impressed with your replies and the amount of help you do to budding mathematicians. Hats off and many thanks.

    On my query to your team, mine is not so straight forward case. I did my Bachelors in Mathematics and Masters in Computer Applications. I work in the IT Industry for more than 12 years now. For the past 3 years, I work in the area of analytics and slowly I developed an interest in Statistics, Probability Models and so on, I read quite a few books on these, I took Online courses on machine learning and read many white papers. Beyond a point, I now feel that I should get my concepts deeper in Mathematics. For which, I feel I should do a masters. After some research, I have zeroed down to M Sc in Applications of Mathematics at CMI (I reside at Chennai with family which is also another reason and it also is inline with the work I do). Initially I looked at Masters in Statsitics at ISI but logistics may be a problem.

    What would be your advice to me? Do you think I will be able to crack CMI’s exam? If yes, what books should I follow. Is 2 months a decent time to prepare? Am genuinely interested in learning the subject as such, so I have the drive to reach my goal.

    Or, can you suggest me any alternatives? All I understand is I need to do a masters in either math or stats, applied math seems even better as I will have to go back to work for personal reasons.

    Kindly help me. Many thanks in advance.


    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:05h, 28 February Reply

      Hi Sambhavi,

      Thanks for your kind words. Comments such as yours motivate us in our work.

      We have seen your comment on our other article about the course you mentioned. Perhaps, Neha (the author of that piece) would be better suited to answer your query. If she does not respond then kindly drop in a line here again and we will prod her a bit further. 🙂

      But, from our knowledge of the exam pattern, two months might not be enough if you are also managing a family and working at the same time. But we would still urge you to give the exam and test the waters for now. At Chennai, we think CMI would be the best choice for you and the course is quite good.

      As for books, we would suggest the following, based on a cursory glance at the past question papers:

      Linear Algebra Problem Book by P. R. Halmos
      Linear Algebra with Applications by Gilbert Strang
      Introduction to Real Analysis by Bartle and Sherbert
      Calculus by T. M. Apostol

      And you could supplement some of the parts in algebra and number theory with a light dose of the following books:

      Polynomials by E. J. Barbeau
      Higher Algebra by Barnald and Child
      Introduction to Elementary Number Theory by D. M. Burton

      Hope this helps you.

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