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

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If a student wants to opt for an Integrated MSc in math then the best place in India is the University of Hyderabad, which admits students through a written test held in early June. Various other central universities also have the Integrated programme, amongst them the best curriculum after the University of Hyderabad is at the Pondicherry University and Tezpur University. In recent years, many new Central Universities have also started this course. 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.12000-Rs.18000 for the PhD students. In CMI PhD students are paid Rs. 26000-28000 for PhD and Rs. 9000 for M.Sc. But recent hike in fellowship for PhD students mean that they are paid as high as Rs. 25000 onwards.

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


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986 Comments
  • Sambhavi
    Posted at 10:14h, 29 February Reply

    Hello team,
    Thanks a lot for your quick yet detailed and honest reply. As you suggested I shall definitely test the waters this year. I shall try to get hold of these books, prepare a charter and see how to make myself solid atleast in few subjects, if not all.

    I was thinking of taking a 2 months break at work and prepare for this full time. Meaning a solid 8 hours a day. Even then you think it’s tough? I think am obsessed to give my best 🙂

    Neha, yes, I sent her an email yesterday with same details. No reply yet, probably she must be busy, so let her take some time. If not, I shall drop a line here again.

    I really appreciate your help. Thanks again!

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:49h, 06 March Reply

      Sure you could try taking a break and focusing most of your day on the exam, that should yield favourable results. Best of luck, and do inform us about how you do in the exam.

  • Sambhavi
    Posted at 11:16h, 07 March Reply

    Sure, I shall definitely let you know. Neha replied as well.

    Are there any other books that I would need for preparation? For now, am starting with Linear Algebra, Real Analysis and Calculus (same author that you’d mentioned earlier)

    As always, many thanks to all of you guys!

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 04:04h, 09 March Reply

      At the moment, we would suggest you to focus on these books. Too many books might also make you lose your momentum. Best of luck and feel free to drop in a line anytime you wish.

  • Sambhavi
    Posted at 12:15h, 11 March Reply

    Yeah, makes sense, I’ve started brushing up basics from Real Analysis and Calculus books. In parallel, I simply run through previous years papers to understand where exactly I need to focus more. Will get back whenever I face any hiccups. Thanks much for all the help.

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

      Sure, no problem at all.

      • Sambhavi
        Posted at 14:37h, 19 March Reply

        Hi Gonit Sora team,

        I just read in the information brochure that CMI’s programmes are residential. Is it only for undergraduation and doctrates or does it apply for masters in application of mathematics also?
        Is it mandatory? Keeping my fingers crossed.

        – Sambhavi

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 21:55h, 28 March Reply

          It is residential for all programmes. But normally institutes do not mind if students try to find accommodation of their own. You would still be advised to write to CMI and find more about this.

  • SRIKANTH
    Posted at 17:24h, 17 March Reply

    Sir,

    Is there M.math course in ISI Bangalore?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:53h, 28 March Reply

      The programme is offered in Kolkata and Bengaluru in alternate years, with a batch commencing in Kolkata in even years and in Bengaluru in odd years.

  • Sambhavi
    Posted at 10:13h, 20 March Reply

    Hi Gonit Sora team,

    I replied to that thread, for some reason am not seeing the post in this page. So re-sending the message. I read in CMI’s information brochure that all their courses are residential. Does this apply for even Masters in Applications of Mathematics ? Is it mandatory and any exception clauses available? As always, thanks for your help.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:56h, 28 March Reply

      We have replied, sorry for the delay as out editor was a bit busy with some other matters. Also copied below is our response:

      It is residential for all programmes. But normally institutes do not mind if students try to find accommodation of their own. You would still be advised to write to CMI and find more about this.

      • Sambhavi
        Posted at 17:28h, 08 April Reply

        Hello Gonit Sora team,

        Thanks as always for the reply. Had one quick question. M Stat at ISI, is it that 2nd year of the course should be done only at Kolkata? Whereas 1st year can be done at Chennai?

        When compared to CMI’s entrance syllabus, ISI has few more additional topics. Am preparing for both, still wanted to know your reply. If it is Kolkata mandatory, may get difficult for me due to logistics. In that case, I will concentrate more on CMI syllabus.

        Thank you!

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 20:49h, 09 April Reply

          The ISI website doesn’t mention anything of that sort. To our knowledge, the MMath course takes place at two different centres on alternate years.

          • Sambhavi
            Posted at 10:17h, 10 April

            Hello Gonit Sora team,

            I’ve applied for M Stat and not M Math in ISI. Here is the link where I found this information. Was trying to understand whether there would be any alternates.

            http://www.isichennai.res.in/mstat.php

            Thanks much!

          • Gonit Sora
            Posted at 16:51h, 10 May

            Yes, as it says in the website, the pattern of the course will follow that.

          • Sambhavi
            Posted at 11:57h, 18 April

            Hello team,
            Quick question…For ISI M Stat entrance exam preparation, am using the same text books that you suggested earlier for CMI’s M AP course entrance, as the syllabus is more or less the same. Except that ISI’s entrance has few more topics. So for Probability, am following Sheldon M Ross. I hope it’s sufficient as it seems to be a real good book. Can you suggest any good book for Coordinate geometry, from an ISI M Stat entrance perspective? Many Thanks.

          • Gonit Sora
            Posted at 16:54h, 10 May

            Ross’ book is quite good, you may also like to read William Feller’s classic two volume book on Probability Theory and its applications. For co-ordinate geometry, a good introduction would be S. L. Loney’s book.

  • Aliraza
    Posted at 00:26h, 27 March Reply

    Hello sir,
    First of all thanku so much for the information before these I hv never listen abt these exams and institutes. I really salute u for ur work.
    I am pursuing F.Y. engineering B.tech degree.I secured 1st rank in Maharashtra securing 100/100 in Maths(H.S.C. Maharashtra).After going in Engineering I got full on full in A-Maths 1 and I just studied half an hour before the exam even I hv not taken any classes for it I hv just attended lect.So I thought that I should become teacher in Mathematics.
    So now I will be going in S.Y.engineering.Someone suggested me that u should do correspondence for B.SC in Maths.I wanted to become Mathematician.So can u advise me what I should do?Should I quit engineering and study for these exams and take admission in top institute? (The only -ve point is I don’t want to study by leaving my parents||If it would be really good for me then they will allow me to study in other state)
    Thanks once again,
    Waiting for ur reply.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:59h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you very much Aliraza for your kind words. You are lucky in the sense that Maharashtra has some very great institutes for mathematics study, like TIFR Mumbai and IISER Pune. A BSc in correspondence is not a bad idea if you can manage the work load, but please be aware that some universities do not allow students to enroll in two courses at the same time. You should talk to your college officials about this. What we would suggest is that you finish your Bachelors in Engineering and if there is a choice then choose a discipline where there will be mathematics as a subject for at least four semesters or two full years. In the meantime keep on preparing for the exams mentioned in this post and when you finish your Bachelors you should start to give the exams and try to find a place at TIFR or IISER or maybe even IIT Bomabay which is quite good for mathematics.

  • Tawan
    Posted at 14:52h, 27 March Reply

    hello Gonit Sora Team pls tell the scope of Msc Maths from
    Jamai islamia university new delhi. and also tell me difference between M.Sc. Mathematics with Computer Science and M.Sc.Tech.(Industrial Mathematics With Computer Application) and their career scope

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:02h, 28 March Reply

      There are much better universities to study mathematics in Delhi itself, apart from Jamia. For example, IIT Delhi is much better in almost every aspect from Jamia.

      The major difference would be, an MTech degree would be focused on applications of mathematics, and the ‘pure’ part, like say abstract algebra or topology may not be focused as much as it would be in an MSc. So, it depends on what career you would like to have later on. If you would prefer a career in academia, an MSc would be slightly better but not so much of a difference than an MTech. But if you wish not to work in academia then you should definitely go for the MTech course as it is a skill based course and would come in handy while applying for jobs.

  • SK
    Posted at 20:32h, 01 April Reply

    How about MSc at BHU. I like to pursue research in manifolds and lie theory in future.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:44h, 02 April Reply

      BHU is a good place, but you should look into TIFR and IMSc where more quality research in these fields take place.

  • shona
    Posted at 07:44h, 05 April Reply

    Hii sir
    please mention some good books for entrance exam of cmi for application of mathematics.

  • shona
    Posted at 07:53h, 05 April Reply

    hii sir
    please mention some good books for preparation of isi entrance exam(M.Maths)

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:46h, 09 April Reply

      You should read all the standard books mentioned already in other comments. Like Herstein for Algebra, Munkres for Topology, etc.

  • Reshma
    Posted at 10:20h, 15 April Reply

    Dear Sir,

    Good Morning !!

    Can i do distance learning Msc maths from foreign university.Will it beneficial and a have good recognition in India. if yes please suggest me some good university or college name which provide distance learning MSc Maths

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 16:53h, 10 May Reply

      Well, it is always better to do a full time course, but if you want to do a distance course then we would not recommend doing it from an university outside India.

  • Shrey
    Posted at 19:27h, 25 April Reply

    Hi,
    I’m wondering if you know where can one get ISI M.Math entrance previous yeras’ papers online or offline? And no, these are not the same as those uploaded on their website. On the website they upload the same sample papers each year, in every subject.
    For B.Math/B.Stat TOMATO book is sufficient and has loads of sample and previous years’ problems in both objective and subjective part?
    But I haven’t yet come across any such source for M.Math entrance.
    So, if you could find some source (online/offline) where I can et previous years questions, please reply as soon as possible.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 16:56h, 10 May Reply

      Hi, sorry we do not know of any such online resource of previous year’s questions papers.

  • Neha
    Posted at 14:21h, 30 April Reply

    Hello Gonitsora team. ..thankyou for doing such an awesome job by becoming a guidance counselor. ..I’ m wondering how deeply you show the right path to people who have interest in mathematics. .I too come here (as I found this site very helpful) with the hope of getting right guidance regarding my career. …
    sir,
    I have an interest in mathematics and I’ve done my graduation (I.e Bsc (Economics) consists of subjects Maths and Economics).I have done 12 courses in maths in bsc (economics).But I am not satisfied with my graduation at all(as I have done it from some local college+with very less marks..but passed).Now I want to do thebsc (financial mathematics) again from some reputed university and I am 21 now.
    Please tell me whether I’m eligible to do the degree again or not? If yes, is this the right decision or I should persue msc maths from some local college?if doing bsc financial maths s the right decision. .please tell me some good universities

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 16:59h, 10 May Reply

      Hi Neha, thank you for your kind words. It encourages us more when we see comments like yours.

      It seems to us that, your best course would be try to do the MSc in applications of mathematics from CMI. It has a specialization in financial mathematics. We feel that doing a BSc again would not be the best course of action for you, instead you should do an MSc. There are several very good universities abroad which also offer such a course and you should definitely check them out as well. If you have any more questions, then please feel free to leave a comment here.

  • Shona
    Posted at 00:29h, 06 May Reply

    Hii sir,
    Is distance learning msc maths course from oxford university good or not.What are its career prospects and is it valuable as compared to regular courses?
    What are its aspects in corporate sector ?
    I m sending you the link from where I got this information
    https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/details.php?id=g100-47

    Please provide the details of above link as soon as possible.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 17:01h, 10 May Reply

      Hi, this is not a normal MSc course, it is just a popular mathematics course that the university offers online. We do not believe that this would enhance your career prospects in any way.

  • dipak panda
    Posted at 00:31h, 16 May Reply

    Sir, i have competed my b.tech in electrical engineering. I want to do m.sc in math. Is there any institution in odisha to do msc in math after b.tech?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:59h, 01 June Reply

      Normally, central universities would accept students with a BTech degree provided you did two years of mathematics courses. You should also look into IMA and NISER which have some nice porgrammes.

  • Bhanu Pratap
    Posted at 23:00h, 21 May Reply

    Please guide me.
    I am 31 yrs old.
    I completed 12(sc.+math) in 2002.
    Then I leave studies.

    I have been worked as graphic-web designing since 2002 (14yrs.)

    I wanted to reinitiate my career in robotics. But, I couldn’t found any course equivalent to B.Tech, so I joined Bsc (mathematics mains) from IGNOU. I am in 2nd year now. It will be completed by 2018.

    Please guide me for following.
    1. I want to do work in computer science.
    2. I want to settle abroad i.e., Australia, New zealand, Canada, Middle east countries, or US.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:00h, 01 June Reply

      Hi, our answers to your queries:

      1. You should finish your BSc and then do an MCA, which would be the best course for you.

      2. At this point, we cannot tell anything specific, unless you have a more specific query.

      All the best.

  • Shivakumar
    Posted at 18:29h, 22 May Reply

    Hi Gonit Sora team

    My son is in his 9th and is pursuing Maths Olympiad. Can u suggest good books for him to read to prepare for Olympiad in 9th n 10th standard.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:02h, 01 June Reply

      He can start with the following books:

      An Excursion in Mathematics (published by Bhaskaracharya Pratisthana)
      Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics

      Both of these books should be available with the regional Olympiad coordinator in your area.

  • M R ravi kanth
    Posted at 22:37h, 23 May Reply

    namsthe ganith sora team . I am Ravi kanth from bengaluru, now my age is 39 years . my ambition is to complete my M.Sc mathematics through evening college in any area from bengaluru . I am working as a mathematics teacher past 2001 in various schools .so please help me or guide me about the infromation of evening colleges at bengaluru( well reputed colleges)
    thanks and regards
    M R ravi kanth

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:03h, 01 June Reply

      We are sorry, but apart from IGNOU we do not have much knowledge at the moment about evening colleges in your area. You could however drop an email to our editor Bishal Deb ([email protected]), who resides in Chennai at the moment.

  • Tejas
    Posted at 11:30h, 24 May Reply

    Hello sir, I have given my jee advanced this year. I like mathematics and programming. How is Integrated Msc Applied mathematics at IIT Roorkee. I have also got offer letter to BS program at IISc. Which should I choose?
    Thank you

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:07h, 01 June Reply

      If your interests are more towards computer science, then go for IITR and if they are more towards mathematics go for IISc. Both the programmes have a good syllabus of the core mathematics courses, however IISc will have the distinct advantage of being India’s best university.

  • Mayank Panwar
    Posted at 18:16h, 30 May Reply

    Sir, I am doing BA programme for Delhi University’s Open School Of learning?
    I want to preapre for JAM at home. But will I be eligible for giving the exam in first place?

    Also, on another note does doing Bsc Math Hons from private universities like Lovely Professional University has any value?

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

      You will be eligible if you have taken mathematics courses for atleast two years in your programme, otherwise you are not eligible for admission via JAM.

      It is always advisable to do BSc or MSc courses from public universities.

  • Neha
    Posted at 19:52h, 30 May Reply

    Sir, I got very less marks in graduation i.e around 54%..but i want to do Bsc.(financial mathematics ) now from some reputed university like CMI,ISI..is this not the right decision?
    sir,please tell me the universities providing this course in India and the scope of Financial Mathematics?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:10h, 01 June Reply

      It is a good career option and has a lot of potential, but in India there are very few good colleges for a BSc in financial mathematics. You should definitely aim to do the Applications in Mathematics MSc course at CMI.

  • Nitin
    Posted at 12:57h, 31 May Reply

    Dear Sir,

    I am pursuing M. Sc. Mathematics through distance Mode, kindly confirm me what are the career options are available in India other than teaching. and please confirm that how we can enter in the corporate sector with Post graduation Degree in Mathematics. Provide the companies/Consultants List.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:11h, 01 June Reply

      We are unable to provide such a list you request, but most companies would be wiling to take in a candidate such as you if you do well in their screening tests. You are of course eligible for all the government jobs where the minimum criteria is a Bachelors or a Masters degree.

  • Jayati
    Posted at 18:20h, 31 May Reply

    Hello sir
    I have cleared my cbse board exam PCM with 91 percent aggregate.. N i love mathematics but didn’t knew about these institutes previously, so now all the dates are gone
    Shall i do bsc math from a normal university at my place as in i live in surat and further prepare for masters at such places or shall i take some other course or institutes?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:14h, 01 June Reply

      You should continue your BSc now and reapply for these institutes again next year. Keep in mind about the dates of applications by visiting the institutes websites regularly.

  • sourabh agarwal
    Posted at 03:37h, 01 June Reply

    sir
    i have gone through your website recently….where i got to know about the institutes like cmi,tifr for msc in mathematics. I have cracked iit-jam in statistics with air 35 this year but i was unaware of best options like cmi or tifr.

    now i am in dilemma to what to do bcoz i love mathematics and when i got to knew of cmi and tifr as more best option. i have lost my charm of doing msc from iit.

    what should i do??

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:13h, 01 June Reply

      This question has been answered via email to you.

  • sourabh agarwal
    Posted at 04:01h, 01 June Reply

    sir
    i want to know more bright options in mathematics,,,,,,,although i have cleared iit jam examination with AIR 35 in mathematical statistics. But i was unaware of the options like CMI and TIFR before i surfed ur website. so i am somewhat mentally disturbed even though i will get IIT……what to do???

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 20:13h, 01 June Reply

      This question has been answered via email to you.

  • Jaggu
    Posted at 18:24h, 03 June Reply

    I have completed my msc .
    1.how can I prepare for NBHM phd scholarship test?
    2. I also solved a few sample questions. How can I prepare for analysis, algebra and topology specially.
    3. What is the cut-off generally for NBHM?
    4. Should I prepare separately for interview?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:10h, 04 June Reply

      Here are the answers to your queries:

      1. You should review all your BSc level mathematics and also solve the previous years question papers to get an idea of the exam.

      2. The ideal way would be to choose one book each for the subjects and devote time into solving the problems and knowing the theorems along with their proofs well. We would suggest the following books: Introductory Real Analysis by Bartle and Sherbert, Topics in Algebra by Herstein and Topology by Munkres

      3. The cut-off varies, but if you score more than 50% you have a good chance of being called in the interview.

      4. Yes, you should. Ideally you should try to solve all the questions that you could not solve in the written test.

  • Vaibhav Purohit
    Posted at 15:03h, 04 June Reply

    Hi Gonit Sora team,

    Thank you all for putting up this very useful website for mathematics enthusiasts. It is really helpful and elaborate in terms of its content. You all are really a big help.
    I came across this site while trying to find what relevant courses and institutes would suit my educational background and my career interests. I have BE in Electronics and Telecommunication (2012) from University of Mumbai with 2.5 years of Applied mathematics in curriculum and currently working at an IT major in Pune. I wish to pursue a career in Cryptography or Operations Management. I have been always inclined towards Mathematics but due to lack of knowledge and research post 12th standard I was unaware of the wide possibilities in this field.
    After going through your post and a little research from my side, I have decided to pursue Masters in Mathematics and intend to join TIFR, ISI, CMI or such institutes of repute.
    Based on my interest in Cryptography (elective course during BE) and Operations (independent research and inclination), kindly help me choose the college and course which I should pursue.
    Kindly reply soon so that i can get on with necessary preparations starting with finding the right books.

    -Regards, Vaibhav

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:11h, 04 June Reply

      Based on your background and interest, we feel that CMI and IMSc would be better choices than other institutes. Also, you should look into some MTech programmes offered by ISI Kolkata, which are quite good.

      • Vaibhav Purohit
        Posted at 23:58h, 09 June Reply

        Thank you for your prompt reply.

        Based on your inputs, I went through the courses at CMI and I am keen on preparing for M.Sc in Applications of Mathematics.
        For its preparation are the following books right:
        1. Calculus, Volume 1, Tom M. Apostol.
        2. Understanding Mathematics, K.B. Sinha et al, Universities press, Hyderabad

        Also M.Tech in Quality, Reliability and Operations Research at ISI is a course that i would like to pursue. Kindly suggest the books i should study from for its exam and interview preparation.

        • Gonit Sora
          Posted at 19:04h, 11 June Reply

          Yes, also supplement with other books on basic BSc level mathematics.

          We are sorry, but our knowledge of that course and its exam is limited as there is no one in our team with an OR background.

  • Subashri Venkataramanan
    Posted at 18:39h, 04 June Reply

    Namaste Sir,
    I’ve completed B.Sc Physics. I’m planning to pursue Masters in Physics next. But I want to study Mathematics simultaneously through distance education to enhance my understanding of Physics. So may I know which are the best universities in India for this purpose?
    Also, is there distance education for Integrated B.Sc-M.Sc in Mathematics? If so, which universities?
    Thank you.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 21:12h, 04 June Reply

      If you are already planning to do an MSc in Physics, we feel it would be redundant to do a simultaneous course in mathematics. You should on the other hand, devote your time in learning more of mathematical physics and the mathematics that you would come up in your course work. That we believe would be a better use of your time.

  • Subashri Venkataramanan
    Posted at 18:19h, 05 June Reply

    Thank you very much for this view point and also this wonderful webpage. It has really helped a lot Sir.
    Is there any online course for Mathematical Physics? Or any distance education course which covers mathematical physics extensively?

  • bitupan
    Posted at 12:23h, 06 June Reply

    Sir, i am a M.sc maths student…i have a query if you help me please…if i suppose pass out Msc with 65% and apply for a job in a private college for a post…if another student also applying and he has %ge greater than me..Than who will get the job ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:01h, 11 June Reply

      Along with your marks, there are other criteria to choose from. So we cannot surely say who would get the job.

  • lalita pandey
    Posted at 13:36h, 08 June Reply

    sir please send me csir dec 2013 mathematical science ans key on my email

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:01h, 11 June Reply

      We do not have the answer key.

  • Soutrika Khan
    Posted at 14:55h, 09 June Reply

    I have completed B.sc in Economics , Mathematics , Statistics in 2015 from Calcutta University. I like mathematics more than economics. but I do not have excellent academic record in my graduation. I would like join another B.math course. I am 21 years now. I want to join CMI. Is there any age limit for B.sc in CMI? Is it possible? I want to be a researcher..

    Please give me suggestions.
    With much regards
    Thank You

  • varshini
    Posted at 22:56h, 18 June Reply

    dear sir,
    i have joined central university of tamil nadu which offers integrated msc in maths. i love maths but my interest also lies in physics, so can u pls tell me if i take physics as one of my elective , then in future after completion of this 5 yr course will i be able to pursue my phd in mathematical science which has boths maths and physics.. can u name such programs and the universities that offer such programs….

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:10h, 25 June Reply

      Yes, you can. Mathematical Physics is a very important and hot field of research right now. Most of the institutes have people working in that area, but there are no official programs in mathematical physics in India at the moment to our knowledge.

  • Amiya Ranjan Sahu
    Posted at 20:42h, 24 June Reply

    Hlw Sir, I’m Amiya, studying Bsc. 2nd yr. with Mth Hons. at Utkal University. I want to say thanks for this useful website for mathematics enthusiasts. I’ve the aim to get a seat at ISI/CMI/ IMSc/TIFR/ IISc. in MMath. But I’ve no idea to crack the entrance exams. So, I want you to suggest me some entrance oriented books to crack the entrance exams for which I’ll remain obliged. According to our syllabus, we’ve some books which are mentioned below

    1.Text book of calculus-|| (Shantinarayan)(S Chand &co.)
    2.Text book of calculus-||| (Shantinarayan)(S Chand &co.)
    3.Topics in calculus (R K Panda & P K Sathpathy)(S G Publication)
    4.A course of ordinary and partial differential equation (Dr.J Sinha Roy & Dr. S Padhy)(Kalyani Publisher)
    5.Analytical solid geometry (Shantinarayan & P K Mittal)(S chand &co.)
    6.An introduction to linear algebra (V Krisnamurthy,V P Mainra & J L Arora)(EWP)
    7.Theory of algebra (Chandrikaprasad)(Pothisala)
    8.Topics in algebra (I N Herstein)(Vikas Publication)
    9.Fundamentals of mathematical analysis (G Das & S Pattnaik)(TMH)
    10.Mathematical analysis (S C Mallick,S Arora & Others) (New Age International)
    11.A course on numerical analysis (B P Acharya & R N Das)(Kalyani publisher)
    12.Operations Research (Kantiswarup,P K Gupta & Man Mohan)(Sultan Chand)
    13.A first course in probability (Sheldon Ross)(Pearson Education)
    14.Complex Analysis (S Arumugam,A T Isac & A Somasundaram)(SCITECH)

    The above books are in our three year academic syllabus. Please, suggest me some books to crack the entrance exams so that I can fulfill my dream.I’m eagerly waiting for your quick reply.[please send reply to my email I’d ]

    -Regards, Amiya.

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

      Apart from the books you mention, you should definitely try to do problems from Schaum series books in various topics. Other books that we feel are good are mentioned below:

      1. Introduction to Real Analysis by Bartle and Sherbert
      2. Differential Equations with Historical Notes by Simmons
      3. Introduction to Linear Algebra by Friedberg et.al.
      4. Complex Analysis Notes by Saranson

      Best of luck.

  • Shashikant Kumar
    Posted at 03:09h, 28 June Reply

    What is the age limit for doing MSc. Maths from CMI, TIFR, IMSC and other institutes?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:37h, 03 July Reply

      As far as we know, there is no age restrictions as mentioned in the websites.

  • ayush sharma
    Posted at 07:41h, 02 July Reply

    Sir,
    plz tell me about college & UNIVERSITIES in india offering MSc./MA in Maths to an B.Tech in Mech. Engg..

    plz give name of some universities where admission can get easily…

    Thank you

    NOTE :: I am an average student so plz don”t suggest me for IIT”S, TATA ,CIS etc,….

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:39h, 03 July Reply

      You can do an MSc in any university provided you clear the examinations/interviews of that university and you have had mathematics as a subject in your BTech for atleast four semesters or two years.

  • Soutrika Khan
    Posted at 20:29h, 02 July Reply

    thank you so much . But I have questions. I have checked CMI’s website.I have seen that there is an option ‘ M.sc in applications of mathematics and its eligibility criteria.. It says Bsc (physics/statistics/mathematics) / B.E/B.tech are eligible..so my questions are.:1. Is there any opportunity for us who have Economics , statistics, mathematics background? If there, please suggest.. 2.what is best institute for applied mathematics?
    I am totally dissatisfied with my graduation result.. would it be better doing Bachelor’s again?

    with regards..

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 23:40h, 03 July Reply

      Hi, if your degree was BSc, with one of statistics or mathematics as the main subject then you are still eligible for the course even if you did not study physics in BSc. The best institutes would be CMI and TIFR-Centre for Applicable Mathematics at Bengaluru.

  • Amiya Ranjan Sahu
    Posted at 00:15h, 04 July Reply

    Hlw Sir, thanks for your quick reply. I want to know that is there any fact in the NBHM model questions | The institute of mathematical science { http://www.imsc.res.in/nbhm_model_questions }. I recently searched the previous year 2015 model questions papers of nbhm exam. for msc. on the above link. But some questions were so easy. So, it thrust me in a doubt that it may be a fake or demo question. So, I want you to clear that that’s the right question or not. Unless send me the nbhm previous year questions for which I’ll remain obliged.
    -Regards, Amiya.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:11h, 12 July Reply

      Hi Amiya, the papers in the URL you mention are the actual exam papers.

  • Jayesh Kumpawat
    Posted at 01:03h, 04 July Reply

    Sir,
    I was having a question that the course – mathematics and computing(offered by IIT) has pure, genuine,classical and real mathematics or it is more into programming and computation. Does this course almost offer same subjects as that of BSc’s,BMAT’s etc.? Do i have a future in doing research after completing that course of IIT?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:12h, 12 July Reply

      Yes, they will be doing both basic mathematics courses as well as computer science courses. Most of the courses will have a flavour of both the subjects. After completion, you can do research in fields where your training will be most affective, such as algorithms, financial risk analysis, etc.

  • Amiya Ranjan Sahu.
    Posted at 23:13h, 09 July Reply

    Hlw Sir, Please give me the syllabus of nbhm exam and also suggest me some books to crack NBHM exam. for MSc.

    Thank you.

  • Vikram
    Posted at 09:22h, 10 July Reply

    Hi

    I did my Engineering degree in 2004 in electronics and engineering and have been into telecom sector since then.
    I want to pursue MSc in Mathematics. Can you suggest me if any good Part time MSc programs are available in India. If not then can you recommend few good institutes for MSc Maths through Distance education. I was exploring IGNOU but then noted that they don’t take Engineering graduates as they need specialization in maths in graduation stream.

    Regards
    Vikram

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:14h, 12 July Reply

      Hi Vikram, sorry we are not aware of any part time courses like you mention. However, a good idea would be to look into local colleges in your area which offer MSc courses, they may have some part time courses.

  • Priya singh
    Posted at 14:20h, 13 July Reply

    Hello sir, i finished my bsc in in2015
    can i do msc math from distance education
    And net jrf coaching
    side by side
    Is there any problem
    Can u pls suggest me

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:05h, 28 July Reply

      Yes, sure you can do both of them at the same time. But you need to clear the basics from your MSc before you start the coaching. All the best.

  • sachin panigrahi
    Posted at 10:22h, 15 July Reply

    respected sir
    i have selected integrated msc in math at nit rourkela is it good or i have done a mistake.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:06h, 28 July Reply

      Don’t worry Sachin, give your best and see if they allow you to leave after three years with a BSc then try to join some of the institutes mentioned in this post.

  • AISHWARYA
    Posted at 19:45h, 17 July Reply

    sir i am doing final year BE (electronics and communication engineering) . I have great interest in mathematics . I wanted to do either P.H.D / M.S.C in mathematics . Are BE students eligible to pursue career in mathematics? which institute should i prefer in chennai ?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:08h, 28 July Reply

      Yes, they are eligible provided you have had at least four semesters or two years in total of at least one mathematics related subject. In Chennai, the best places would be Chennai Mathematical Institute and The Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Best of luck.

  • Himanshu bajpai
    Posted at 06:52h, 21 July Reply

    I want to ask a question about nbhm int -phd test . In the eligibilgty criteria it is necessary to secure first class in each year of course.can I apply for nbhm test with average of three years marks?

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:08h, 28 July Reply

      Yes, you can apply with average three year marks.

  • Karan Kumar
    Posted at 23:28h, 22 July Reply

    Hi,
    I am an undergraduate student in University of Delhi, B.A. (Hons) Economics. I have taken up General Electives in Mathematics. The General Electives are not course-specific but are provided by the university to expose the student to different subjects apart from their department. I would be studying four papers over the course of two semesters, i.e.Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations and Elements of Analysis. Please let me know whether Mathematics under General Electives courses would qualify for IIT JAM MSc. Mathematics eligibility criterion,
    Thank You
    Best Regards.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:11h, 28 July Reply

      Yes, they would be. In case the mark sheets does not mention general elective then they would be treated as a core course. We could not find the syllabus in the DU website, if you can send us a link, we can take a look and give you our opinion better.

      But, we believe that you can apply for JAM.

  • khan amsal
    Posted at 03:11h, 23 July Reply

    sir i am very confused about my career …now i am in TYBsc mathematics ..aftr graduate which cource is best for me.i am also intrested in LLB……confuze betwn msc and LLB

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:18h, 28 July Reply

      Hi, both are in our opinion very different field of study. If you choose MSc then you can do a PhD or join other jobs where Masters in the minimum qualification, alternatively you can also do specialized Masters courses like Computer Applications, Applications in Mathematics, Data Analytics, etc after your BSc. In case of LLB, we are sorry but we cannot give you accurate information as our expertise is not in that area. If there are further questions then please do not hesitate to ask us, we can also try to find information about possible career moves after an LLB. Best of luck.

  • pradnya wanaskar
    Posted at 20:19h, 23 July Reply

    Hi sir ,
    i’m btech civil student (passed in 2014) now i want to take admission in iits for msc or mtech maths due to my interest…and i had mathematics subject for only 3 semister in my Btech… then firstly i want to know that am i eligible for iit jam (mathematics) 2017? bcause for iit jam, they require maths for atleast 4 semister in Btech course… please give me a path so that i can do my msc in mathematics from iit or Nit…
    please reply soon

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:25h, 28 July Reply

      Well, you are not eligible for JAM if you do not have Math for four semesters. You could give the exams for CMI, ISI and NBHM which have more relaxed rules.

  • Reshma
    Posted at 23:31h, 25 July Reply

    Hii sir, thanks a lot for ur guidance and suggestions which helped me a lot in my studies.
    Sir I would like to discuss something wid u and please if possible find some solution for D same
    I have completed my graduation from lko university and then got married and started doing job
    Now I prepared for jam but didn’t got success in fact I faced failure in all exams like tifr,cmi,isi,bhj,du,etc. Since there is a four year gap in my graduation till now.
    Now I am confused and unable to understand what to do because if I start preparing again for these exams then again one year more wastage or should I do msc from locl college and prepare for net.one more problem I M facing that because of year leap no local college is admitting in there college. Please help me. I M from Kanpur it’s a rule in knp university that a year gap students can’t tke admission without donation.
    So , please help me…..

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:29h, 28 July Reply

      Hi Reshma, your problem is slightly different from what we usually get. Firstly, it is always a good idea to try and get into institutes like CMI, TIFR, etc. even if that means that you will lose one year. So, we would not discourage you from giving the exams again. Secondly, if the local colleges are not accepting you as a student then you can try to do your Masters in distance mode, but then you would have to read good books (some of which are mentioned in our other comments) along with your course materials, this way you can simultaneously prepare for NET also. Thirdly, some central universities do accept student with gap years, sometimes they accept an affidavit and sometimes just a declaration form, but since you are married so it may be difficult for you to go to a different place than Kanpur if your family cannot shift with you.

      If there are any other queries please feel free to write to us again. Best of luck.

  • Yash Jain
    Posted at 00:28h, 01 August Reply

    I am a Student pursuing B. Tech in ECE. And I want to study mathematics on weekends.I am not looking for a course. But for something like a society/group/people who do it and work with them on weekends. And since my college is in Delhi I can’t move anywhere else. Can you suggest someplace where I can find such a thing. Thanks a Lot.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 19:18h, 11 August Reply

      Some colleges in Delhi have mathematics club, like St. Stephen’s, IITD, etc. You could try to get in touch with them and see what they do within the aegis of the club.

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