Chennai Mathematical Institute

Admissions


Applying to CMI

  • The entrance exam for August, 2023 was held on 7 May, 2023.

  • The notification of results has been delayed slightly due to unavoidable circumstances. Details about successful candidates for each programme will be announced here as they become available. All results will be announced by 15 June, 2023. CMI does not send notifications to unsuccessful candidates.

  • Classes will start on 6 August, 2023.

  • Instructions and marking scheme for BSc exam

  • Detailed solutions for 2023 BSc exam (draft).

Application schedule

Here is the schedule for applications for the session starting in August, 2023 (academic year 2023–2024).

  • Applications were open: 1 March–9 April, 2023
  • Admit Cards were available online: Sunday, 30 April, 2023.
  • Date of the Entrance Examination: Sunday, 7 May, 2023.
  • Date of announcement of results: by Thursday, 15 June, 2023.
  • Interviews:
    • PhD Maths : 26-28 June 2023 (in CMI).
    • MSc Maths : It will be held online within 10-14 days after the results of the MSc/PhD Maths examination are announced.
    • Dates of the other interviews will be announced later.
  • Academic session starts: Monday, 7 August, 2023.

Special cases

  • Students with exceptionally good performance in the National Olympiads in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics are exempted from writing the BSc entrance examination. See details below.

  • For CMI's PhD programmes, you can also qualify for the interview by writing national level exams such as JEST and NBHM. Specific details are give below for Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics.

  • For programme details and information about fees, please download the Information Brochure.

Academic programmes offered at CMI

Admission will be made to the following programmes in 2023–24.

Notes:

  • There is a common entrance examination for both the B.Sc. (Hons.) programmes. You need not select your course at the time of applying. The choice can be made after admission.
  • For Ph.D. in Physics, candidates should write the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST).

Eligibility for Admission

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics and Computer Science:    12th standard or equivalent.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics and Physics:    12th standard or equivalent.
  • M.Sc. in Mathematics:    Undergraduate degree (BA, BSc, BE, BTech, …) with a strong background in mathematics.
  • M.Sc. in Computer Science:    Undergraduate degree (BA, BSc, BE, BTech, …) with a strong background in computer science.
  • M.Sc. in Data Science:    Undergraduate degree (BA, BSc, BE, BTech, …) with a background in mathematics/statistics/computer science.
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics:    B.E./B.Tech/B.Sc.(Math)/M.Sc.(Math).
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science:    B.E/B.Tech/M.Sc.(C.S.)/M.C.A.
  • Ph.D. in Physics:    M.Sc.(Physics).

How to Apply

For all programmes other than Ph.D. Physics, applicants will have to take an entrance examination. The entrance examinations for 2023-24 will take place on 7 May, 2023 at centres across the country. The list of cities for the 2023 entrance examination are given below.

Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Durgapur, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kanpur, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Noida, Paschim Medinipur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Srinagar, Tiruchi, Trivandrum, Visakhapatnam

For Ph.D. Physics, candidates should write the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST). There is no separate CMI entrance examination for Ph.D. Physics.

Selection for all Ph.D. programmes will involve an interview for shortlisted candidates. For all other programmes, interviews will be at the discretion of the Admissions Committee—the Committee may call shortlisted candidates for an interview depending on their prior academic record.

Fees and scholarships

For details about fees and scholarships, please look up the Information Brochure or the pages with more detailed information about the BSc and MSc programmes.

For more information, please write to admissions@cmi.ac.in.

Direct admission to BSc through Olympiads

Students with exceptionally good performance in the National Olympiads in Mathematics and Physics conducted by HBSCE and the Indian Computing Olympiad conducted by IARCS are exempted from writing the BSc entrance examination.

Typically, the following categories of students qualify for direct admission:

  • Students who have qualified either for the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp — IMOTC (or equivalent, in 2021/2022), or the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMOTC) in Class 11 or Class 12.

  • Students who have qualified for the Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Physics (or equivalent, in 2021/2022), in Class 11 or Class 12.

  • Students who have qualified for the International Olympiad in Informatics Training Camp — IOITC, or have received a gold or silver medal at the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) in Class 11 or Class 12, or have represented India at EGOI.

To apply for through this route, please fill out the online Application Form in full and pay the application fee. After you fill out the form, please send an email to admissions@cmi.ac.in with your CMI application details and the category through which you qualify for direct admission. You will then receive a confirmation by email if you are exempted from writing the entrance exam.

Qualify for PhD Mathematics via NBHM

Candidates applying to the PhD programme in Mathematics at CMI for the academic year starting August 2023 can qualify for the interview without writing the CMI entrance examination if they are been awarded the NBHM PhD Fellowship.

If you wish to apply to the PhD programme in Mathematics at CMI through this channel, you should fill out the CMI application form in full detail and pay the application fee. fter you fill out the form, send an email to phdmath2023@cmi.ac.in with your CMI application details, attaching a scanned copy of your NBHM scorecard along with your BSc and MSc academic transcripts.

If you qualify directly for the interview based on your performance in these exams, you will receive a notification from the Admissions Committee. If you do not hear from us, you must write the CMI entrance examination in order to qualify.

Qualify for PhD Computer Science via JEST

Candidates applying to the PhD programme in Computer Science at CMI for the academic year starting August 2023 can qualify for the interview on the basis of their performance in the Joint Entrance Screening Test in Theoretical Computer Science, without writing the CMI entrance examination.

If you have written JEST-2023 and wish to apply to the PhD programme in Computer Science at CMI, you should fill out the CMI application form in full detail and pay the application fee. After you fill out the form, send an email to phdcs2023@cmi.ac.in with your CMI and JEST application details to inform us that you have also written JEST.

If you qualify directly for the interview based on your performance in JEST-2023, you will receive a notification from the Admissions Committee. If you do not hear from us, you must write the CMI entrance examination in order to qualify.

Qualify for PhD Physics via JEST

Candidates applying to the PhD programme in Physics at CMI for the academic year starting August 2023 will qualify for the interview on the basis of their performance in the Joint Entrance Screening Test in Physics. There is no separate CMI entrance examination for PhD Physics. Candidates within the top 300 ranks in JEST-2023 qualify for interview through this category.

If you wish to apply to the PhD programme in Physics at CMI, you should fill out the CMI application form in full detail and pay the application fee. After you fill out the form, send an email to phdphy2023@cmi.ac.in with your CMI application details, attaching a scanned copy of your JEST scorecard.

If you qualify for the interview based on your JEST-2023 performance, you will receive a notification from the Admissions Committee after the deadline for submitting application forms.