Chennai Mathematical Institute

BSc Programme

CMI offers the following six-semester courses leading to BSc (Honours) degrees.

  • BSc (Honours) in Mathematics and Computer Science

  • BSc (Honours) in Physics (2003–2011)

  • BSc (Honours) in Mathematics and Physics (from 2012)

The BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Computer Science curriculum covers basic and advanced undergraduate courses in Mathematics. The programme also includes a number of courses on fundamental topics in Computer Science, including the design and analysis of algorithms, programming languages and computability theory. The courses are taught by active researchers in mathematics and computer science who draw on their professional expertise to offer new insights into the subject material.

The BSc (Honours) Physics curriculum covers basic undergraduate courses in Physics in topics such as classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, statistical and quantum physics. It also includes courses in programming and mathematics and offers an introduction to some advanced topics like relativity, cosmology, quantum field theory and condensed matter physics.

From 2012, the BSc (Honours) Physics programme is being restructured as an integrated BSc (Honours) programme in Mathematics and Physics. The course will have the same core content in Mathematics as the BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Computer Science programme. The Computer Science component of the BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Computer Science will be substituted by an equivalent number of Physics courses. A detailed curriculum will be available shortly.

The teaching programmes at CMI are run in cooperation with the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai. The courses are taught by the faculty of CMI and IMSc, Chennai, as well as distinguished visiting scientists from other academic institutions such as the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), IGCAR, Kalpakkam, IIT Madras, Chennai, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune and the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris.

Laboratory infrastructure

All students at CMI have access to a well-equipped computer laboratory with a high-speed Internet connection and are strongly encouraged to acquire computer related skills as part of their education.

Physics students perform basic experiments at the in-house laboratory in CMI. In addition, students have an intensive laboratory programme at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam for students at the end of the second and third semesters.

Admission procedure

Admission to both BSc programmes at CMI is through an entrance examination that is administered at centres across the country towards the end of May. Admission forms are normally distributed in early March: look for advertisements and announcements on the Admissions webpage. Students with exceptionally good performance in the National Science Olympiads may be exempted from writing the entrance examination at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

In the initial years, the degrees were awarded by the Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University (MPBOU), Bhopal. In December 2006, CMI was recognized as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. CMI now awards BSc degrees directly.


CMI's programme is fully residential. All students are accommodated in the hostel on campus. The Institute has a regular transportation arrangement for students to visit the city for shopping and other activities.

Fees and scholarships

The tuition fee is currently Rs 750 per semester. A limited number of scholarships are available. A full scholarship consists of the waiver of tuition fees and a monthly allowance of Rs 5000. A half-scholarship consists of the tuition fee being waived.

Students pay hostel and mess fees at the beginning of each semester. Currently, the amount payable is Rs 21700 per semester, (Rs 4000, Rs 15000 and Rs 2400 towards hostel fees, mess charges and establishment charges respectively). These charges are adjusted periodically to account for inflation.