Chennai Mathematical Institute

BSc Programme

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

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) Mathematics and Physics programme has 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 is substituted by an equivalent number of Physics courses in classical mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, optics and quantum mechanics.

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 in the middle 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 Rs 1,00,000/- per semester (two semesters in a year). A substantial number of scholarships will be available, consisting of a full waiver of the tuition fees. The number of scholarships will be roughly equal to the number of students admitted in recent BSc batches. In addition, a limited number of fellowships will be available, with a monthly allowance of Rs. 5,000. The eligibility of a student to receive scholarships and fellowships will be reviewed every semester and will depend on satisfactory academic performance.

CMI is committed to a policy of financial inclusion and strives to ensure that no student is denied an opportunity to study at CMI due to economic circumstances. Towards this goal, partial and total tuition fee waivers will also be available, based on the financial background of the student.

Students pay hostel and mess fees at the beginning of each semester. Currently, the amount payable is Rs 23800 per semester, (Rs 4000, Rs 16800 and Rs 2400 towards hostel fees, mess charges and establishment charges respectively). These charges are adjusted periodically to account for inflation.