Chennai Mathematical Institute

The Chennai Mathematical Institute

Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, is recognized both within the country and abroad as one of the important centres in India for research and teaching in mathematical sciences. CMI is set up under a Trust and is managed by a Governing Council made up of eminent academic personalities. The teaching programmes are overseen by the Academic Council, consisting of senior faculty from CMI and other leading institutions across India. The members of the Governing Council and Academic Council are listed on the front and back inside covers.

Undergraduate Programmes Offered

B.Sc. (Honours) Programme in Mathematics and Computer Science- 3 Year

B.Sc. (Honours) Programme in Mathematics and Physics-3 Year

Research at CMI

The Institute is headed by Professor Rajeeva L. Karandikar, an internationally renowned mathematician. CMI was founded in 1989 by Professor C. S. Seshadri, f.r.s., who is presently the Director-Emeritus. The Institute has a talented group of faculty members who have strong academic ties with reputed institutions in India and abroad. The Institute also attracts a regular stream of academic visitors, both from India and from abroad.

Teaching at CMI

It has always been the aim of the Institute to pursue excellence not only in research but in teaching too. It is recognized all over the world that academic excellence is best cultivated by enabling the interaction between high quality researchers and talented students. In India, this interaction has been inhibited by the fact that most research institutions have been set up outside the university system. As a result, the wealth of scholarship and teaching talent that is available in our research institutions cannot be tapped by students in our colleges and universities. There is a national need for educational institutions of quality to train our talented students at both B.Sc. and M.Sc. levels.

Exchange Programmes

Chennai Mathematical Institute has a formal agreement with the Ecole ´ Normale Sup´erieure in Paris, France, one of the leading institutions in the world for teaching and research in Mathematics, for regular exchanges of visits by faculty and students. Each year, top-ranking senior B.Sc. students from CMI spend the summer at ENS working on research problems with faculty there. Members of ENS also visit CMI regularly to participate in research and teaching.


Students from CMI have gone on to pursue further studies at the best academic institutions in India and abroad. These include Berkeley, Caltech, Chicago, Cornell, Harvard, MIT, Penn, Princeton, Stanford and Yale in USA, ENS-Paris, Univ Paris-Sud and Univ Bordeaux in France, the Max Planck Institutes and Humboldt University in Germany and the Harish-Chandra Research Institute, IITs, IMSc, ISI and TIFR in India.

Though the majority of students from the Institute continue in Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, CMI graduates have also moved into areas such as financial mathematics, management and economics, both in India and abroad. Students from CMI have also been placed in some of the best software companies in India. More recently, several CMI students have founded startups in India and in the USA.


One of the unique features of CMI in the Indian context is that its funding comes from diverse sources, both public and private. This has given the Institute the freedom to organize its activities in a manner that is best suited to achieving its goal of excellence in research and teaching.

The Institute receives substantial support for its activities from the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), through the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). Since 2014, CMI has also received support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

B.Sc. (Honours) Programmes (Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics)

Admission and eligibility

Students who have already passed, or expect to pass in 2018, the 12th standard (or equivalent) examination from a recognized board are eligible for admission to the programme. Admission is through an entrance examination to be conducted at centres throughout the country on Tuesday, 15th May 2018.

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

Important Dates

Here is the schedule for applications for the session starting in August, 2018 (academic year 2018–2019).

  • Applications open (online and paper): Monday, 5 March, 2018
  • Last date of issue of paper applications : Friday, 6 April, 2018
  • Last date to fill out online applications, (including online payments), and for paper applications to reach CMI : Saturday, 7 April, 2018, 23:59 IST
  • Last date for updating DD details online : Tuesday, 10 April, 2018, 23:59 IST
  • Last date for DDs to reach CMI : Monday, 16 April, 2018
  • Admit Cards to be available online : Monday, 30 April, 2018
  • Date of the Entrance Examination : Tuesday, 15 May, 2018
  • Date of announcement of results : Before Tuesday, 19 June, 2018


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