Scholarships for Mathematics

The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) invites applications for the grant of scholarships to students for pursuing studies for MA 1 M.Sc. degree in mathematics.

Eligibility: Applicants must be motivated B. A. / B. Sc. first class degree holders, or students, who have appeared for B. A. / B. Sc. final year examination and expect a bachelors degree with first class, or B.Sc.
(honours) degree holders with at least second class, or students who have appeared for B. Sc. (honours) final year examination and expect a B. Sc. (honours) degree with at least second class. Students who have completed three years of an integrated M. Sc. course with cumulative grades equivalent to first class are eligible to apply. Students with good academic record and who are in M.Sc. (Part-I) or in the fifth year of a 5 year integrated M.Sc. course are also eligible to apply.

Applicants should be below the age of 23 years as on January 1, 2010. Exceptional cases, however, may be considered on merit.

The Scholarship: Successful candidates will be eligible to receive a scholarship of Rs. 6,000/- (Rs. six thousand only) per month, during their two-year (one-year if the student is granted the scholarship during the second year) MA / M. Sc. programme. The scholarships are sanctioned for one year at a time and are renewable at the end of the year, subject to satisfactory progress.
Students who are in M.Sc. (Part-l) or in the fifth year of a 5 year integrated M.Sc. course will get the scholarship only for one year.

To avail of the scholarship the students have to be enrolled in an appropriate institution, in India, for an MA / M.Sc. degree in Mathematics. The scholarship will be paid through the institution they join.

Selection Procedure: Selection will be made on the basis of a written test followed by interview of short-listed candidates. The written test will be held on Saturday, September 25,2010. The questions will be primarily in the areas of Algebra , Analysis and Geometry. The test will be for two and half hours and involve questions with short answers. (Please visit for question papers for some earlier years.)

The written test will be conducted at the following centres:

Zone 1 : Chandigarh, New Delhi
Zone 2: Allahabad, Indore, Jabalpur

Zone 3: Mumbai, Goa, Pune, Vallabh Vidyanagar

Zone 4 : Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Ranchi,

Zone 5: Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad

How to Apply: Applications on plain paper should be made in the format given at the end of the advertisement.  They should be sent in duplicate along with a recent passport size photograph attached to each copy and a self-addressed envelope to the appropriate person for the Zone in which the candidate wishes to appear for the written test. The envelope containing the application should be super-scribed “NBHM M.A. / M. Sc. Scholarships”. Addresses of persons (zonal coordinators) to whom the applications should be sent, are given below.

Two centers where the candidate could appear for the written test must be clearly indicated giving the order of preference. While it is not guaranteed that a centre of a candidate’s choice will be allotted, every effort will be
made to do so. Under exceptional circumstances, a candidate may allotted a center from the zone, which is not from those indicated by the candidate.

Address for sending completed applications:


Prof. Sudesh KaurKhanduja email:
Department of Mathematics,
Punjab University, Hans Raj Gupta Hall,

Chandigarh 160014.


Prof. Satya Deo Tripathi, email:
Harish-Chandra Research Institute,
Chhatnag Road, Jhusi,

Allahabad 211 019.

Zone 3:

Prof. Nitin Nitsure,
School of Mathematics,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,

Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba,

Mumbai – 400005.

Zone 4:

Prof. S.C. Bagchi
Stat-Math Unit,

Indian Statistical Institute,

203 B.T. Road,

Kolkata 700108.

Zone 5 :

Prof. S. Kesavan,                 email:

Institute of Mathematical Sciences,

C.I.T. Campus, Taramani,

Chennai -600113.


The last date for the receipt of completed applications is Friday, July 30, 2010

A communication calling the applicant for the test (hall ticket), together with allotment of center will be sent so as to reach the candidate by September 6, 2010. In the event of an applicant not receiving a communication regarding the test by the due date, the eligible applicant shall contact the person (zonal coordinator), to whom the application was sent, to find out the status and the appropriate remedial measures.

A hall-ticket sent by a zonal coordinator is normally necessary to appear for the test. In exceptional cases, eligible candidates may be admitted to the test, at the discretion of the centre-in-charge at the appropriate centre. For this purpose, the applicant must contact the centre-in-charge suggested by the
appropriate zonal coordinator. Information about test centres and persons-in-charge may be obtained from the zonal coordinator, NBHM website or by contacting NBHM office (address at the top).

Important Dates:

July 30, 2010: Last date of receiving application

September 6, 2010 : The applicant should contact the zonal coordinator to whom the application was sent, if he/she does not receive a communication about the test (or hall-ticket) by this date.

September 13, 2010 : The applicant must contact the centre suggested by the zonal coordinator if the applicant does not receive a hall ticket by this date.

September 25, 2010 : Date of Written Test.

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