I.S.I. & C.M.I. Entrance Program

** New: I.S.I. 2017 Subjective Paper (with some discussions)

Indian Statistical Institute and Chennai Mathematical Institute offer challenging bachelor’s program for gifted students. These courses are:

B.Stat and B.Math program in I.S.I.

B.Sc. Math in C.M.I.

The entrances to these programs are far more challenging than usual engineering entrances. Cheenta offers an intense, problem-driven program for these two entrances.



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I.S.I. & C.M.I. Entrance curriculum comprises of two broad sections:

High school math

Olympiad styled math

The problems are non-standard in nature. They may not require complicated formulae but they definitely demand sophisticated problem solving skills.

High School Math of course includes topics from Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, Calculus and Algebra.

Apart from that, the candidates are expected to have skills in number theory, euclidean geometry and combinatorics.

Levels, Schedule, and Eligibility

Both the I.S.I.  & C.M.I Entrance are conducted in the month of May. High School students (after class 12) may apply. There is no age-restriction.

There is a written test (comprising of objective and broad answer type problems). It is followed by an interview.

Students who are successful in Indian National Math Olympiad are directly eligible for the interview.


I.S.I. B.Stat and B.Math Entrance: The objective test consists of 30 multiple choice problems. Duration is 2 hours. The subjective test consists of 10 problems to be attempted in (another) 2 hours.

Typically 20 out of 30 correct objective attempts and 5 to 6 out of 10 correct subjective answers are required to get qualified for the interview (this varies from year to year).

C.M.I. Entrance is of 3-hour duration consisting of both subjective and multiple choice problems. The format of questions and cut-off score varies from year to year.

In both entrances, the successful candidates of the written tests are required to appear for an interview.


Admission to Cheenta I.S.I. & C.M.I. Entrance Program is highly selective. It consists of an online interview and a test.

Student of 11th grade onward may apply. Students who have graduated from high school may also apply. Only requirement is that: the candidate must have pure mathematics as a subject in high school. Age no bar.

E Mail us at [email protected] to schedule an interview. Send us your phone number and skype id during application.

Here is a sample lecture:

Course Repository

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