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Of Numbers and Logic – Studying Maths Honours in DU

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”
-Albert Einstein

Maths as a subject betters our understanding of the universe, opening up a wide arena of possibilities through its quantitative measures. The bachelor’s of Science degree of Mathematics Honors offered by the University of Delhi (DU) provides in-depth coverage of basic and advanced mathematics, equipping its students through its detailed course prescription.

If you are one not to shy away from a challenge, this course might be the right one for you. There are said to be two kinds of people in this world, those who can do maths and those who cannot. But fret not, as Maths Honours in Delhi University provides an opportunity for all kinds of students to pursue its Maths course. The syllabus is designed in such a manner that all one needs is a dedication for practice, making the course an interesting and fun learning experience.

  • Colleges offering Mathematics

University of Delhi offers B.Sc. Honors in Mathematics in many of its colleges like St. Stephens College, Sri Venkateswara College, Hansraj College, Ramjas College, Gargi College, Maitreyi College, Daulat Ram College, Dyal Singh College, Hindu College, IP College for Women, Janki Devi Memorial College, Kamala Nehru College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Lakshmi Bai College, Mata Sundri College for Women, Miranda House, Ramanujan, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College for Women, and Zakir Husain.

  • Previous Year Cut-offs

The previous year cut-off for general category students was 97.5% to 86.5% , for SC it was 94% to 71%, ST had 93% to 65%, and for OBC it was 96% to 81.5%. The 2016 cut-off for general category students was 98% to 89%, for SC it was 95% to 76%, ST had 92% to 71%, and for OBC it was 97% to 85%.

  • Core Subjects

The CBCS course for B.Sc. Mathematics Honours remains relevant to the way society and businesses function to date. The core subjects under, semester-wise, can be summed up in the table below:


Semester Core Subjects
1 Calculus, Algebra
2 Real Analysis, Differential Equations
3 Theory of Real functions, Group Theory-1, Multivariate Calculus
4 Partial Differential Equations, Riemann Integration & Series of functions, Ring Theory & Linear Algebra-1
5 Metric Spaces, Group Theory-2
6 Complex Analysis, Ring Theory and Linear Algebra-2
  • Career Options:

The options are limitless after a bachelor’s in Mathematics Honours. For higher studies, various prestigious institutes in India are at your disposal. Some options in India are, Indian School of Commerce, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, National Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Technology. Competitive exams like CAT (Common Admission Test), GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) are great options too specially for those planning to pursue their MBA or apply abroad for their higher education. Having a degree in Maths is of special advantage for students pursuing the honours course, making the maths sections of these exams more or less a breeze.

Career-wise, students have the options to work as Actuarial analysts, Chartered Accountants, Scientists (maths), Statisticians, financial managers, and in various positions in banks or Multi National Corporations. The course opens up a whole new world of both learning, as well as prospective careers for students with this particular degree. The world of maths is a fantastic one which will continue growing and evolving with the times to come, uncovering the mysteries of every day life and the universe, one equation at a time.


Meher Gill

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