“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.


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Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) is known to provide unique and innovative solutions to various problems of the society within the university. It has often known to have worked of problems of gender, disability, history and environment through several of its projects. This time, the mathematics society of CIC- Matrix organised an event ‘Matrix 1.0’ on 5th October 2016 as a unique initiative to dispel the fear of students for Maths through various interactive activities. The daylong event which featured several games, activities and a film screening saw participation of students from across various colleges and several schools in Delhi.

The event started with mathematics quiz prelims, whose qualifiers were paired up for the final round where questions from mathematical philosophy to jigsaw puzzle chose the winners. This was followed by an open film screening of ‘The man who knew Infinity’, a film based on Ramanujan’s life to inspire students to break their fear of mathematics.

After a brisk break, ‘Mathematical Rangoli’ was started. This competition, which was a team affair, saw the participants being judged on the basis of color combination, design and the mathematical concept of their respective Rangoli.  This was followed by ‘chess based games’ where individual participants were pitted against their own self. They were evaluated through several rounds and were judged on the basis of the improvement they showed in subsequent rounds.


Apart from these major competitions, several others were also held throughout the day. Games like Tangram Puzzles which require the players to arrange tans (mathematical shapes) in a given stencil, Magic Polygon Puzzles in which the players had to arrange natural numbers along the sides of given polygons to get a specific sum and many other games ensured that the visitors don’t get bored for even a minute.

The event drew its curtains after prize distribution. “We need more of such events in many other colleges and schools, because it’s in schools where children are most haunted by mathematics.” said one of the participants. This kind of initiative of dispelling notions about a subject is praiseworthy and departments in colleges should organise such events in order to dispel several myths around their own subjects through plays, games, films or other innovative methods.

(With inputs from Priyankesh Dixit)

Srivedant Kar

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IMG-20150922-WA0027 A talk on Resume Building followed, where students were given information about having an impressive resume, developing confidence and facing interviews. Then, an interactive Campus to Corporate session by the alumni took place. Lastly, an innovative presentation on ‘Real time application of mathematics’ was displayed to the students. The event will continue tomorrow, with math oriented events like Sudoku, Red letter Quiz, Faking the research, Mathematical tambola, Mathematical pictionary and Decoding the map. Image Credits- Uzma Rehman for DU Beat Lovleen Kaur [email protected]]]>

Tensors the Mathematics Society of Kirori Mal College hosted its annual Mathematics Fest – Supremum on 12-13 February. The fest consisted of fun-filled games, dances, mono acts and much more. Events like Blind Date, Mystery Mind, Treasure Hunt and Kabaad Se Jugaad saw a large number of participation.

On 12th February, the event commenced with a lecture by Prof. R.B. Bappat, ISI New Delhi. This was followed by events like Mathemax Quiz, which witnessed over 75 registrations, Ad- Mad, Face-Painting, Cut N Drape and Treasure Hunt which was the focal event of the first day. “Emotions” was the theme for the Face-Painting competition. The partnership of Rakhi Mukherjee and Divyansh Yashvardhan (KMC) showcased how homosexuality is treated in the world.
In 54-Seconds participants had to showcase their talent within 54 seconds.To eliminate from the 60 odd teams participating in Treasure Hunt, a preliminary round consisting of fifteen G.K. questions was introduced.

Face painting competition

The day two started off with Matheletics, which required solving questions of mathematical nature in a rapid manner. The common game Pictionary was played parallaly but with a twist, the participant could draw only mathematical figures. The winners of this event were Krati Goyal and Saloni Singla. In Mystery Mind participants solved a case study by looking for evidences in a room. Kabbad Se Jugaad was an event wherein participants had to create a useful product out of waste. Tambola was also played but with a few missing numbers, which had to be found by solving mathematical equations. A pre-Valentine’s Day event, Paper Dance was one of the most anticipated events.

Kabaad se jugaad

The closing event was Grab N Click in which participants went around the campus looking for the items listed and to get a picture clicked with them as a proof.One of the items on the list was, “Tinguji” which no one was able to find.

Paper dance

Prof. Khurana (retired) appreciaed the Mathematics Society for their hard work in the closing ceremony. The event came to an end with the students doing an impromptu dance to Bollywood songs.

The University of Delhi had hosted a Mathematics competition, as a part of the Legacy of Srinivasa Ramanujan Conference, in December 2012 . The fourteen winning undergraduate students visited King’s College, London and Newton Institute in Cambridge, in cohesion with the award which allowed them a trip to the UK to visit eight Universities. They were hosted by the Department of Mathematics.

The students and their academics were given a tour of King College’s Strand campus, delivered by Max Wells, a first year undergraduate Mathematics student, accompanied by Dr Alexander Heinz, Deputy Head of International Programmes and Dr Alexander Pushnitski, a Reader in the Department of  Mathematics.

The School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, looking forward to working closely with Delhi University in the future, was delighted to welcome the students and academics.

More recently, the winning team also visited the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, a national and international visitor research institute which runs research programmes on selected themes in mathematical sciences and attracts leading mathematical scientists from the UK and overseas to interact in research over an extended period.

The students from Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Ramjas College and St. Stephen’s were guided on the tour by Dr. Sachi Srivastava, Associate Prof. of Mathematics and Lt. Parminder Sehgal, Dy. Proctor. They met faculty and learnt of the various programmes at both the institutes.

[via Delhi University official website]

Post graduate students of MA/MSc Mathematics and BSc Physical and Life Sciences held a demonstration outside the VC’s office earlier this Friday to protest the irregular conduct of classes and push for an inquiry into the semester results. They alleged that a faculty member teaching ‘Measure Theory and Integration’, had been absent since the start of the current semester and that the students had already lost three weeks. The students also conveyed that their seniors had also suffered because of the same teacher in the last semester.

“The department is yet to take any steps”, Prof. Bal Kishan Das, the HOD of Mathematics of Delhi University was quoted saying. “The issue is on record of the university and they are looking into the matter. The department heads can only report things to the university, they can’t take any further steps.

“The department is conscious of the students’ requirements and demands. I had personally assured the students that they will not have to suffer. But they seem to have lost their cool.”

On asking the reason why the teacher hasn’t turned up 3 weeks into the semester, he said, “The teacher seems to be having some issues with the department. But I had mentioned this earlier as well that these things should be sought out as a different issue altogether”

Everybody is supposed to perform their specific duties, which they are, except for this particular teacher. Every time the issue was brought to notice, the department took cognizance of the situation and came out with a solution. There was a little gap, yes. But ultimately something was done to fix the problem.”

Another protest outside the VC’s office saw a strength of around 200 students of the third semester of BSc Physical and Life Sciences. The students demanded an inquiry into the semester results where 73% of the students had not cleared the exam. The students were accompanied by the DUSU President, Ajay Chhikara.

“The result has been extremely poor. Only 22-23% of the students have passed. And what is surprising is, that the students whose results showed that they had passed till morning, the website suddenly showed them as ‘failed’ by the night. This clearly goes to show that the results have been regulated. Therefore, we are protesting against this”, said Ajay Chhikara.

He further said, “The same problem had occurred last few times as well, with this very course. The syllabus is quite heavy and has not been moderated according to the semester system. I also feel that more importance and priority was given to the first semester results as the university wanted to show the success of the new ‘semester system’. And because of this the second years have been neglected, which can have a heavy impact on their futures.”