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The Curious Case of the Maths Exam Syndrome

A fun post on hilarious Maths Exam scenarios and tips on top postgraduate programmes in Mathematics.

Mahesh Ramani

A postgraduate degree in Mathematics opens up a wide variety of career options.

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Well, we all know that Aryabhatta is credited to have discovered the ‘zero’ and ancient mathematicians in India wrote lots of treatises that continue to fascinate modern mathematicians. What this article aims to do is expound the innate fear that many of us feel when we hear two scary words – “Maths Exam”.

Here we have some fun pictures from various good souls on Pinterest that are sure to put a smile on your face!

An angular answer indeed!
An angular answer indeed!


Geometrical confusions in words!!!
Simple isn’t it?


Someone is getting a special gift from Rudolph the reindeer !
Someone is getting a special gift from Rudolph the reindeer!
Imagine that?? Scary to say the least!!!































































Jokes apart, Mathematics continues to remain a popular subject in India and the opportunities for postgraduate research in Mathematics and Statistics abroad are quite high.

As per the QS World University Subject Rankings, the top five places to study a programme in Mathematics are:

  • Harvard University
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University

The MSc in Mathematics is the most popular postgraduate degree available in Mathematics. Typically offered as a full-time one year degree, the programme incorporates modules in Number Theory, Algebra, Numerical Systems and Analytical Models, Logic, Geometry, Set Theory and Probability. Based on the specialisation selected by the student, modules will vary.


A postgraduate degree in Mathematics opens up a wide variety of career options.


Costs and Entry Requirements

Typically a regular postgraduate programme in Mathematics, excluding research-oriented degrees like an MPhil or a doctorate would cost between INR 10 lakhs to INR 18 lakhs. In the USA specialised postgraduate programmes in Statistics are offered as two-year programmes by leading universities and these programmes would cost around INR 30 lakhs to INR 35 lakhs.


Most universities in the USA require applicants to submit a GRE or GMAT score in addition to an IELTS equivalent score of 6.5 to be considered for admissions to a postgraduate programme in mathematics. In countries like Australia, the UK, Malaysia and Singapore a good score in an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Statistics or Physics and a good IELTS score is sufficient for admissions.  


Universities in Focus

Victoria University of Wellington offers 20 postgraduate programmes in Mathematics.  One of New Zealand’s most respected universities, VUW boasts a strong community of Indian students and offers world class research facilities.


University of New England offers 8 postgraduate programmes in Mathematics.  Based out of Armidale in New South Wales, UNE is one of Australia’s oldest universities and offers its students a relaxed and vibrant learning atmosphere. In 2015, the "Good Universities Guide" awarded UNE with five stars for “overall student satisfaction”.


The University of Toledo offers 11 postgraduate programmes in Mathematics. Based out of Toledo in Ohio, the University is one of the 14 state universities in Ohio. With students from over 77 countries the University of Toledo offers a truly multicultural learning experience.


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