Student Application

Student Application

"The joy in solving a problem comes from the mathematical journey your curiosity takes you on." Professor Ila Varma, Director of PROMYS India

It is with great sadness that we must postpone the launch of PROMYS India in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

However, students in India were invited to apply to PROMYS 2022 at Boston University in the United States. The application deadline was March 15, 2022. It is anticipated that PROMYS will run in person from July 3 to August 13, 2022.

Applicants who would need financial assistance to attend PROMYS in the U.S. were invited to apply for a Mehta Fellowship. Mehta Fellowships cover all participation costs including tuition, housing, meals, and roundtrip travel from India.

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Eligibility for PROMYS India and admissions criteria are detailed below on this page.

PROMYS India Application Process

There are four required components for first-year student applications:
1) Application Problem Set.
It would not be inappropriate to think about the problems for several weeks. 
2) School Report Card(s) -
for all years from Standard IX and above (from Standard VIII and above for students applying in Standard IX). Copies of transcripts issued by an applicant's school are fine; it is not required that transcripts be from the Educational Boards. Homeschooled students should please upload a description of studies undertaken.
3) Online Application:
You will be asked to upload your problem set solutions and school report card with your application.
4) Online Teacher Recommendation Form
to be submitted by a mathematics teacher or mentor.

Applicants being considered for admission will be interviewed, in English, by telephone, Skype or online chat.


  • Applicants must attend secondary or higher secondary school in India in Standards IX - XII (or +1, +2, or PUC). Students must have completed Standard IX before the start of the programme. Students are still eligible to apply if they are just completing their final year of higher secondary school but have not yet begun their university studies.
  • Students attending government-funded schools, government aided private schools, unaided private or independent schools, sixth form colleges, home schools, and other types of secondary or higher secondary schools in India are all eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be at least 15 years old by the first day of the programme. (We do not anticipate that any exceptions will be made, but students who are very close to 15 can apply if they wish.) Most students will be older than 15. Students are no longer eligible if they are older than 18.
  • Students who are already attending university are NOT eligible to be first-year students (though they may be eligible to apply to be undergraduate counsellors).
  • Lectures, discussions, and problem sets at PROMYS India are all in English. Applicants should possess English language skills sufficient to enable full participation.
  • There are no financial requirements of any sort for eligibility or participation in PROMYS India. For at least the first year of the program, every student who is accepted to PROMYS India will automatically be awarded a full scholarship which will cover all costs of participation: tuition, housing and meal costs, approved travel, and any required books.

Please note that students may not apply to PROMYS India and to PROMYS at Boston University in the U.S. for the same summer. They may apply to only one. Please also note that while students for at least the first year of PROMYS India will all be awarded full scholarships, PROMYS in the U.S. is not free. Students who would need financial assistance to attend PROMYS Boston are asked to apply instead to PROMYS India.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions decisions will be based on the following criteria:

  • An applicant’s solutions to a set of challenging mathematical problems. Though they can all be solved with no more than a standard secondary school mathematics background, most of the problems require considerably more ingenuity than is usually expected in secondary school.
  • Teacher recommendation.
  • Secondary school mark sheet (grade report or transcript) covering all years from Standard IX and above (from Standard VIII and above for students applying in Standard IX). Copies of transcripts issued by an applicant's school are fine; it is not required that transcripts be from the Educational Boards.
  • Application responses relating to interest in the programme.
  • The mathematicians who assess solutions to the application problems do not simply add up the number of "correct" solutions; they assess applications holistically, taking into account the mathematical opportunities available to the applicant and looking for evidence of characteristics such as mathematical creativity,  originality, clarity of thought, precision of expression, and perseverance.