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

The Application for PROMYS India 2020 is Open.



  • 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 (unfortunately, there is no flexibility on this age requirement). Most students will be older than 15. Students are no longer eligible if they are older than 19. Sign up here to be notified by email when the 2021 application becomes available.
  • 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. Every student who is accepted to PROMYS India in 2020 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.

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

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 at PROMYS India 2020 will all be awarded full scholarships, PROMYS in the U.S. is not free and international students are, unfortunately, not eligible for need-based financial aid. The Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are no longer available now that PROMYS India has been launched.

Application to PROMYS India 2020

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 4 and will no longer be accepted after 11:59 PM IST on March 1. There is no application fee.

Please give yourself plenty of time to work on the problems and to write up your solutions. It would not be inappropriate to think about the problems for a whole month.

Four Required Components for First-Year Student Application:

1) Problem Set Solutions. The application problems can be downloaded HERE. Please upload your solutions (as a single PDF no larger than 10 MB) with your online application. If you are handwriting your solutions, please use dark ink and wide margins so a scan of your work will be legible. Please do not send a photo/JPEG of your solutions since it is very unlikely we will be able to read these. If your PDF file is larger than 10 MB, you may need to use PDF compression software.

2) School Report Card. Please upload your report card with your online application. This can be an unofficial copy provided to you by your school. We are not able to process transcripts which are labeled "Secured" at the top or show the symbol of a lock. If your transcript is in this encrypted format, please send us a scan or screen shot as a PDF. (Homeschooled students should please upload a description of courses and studies undertaken.)

3) Online Application: You will be asked to upload your problem set solutions and school report card with your application.

Please note: it is the applicant's responsibility to ask their mathematics teacher to complete this form.

4) Online Teacher Recommendation Form: Please ask one of your mathematics teachers (or a mathematics mentor or professor) to complete the form. PROMYS will not be sending a request to your teacher. We strongly encourage you to follow up with your teacher to ensure the recommendation is submitted in a timely manner. It can be submitted at any time before the deadline of March 1 regardless of when the application itself is submitted.

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.


Click HERE to download the PROMYS India 2020 flyer