Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) Admission Test

Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata conducts an entrance examination every year for admission to B.Math(Honours)/B.Stat (Honours) Programme and postgraduate programs offered at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) Bengaluru and Kolkata.

For admission to the programs in ISI Bengaluru and Kolkata, a candidate has to clear both the written test round and interview round. The ISI conducts its examination in offline mode (pen and paper) and apart from the entrance examination score, qualifying examination score (XII score for undergraduate programs and Graduation Scores for Postgraduate programs) is also considered for admission to the courses in ISI. The ISI examination is a competitive examination and is considered to be tough. It is administered nationally in more than 28 centers across India.

ISI Admission Test | Examination Sections

The ISI admission test is conducted in an offline mode. It is conducted in two rounds – written test and interview round. We will talk about the interview round in the selection process part. The test question paper pattern and sections vary with the course. It depends on which course a candidate selects at the time of submitting the online application form.

The question paper is divided into two sections – section 1 and section 2. Section 1 has questions from Mathematics and logical reasoning whereas section 2 consists of questions from Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Computer science, Engineering, and Technology. The entire question paper is of 100 marks. The language model of the question paper is English. The test is for a total duration of 4 hours. But the sections have their time limitations separately.

ISI Admission Test | Examination Pattern

The ISI admission examination is conducted once every year in the month of May. It is a pen and paper mode test. The questions are of both multiple-choice questions and objective type questions. There are 2 sections in the question paper. Candidates get separate time to attempt both the sections. The pattern and the subject paper is largely based on the course or program selected by the candidate at the time of filling the online submission form. Candidates have to score specific cut off in both the sections to qualify for the interview round. Let us understand in detail the question pattern of both the sections.

Section 1, compromises of 30 marks in total. This section only has multiple-choice questions. This means that for every question candidates will get 4 options out of which only one option carries the correct answer. The candidate has to select and save the option with the correct answer to get scores. Students will get 2 hours to attempt questions of section 1.

Section 2 carries a total of 70 marks. Candidates will get only 2 hours to solve questions in this section. This section has descriptive type questions. There are five papers in section 2 for candidates applying for M.Tech in CS. The papers are – Mathematics, physics, computer science, Engineering, Technology, and Statistics. Students have to attempt only one paper in section 2 according to the course preferred by him. Candidates applying for M.Tech admission in Quality, Operations, and Reliability, will have 2 parts in section 2 of their question paper. The first part is for maths stream candidates and the second part is for students of the Engineering stream.

ISI Entrance TestDetail
Examination ModeOffline (Pen & Paper)
Section TimeSection- 1: 2 Hours
Section- 2: 2 Hours
Section MarksSection-1: 30 Marks
Section-2: 70 Marks
Type of QuestionsSection-1: MCQ
Section-2: Descriptive

ISI Admission Test | Selection process

The ISI admission selection process is different for a different course. Some programs take direct admission on the basis of graduation marks while some may require students to go through both the written and interview rounds. The selection process of ISI exam for various courses is as follows:

B.Stat and B.Math: the selection is made on the basis of both the written test and interview. After the completion of the written test, the conducting authority releases a cut-off. Only those who pass the cut off are called for interview round. After the interview round, a list of qualified students is published.

M.Stat and M.Math: This is a bit of a complicated selection process here. Candidates who have completed their respective Honors degree successfully will be admitted directly to the ISI Calcutta campus. Nevertheless, candidates with a degree will need to appear in the ISI Admission Test 2020 and then appear for interviews on the basis of which for the first year a candidate will be allocated a seat in either Delhi or Chennai campus.

MS (QE) and MS (QMS): Candidates will be chosen on the basis of an interview in the two courses.

MS (LIC): Candidates for this course can be specifically selected based on their ISI 2020 test scores and previous academic records.

M.Tech (CS) and M.Tech (QROR): In these courses, the selection is often made on the basis of scores in the entrance test and interview.

ISI Admission Test | Results

ISI Admission Test result will be announced for the eligible candidates. The Institute will shortlist candidates for multiple streams based on the scores according to their merit in the exam. The result is released on the official web site in the form of scorecards/rank list. The scorecard is one of the most important documents validating and checking candidates’ results at the test.

The scorecard of the candidate contains the following information:

How to check the ISI Test Results Online?

The results are published on the official website. Candidates can check their status by downloading the merit list of the particular course.

You can check your ISI test results by following the steps below:

ISI Admission Test – Who can Apply?

For each of the academic programs offered at ISI-K, the eligibility criteria as set out below represent only the minimum requirements for applying for a specific course. The admission/selection into the chosen program is not guaranteed just by meeting the eligibility criteria. Even those who have completed or are due to complete their qualifying exams for which the results are not yet published may apply for admission for any of the programs. If chosen, the candidate’s admission will be conditional and pending before the results are announced. ‘However, in these cases, the applicant’s application is also subject to cancellation if the final exams are not completed/failed as on or before the due date.

ISI Admission Test | Eligibility criteria

B.Stat (Hons) & B.Math (Hons): An applicant must have successfully qualified class 12th examination with Maths and English as one of the main subjects of study.

M.Stat: An applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree of three years or a BE / B Tech degree with Statistics as a subject, or an ISI B Math Degree, or an ISI Postgraduate Diploma in Statistical Methods.

M.Math: A candidate must have a three-year Bachelor of Mathematics degree, or a BE / B Tech degree with Mathematics as a subject matter, or an ISI B Stat degree.

MS in Quantitative Economics: A candidate must have completed 3-year graduation in  Economics / Mathematics / Statistics / Physics degree, or an ISI B Status degree or a BE / B Tech degree or some other credential deemed equivalent (such as AMIE).

MS in Quality Management Science: A candidate must have a 3-year graduation degree in Mathematics or a BE / B Tech degree.

MS in Library and Information Science: An applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree of three years in any discipline.

PGD in Statistical methods & Analytics: An applicant must have a domicile certificate from a recognized authority from the North-Eastern states and must have one of the following documents: a three-year Bachelor’s degree in any discipline related to Mathematics; or a BE / B Tech degree or any other credential deemed equivalent (such as AMIE).

PGD in Computer Applications: An applicant must hold a 3-year Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Mathematics must be one of the subjects.

ISI Admission Test – How to Apply?

Admissions to Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tezpur, and Giridh are provided via ISI Admission Examination.  Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours), B.Stat (Hons), M.Math, Master of Technology in Computer Science, Master of Science in Quantitative Economics, and Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Methods & Analytics or Computer Application are the courses offered at these ISI campuses.

Students will fill out the application form online after reviewing the eligibility requirements for an ISI Admission Test. The official website to fill out the form is the official website of ISI Kolkata.

ISI Admission Test – Syllabus

All courses have a different syllabus. ISI syllabus is set by the authority of the ISI itself. The questions are set from the graduate-level or high school and senior secondary levels. The syllabus for B.Stat & B.Math contains the subjects from Calculus, Trigonometry, Algebra, Geometry.

Questions will be posed for M.Stats from the subjects Mathematics and Statistics & Probability. Candidates are recommended to prepare for the ISI examination according to the course for good results.

Some of the important topics for the ISI admission test are:

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