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Higher study options and job opportunities in statistics.

Higher education in statistics, especially in leading universities or institutes, is possible for those who successfully complete their B.Sc. degree in statistics or mathematics with high first-class marks.

Meritorious graduates in statistics or mathematics can go for M.Sc. statistics. They should have a good grasp of the subject and computer skills to process and interpret data in various ways relating to their study. Command of written and spoken English will help to effectively communicate the results of such analysis.

Prominent institutes

The Indian Statistical Institute offers two-year M.Stat. and MS quantitative economics. Meritorious graduates in mathematics or statistics are eligible for admission. M.Stat. programmes are conducted on the Kolkata campus and the centres at Delhi and Bangalore. Meritorious M.Sc. statistics holders are eligible for admission to the two-year M.Tech. computer science or the quantity, reliability and operations research courses. Those who obtain at least 55 per cent marks in M.Sc. statistics are eligible for Junior Research Fellowship at the institute. For details, visit www.isical.ac.in.

At IITs

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, ( www.iitk.ac.in) conducts a two-year, four semester M.Sc. statistics programme. IIT Bombay ( www.iitb.ac.in) offers M.Sc. applied statistics and informatics courses. IIT Kharagpur offers M.Sc. statistics and informatics programmes. Selection to these courses is through the Joint Admission Test (IIT-JAM). Those who have a bachelor’s degree either in mathematics or statistics with at least 55 per cent marks in aggregate are eligible to apply.

The M.Sc. programme in applied statistics and informatics is designed for students who aspire to take up professions that demand skills in statistics and computer science. The course structure offers a unique blend of topics in computer science, statistics and mathematics. The following universities and institutes offer M.Sc. statistics and allied programmes.

• University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai – 600 005

• University of Hyderabad P.O., Central University, Hyderabad - 500 046, offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. in statistics and operations research

• Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221 005

• University of Pune, Pune

• Bangalore University, Bangalore - 560 056

• Bharathiar University, Coimbatore - 641 046, offers M.Sc. statistics with computer applications

Integrated Ph.D.

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, offers opportunities for first-class B.Sc. holders in subjects such as statistics to go for integrated Ph.D. programmes in mathematical sciences. Selection is based on a national-level entrance test. For details, visit www.iisc.ernet.in.

National Institute of Technology Calicut ( www.nitc.ac.in) conducts integrated M.Sc.-Tech course in mathematics and scientific computing.

JRF, GATE

Those who have an M.Sc. degree with at least 55 per cent marks in statistics or mathematics can appear for the Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship examinations (National Eligibility Test-NET) conducted jointly by the University Grants Commission and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research or the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).

Those who qualify these tests can do research leading to Ph.D. with fellowship or scholarship and are eligible to become lecturers in universities or colleges. Final-year M.Sc. students are also eligible to appear for these tests.

Since the world is becoming more and more data focussed, highly-qualified statisticians have much scope. Besides, those with master’s degree or Ph.D. in statistics can become business analysts, software engineers, research officers, data analysts, investigators, lecturers and so on.

The Union Public Service Commission conducts tests almost every year to recruit officers to Indian Statistical Services.

Postgraduates in statistics, mathematical statistics and applied statistics are eligible to appear for this examination.

The Staff Selection Commission recruits statistical investigators under Subordinate Statistical Services across the country. Those who have bachelor’s degree with statistics, mathematics, economics and commerce as one of the subjects are eligible to appear for the test. Age of the candidate should not exceed 26 years.

The private sector also needs statistical manpower in marketing, insurance, information technology and software fields. Government departments employ statisticians to design, collect, analyse and interpret data for planning.