How anyone can start preparing for the ISI MS QMS entrance exam? I used these approaches to qualify the ISI MS QMS entrance exam with AIR 11 in the year 2019.

ISI MS QMS (Master of Science in Quality Management Science) is a two-year program in Quality Management and its applications with a special emphasis on Quantitative Methods. 

It also includes a Dissertation in the third semester and Lives Project work in the fourth semester under the direct guidance of the faculty.

The program offers a flexible format for those who want to meet specific educational and career objectives.

Students aspiring to undertake this program will enhance their career options by gaining the contemporary knowledge and perspective required of Quality Analysts, Quality Managers, and those who are responsible for one or more aspects of quality improvement.

ISI entrance exam is held each year in May. Thousands of students appear for this exam for different courses run by ISI centers(ISI Kolkata, ISI Delhi, ISI Banglore, ISI Chennai) across the country.

ISI exam is commonly sought among students for high-quality education, job opportunities, and research opportunities in India.

How to prepare for ISI MS QMS?

The syllabus is not too advanced. The questions asked are not too difficult to be solved. The test is divided into two parts and the syllabus for both parts is the same.

1. Objective sections consist of 30 questions in total. 

2. The second one is a subjective paper consisting of 8 questions in total

The total duration of the exam is 6 hours i.e. first paper of 3 hours followed by a break of two hours and then 3 hours for the second paper.

The common textbook that can be used to prepare for this exam is Objective Mathematics by R D Sharma. This is a commonly available book for JEE MAIN, JEE Advanced, and other engineering entrance exams in India.

There is two-volume of this book and both are recommended for this exam. The ISI MS QMS exam paper has only mathematics questions and about 90% of the syllabus is from intermediate level mathematics.

Both parts of this book are useful and you will get the most of the topics on this book itself. 

For probability and probability distribution parts, one can refer to the Fundamental of Mathematical statistics by Gupta and Kapoor.

You don’t need to read the full book. Read the chapter of probability, distribution like, binomial, Poisson, geometric, hypergeometric, exponential, normal, gamma, and beta distribution.

Third book is The mathematics of Nonlinear programming. You can get the pdf of this book by clicking on the link. You need to read the first chapter only for topics related to unconstrained optimization. Both one variable and two variable optimizations problems are covered in the first chapter. 

This book is also advised for ISI MSQE exam preparations.

How to study for the ISI exam?

1.  Read the chapter thoroughly and solve the examples given as it will make the formula and concept clear.

2. After reading any particular chapter don’t just try to attempt exercise questions. First of all, get all the formulas in one place in a notebook. Before attempting the exercise questions go through all the formulas once and then try to solve questions.

3. Try to write all the steps while solving any questions since there are also subjective parts of the exam. This way you will help a habit within you for writing the subjective part.

4. When you are starting any new chapter, just follow the same instructions. 

5. Try to revise all the formulas daily and update your notebook if you find any new concept. It will help in the long run. You can’t learn all the formulas in a single day.

6. Don’t Try to read extra from the syllabus. You just need to crack the exam and not to do all the mathematics in the world( ;-) just kidding). Just stick to the syllabus.

Don’t ignore any formula. I have seen in an exam that even a small formula can solve a big question in the subjective part.

7. You should know exactly how the paper is made. They are not trying to test how much formula can you learn, instead, they are testing if you can solve any tricky question even using a basic formula

In the exam, I didn’t exactly remember all the advanced formulas, but I knew how to approach any problem from basic.

8. While solving any question, try to think about how you can use available concepts and formulas you have to solve this problem. 

Initially, this habit takes more time to solve any question, but after a few weeks, you will see that actually, you have improved your problem-solving skills.

9. Focus more on previous year papers and solve them thoroughly.

After every regular interval of time see the past year papers and try to solve any question if you can. 

After writing any solution, show it to your teachers or friends if it has complete explanations. You need to solve the subjective part thoroughly and this way you can improve.

How to prepare for the ISI MS QMS interview?

For the interview, you will be standing in front of 10 professors. In the beginning, they will ask you about your academic background. 

If you are from maths background then expect questions from topics like real analysis, complex analysis, PDE, and several mathematical courses you may have gone through in your bachelor’s.

For statistics majors, they will ask the question from topics such as probability, distribution, inference, hypothesis testing, or topics that you are comfortable with.

For me, they asked questions from maths and statistics part rather I was from a computer science background. 

It is hard to tell what exact question they ask from the candidate, but one can generally expect questions from the subject they have studied in graduation.

Here are some useful links for ISI MS QMS:

ISI MS QMS Syllabus here

ISI MS QMS Past year Papers:

Here are the past five year papers for the ISI MS QMS exam. 


Objective Paper

Subjective Paper
















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The idea is simple: maintain a formula diary, solve previous year questions, and revise regularly. 




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