
Hey guys, the first sem at ISI is over and I thought it'd be a good idea to let you know how things are. The atmosphere is really relaxed, classrooms really interactive, teachers (most) good, and its overall a chill place. There are 5 courses Statistics, game theory, microeconomics1, Mathematical Methods and History of economic thought.
Stats The teaching is, err, not great. Its arbitrary, not a lot of value in lectures. Nevertheless, you can learn from the books which are recommended, and those books are fun as well as of high value. You learn very basic stats, no regressions, but stuff like hypothesis testing. Idea is to set you up for econometics.
Game theory The instructor's expertise is amazing. This consists, like most courses, rigorous proofs involving a lot of notations and maths, but is intuitively fun. Small class size enables good doubt clearance.
Micro1  This is all mathematics. Literally all math. There's intuition in some results, otherwise this is a proof oriented course that covers a lot of volume. Welfare theorem proofs, rationality, consumer/producer theory, preferences (using binary relations). Its taught really well.
Math Again, all math (proofs). Matrix algebra, calculus, concavity/convexity, Lagrange analysis, optimization, limits, continuity. Needless to say exams expect precise proofs.
Economic thought Very different. You're required to go through readings before lectures on Adam Smith, Keynes, Stiglitz, and so forth and the instructor discusses them. These are kind of long and require labour, but you learn a lot.
Overall, don't come to ISI if you hate math. Apart from economic thought, which is a beautiful theoretical economics subject, rest of it is all rigorous proofs (sometimes one proof takes 2 lectures). Faculty (most) is ridiculously good in their subject and actually helpful. Its not hard to score well if you put the work in. Some students without a proper math background struggle with a lot of math, but you (hopefully) get used to it.
I'm here to answer any doubts.
