After spending almost one year on this site, I've realized that my knowledge of mathematics is not deep enough. I love mathematics, i mean I am obsessed with it. I have a masters degree in mathematics from a reputed university in India and now I want to pursue PhD in this subject. It's been one year since completion of masters degree and I am unable to find a place in any university for PhD (I failed at couple of entrances). So my question is, is my love and passion for this subject will help me to do research or to do research in mathematics one need an unusual brain? By unusual I mean who can instantly catch the logic and solves a problem, which I can't. I am slow. So I need some advice on this? How should I prepare myself? Thanks.

Edit: By this question, I am not asking about which career I should choose. I know I want to do PhD. What I am asking is, "How one should prepare before starting a PhD?" What are the basic points I should be working on? Simply just reading many things would not help I guess. So if this question can be reopened and some one give me a pointer then it would be helpful.


closed as off-topic by 6005, JonMark Perry, Pierre-Guy Plamondon, Henrik, Kushal Bhuyan Aug 11 '16 at 16:46

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    $\begingroup$ Research is not a matter of quickness. Laurent Schwartz himself said in his autobiography that his mind was slow (or at least he considered that his mind was slow). $\endgroup$ – paf Aug 6 '16 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ In fact, it is a matter of long time hard working and of having some good ideas from time to time. $\endgroup$ – paf Aug 6 '16 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ When you say you "failed" at entrance, what does that mean? $\endgroup$ – zhw. Aug 6 '16 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ Alright.I hope someone spots it.good luck! $\endgroup$ – user220382 Aug 7 '16 at 13:30
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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like the exams in question play a large role in gaining admittance to a PhD program. This is unlike the so called quals/candidacy exams in the US, typically taken after one year of graduate studies. Anyway, for an answer to be useful to you it needs to come from someone who knows your local system. Therefore it is not a good fit to our site. In other words, I agree with closing this as off-topic. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Aug 9 '16 at 9:21