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B.Sc. in Anthropology is a 3- year long Bachelor’s program essentially involving a comparative study of human similarities and differences. It broadly covers the biological and cultural history of the human species over the last four million years, the cultural patterns of people from around the world, and the techniques and ideas people have used both to exploit and protect natural resources and the environment. Subjects studied in this course are Socio-cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology and Archaeological Anthropology.

Minimum eligibility for this course is an Intermediate qualification (10+2) with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/ or Mathematics as main subjects. The average tuition fee charged in India for this course ranges between INR 50,000 and 3 Lacs.

Successful graduates of the course are hired in organizations such as general insurance companies, health insurance companies, consulting firms, archaeological sites, Teaching, research work and global organizations like WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF.

They are hired in capacities such as Anthropologist, Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer, Archaeologist, Archaeological Field Technician, Field Investigator, Forensic Anthropologist, Economic Anthropologist and Cultural anthropologists. Average starting salary lies generally between INR 2 and 5 Lacs annually, increasing with experience in the field.

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  • B.Sc in Delhi-NCR
  • B.Sc in Maharashtra
  • B.Sc in Chennai
  • B.Sc in Uttar Pradesh

B.Sc. in Anthropology: Course Highlights

The basic highlights for the course are tabulated below.

Course LevelGraduate
Duration4 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility10+2 with science subjects
Admission ProcessBased on counselling after clearing Entrance Tests (Actuarial science entrance exam, Institute of Actuaries of India entrance exam and Actuarial society of India entrance exam) for different colleges
Course FeeINR 50,000 to 3 Lacs p.a.
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 5 Lacs p.a.
Top Recruiting CompaniesWHO, UNESCO and UNICEF
Job PositionsAnthropologist, Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer, Archaeologist, Archaeological Field Technician, Field Investigator, Forensic Anthropologist, Economic Anthropologist and Cultural anthropologists

B.Sc. in Anthropology: What is it About?

The Department of Anthropology offers courses broadly categorized as Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. The course aims to investigate humankind and human society, from the physical evolution of the human body and brain, through to the political, cultural and linguistic practices of modern societies.

Anthropology is the science of the origin of the mankind. It covers the history of the development of human beings and the social, cultural and physical growth and behavior of mankind. Although anthropology was a Natural Science originally, but over the years it has evolved into a much technical and complex field which not only studies the human society but how the human evolution came into being; and today it is treated as a great supporter of multiculturalism and pluralism. 

Anthropology can be divided into more specialized branches of study. These four divisions are known as the ‘four-field’ approach to the subject:

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Socio-Cultural Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology

Top Institutes Offering B.Sc. in Anthropology

Listed in the table below are some of the institutes in the country offering the course, along with their respective locations and the fee charged by each.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
Bidhannagar CollegeKolkataINR 2,000 (course)
Hansraj CollegeMumbaiINR 9,000 (course)
Dimoria CollegeAssamINR 3,000 (course)
Amity UniversityNoidaINR 1 lakh (course)
Government Digvijay Autonomous CollegeRajnandgaonINR 15,000 (course)

Eligibility for B.Sc. in Anthropology

The basic eligibility criteria for pursuing B.Sc. in Anthropology are listed here:

  • A Higher Secondary qualification/ 10+2 or equivalent qualification in the science stream from a recognized educational Board of the country.
  • A minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
  • Some institutes and universities conduct their own entrance examinations for admission to the course. Selection to this course is based on the candidate’s performance in both 10+2 and the entrance examination.

B.Sc. in Anthropology: Admission Process

Selection to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam. The question paper for the exam is QMR format- based, designed to test candidates’ aptitude and logical reasoning. These examinations are generally conducted in the month of April.

Lateral Entry

There are a few colleges in India which offer an option of lateral entry to the course.

Distance Learning Modes

The course is also offered in the distance learning mode in India.

B.Sc. in Anthropology: Career Prospects 

Anthropological Survey of India is the major recruiter for anthropologists in the country both at the center and at the state levels as well.

Aside from WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF, sectors such as art galleries, curators, publishing houses, NGOs, archives, museums, libraries, Archeology Department, Universities, Government Agencies, Private Business Agencies, Human and Health Services Organizations and Computers/ Software Development/ Information Technology industries etc. are also prospective areas of employment for successful graduates of the course.

They are also lucratively employed in sectors such as law, business, medicine, in societal development programs and public services.

Anthropology departments, Epidemiology, Linguistics, Cognitive psychology, Neural science, Public health are other areas that can be explored as career options.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
AnthropologistAnthropologists are scientists who study the development and behaviour of human beings throughout the world, present and past, to help better understand humanity as a whole. They examine biological, archaeological, linguistic or sociocultural traditions, depending on their area of expertise.2,62,817
Historic Buildings Inspector/Conservation OfficerTraining and development activities are primarily facilitated through gaining experience 'on-the-job'. However, some organisations, such as the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, offer courses and training programs for Nature Conservation Officers and people working in other similar positions.3,54,080
ArchaeologistArchaeologists study human history by examining artefacts, which range from prehistoric tools and buildings to animal bones and tiny organisms. Organised training excavations are a useful way of gaining experience. 2,85,717
Archaeological Field TechnicianReporting to the Project Director and Crew Chief, Archaeological Field Technicians are responsible for conducting reconnaissance survey, the establishment of grids, artefact- collection, test units and feature excavation, and documentation, and for conducting archaeological surveys, testing, and data recovery.5,00,505
Field InvestigatorField investigators, also known as Private Investigators, perform surveillance and research for a corporation, law enforcement agency or individual clients. With a given case, a Field Investigator performs interviews and observation on a given situation to determine the nature of what is happening for a client.351,353
Forensic AnthropologistForensic Anthropologists study old bones to determine the age, sex, and medical history, along with other identification factors, of deceased persons. Both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in anthropology are required in order for the position.3,55,717
Economic AnthropologistEconomic Anthropologists study processes of production, circulation and consumption of different sorts of objects in social settings. 'Objects' include material things, as well as what people do for each other (such as provide labour and services) and less visible objects (such as names, ideas and so forth).3,07,832
Cultural AnthropologistsCultural Anthropologists, also known as Sociocultural Anthropologists, study the language, art, traditions and customs of societies past and present to learn how humanity has developed over time. They strive to solve a variety of mysteries about humankind, such as how civilizations formed, how customs came into existence or why cultures differ from each other. 2,87,832

B.Sc. in Anthropology: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester- wise breakup of the course is tabulated below.

Semester-1

Paper 1 Introduction to Social Anthropology
Paper 2 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Paper 3 Archaeological Anthropology-I
Paper 4 Technical Writing & Communication in English / Computational Skills

Semester-2

Paper 5 Technical Writing & Communication in English / Computational Skills
Paper 6 Archaeological Anthropology-II
Paper 7 Anthropology of Kinship
Paper 8 Biostatistics and Data Analysis

Semester-3

Paper 9 Theories of Culture and Society
Paper 10 Human Genetics
Paper 11 Biology / Cell Biology-I
Paper 12 Molecular Biology-I

Semester-4

Paper 13 Tribes and Peasants in India
Paper 14 Anthropology of religion, politics & economy
Paper 15 Biodiversity & Indigenous Knowledge / Cell Biology II
Paper 16 Anthropology of India / Molecular Biology-II

Semester-5

Paper 17 Human Ecology: Biological Dimensions
Paper 18 Biological Diversity in Human Populations
Paper 19 Human Ecology: Social and Cultural Dimensions
Paper 20 Genetics & Genomics-I

Semester-6

Paper 21 Field work dissertation
Paper 22 Fundamental of Human Origins and Evolution
Paper 23 Genomic Diversity in Human Populations
Paper 24 Anthropology in Practice / Genetics & Genomics-II

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