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B.F.Sc. is a 4-year undergraduate degree program, the minimum eligibility for which is passing of class 12th from a recognized school board or its equivalent exam. Fisheries science is the academic study of understanding and managing fisheries. It is a multidisciplinary science, that draws on the study and investigation of fish processing, aquaculture and fishery resource management, fishing technology and management, fisheries environment and fisheries extension.

Interested candidates can get admission in B.F.SC on the premise of candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, and ensuing round of counseling.

Some of the top colleges and institutes which provide admission to B.F.SC. are as follows:

  • Assam Agricultural University in Jorhat
  • Indira Gandhi Krishi Vidyalaya in Raipur
  • Junagadh Agricultural University in Junagadh
  • Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies in Kochi

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 5000 to 2 lacs for a span of 4 years.

Candidates who are interested in studying the aquatic life and need a career concentrating on a similar field may pursue this program. While this isn't an extremely prominent course, it is generally less saturated. Finding the best job after graduation won’t be an issue for B.F.SC. graduates.

The course empowers one to be technically qualified fisheries proficient with adequate abilities to oversee, conserve and create diversified fisheries resources in the country for quality fish protein and food security. Candidates can find job opportunities in public sector, for example, the nationalized banks and fisheries department.

Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Farm Manager, Hatchery Manager, Fisheries Inspector, Aqua Culturist, Fish Exporter, Marine Biologist & Marine Scientist, Fish Trader, Fish Breeder, Hatchery/Farm Operator, Fisheries Extension Officer/Technical Officer, Feed Mill Manager, Processing & Production Manager, Fish Export Inspector, Export Manager, Fisheries Extension Officer etc. The average salary for a fresh candidate is around 5 to 10 lacs per annum.

Top Colleges for Bachelor of Fisheries Science [BFSc]

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

B.F.Sc.: Course Highlights

Course LevelGraduate
Duration of the Course4 years
Examination TypeSemester and Annual
Eligibility10+2 or equivalent education
Admission ProcessEntrance exam and Merit Based
Average Course FeeINR 5000 to 2 lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting CompaniesExport Inspection Agency ( EIA), Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Coastal Aquaculture Authority of India (CAA), Fisheries Survey of India (FSI), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Indian National Centre for Ocean and Information Services(INCOIS), National Institute of Oceanography(NIO), NIO, WHO etc,
Top Job AreasFisheries Colleges, Research Institutes, Fish Farmers Development Agencies, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nationalized Banks, International Organizations, Aquariums, Fish Farms, Feed Manufacturing Units, Feed Sales Department, Ornamental Fish Culture and Breeding Centres, Hatchery and Seed Production Companies, Commercial Pearl Production Industry, Fish Processing and Marketing Firms, Net Making Units, Fish Disease Diagnostic Centre etc.
Top Job PositionsFarm Manager, Hatchery Manager, Fisheries Inspector, Aqua Culturist, Fish Exporter, Marine Biologist & Marine Scientist, Fish Trader, Fish Breeder, Hatchery/Farm Operator, Fisheries Extension Officer/Technical Officer, Feed Mill Manager, Processing & Production Manager, Fish Export Inspector, Export Manager, Fisheries Extension Officer etc.

B.F.SC.: What is it About?

Fisheries Science is influenced by the conservation, catching, marketing, managing and processing of fish and is dealt with as a standout amongst the most vital territories in the field of Science. This field is an interdisciplinary one and necessities to gather information from various fields like Management, Oceanography, Ecology, Economics and Biology.

Both, B.F.Sc. and B.Sc. (Fisheries) is relatively same. The course’s educational program is intended to examine and study various aspects relating and identifying to the breeding of fish alongside cultivating and farming of essential fishes and aquatic organisms. The program of study additionally incorporates B.F.Sc in the marine environment, brackish water and fresh water. B.F.Sc (fisheries) is a 4-year undergraduate program conducted in 8 semesters.

After successful completion of B.F.Sc, various higher study options are available. Candidates can go for Masters of Fisheries Science (M.F.Sc.) or they can get into job positions such as biochemist, research assistant, technicians or as biologist etc.

Other alternatives are available in front of B.F.Sc. candidates are M.B.A. program. This program will empower candidates to gain management skills and will thus help them enhance their qualifications.

B.F.Sc.: Top Institutes 

Given below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

Name of InstituteCityAverage Fees
Sacred Heart CollegeErnakulamINR 5,640
Mahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamINR 33,000
Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean StudiesKochiINR 29,400
Cochin University of Science and TechnologyKochiINR 42,300
ST Albert’s CollegeErnakulamINR 13,000
Patna UniversityPatnaINR 3,560
Ashutosh CollegeKolkataINR 1,800
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and TechnologyPantnagarINR 84,100
University of CalcuttaKolkataINR 7,030
Annamalai UniversityChidambaramINR 13,200
Utkal UniversityBhubaneswarINR 1,590
Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhINR 7,630
Junagadh Agriculture UniversityJunagadhINR 21,8001

B.F.Sc.: Eligibility 

Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

To pursue a B.F.Sc. degree program, candidate requires a 10+2 pass in science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as subjects.

B.F.Sc.: Admission Process

Candidates applying for B.F.Sc. courses in Fisheries after the completion of 10+2 with PCB group have to clear the entrance examination conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Common Entrance Test. Some colleges and institutes provide direct admission based on marks and a round of personal interview of the candidates. Following are a few entrance tests that are conducted by some of the Bachelor of Fisheries Science colleges in India:

  • Karnataka Common Entrance Test
  • Junagadh Agricultural University Entrance Test
  • Kerala Agricultural University Common Entrance Test
  • Maharana Pratap University Graduate Test
  • Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical & Engineering Training Entrance Test.

B.F.Sc.: Syllabus and Course Description

A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Semester ISemester II
Principles of AquacultureInformation & Communication Technology
Taxonomy of FinfishFreshwater Aquaculture
Taxonomy of ShellfishAnatomy of Finfish and Shellfish
Meteorology & GeographyBiology of Finfish & Shellfish
Principles of BiochemistrySoil and Water Chemistry
Fundamentals of MicrobiologyLimnology
Fishery EconomicsFood chemistry & Fish in Nutrition
-Biochemical Techniques & Instrumentation
Semester IIISemester IV
Culture of Fish Food OrganismsAquaculture Engineering
Inland FisheriesOrnamental Fish Production & Management
OceanographyCoastal Aquaculture & Mariculture
Fish Nutrition & Feed TechnologyPhysiology of Finfish & shellfish
Marine BiologyFishing Craft & Gear Technology
Refrigeration and Freezing TechnologyCanning & Fish Packaging Technology
Statistical Methods in FisheriesExtension Education in Fisheries
-Fisheries Administration & Legislation
Semester VSemester VI
Aquatic Ecology & BiodiversityBiotechnology & Bioinformatics in Fisheries
Finfish Breeding & Hatchery ManagementFishery Genetics & Breeding
Shellfish Breeding & Hatchery ManagementFish Population Dynamics & Stock Assessment
Diseases & ManagementAquatic Pollution & Coastal Zone Management
Marine FisheriesFish Products and By products Technology
Disaster Management in FisheriesFish Microbiology and Quality Assurance
Navigation & SeamanshipFinancing and Marketing Management in Fisheries
-Entrepreneurship Development and Communication Skills
Semester VIISemester VIII
Hands-on Training in Fisheries (Experiential Learning)In-plant training in Fisheries

B.F.Sc.: Career Prospects

There are numerous career opportunities available in the government and private sector. Candidates can opt for entrepreneurship, enterprise or independently employed in their own particular fisheries-related business. They can see that in every state or nation, the government has fisheries department in which they can apply for different posts.

Candidates can also apply for jobs in central government agencies such as Fisheries Survey of India (FSI), Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA), WHO, NIO and numerous others. Candidates can apply for research projects and can opt for higher study. Aspirants can also apply for the jobs in banks, institutions, oceans, fishing and in foreign countries.

After possessing a degree of B.F.Sc, candidates can apply for the post of Research Assistant, Instructor, Biochemist, Technicians and Biologist etc. They can also apply in the fisheries department of state government for the positions such as; Inspector of Fisheries, Sub-Inspector of Fisheries, Research Assistants, Assistant Fisheries Development Officer ( AFDO ), Assistant Directors, Fisheries Development Officer(FDO) and Fisheries Extension Officer (FEO).

Further Studies: Students who wish to pursue higher studies can opt for Master of Fisheries Science (M.F.Sc.)

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary
Farm ManagerFarm Manager is in-charge of general maintenance and management of a farm. They supervise the planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, and harvesting process of crops.INR 350,000
Hatchery ManagerHatchery Manager is responsible to oversee and direct the fish hatchery and fish farm activities, working to enhance profit and production through innovative and business management skills.INR 259,121
Fisheries InspectorFisheries Inspector is responsible to manage, monitor and protect farmed or wild fish stocks and the lakes, river and different habitats where they live.INR 450,000
Aqua CulturistAqua Culturist is responsible for the farming of aquatic organisms, including growing freshwater and culturing and shellfish, marine finfish, and aquatic plants.INR 350,000
Marine BiologistMarine Biologist is responsible for examining and analysing the distribution and evolution of organisms and their environment into the sea.INR 452,000

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