Bachelor of Science in Anthropology Colleges, Syllabus Jobs and Salary

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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.

B.Sc. in Anthropology: Course Highlights

The basic highlights for the course are tabulated below.

Course Level Graduate
Duration 4 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility 10+2 with science subjects
Admission Process Based 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 Fee INR 50,000 to 3 Lacs p.a.
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 5 Lacs p.a.
Top Recruiting Companies WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF
Job Positions Anthropologist, 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 Institute City  Average Fees
Bidhannagar College Kolkata INR 2,000 (course)
Hansraj College Mumbai INR 9,000 (course)
Dimoria College Assam INR 3,000 (course)
Amity University Noida INR 1 lakh (course)
Government Digvijay Autonomous College Rajnandgaon INR 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.

Annual Salary in Anthropology
Job Position Job Description Average Annual Pay Scale in INR
Anthropologist Anthropologists 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 Officer Training 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
Archaeologist Archaeologists 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 Technician Reporting 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 Investigator Field 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 Anthropologist Forensic 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 Anthropologist Economic 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 Anthropologists Cultural 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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Anthropology) Fee Structure in India

2.98 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES54.17 K  (Maximum Fee)
18.28 K (Average Fee)
2.40 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES55.80 K (Maximum Fee)
21.83 K (Average Fee)

Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Anthropology) Fee Structure By state

West Bengal

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5.20 KPrivate COLLEGES25.93 K
16.10 K
28.67 K
2.40 KPrivate COLLEGES32.73 K
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7.2 /10

Campus Life :

The college usually celebrates Teacher's day annually, which is usually done according to the teachers' convenience. Other than that, Fresher's meets are organised by the social groups run by the students. There is a variety of books available in the library which can be read anytime according to our convenience. Autobiographies, Biographies, Science stuffs, etc are available in plenty. Classrooms are vast and consists of more than 50 chairs and desks with both white board and black board in each and every room. Sports are usually conducted by the students organizations using the fields available in the college campus and field trips are also held annually led by the subject teachers. There are many organisations and social groups run by the students namely Tribal Students Union (TSU) consisting of the Scheduled Tribes students, Kuki Students Organisation (KSO) consisting of Kukis, DMU Zomi consisting of all the Zomis in the College.

Course Curriculum Overview :

I chose this course because honestly this was the most easiest and most interesting one for me. The faculty staffs are very sufficient, usually three or four teachers are assigned to one subject and they take turns taking their classes daily. Most of the staffs posses master degrees in their respective subjects. They teach their own classes delightfully. They are also very friendly. They give us complete and guide us properly during Practical classes too. There are six semesters in a course. Exams are conducted twice a year, at the end of every semesters. The exam questions are exceptionally difficult and very difficult to get pass marks. For theory pass mark is 27 and for practical it is 10 , so in order to get pass marks we have to score at least a total of 33 out of 100 marks. Pass percentage was not that great, its always around 50% or worse as questions are difficult and exams and checking are strictly done.

Loan/ Scholarship Provisions :

There is no monthly fees just annual fees which is given once every year of the three years. The fees does not go up that much, its usually the same each year which is around 5000. A library is in the campus so if there are troubles it can be approached. And no further Study materials are required in my opinion as all the needed are given by the teachers through notes in detail. Yearly scholarships is given to ST students which is around 7000 for day scholars and 9000 for hostelers. These scholarships are being organised and looked after by the respective Association created with the college campus who are also responsible other programs. In the teachers office, students can get jobs like being the assistant of the teachers.

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Admission :

the admission process was based on the pass marks of the previous examination that is HSSLC.I have Choosen the subject anthropology as it is one of the most interesting sibjects in our university to learn because there is lack of subjects to choose in the university

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course is very interesting and CBCS system is also included by our time so it is now must to get 75% attendance to sit into any examination in college.Examination is based on semester system so we go thorugh an examination in every 6 months.

Faculty :

The faculty of the college is good if i say but there is lack of infrastructure in our college.The professor and assistant proff are good at teaching and they teach us regularly about the subject.

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