M.A. in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology


In an endeavor to further the holistic understanding of Ancient Indian Culture in all its parameters, this course provides a sound grounding in understanding the various vistas of our history and culture. It helps in promoting the conservation of our heritage and also helps in heritage management. It opens the door to opportunities in the streams of Archaeology, Museology, Conservation, Social Sciences and Humanities.


Aims and Objectives

  • Study of the Cultural History of India.
  • Understanding various phases in and the process of the evolution of Indian Culture
  • Review of the Theoretical framework in which Indian Culture has been understood by scholars.
  • Creating awareness about the theoretical foundation of Indian Archaeology.
  • Teaching the basics of Field Archaeology.
  • Understanding vast variation in Archaeological data in the context of Indian Culture and History.
  • Reviewing the Methods of interpretation of Archaeological data and analyses.
  • Understanding the importance of Indian art and architecture,
  • Understanding the concept of conservation through our tangible and intangible heritage
  • Practical experience through field trips, practical, workshops etc.
  • Creating awareness about the theoretical foundations of Museology.
  • Understanding the various functions and scope of the Museum.
  • To develop a strong corps of research scholars who are equipped with the requisite skill and knowledge base about recent advances in the field of Buddhist Studies.
  • To offer the curriculum in a manner that enhances creative, conceptual and analytical abilities in the student
  • To encourage an approach that facilitates meaningful interaction between academics and society.
  • To promote remedial conservation for monuments and artefacts.


Number of Seats

60 Seats


Reservation of Seats

Sr. No.


% of Seats





Management Quota

15% : Only for those the College is obliged to





Christian Minority - 50%

43% : (On the balance seats of 85%)


General Category - 25%

21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)


Reserved Category : (SC / ST / DT(A) / NT(B) / NT(C) /NT / (D) / OBC / SBC )       Visually/Physically Challenged and Special Category**

21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)



The total fees, as sanctioned by the Management Board, St. Xavier’s College – Autonomous are:

                        M.A. Part I and Part II     :           Rs.9,000  (approx.)



  • Students with a bachelor’s degree in any faculty or discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks can apply.
  • Students from any faculty other than the Arts Faculty, University of Mumbai will have to appear for an entrance exam and an interview.
  • Students from other universities from any faculty have to appear for an entrance exam and an interview.
  • Students from other universities will require their transfer certificate and will have to apply for a provisional eligibility certificate from the University of Mumbai.
  • Provisional admission will be given to students who have appeared for third year exams for the academic year 2016-17 and are awaiting the results.
  • Original marksheets needed at admission time.


Eligibility Certificate

Students passing the B.A./B.Sc. Degree from Universities other than Mumbai University and seeking admissions to First Year M.A. Courses are required to apply for a Provisional Eligibility Certificate through the College at the time of admission.  The application form, available at the College Office, duly filled in should be submitted with an attested copy of the B.A./B.Sc. Degree marksheet and a passport size photograph along with the prescribed fees of Rs.320 & Rs.500 (for verification of documents) to the College Office.  Once admission is granted, for confirmation of the eligibility, students should submit to the College Office, before the close of the First Semester, the Passing Certificate and the Migration Certificate all in originals.


Pattern of Evaluation

  • Two units of Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA). CIA 1 (20 marks) will be a Class Test and CIA 2 (20 Marks) will be either a Home Assignment, Class Test, Project Report, Oral Exam (for Language Papers), Field Visit Report, Paper Presentation, et al.
  • The End Semester Exam (ESE) will be for 60 marks. There will be four compulsory questions (15 marks each) in each question paper which will be based on the semester syllabus. Each question will be given the internal option.
  • Semester IV PG.A.A4.04 Research methodology: A Research thesis will have to be submitted under the guidance of a research guide for 80 marks.


Syllabi per Semester


Semester VII  

Core Papers

MA.AIC.7.01: Ancient India Through the Ages Part: I

MA.AIC.7.02: Studies in Indian Archaeology

MA.AIC.7.03: Study of Epigraphy and Numismatics of India

MA. AIC.7.04:Socio- Political, Economic and Scientific Aspects in Ancient India


Semester VIII

Core Papers

MA.AIC.8.01: Ancient India through the Ages Part II

MA.AIC.8.02: Facets of Indian Art and Architecture

MA.AIC.8.03: Introduction to Buddhist Studies

MA.AIC.8.04:Research Methodology in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology


Semester IX

Core Papers

MA.AIC.9.01: Religious and Philosophical thoughts in Ancient India

MA.AIC.9.02: Studies in Indian Iconography, Paintings and Temple Architecture

MA.AIC.9.03: Studies in Conservation and Restoration

Elective Papers

MA. AIC.9.04:Introduction to Pali Language

MA.AIC.9.05:Remedial Conservation of Tangible Heritage-1


Semester X

Core Papers

MA.AIC.10.01: Museology and Preventive Conservation of Sites and Collections

MA.AIC.10.02: A Study of the Cultural History of World Civilization

Elective Papers

MA.AIC.10.03: History of Performing Arts and Theatre in India

MA. AIC.10.04: Remedial Conservation of Tangible Heritage- II

Elective Papers

MA. AIC.10.05:Maritime Heritage of Ancient India

MA. AIC.10.06:Brief study of the Comparative Mythology of the World

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