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.



  1. To study the Cultural History of India and its facets, understand the various phases in its evolution, review the methods of interpretation of Archaeological data and analysis.
  2. To create awareness of museology and conservation and promote remedial conservation for monuments and artefacts via practical experience through field trips, practical, workshops etc.
  3. 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  Archaeology, Cultural History, World Civilizations, Religion , Philosophy, Performing Arts,Museology, Conservation, Pali, etc.


Number of Seats

60 Seats


Reservation of Seats

Sr. No.





Management Quota - 15%




Christian Minority - 50%


General Category - 42%


Persons with Disability - 5%


Special Category - 3%



The total fees, as sanctioned by the Management Board, St. Xavier’s College ( Autonomous) in keeping with the University of Mumbai Regulations:

                        M.A. Part I:           INR 35000 (approx.)


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 the Passing Certificate and the Migration Certificate all in originals before the close of the First Semester.


Syllabi per Semester


Semester VII

AAIC0701: Ancient India Through the Ages: From Prehistoric to Early Historic Period
AAIC0702: Studies in Indian Archaeology
AAIC0703: Socio – Political, Economics & Scientific Aspects in Ancient India
AAIC0704: Study of Epigraphic & Numismatics of India (Elective Paper)
AAIC0705: History of Performing Arts and Theatre in India (Elective Paper)
Semester VIII
AAIC0801: Ancient India through the Ages: From Classical to Early Medieval Period
AAIC0802: Facets of Indian Art and Architecture
AAIC0803: Introduction to Buddhist Studies
Elective Papers:
AAIC0804: Maritime Heritage of Ancient India
AAIC0805: Brief study of the Comparative Mythology of the World


Semester IX

AAIC0901: Religious and Philosophical thoughts in Ancient India
AAIC0902: Studies in Indian Iconography, Paintings and Temple Architecture
AAIC0903: Studies in Conservation and Restoration
AAIC0904: Introduction to Pali Language


Semester X

AAIC1001: Museology and Preventive Conservation of Sites and Collections
AAIC1002: A Study of the Cultural History of World Civilization
AAIC1003: Research Methodology in Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology
Elective Papers:
AAIC1004: Studies in Pali Literature and Language
AAIC1005: Remedial Conservation of Tangible Heritage

Field Trips are compulsory and part of the Curriculum. Students are expected to attend at least one field trip per academic year for practical exposure. The fees for these field trips are not included as part of the college fees paid at the time of admission.

Course syllabus may change from time to time based on the recommendation of the Board of Studies.

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