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

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

Last date of submission of online application form is 12th June, 2016

and the Entrance Test will be held on Tuesday, 14th June, 2016 at 2:30 pm

8.6.1.    Introduction: 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. 

8.6.2.    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.

8.6.3.    Number of Seats: 60 Seats

8.6.4.    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%)

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

                        M.A. Part I       :           Rs.7,700  (approx.)

                        M.A. Part II      :           Rs.6,535  (approx.)

8.6.6.    Eligibility:      Students with a bachelor’s degree in any faculty or discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks can apply.      Students from the other faculties other than the Arts Faculty will 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.      Original marksheets needed at admission time.

8.6.7.    Eligibility Certificate: Refer Section 8.1.5, page 81

                             (Note: Read B.Sc. as B.A. and M.Sc. as M.A.)

8.6.8.    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.

8.6.9.    Syllabi per Semester

Semester I 

Core Papers

MAIC1.01    Ancient India through Ages - I 

MAIC1.02    Studies in Indian archaeology

Elective Papers (ANY TWO)

MAIE1.03    Social Institutions in Ancient India

MAIE1.04    Epigraphy and Numismatics    

MAIE1.05    History of Performing Arts and Theatre in India

MAIE1.06    Political Institutions in Ancient India   

Semester II

MAIC2.01    Ancient India through Ages - II

MAIC2.02    Facets of Indian Art and Architecture

MAIC2.03    Buddhist Studies

Elective Papers (ANY ONE)

MAIE2.04    Maritime Heritage of Ancient India.

MAIE2.05    Brief Study of the Comparative Mythology of the World.

Semester III

MAIC3.01  Religio-Philosophical Thoughts in Ancient India

MAIC3.02  Studies in Indian Iconography, Paintings and Temple  


MAIC3.03  Studies in Conservation of Intangible and Tangible


MAIC3.04  Introduction to Pali language.


Semester IV

MAIC4.01  Studies in Museology  

MAIC4.02  A Brief History of World Civilization

MAIC4.03  Pali Language Part II

MAIC4.04 Research Methodology  

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