M.A. in Ancient Indian Culture


In an endeavour to further the holistic understanding of Ancient Indian Culture in all its parameters, this 2-year Postgraduate Degree programme 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

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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.)


Admission Process (Academic Year 2020-21)

Entrance Exam: Any student with any graduate degree from a university other than the University of Mumbai and graduates from the University of Mumbai, holding a degree other than Bachelors of Arts (B.A), are required to qualify through an entrance exam in order to be eligible for admission.

Entrance Exam Date: 30 August 2020

Mode of Exam: Online Proctored Exam (Personal computer or laptop with MS Windows OS and working webcam along with good internet connectivity are required).

Maximum Marks100

Exam Pattern: 100 objectives (MCQ) questions carrying one mark each.

Objective: To test the aptitude of the candidates for the courses offered as a part of the course. Students can prepare based on the syllabus available.

Declaration of Result: The result will be declared within 3 to 4 days after the exam.

A merit list for students who have given the entrance exam and the BA students of the University of Mumbai will be posted with the entrance exam result list. Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview and can thus apply for admission by paying the fees.


Eligibility Certificate

Students holding 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 mark sheet 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 original Passing Certificate and Migration Certificate before the end of the first semester.


List of Courses (mandatory and elective)


Semester I

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
Elective Courses
AAIC0704: Study of Epigraphic & Numismatics of India
AAIC0705: History of Performing Arts and Theatre in India
Semester II
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 Courses
AAIC0804: Maritime Heritage of Ancient India
AAIC0805: Brief study of the Comparative Mythology of the World


Semester III

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 IV

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 Courses
AAIC1004: Studies in Pali Literature and Language
AAIC1005: Remedial Conservation of Tangible Heritage

Participation in fieldwork/visits is mandatory and part of the curriculum. Students are expected to attend at least one field visit per academic year for practical exposure. The expenses for these field visits are to be borne by the student and are NOT a part of the annual fees charged for the program.

The course syllabus is updated on a regular basis, as per the recommendation of the Board of Studies.

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