M.Sc. in Botany

Admission Overview

Admissions to the above course will begin only after the declaration of the B.Sc. Degree results of the University of Mumbai sometime in the second or third week of June.

The College has introduced an ONLINE application system for the above mentioned First Year post-graduate M.Sc. Part-I courses.  All candidates applying for admission are expected to apply through the online application system on the homepage of the website www.xaviers.edu. The Online Application fee is Rs. 500.

The last date for submission of online application forms for admission to the College and dates for the display of merit lists will be put up on the “homepage” of our website after the declaration of the B.Sc. Degree results of Mumbai University. 

Eligibility Certificate: Students passing the B.Sc. Degree from Universities other than Mumbai University and seeking admissions to First Year M.Sc. 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.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, before the close of the First Semester, the Passing Certificate and the Migration Certificate all in originals.

Students passing the Degree Examinations from Mumbai University will be required to submit the Transfer Certificate issued by their respective Colleges.  This needs to be submitted after completion of the admissions process to the College.

At the time of admission the candidate must submit the following documents:

  1. Degree Marksheets  & Pass Certificate (Original + 2 attested copies)

  2. Baptism Certificate (for Christians)

  3. Caste Certificate (for Reserved Category) or Documentary Evidence regarding Special Category

  4. Migration Certificate (for those from other Universities)


Total No. of Seats: 20



M.Sc. (BOTANY) - I Rs. 15,674
M.Sc. (BOTANY) - II Rs. 14,055



Includes deposit and laboratory fees, as sanctioned by the Management Board, St. Xavier’s College - Autonomous


Reservation of Seats: The following table shows this distribution, as per the directives given in the University of Mumbai Circular No.Spl.Cell/(68)/218/2005 dated 3 June 2005.

Sr. No.


% of Seats





Management Quota






Christian Minority 



General Category



Persons with Disability



Special Category


Note: Special Category refers**  to:

  1. Wards of Transferred State / Central Govt. and Pvt. Sector employees, employees of Defence Dept. / ex-servicemen.
  2. Wards of Freedom Fighters, physically handicapped candidates, and students who have met with accidents.
  3. Award Winners at the District / State / National Levels in Sports or Cultural Activities.



Course Overview


Botany is a discipline of the Biological Sciences and specifically the Science of Plant Life. The field of Botany covers a wide range of scientific disciplines including structure, growth, reproduction, physiology, metabolism, development, diseases, chemical properties, classification and evolutionary relationships among the taxonomic groups of plants.  Botany began with early human efforts to identify edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, making it one of the oldest branches of science. The study of plants is vital because they are a fundamental part of life on earth, and generate the oxygen and food that allow humans and other organisms to exist. India is rich in Biodiversity of plants and other biological organisms. It is a source of our food, medicine and many other requirements of life. Biodiversity is one of the important areas to be studied and understood.

In order to cater to this need, the Botany Department of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) offers the M.Sc. degree in Botany under its Autonomous system which allows us to design our own syllabi and our own evaluation system. The degree is awarded by the University of Mumbai.


Eligibility Criteria

A candidate for being eligible for admission to the M.Sc. Degree in Botany should have passed the B.Sc. (Three year integrated course) degree examination of Mumbai University with at least seven units (i.e. minimum required for majoring in a subject) in Botany OR B.Sc. Botany from any other University recognized as equivalent thereto.           


The List Of Courses / Specialisations

St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai offers the M.Sc. Degree in Botany in one specialization, namely – Angiosperm Taxonomy.


Syllabi per Semester

Semester I

SBOT0701  Cryptogams

SBOT0702  Plant Taxonomy

SBOT0703  Plant Metabolism

SBOT0704  Molecular Biology


Semester II

SBOT0801  Archegoniates

SBOT0802  Anatomy and Medicinal Botany

SBOT0803  Ecology 

SBOT0804  Plant Development


Semester III    

SBOT0901  Biostatistics

SBOT0902  Plant Pathology

SBOT0903  Applied Botany

SBOT0904  Angiosperm – I (Phylogeny & Nomenclature)


Semester IV

SBOT1001  Instrumentation

SBOT1002  Angiosperms – II (Characters & Ethnobotany)

SBOT1003  Angiosperms – III (Taxonomic Aids) 

SBOT1004  Angiosperms – IV (Geography & IPR) 


Schemes of Evaluation (for each Course)

End Semester Exam 60% + Internal Assessment 40%.

A research project in Semester IV will be a compulsory requirement.


Facilities in the Department:

The Botany Department of St. Xavier’s College is the only department in the entire Mumbai University having the Blatter Herbarium with its collection of 200,000 herbarium specimens which includes a major collection of Angiosperm. In addition, it also holds a collection of algae, fungi and Gymnosperms. The Herbarium also has a well-stocked attached library having 5000 volumes of Angiosperm Taxonomy related books, and various national and international research journals. The department also offers the Ph.D. Programme in Angiosperm Taxonomy and Plant Physiology. We have two newly developed, well equipped, multimedia-enabled dedicated postgraduate labs for the M.Sc. Programme. A central Instrumentation facility (CIF Lab) provides access to a number of advanced and newly acquired instruments required for practicals.


Other Activities of this programme:

The course is aimed at training the PG students for research. Students have to give regular seminars on the subject. Field trips accompanied by qualified and experienced teachers along with PhD students are an integral part of this programme.




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