M.Sc. in Geology

Admission Overview

Admissions to the above courses 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 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 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.

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



Rs. 15,674


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 3rd June, 2005.

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%)


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



This is a two year Geology course which covers all the major aspects of this discipline. This course is affiliated to and recognized by the University of Mumbai. Students can also add a certain specialization to their M.Sc. studies as they have to undertake a dissertation (research project). In contemporary times, Geologists are increasingly in demand to study and evaluate geologic hazards and natural resources such as oil and gas. The Placement Cell of the College helps in connecting our students with such employment avenues.


Eligibility criteria

Graduates with a degree from a recognised University / College with major subject as Geology (6 units in Geology at the T.Y. B.Sc) can apply. Graduates from colleges affiliated to other Universities (other than Mumbai) will need the eligibility certificate from the University of Mumbai.


List of Courses

The courses offered at the post graduate program (four semesters) in Geology have been designed by keeping the present day industry requirements in mind. A dissertation in the final semester is aimed at exposing the learner to present day trends of research in the subject.


Syllabi per Semester

Semester I

MS.GEO.1.01  Stratigraphy and Geology of India

MS.GEO.1.02  Geochemistry

MS.GEO.1.03  Structural Geology

MS.GEO.1.04  Advanced Gemmology


Semester II

MS.GEO.2.01  Remote Sensing and GIS

MS.GEO.2.02  Igneous Petrology

MS.GEO.2.03  Metamorphic Petrology

MS.GEO.2.04  Sedimentary Petrology


Semester III    

MS.GEO.3.01  General and Invertebrate Paleontology

MS.GEO.3.02  Hydrogeology

MS.GEO.3.03  Geophysical Prospecting

MS.GEO.3.04  Coal and Petroleum Geology


Semester IV

MS.GEO.4.01  Micropaleontology and Oceanography

MS.GEO.4.02  Engineering Geology

MS.GEO.4.03  Economic Geology

MS.GEO.4.04  Dissertation

Practical Course:  Pertinent to the above mentioned theory courses


Scheme of Evaluation: The post graduate program in geology will carry a weightage of 96 credits

M.Sc. I, II and III Semester Credit distribution per semester


Subject Course 1, 2, 3

and 4 theory

Subject Course 1, 2, 3 and 4 Practical


L / W









M.Sc. IV Semester Credit distribution


Subject Course 1,2 and 3 theory

Subject Course 1,2 and 3 Practical




L / W












  • Every theory course is 4 credits and practical of 2 credits each.
  • *The Dissertation comprises of 6 credits. The Dissertation entails field work, lab work, report, presentation and viva voce.


Evaluation (Theory and Practical Courses)

Continuous Internal Assessment - 40%

End Semester Examination – 60%


Facilities in the Department

Along with the standard laboratory equipment for Earth Sciences, the Department has research grade petrological microscopes and student petrological microscopes. The rock and mineral section cutting unit is well equipped with machines and trained manpower for preparing rock and mineral thin sections. Five microscopes are procured for ore-microscopy studies. For sedimentalogy work, a sieve shaker with standard set of sieves and good binocular zoom microscopes are available. Ground water exploration work is done using the Electrical Resistivity and Sounding system. The department has licensed software for the GIS and Remote Sensing work. Modern surveying equipment such as GPS, Theodolite, Auto Level along with all accessories is available for detailed field mapping.

The Department was recently gifted a portable Radiation counter (Geiger Muller Counter) and a portable short wave UV lamp for mineral exploration. Facilities for wet and dry chemical analysis of rocks and standard equipment for measuring load bearing capacity of rocks (unconfined compressive strength) is available. Over the span of about 90 years, the Department has accumulated a formidable collection of rocks and mineral specimens from around the world. A well-stocked rock thin section library is also present. Topographical maps covering almost the entire country are available in digital form and also in print along with digital satellite imageries of large parts of the country. The centralised library has some of the latest publications in Earth Sciences and allied fields and is also supported by the online N-List (INFLIBNET) and a considerable collection of reference books in the departmental and faculty library.

Field work is a mandatory component of the program and is an integral part of the credits. Learners are also encouraged to participate in summer and winter internships, for which, placement assistance is provided by the Department.

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