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

The Entrance Exam for the Master’s Course in Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology will be held on 9 June 2018 from 2:3

0pm to 4:30 pm. For More details please check the eligibility criteria as given on the website.

The online Application Forms for Masters in Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology are now available here. The last date for submission of online Application Forms and registration for the Entrance Exam is Saturday 26 May 2018. The Entrance Exam will be conducted on Saturday 9th June 2018 for all those students from universities other than the University of Mumbai and students of the University of Mumbai other than the Arts faculty.Students who have complete their graduation may proceed with the admission process keeping in mind the rule for the Entrance Exam. Students who have appeared for their final year examinations and are awaiting results for the academic year 2017-2018 will be granted provisional admission.The students will be granted admission based on the Admission Policy and Rules of the University of Mumbai and St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai.



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. Category % of Seats
1. Management Quota 15% : Only for those the College is obliged to
2. Christian Minority – 50% 43% : (On the balance seats of 85%)
3. General Category – 25% 21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)
4. 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%)



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:           Rs. 7,700  (approx.)

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



  • Students with a bachelor’s degree in any faculty or discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks can apply.
  • Students from any faculty other than the Arts Faculty, University of Mumbai will have to appear for an entrance exam and an interview.
  • Students from other universities from any faculty 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.
  • Provisional admission will be given to students who have appeared for third year exams for the academic year 2017-18 and are awaiting the results.
  • Original marksheet needed at admission time.


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


Selection Process


Stage 1: Online application and Registration

All applicants are requested to fill up the Online Registration Form for the academic year 2018-2019. The applicants apart from those who are not from the Arts Faculty of the University of Mumbai will be eligible for an Entrance Test .The applicants from the University of Mumbai, Art Faculty can proceed with the admission process. For details please read the Eligibility Criteria


Stage 2: Entrance Exam: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Applicants who do not belong to the Arts Faculty of the University of Mumbai will be provided with an online hall ticket. Applicants have to bring a print out of the hall ticket and a valid government Identity Card for the Exam. Pattern for the two hour Entrance exam is as follows:-

  1. Objective Section: Multiple choice and objective type questions of 60 marks will be asked.
  2. Essay Section: The candidate needs to write an essay on set of given questions for 40 marks .

The final list of selected candidates will be put up on Saturday, June 16, 2018


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.


Syllabi per Semester


Semester VII  

Core Papers

MA.AIC.7.01: Ancient India Through the Ages Part: I

MA.AIC.7.02: Studies in Indian Archaeology

MA.AIC.7.03: Study of Epigraphy and Numismatics of India

  1. AIC.7.04:Socio- Political, Economic and Scientific Aspects in Ancient India


Semester VIII

Core Papers

MA.AIC.8.01: Ancient India through the Ages Part II

MA.AIC.8.02: Facets of Indian Art and Architecture

MA.AIC.8.03: Introduction to Buddhist Studies

MA.AIC.8.04:Research Methodology in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology


Semester IX

Core Papers

MA.AIC.9.01: Religious and Philosophical thoughts in Ancient India

MA.AIC.9.02: Studies in Indian Iconography, Paintings and Temple Architecture

MA.AIC.9.03: Studies in Conservation and Restoration

Elective Papers

  1. AIC.9.04:Introduction to Pali Language

MA.AIC.9.05:Remedial Conservation of Tangible Heritage-1


Semester X

Core Papers

MA.AIC.10.01: Museology and Preventive Conservation of Sites and Collections

MA.AIC.10.02: A Study of the Cultural History of World Civilization

Elective Papers

MA.AIC.10.03: History of Performing Arts and Theatre in India

  1. AIC.10.04: Remedial Conservation of Tangible Heritage- II

Elective Papers

  1. AIC.10.05:Maritime Heritage of Ancient India
  2. AIC.10.06:Brief study of the Comparative Mythology of the World


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.

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