Bachelor of Arts Hons. Sanskrit Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) Sanskrit (Hons.) is a three-year regular graduate program in Sanskrit language that one can pursue after completing 10+2 or equivalent level education. It is an Under Graduate (UG) program that is offered by various colleges and universities across the country.

Most of the colleges and universities offer admission to this course based on merit. The merit determining criteria for the course is class 12th board percentage or equivalent educational qualification obtained by the candidate. There is no Common Entrance Test (CET) for this course.

Some of the colleges that offer BA (Hons.) in Sanskrit through the above-mentioned criteria are listed below for your reference.

Average course fee charged by various institutes is approximately around INR 20,000.

Apart from the above-mentioned colleges there are some colleges that also offer admission based on cumulative analysis of performance in a CET as well class 12th board exams (or equivalent). However, in majority of the government as well as private colleges and Universities merit-based criteria instead of CET is adopted for granting admission into the course.

BA (Hons) Sanskrit degree holders can be hired as Translator, Content developer, Journalist, Teacher. Average starting salary is approximately INR 12,000.

BA (Hons) Sanskrit: Course Highlight Table

Course Type Under Graduate (UG)
Area Concerned Indian Language (Sanskrit)
Duration of Course 3 Years
Admission process Merit-based (Based on class 12th board percentage)
Structure of Course Semester-Wise
Eligibility 10+2 or equivalent
Top recruiting areas Content development, Teaching, Communication/Translation, Journalism
Job Profiles Translator, Content developer, Journalist, Teacher
Course Fee INR 20,000
Average starting salary INR 12,000

BA (Hons) Sanskrit: What is it about?

The 3-year graduation program in Sanskrit focuses on providing an overall understanding of this ancient language to the students through the vast coverage of its syllabus. The study of Sanskrit is divided into following parts

  • Poetry: This involves the study of Sanskrit shlokas and couplets as penned by the famous ancient poets and scholars. Sanskrit being a lingua franca in the ancient times has been used extensively in writing various Hindu epics and Puranas. Students are taught about the various shlokas and couplets from these epics and mythological writings by the ancient saint like Ramcharitramanas, Bhagavad Geeta etc.
  • Literature: It is analogous to the fiction or literature part in English (or any other language). It involves the study of stories, novels, and fiction written by famous authors in the given language. It focuses on the literary aspect of the Sanskrit language.
  • Grammar: Grammar as in any other language plays a role of enhancing or enriching the experience of learning the language. It focuses on making the students understand basic rules and aspects that one should follow while speaking or writing the language. It involves the study of Tenses, Punctuation, Noun, and Pronouns etc. as used in the Sanskrit language.
  • History: This area of study involves the knowledge and information in regards to the origin and development of the Sanskrit language. Students would be taught about the ancient Sanskrit text and literature like the Vedic and Post-Vedic writings to get a better understanding of the origin of the language. This helps them in developing a better understanding of the modern face of the language and its usage in the contemporary times.

The syllabus of the course is divided in such a manner that a student pursuing the course learns these various parts of the language in a sequential manner under the semester-wise division of the course curriculum.

Top Institutes offering the course

Institute/College City Average Fee
Asansol Girls’ College Asansol INR 4,000
Bangabasi College Kolkata INR 3, 645
Daulat Ram College Delhi INR 44, 610
Zakir Hussain College Delhi INR 9,000
St. Stephen’s College Delhi INR 1.05 lakhs (3 Years)
Serampore College Serampore INR 20,000
New Alipore College Alipore INR 59,490 (3 Years)
Acharya Brojendra Nath Seal College Cooch Behar INR 4, 665
APC College Barrackpore INR 11,000
Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh INR 7,625
ANS College Patna INR 12,000
ABVH Vishwavidyalya Bhopal INR 5,000
AVK College for Woman Hassan INR 6,500
BRABU Muzzafarpur INR 8,000
BBK Mahavidyalaya Balagrah INR 8, 500
Banki College Cuttack INR 5,655
BBS College Kolkata INR 6,666
Barasat Government College Kolkata INR 10,000

BA (Hons) Sanskrit: Eligibility

Candidate must have passed the 10+2 or equivalent examination from a recognized state board or central board with at least 55% (45% to 50% for reserved category candidates) marks.

  • He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/Subjects at plus to or equivalent level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
  • Apart from the above mentioned eligibility criteria’s various colleges and institutes may have their own additional criteria’s which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission.
  • In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable for them.

The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.

BA (Hons) Sanskrit: Admission Process

The admission process for BA (Hons) Sanskrit course involves a merit-based selection procedure rather than a common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country). For more clarification and ease of understanding, we have dealt with the process of admission for this course in a more detailed manner under the below-mentioned points.

  • Some Universities/Colleges conduct a common entrance test for admission into BA (Hons.) courses hence students would have to make an application for such exams.
  • Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
  • After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for counselling cum admission process by the respective university or college.
  • After admission process, final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place and the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.

However, in most of the colleges, the admission process would be a straight forward task which would involve college displaying cut-off for the course two to three times (or more till the seats are filled) and candidates satisfying the cut-off percentage visiting the college and getting admissions.   

BA (Hons) Sanskrit: Syllabus and Course description

The syllabus of the course is divided into 6 semesters spread over a span of three years with each year comprising of two semesters. Candidates would have to pass both the semester exam in order to proceed for next year of course.

The syllabus of the course is divided into various parts and modules that students are taught during the course of their graduation. The syllabus covers all the aspects related to the language so as to provide a holistic understanding of the language to the graduation students.

The details regarding the syllabus of the course is mentioned (in screenshots) below for the reference of the candidates.

Semester I Semester II
Classical Sanskrit Literature (Poetry) Poetry and Literary Criticism
Classical Sanskrit Literature (Prose) Classical Sanskrit Literature (Drama)
Drama and Grammar Poetry
Environment English/Hindi MIL
Semester III Semester IV
Vedic Literature Critical Survey of Classical Sanskrit Literature
Indian Social Institutions and Polity History of Indian Philosophy
History of Vedic Literature Linguistics and Language
History of Sanskrit Literature and Translation Dharma Shastra and Upanisa
Spoken Sanskrit and Computer Application Spoken Sanskrit and Communicative English
Semester V Semester VI
Sanskrit Grammar Indian Ontology and Epistemology
Indian Epigraphy, Palaeography and Chronology Sanskrit and World Literature
Veda Nyya/ Vykarra Veda Nyya/ Vykarra
Veda Nyya/ Kvya/ Vykarra Veda Nyya/ Kvya/ Vykarra

BA (Hons) Sanskrit: Who Should Opt for?

  • Students who have interest in learning Indian languages can opt for this course.
  • Those who have a teaching career in mind can also try their hands at this course as there is a demand for Sanskrit teachers at Upper Primary, Higher

Secondary and college level.

  • Those who are looking for a career in the field of Sanskrit communication and journalism can also opt for the course.
  • Those aiming at government jobs after graduation can also opt for the course.

BA (Hons) Sanskrit: Career Prospects

Sanskrit graduate candidates have plenty of options to choose from in terms of his/her career. One can choose from areas like journalism and communication to the more common one likes teaching and literary works.

To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where Sanskrit graduates can look for in terms of their career.

b.a sanskrit annual salary

Job Profile Role Average Salary (in INR)
Translator The person involved in this sector is entrusted with responsibilities of communicating Sanskrit in English, Hindi or any other language to the correspondents or the thirds person. Working in this domain requires knowledge of two to three languages apart from Sanskrit. INR 1.44-1.8 Lacs
Journalist/Content Developer Working in this domain requires one to indulge in developing content in the Sanskrit language for the viewers as well as preparing news item for the newspapers or journals. INR 1.8 Lacs
Government School Teacher/Journalist in Government run news channels Job in a government sector can range from a teaching job to a job of the translator. Sanskrit graduates can also look for opportunities in various government sectors like news anchor or reporter in DD news. INR 1.8-2.16 Lacs
Writer The working in this domain requires writing stories and poems in Sanskrit o be published for reading in magazines or as a separate publication INR 1.44-1.8 Lacs
Private School/College Teacher This would involve regular teaching job of teaching the language to school or college level students. There are plenty of options in private sector but the candidate has to go for B.Ed degree in the long run. INR 1.2-1.44 Lacs

Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons.} (Sanskrit) Fee Structure in India


966 (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES1.21 L  (Maximum Fee)
14.78 K (Average Fee)
1.26 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES3.62 L (Maximum Fee)
26.58 K (Average Fee)

Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons.} (Sanskrit) Fee Structure By state


West Bengal

2.01 KPUBLIC COLLEGES1.11 L
10.69 K
3.09 KPrivate COLLEGES16.23 K
8.68 K

Delhi NCR

6.04 KPUBLIC COLLEGES1.21 L
35.77 K
55.95 KPrivate COLLEGES1.08 L
81.97 K
1.49 KPUBLIC COLLEGES21 K
8.76 K
1.54 KPrivate COLLEGES93.45 K
21.77 K

Orissa

1.17 KPUBLIC COLLEGES76.94 K
19.30 K
3.27 KPrivate COLLEGES15.10 K
9.66 K

Jharkhand

2.23 KPUBLIC COLLEGES9.42 K
6.89 K
3.23 KPrivate COLLEGES1.11 L
34.16 K

Rajasthan

13.35 KPUBLIC COLLEGES13.35 K
13.35 K
1.26 KPrivate COLLEGES3.62 L
84.29 K

Tripura

966PUBLIC COLLEGES7.50 K
3.18 K
2.91 KPrivate COLLEGES2.91 K
2.91 K
8.48 KPUBLIC COLLEGES33.24 K
15.88 K
17.49 KPrivate COLLEGES26.70 K
22.09 K

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