B.Sc. in Genetics is a 3- year long graduate course, minimum eligibility for which is an intermediate (10+2) qualification in the science stream. Genetics is a branch of biology that scientifically studies genes, heredity and variations in living organisms. Subjects usually studied in the course’s curriculum are Cell Biology, Microbial Genetics & Technology, Biostatistics, Population Genetics, Genome Organization, Biochemistry, Gene Development, DNA Technology, etc.
The average course fees in India ranges between INR 30,000 - 2 lacs. The average salary offered to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 3 and 6 lacs per annum.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 from a recognized educational Board|
|Admission Process||Direct admission. Entrance exams in cases of a few institutes.|
|Course Fee||INR 30,000 - 2 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 - 6 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||AIIMS, BCS In-silico Biology, Tata Memorial Centre, Indian Society of Cell Biology etc.|
Genetics is the field of medicine that explores concepts and processes of heredity, genetic variation, and genes in living beings. It is also known called the science of heredity.
The discipline involves sub- sections such as Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Model Organisms, Microscopy, Cytogenetics, Mendelian Genetics & Biometry, Genetic Engineering, Molecular Genetics, Cloning and Biotechnology, among others.
Candidates aspiring to pursue the course would ideally be proficient in:
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by them
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees in INR|
|AWH Special College||Calicut||68,500|
|Dayanand Sagar Institute||Bangalore||2,74,500|
|Guru Nanak Dev University||Amritsar||37,200|
|Dyal Singh College||New Delhi||33,360|
|Goutham College of Physiotherapy||Bangalore||1,20,000|
|Maharani Laxmi Ammani College of Women||Bangalore||1,32,000|
|Padmashree Institute of Management and Sciences||Bangalore||1,05,000|
The basic criterion of eligibility needed to be met for admission to the course is a Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalent qualification from a recognized educational Board, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main subjects and a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level. A few institutes however, shortlist students based on their performance in an additional entrance test conducted at their own level.
A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below
|Cell Biology I|
|Molecular Genetics I|
|Population Genetics I|
|Molecular Genetics II|
|Population Genetics II|
|Genetics and Crop Improvement I|
|Genetics and Animal Improvement I|
|Genetics and Crop Improvement II|
|Genetics and Animal Improvement II|
Successful graduates of the course find lucrative career opportunities in fields of Biology, Biomedical, Material Science, Biomedical Science, Chemical and Physical Science, Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Life Sciences. They also fit well in areas related to research where they can utilize the latest scientific tools and techniques in the laboratory to understand how living systems work.
Healthcare, pharmaceutical industries, medical research, genetic engineering and lab technology are other areas offering employment opportunities to such graduates.
Some of the popular avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Geneticists||Genetic Scientists in a clinical setting use their knowledge to guide and treat patients with hereditary diseases or disorders. Genetic Counselors test patients for inherited conditions and advise them on possible treatments. Counselors often specialize in one field, such as pediatrics or oncology.||3.5 - 5 lacs|
|Epidemiologist||Epidemiologist investigate diseases involving the collection and analyses of health data through field research, observation, questionnaires and studies. During disease outbreaks, Epidemiologists apply their knowledge of how and why communicable diseases spread to make recommendations on containment and treatment.||5 – 5.5 lacs|
|Biophysicist||Biophysicists determine the effects of food, drugs, serums, hormones and other substances on tissues and the vital processes of living organisms. Biochemists and Biophysicists manage laboratory teams and monitor the quality of their work.||1.8 – 2 lacs|
|Genomics||Healthcare Scientists in Genomics examine samples of patients' nucleic acid (DNA or RNA (Ribonucleic acid)) to identify genetic and genomic alterations that may be responsible for inherited and acquired diseases or conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or cancer.||4 - 5 lacs|