Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Optometry) - Course Overview




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    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Optometry Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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    B.Sc. Optometry is a full-time 3-year undergraduate course, divided into six semesters, of six months each. It essentially involves an advanced study of the clinical skills involved in professionally measuring eyesight, prescribing corrective lenses, and detecting eye diseases.

    Top Institutes offering B.Sc. Optometry are:

    Interested aspirants need to have qualified the Senior and Higher Secondary Examinations (classes 10th & 12th), as the minimum criteria of eligibility, for pursuing the course in India. The program can be pursued in India for an average course fee ranging between INR 2 and 6 Lacs, varying across institutes. Admission to the course is generally offered based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance examination, and thereafter a round of counseling.

    Successful graduates of the program are lucratively employment across both private and government sectors, in areas such as eye clinics, optician showrooms, contact lens and ophthalmic lens industry, hospital eye department, optical shops, and such, with a monthly pay ranging around INR 15K and 30K at an initial level, varying with the candidate’s expertise in the field.

    B.Sc. Optometry: Course Highlights

    Some of the important highlights of the course are tabulated below.

    Course LevelUndergraduate
    Duration3 Years
    Minimum Qualification Required10th and 12th completed from a recognized educational Board.
    Admission ProcedureCounseling after qualification of a relevant entrance examination.
    Examination TypeSemester System
    Major Entrance ExamsAIIMS, JNU, DU, CMC, etc.
    Total Course FeeINR 2 to 6 Lacs
    Average Starting SalaryINR 2.5 to 8 Lacs (annually)
    Top recruiting Areas/FieldsContact lens & ophthalmic lens industry, eye clinics, health consultancies, hospital eyes departments, lens manufacturing units, optician showrooms, multinational companies dealing with eye care products, etc.
    Job PositionsOptometrist, Optician, Sales Executive, Teacher, Eye Doctor, and such.

    B.Sc. Optometry: What is it About?

    B.Sc. Optometry course has been designed to offer to eligible candidates a wide range of clinical skills and knowledge to examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system using lenses and other optical aids.

    Successful graduates of the course interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for higher courses such as M.Sc., Ph.D., and other research-related studies in the vision care science.

    B.Sc. Optometry program aims to educate students about the various professional methods of visual screening, diagnosis of visual problems, orthotics and vision training, optometric counseling of patients with partial sight, color blindness and hereditary vision defects, and designing and fitting of spectacles, contact lens, and low vision aids.

    One of the main objectives of the program is to prepare candidates for successfully operating in, and contributing to the department of vision care, as also for pursuing advanced research in the discipline. The B.Sc. Optometry curriculum blends theoretical and practical components of the study.

    B.Sc. Optometry: Who should opt?

    Aspiring eligible candidates would ideally possess:

    • the ability to deal tactfully with patients
    • managerial skills.
    • good communication and interpersonal skills to deal with other professionals in the field
    • work ethics characterized by dedication and persistence.

    B.Sc. Optometry: Top Institutes

    Various colleges and institutes offer a B.Sc. Optometry, but some of them considered to be the best to pursue the course are tabulated below along with corresponding locations and total fees charged by each.

    All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)New DelhiINR 3,085
    ST. Xavier’s CollegeMumbaiINR 22,380
    Suresh Gyan Vihar InstituteJaipurINR 87,000
    Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 16,667
    Madras Christian College (MCC)ChennaiINR 19,319
    The Oxford College of ScienceBangaloreINR 25,000
    Stella Maris CollegeChennaiINR 3,460
    Ramjas CollegeNew DelhiINR 12,000
    Fergusson CollegePuneINR 3,420
    Hans Raj College (HRC)New DelhiINR 16,000
    Presidency CollegeChennaiINR 1,265
    Miranda CollegeNew DelhiINR 17,800
    Mount Carmel College (MCC)BangaloreINR 35,600
    ST. Xavier’s CollegeKolkataINR 27,700
    Sri Venkateswara CollegeNew DelhiINR 11,540
    Gargi CollegeNew DelhiINR 8,305
    ST Joseph’s College DevagiriCalicutINR 3,075
    Om Sai Paramedical CollegeAmbalaINR 40,000
    Elphinstone CollegeMumbaiINR 23,188
    Hindu CollegeNew DelhiINR 16,173
    ST. Xavier’s CollegeAhmadabadINR 12,000

    Eligibility for B.Sc. Optometry

    Candidates wishing to pursue B.Sc. Optometry needs to fulfill the below-mentioned minimum eligibility criteria in order to apply for the course.

    • 10+2 qualification in the Science stream, completed from a recognized educational Board
    • A minimum aggregate score of 60% at the level of Higher Secondary Examination (10+2). Some colleges offer a relaxation of 5% to SC/ST candidates.

    B.Sc. Optometry: Admission Procedure

    Admission to B.Sc. Optometry course is provided to eligible candidates on the basis of performance in a relevant entrance examination, which is conducted either by the concerned institution or at the State or national level. A cut-off score is set for the examination and students clearing that are eligible for the counseling process.

    The counseling process comprises two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined, and seats are allotted to qualifying students.

    Although, there are some colleges in India that provide admission on the basis of marks scored in last qualifying examination (class 12th).

    Mentioned below are some of the major entrance tests conducted in the country for admission to B.Sc. Optometry course.

    • AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) Entrance Test
    • JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) Combined Entrance Examination
    • DU (University of Delhi) Biotechnology Entrance Examination
    • CMC (Christian Medical College) Entrance Examination
    • NEET-UG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Under Graduate)

    B.Sc. Optometry: Syllabus and Course Description

    Tabulated below is a semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.

    Semester ISemester II
    Basic AccountancyContact Lens
    Clinical PsychologyFunctional English and Communication
    Community and Occupational OptometryGeriatric Optometry and Pediatric Optometry
    Computer BasicsGeneral Biochemistry & Ocular Biochemistry
    Semester IIISemester IV
    General Physiology and Ocular PhysiologyLaw and Optometry
    General Anatomy and Ocular AnatomyLow Vision Aids
    Geometrical OpticsMathematics
    Hospital ProceduresNutrition
    Semester VSemester VI
    Ocular Diseases and Eye & Systemic DiseasesPhysical Optics
    Optometric and Dispensing OpticsPublic Relations
    Optometric Instruments and Clinical Examination of Visual System Research Methodology and Statistics
    Pathology & MicrobiologySquint and Binocular Vision
    PharmacologyVisual Optics

      B.Sc. Optometry: Career Prospects

      Optometry is a dynamic and challenging healthcare profession involving vision-measurement, prescribing and fitting lenses to improve vision, detection and treatment of various eye disease.

      Successful graduates of B.Sc. Optometry course can work as faculty in the teaching field, or even start their own practice, where they can earn up to INR 7 Lacs yearly, at a starting level, which is expected to grow with time. Major areas of employment include:

      • Eye Care Departments
      • Eye Clinics
      • Optical Showrooms
      • Multinational companies manufacturing contact lenses and other eye products
      • Lens Manufacturing Units
      • Occupational Health Care Sectors. 

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      Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are tabulated below along with the corresponding salaries and job duties related to each. 

      B.Sc. in Optometry Average Salary
      OpticianThey prescribe to, and fit spectacles and other optical aids on, both adults and children, working from the prescriptions written by optometrists and ophthalmologists. Also, they advise patients on various types of lenses and spectacle frames, including style, weight, and color.INR 3 to 6 Lacs
      OptometristThey examine eyes to detect defects in vision and ocular diseases, such as glaucoma and conjunctivitis, and treat them.INR 3.5 to 6 Lacs
      TeacherThey create lessons & plans and teach those plans to the entire class, individually to students or in small groups, track student progress, and present the information to parents, create tests, create, and reinforce classroom rules, work with school administration, and prepare students for standardized tests, etc.INR 2 to 4.5 Lacs
      Research AssistantThey prepare articles, reports, and presentations, and perform routine clerical duties as instructed, if essential to the research activities of the supervisor or project to which the research assistant is assigned. Also, they assist in administrative duties such as completing reports.INR 2.5 to 5 Lacs
      Sales ExecutiveThey are the key point of contact between an organization and its clients to answer queries, offer advice, and introduce new products. Their work includes organizing sales visits, demonstrating and presenting products, and such.INR 3 to 7 Lacs
      Eye DoctorThey perform vision tests and analyze results. They diagnose sight problems, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, and eye diseases, such as glaucoma.INR 3 to 6 Lacs

      Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Optometry) Fee Structure in India

      30 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES4.4 L (Maximum Fee)
      2.35 L (Average Fee)
      11.28 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES5.85 L (Maximum Fee)
      2.31 L (Average Fee)

      Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Optometry) Fee Structure by State

      Tamil Nadu

      3.03 L
      2.64 L


      1.8 LPUBLIC COLLEGES3.13 L
      2.46 L
      2.76 L

      Delhi NCR

      37.19 KPUBLIC COLLEGES2.4 L
      1.08 L
      1.52 LPRIVATE COLLEGES5.85 L
      2.95 L


      37.19 KPUBLIC COLLEGES2.4 L
      1.08 L
      2.99 L


      1.32 LPUBLIC COLLEGES3.93 L
      2.63 L
      1.65 LPRIVATE COLLEGES2.98 L
      2.39 L


      2.04 LPUBLIC COLLEGES4.4 L
      3.22 L
      2.4 L


      1.59 LPUBLIC COLLEGES1.59 L
      1.59 L
      22.3 KPRIVATE COLLEGES2.21 L
      1.55 L




      Is is important for someone to crack examinations like NEET and AIIMS for this course?

      09 Jan, 2020 22:40
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Arisha, as selection criteria for a concerned course varies as per the college/university. Thus, this will depend on the college in which you are applying for admission.

      10 Jan, 2020 15:51
      Jaber Shaikh

      I won't to know is there any nsc optometry college in dhule Maharashtra

      09 Aug, 2019 16:13
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Jaber, you can check various B.Sc Optometry Colleges across the country from here.

      09 Aug, 2019 16:22
      karajada jhansi

      present in hyd bsc optometry admissions are opened ? i got 899 marks in inter .plz give information

      08 Aug, 2019 15:58
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Karajada, kindly mention the concerned college in which you want to take admission as schedule varies from college to college. You can also refer to the list of Colleges Offering B.Sc Optometry from here.

      08 Aug, 2019 16:21
      karajada jhansi

      ntr university in vijayawada or CUTM university in vishakapatnam

      08 Aug, 2019 16:37
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Admission procedure in NTRUHS has ended on Aug 6, 2019 (tentatively). However, you can still apply in CUTM Vishakhapatnam, admission will be done on merit basis. For further details, you can check the CUTM Admission Procedure from here.

      08 Aug, 2019 16:44
      Neha kumari

      Hlw i want to take admission in optometry from kolkata ... is admission is going on in private colleges ..... i passed 12th from bihar with 60 percentage

      19 Jul, 2019 22:23
      Ayush Gupta

      Hi Neha, yes you can take admission in private college now.

      26 Jul, 2019 17:11
      Poloju Srujana

      What are the cut off marks for B.Sc optometry ?

      21 Jun, 2019 10:12
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Srujana, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying as the eligibility criteria for a specific course is different for each college. Thus, you may either mention the concerned college/university or you may visit the official website of the same for relevant information.

      21 Jun, 2019 10:49
      Samrudhi Shinde

      I got 70% in 12th mh board and 92 percentile in mhcet 2019........can I get government college for bsc optometry in Maharashtra?.........plz tell me as soon as possible.....

      14 Jun, 2019 16:59
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Samrudhi, kindly mention the college in which you want to take admission as the admission criteria will vary from college to college. You may also check the official website of the same for relevant information. However, considering your score, you have high chances of getting admission.

      14 Jun, 2019 17:11
      Dhanshree Khandagale

      I want to take college of pune... I have 80% in i want to do bsc optometry...when form would be released...and how many fees i have to pay for it...plzz tell me as early as possible

      11 Jun, 2019 15:54
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Dhanshree, you can check Dr. DY Patil Institute of Optometry and Visual Sciences in Pune for the concerned course. You can check Admission Details and Fee Structure for B.Opt in the institute from here.

      11 Jun, 2019 16:22
      Mugesh Kumar

      12th mark393. Fees offered?

      21 May, 2019 14:50
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Mugesh, kindly mention the college in which you want to take admission so that we can provide you the relevant details.

      21 May, 2019 15:17
      Makam pravalika

      I want to take college of hyderabad which is best college in hyderabad

      28 May, 2020 22:26
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      HI Pravalika, University of Hyderabad (UoH) offers B.Sc in Optometry.

      28 May, 2020 22:55

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