M.A. in Geography is a postgraduate course in earth sciences, involving an advanced academic exploration of the earth’s surface, essence, and composition.
The average annual fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2000 and 1 Lakh, depending upon the institute offering this 3- year long course. The basic eligibility criterion needed to be fulfilled for applying to the course is graduationcompleted with a minimum aggregate score of 50%from a recognized university.
|MA Colleges In Uttar Pradesh||MA Colleges In Rajasthan||MA Colleges In Maharashtra||MA Colleges In Madhya Pradesh|
The average annual starting salary offered to successful postgraduates of the course in India ranges between INR 3 and 8 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Agricultural Specialist, Geographer, Cartographer, Demographer, Regional and Urban Planner and Forest Manager etc.
Listed below are some major highlights of the course:
|Name of the course||Master of Arts in Geography|
|Duration||2 years, full- time|
|Examination Type||Semester/ Annual System|
|Eligibility||Maximum 50% aggregate marks in graduation|
|Admission Process||Based on performance in relevant entrance tests, or direct admission in some cases|
|Average Course Fee||INR 2000 to 1 Lakh|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 8 Lacs|
|Area of work||Agricultural Research, colleges and universities, NGOs etc.|
Aside from Geography, the course covers aspects of related subjects such as Human Geography, which is the science of how the environment and space were created and continue to evolve. Also covered are elements of how the environment is affected by human beings and vice- versa.
Aspiring eligible candidates with analytical and problem- solving skills, critical interpretation, reasoning abilities and numerical skills are ideally suited for the course.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each:
|NAME OF THE COLLEGE||CITY||AVERAGE FEES|
|University of Delhi||New Delhi||INR 3,800|
|University of Rajasthan||Jaipur||INR 30, 000|
|Institute of Geo-informatics & Remote Sensing||Kolkata||INR 14,000|
|Jamia Millia University||New Delhi||INR 30,000|
|Nalanda Open University||Patna||INR 20,000|
|Loyola College||Chennai||INR 22,000|
|Symbiosis Institute of Design||Pune||INR 40,000|
|Apeejay College of Fine Arts||Jalandhar||INR 45,000|
|Banaras Hindu University||Banaras||INR 20,000|
|Banasthali Vidhyapeeth||Jaipur||INR 30,000|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:
|MA Colleges In West Bengal||MA Colleges In Bihar||MA Colleges In Uttarakhand||MA Colleges In Haryana|
Eligible candidates are required to qualify the relevant entrance examination followed by a round of group discussion. Subsequently, qualifying candidates would need to go through additional rounds of personal interview as the final stage in the process of selection. However, a few colleges also have their own entrance examinations and admission procedures in place for selecting and admitting candidates.
Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in fields such as:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB PROFILE||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUALSALARY|
|Agriculture Specialist||Agriculture Specialists often specialize in specific area, for example, animal science, economics, agricultural mechanics, soil science, or field crops. They work closely with farmers and livestock producers to ensure the business’ success||INR 1.5 Lacs|
|Geographer||Geographers study the earth and its land, features, and inhabitants. They also examine political or cultural elements related to geography.||INR 1.9 Lacs|
|Cartographer||A Cartographer is involved with the scientific, technological and artistic aspects of developing and producing maps. They present complex information as diagrams, charts and spreadsheets, as well as in the form of conventional maps||INR 1.80 Lacs|
|Demographer||A demographer, or Demographic Analyst, is a social scientist who uses statistical methods to study the size, distribution and structure of human populations.||INR 2 Lacs|
|Forest Manager||Forest/ Woodland Managers, or Foresters, are responsible for managing forests and woodlands and overseeing activities such as timber production, conservation and recreation. They maintain and manage various issues associated with woodland areas, such as commercial interests, biodiversity and public access.||INR 3.5 Lacs|
A semester- wise breakup of the course is given here.
|Climatology and Soil Geography|
|Nature of Geography|
|Quantitative Techniques and Digital Data Processing|
|Soil water Analysis, Surveying and Field Report|
|Geohydrology and Oceanography|
|Historical and Political Geography|
|Cartographic Techniques and Map Projection|
|Thematic Mapping and Geographical Information System|
|Social, Cultural and Settlement Geography|
|Population and Human Development|
|Regions and Regional Entity of India and West Bengal|
|Special Paper (A,B,C,D)|
|Applied Statistical Techniques in Geography|
|Special Paper (A,B,C,D)|
|A - Advanced Geomorphology B - Pedagogy C – Environmental Issues in Geography D – Urban Geography|
|Resource Planning and Development|
|Regional Planning and Development|
|Land use Planning and Rural Development|
|Special Paper (A,B,C,D) (Theory)|
|Remote sensing and Geographical Information System|
|Term Paper (On Respective Special Papers)|