Master of Fisheries Science M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture Top Colleges, Syllabus and Scope 

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Content Curator | Updated on - Jun 14, 2021

M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture is a 2- year long postgraduate course in the fisheries science in India. Fisheries science is the academic discipline concerned with managing and understanding fisheries. Agricultural universities of the country offer this course to make available the much needed technically- competent personnel for teaching, research and development purposes, and transfer of technology in the field of fisheries science.

The minimum eligibility for pursuance of the course is graduation (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Fisheries Science) from a recognized university. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a common entrance test conducted by various universities for assessment of competency. The average fee charged for the course in most universities of the country ranges between INR 50,000 and 2 lacs.

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in various government and private organizations across the country. The average starting salary offered to such postgraduates ranges between INR 2 and 10 lacs.

M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture: Course Highlights

Listed below are the major highlights of the course.

Name of the course Master of Fisheries Science in Aquaculture
Course Level Post-Graduation
Duration 2 years (4 semesters)
Stream Aqualogy Science
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility Bachelor of Fisheries Science form a recognised University
Admission Process Based on merit at the higher secondary level, entrance tests and interviews in case of some institutes
Average Course Fee INR 50 K to 3 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 2 Lacs to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting Companies Fisheries Survey of India (FSI), VA Tech Wabag GMBH, Thermax India, GE Water, Siemens water, Hindustan Dorr Oliver limited, Wog Technologies, UEM India Pvt. Ltd, SFC Environmental Technologies Private Limited

M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture: What is it About?

Fisheries Science is a multidisciplinary science, which draws from the disciplines of Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marine Conservation, Ecology, Population Dynamics, Economics, and Management, to attempt to provide an integrated picture of fisheries. In the course curriculum, related topics are covered such as Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity, Environmental Biotechnology, Biotechnology for Cleaner Environment, and Management and Utilization of Wastewater, etc.

Top Institutes Offering M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture   

Listed below are some of the best institutes in India that offer M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture.

College Name Location Average Tuition Fees
College of Fisheries Mangalore, Karnataka INR 15000
Fisheries College and Research Institute Thoothukudi INR 10000
College of Fisheries Panangad, Kerala INR 12000
College of Fishery Science Pantnagar, Uttaranchal INR 18000
College of Fisheries Lembucherra, Tripura INR 16000
Central Institute of Fisheries Education Mumbai, Maharashtra INR 20000

Eligibility for M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture

The minimum eligibility for admission to the course is graduation in the science stream, or B.Tech. in a related discipline. However, a few institutes offering the course specify the minimum eligibility as graduation in Zoology or Fisheries Science.

M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s score at the graduation level. Candidates are selected on merit basis in terms of performance in graduation. Additionally, qualification of a Common Entrance Test conducted by the ICAR is also required by some institutes. A few universities in India also conduct their own entrance tests for admission to the course.

M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture: Career Prospects

Qualified professionals of the discipline interested in higher studies in the subject may go for pursuing Ph. D in Fishery Science, Inland Fisheries Administration etc.

An increased demand for sea food and the subsequent growth in the fishing industry has opened up wider employment opportunities for qualified candidates in the discipline of Fishery Science in both government and private organizations.

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Technical Officers and Scientists in fields such as the following:

  • Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA),
  • Export Inspection Agency (EIA),
  • Coastal Aquaculture Authority of India (CAA),
  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and
  • Fisheries Survey of India (FSI),
  • National Institute of Oceanography (NIO),
  • Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Aquaculture Annual Salary graph
Job Title Job Description Average Annual Salary in INR
Fishery Manager Fishery Managers direct the exercises that happen at a fishery, which include observing fish development, preparing nourishment, dispersing pharm material etc. 3-15 Lacs
Fisheries Biologist Biologist Supervisors work in various zones. They frequently need to live and work outside as they perform field research and gather organic information. 2-5 Lacs
Aquarists The Aquarist is the individual that keeps an eye on the fish and guarantees that they are bolstered and get all that they need to live and flourish. 5-15 Lacs
Professor Assistant Professors teach in fisheries universities and institutes 3-10 Lacs

M.F.Sc. in Aquaculture: Syllabus and Course Structure

A semester- wise breakup of the course is tabulated below.


Sustainable Aquaculture
Soil and Water Quality Management in Aquaculture
Nutrition and Feed Technology Aquatic Animal Health Management
Seed Production and Hatchery
Management of Finfishes
Seed Production and Hatchery
Management of Shellfishes


Applied Genetics in Aquaculture
Non-Food Aquaculture
Coastal Aquaculture
Freshwater Aquaculture
Larval Nutrition and Culture of Food Organisms
Aquaculture Engineering


Advances in Aquaculture Production Systems
Advances in Seed Production and Hatchery Management
Aquaculture and Ecosystem Management
Aquatic Animal Health Management and Quarantine
Fish and Shellfish Physiology and Endocrinology


Advances in Fish Genetics
Intensive Farming Systems for Tilapia and Catfishes
Aquaculture Development Planning and Management
Applied Biotechnology
Master’s Seminar
Master’s Research

Master of Fisheries Science [MFSc] (Aquaculture) Fee Structure in India

32.90 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES80.17 K  (Maximum Fee)
55.84 K (Average Fee)
34.95 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES2.32 L (Maximum Fee)
95.90 K (Average Fee)


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9.6 /10

Course Curriculum Overview :

I am doing specialization in aquaculture for my master degree. It is a two year course wherein first year is the academic year and second year is the research year. Aquaculture is considered as the mother subject in fisheries science. Teacher Student ratio is 1:13 . Each teacher can very well guide two students for research. Each teacher is actually an ARS qualified scientist. As of now, a master degree student can appear for ARS exam post. According to the new notice, which shall apply from 2022, it will be mandatory for a student to have a PhD degree in order to appear for ARS exam. Teaching is mostly practical based and we get a chance to be a part of various institutional training. Exams are conducted in the predicted time. Few minor courses(from other departments) and supporting course viz. Statistics require attention more than the others and are difficult to pass otherwise major courses require understanding to answer.

Campus Life :

The university is located in the heart of Mumbai with best of the facilities. The old campus has a academic building, RAS(advanced fish system) unit and hostel for PG-boys and staff quarter. The new campus is few kms away has and has an area of 100 acres. It has a director building, academic building, wet lab, aquarium setup, aquaponics unit, PhD boys' hostel, PG and PhD girls' hostel and scientist quarters. Cricket and football ground, Indoor sports complex, gym with a professional trainer, international guest house for foreign students are other facilities of the campus. Every classroom is spacious and has a projector, white board. Our library is named after the famous Prof. Hiralal Choudhary and has CIFE journals and other famous journals of this sector along with books of Indian and foreign authors. Innovation festival was held in the month of march and sports meet takes place in the month of November each year.

Placement Experience :

No campus placement is provided. One can find employment in Various feed companies, as SRF in various on going projects, and as assistant professor (after clearing ICAR-NET), associate professor, contract based teaching. After qualifying for ARS-NET, one is employed as a scientist in various research institutions. There is a huge scope for entrepreneurship in this sector with the help of government subsidies.

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9.7 /10

Course Curriculum Overview :

The exam is fare and better one .there is 50:50 for internal and external Patten together Combine to form grade points , there is a lot of practical experience in this method of study with industrial knowledge as well as out side farming and handling wilh different kinds of equipment for studies

Campus Life :

Gender artio is 50 females to 30 males, culture festival,political party is sfi,very high quality teaching, socially friendszone with local people,there is separate gym facility for boys and girls,enteractive section with teachers and students ,nss as well as ncc functional in a very good manner

Fee Structure And Facilities :

Feasible fee, payment through cash ,fee varies from category to category ie, free for SC ST and children of fisherman .at the time of admission must aoy an amount of RS 8000 and will be refunded for reservation catogary section students .The college is providing transparency in free structure

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7.7 /10

Remarks :

Even if this university was established in 2012, it has many facilities and several other things things to offer like good hostel provisions for both boys and girls, well-organized classroom with projectors and a lot of space, hygienic and good food in the mess, gyms, wi-fi facilities, various UG as well as PG courses with highly experienced professors etc, when compared to other government colleges or universities

Campus Life :

Several extra-curricular activities are conducted in this university all around the year. We have annual sports in which there are various competitions for both indoor and outdoor. We also have inter-hostel sports tournaments especially among boys hostels. We have various campus on blood-donation, social issues and many more.

Fee Structure And Facilities :

I think that if this a government institute, of course, the fee structure is very much inexpensive and reasonably priced. The grand total fees for my course Rs 65,925 which also includes tuition fees, exam fees, other fees as well. Tuition fees for two consecutive years are Rs 5000, exam fees are Rs 4000 that to for 2 years.

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9.0 /10

Placement Experience :

hough maximum of the students want to carry out their higher study as Ph.D. scholar from CIFE, there are many opportunities for those who wants early settlement in life. If private sector is concerned, many fish feed manufacturing company like Godrej, CP, Avanti use to conduct yearly basis interview and choose the talents from CIFE. The higher posts of the company like the marketing supervisor, R and D are offered with lucrative deal to the students. The good reputation of CIFE assures a good placement scope for the students. If central job is concerned, there is always a chance to become an Agriculture Research Scientist (ARS) through the examination conducted by the Agriculture Research Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB), ICAR, government. Of West Bengal. The ICAR NET qualified students in respective discipline have the scope to become Assistant Professor in any Fisheries University. From my senior batch 6 students got selected as ARS, 3 students got selected in the marketing wing of Godrej feed company. Even in my batch though maximum of them were selected in their respective State government job, 2 students again got selected in Godrej feed company. The excellent placement scope is now attracting the young generation toward the fisheries sector, keeping CIFE at the centre of all of these.

Faculty :

CIFE has an excellent Faculty to educate the students. As the teachers are scientists themselves there isn't any question regarding their knowledge an qualification in this field. The PPT method of teaching helps the student to understand the topic more deeply followed by the practical classes so make the students confident and skillful. The curriculum offers an exposure visit to the respective field of practical working area. As Fisheries Science is a technical course, the course curriculum rightly offers both theoretical and practical exposure to the students.

Loan/ Scholarship Provisions :

The each discipline of CIFE offers 1 seat as JRF seat from ICAR. CIFE offers scholarship of 7500/-to the students. The events like Onam, Durga puja, Ganesh puja, Dassera, Dandia are celebrated together. The annual sports, freshers party, year ending, Christmas events are worth to mention which allow the students to come together and celebrate.

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Admission :

The Central Institute of Fisheries Education is a Deemed to be University and institution of higher learning for fisheries science in Mumbai, India. The duration of this Master’s degree programme is two years. To get admission, Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc.) with a minimum of 60% marks under the 10+2+4 with system are eligible to apply for admission. They will have to give Entrance Exam and on the basis of merit they will be selected.

Placement Experience :

There is the department of placement. The college provides with great opportunities to its students. There are internships for  the students to grow. They also provide with jobs and placements for their students. Many firms come and recruit the students. Many students take part in the placement programme and enhance their skills.

Faculty :

The faculty of the college is appointed with the focus in quality education of students. They are well qualified and trained with a great experience. They have good command over their respective subjects. They also encourage students in every possible way and help them when they need.

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9.7 /10

Faculty :

We have only one year for class lecture, almost 9 stujects in semester, and two semester in a year for studying course work. All the class are taken by the course scientist through power point presentation and after that practical classes was also taken by the lab assistant. Also experts from out side other institutions fir national and international came to teach the students, also a aregular interval many training programs were conducted to the students for a period maximum about 7-10 days after that certificate also distributed.

Campus Life :

Gender ratio varries but in our discipline it MF ratio is 11:4. All the diverse students from kashmir to tamilnadu are studying in our college, and all their respective functions are observed with proper channels. Almost all ther region students rae there and have a good relationship with rmeach students. Indoor and outdoor facilities are also provided for extraordinary activities and cultural and literature meet also conducted.

Admission :

Aquaculture is the backbone of Indian fisheries which is most profitable enterprises, so after qualified in the entrance examination, i choose to do Aquaculture course. I got admission in july 2018 in aquaculture discipline as a phd researcher. After qualifying the entrance in aquaculture discipline, you will be noticed through mail or website after that you may come to take admission.

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6.7 /10

Placement Experience :

Our institute has a placement department. The students of the institute are offered with different opportunities to get jobs and get placed in good reputed companies. Different companies come and recruit students. A number of students takes part in the placement programs.

Campus Life :

The activities organized by the college are very well arranged. The students participate will full joy in all of the activities. All these activities helps to develop extra skills among the students and also helps in increasing their confidence level.

Remarks :

Institute provides different facilities to the students. The college has a very big library. The labs of the college are equipped with different instruments. The canteen is also very good. The students are also provided with the facility of hostel.

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7.0 /10

Campus Life :

CIFE has good facilities for many recreational activities including badminton courts, volleyball and basketball court, tennis, etc. Also, the college has facilities for some indoor games like chess and carom. As I am interested in sports I have taken participation in ICAR level sports meet last year and won medals for my college.

Fee Structure And Facilities :

The total fees of my course is 32,900 in which we have to pay 16,700 in the first year and 16,200 in the second year. I'm in the second year of my course. But before taking admission I made some research and found that the recharge by the college is less when compared to many other big colleges.

Admission :

The admission process of the college was strict. However, I managed to get admission in Master of Fisheries Science (M.F.Sc.) in aquaculture. I cleared the entrance examination conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The course had only 10 seats and luckily I got admission.

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9.0 /10

Placement Experience :

There is a training and placement cell. There are a lot of opprtunities provided by college to students. There are also internships. Many companies come and recruit the students. The placement cell organizes programmes so that students can enhance their skills.

Campus Life :

Various days like yoga day, teacher's day, youth day are celebrated every year. Various events, debates, quizzes are held throughout the year. The gender ratio of the college is well balanced. The college organizes various sports tournaments every year.

Remarks :

It is a deemed to be university. It was established in 1961 and is affiliated to UGC, ICAR. Dr Gopal krishna is the current vice chancellor. Campus is located in an urban area. It imparts proficient training and education to fishery professionals.

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