Updated on Mar 4, 2022 07:05 IST
Ritika Srivastava

Ritika SrivastavaAssociate Senior Executive, Editorial

The study of facts, events, individuals and society in the past is known as History. Right from the time man realized what it is like to walk on land to creating aeroplanes, history is capturing incidents, inventions, discoveries which developed the society we live in. There are many sub-branches to history. A person who studies pre-history through things that have been left behind by ancient cultures is Archaeology. The study of using sources and methods to study the past is known as Histography. History covers all the events, right from how the Big Bang happened, to the extinction of Dinosaurs, from Alexander the Great’s vast empire to World War II.

History is divided into three branches:

  • Ancient History: The branch covers to the past events dating back to the beginning of writing and recording of events, incidents, discoveries and innovations. The study of Ancient History extends as far as post-classical history. This branch covers all continents inhabited by humans in the period of 3000 BC to AD 500. This involves the study of Greek History, Western History and much more.
  • Medieval History: This branch covers historic events which happened between the Ancient Period and Modern Period, which expands from the 6th to the 14th centuries. People learn about the Mughal Empire, to British colonized India, the history of China to the Gupta Empires.
  • Modern History: This branch deals with history which has been coming down from the 15th century onwards. This covers the empires, rules to the world wars to democracy to the industrial revolution. There are World History and Indian History under this branch. 

Similar Subjects to History

Subjects similar to History are given below:

Anthropology

Archaeology

Communication Studies

Geography

Languages

Linguistics

Literature

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Social Work

History Courses Offered

Various programmes or courses under History stream are given below:

Course

Duration

BA in Ancient History

3 Years

BA in Ancient Indian Culture

3 Years

BA in Ancient Indian History and Archeology

3 Years

BA History

3 Years

BA (Hons) History

3 Years

BEd History

2 Years

MA in Ancient Indian History

2 Years

MA Ancient History

2 Years

MA Ancient Indian History and Archeology

2 Years

MA History of Art

2 Years

MA History

2 Years

MPhil History

2 Years

PhD Ancient History

2 Years

PhD History (Medieval and Modern)

2 Years

PhD History

2 Years

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History: Eligibility Criteria

Students who are interested in pursuing a course in any programme in History, need to meet the eligibility criteria set by universities. The common eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • BA History: Students need to have done their Class 12 from a recognised board and should have secured a minimum of 50% aggregate. Students from a Humanities background, are generally given more preference. However, some universities allow students from any stream to apply for admission.
  • MA History: The candidate should have done their graduation from a recognised university and should have secured a minimum of 55% aggregate. The student should have done their BA (Hons), BA Programme with History as a major/minor or any similar related subject.
  • MPhil: Students who want to pursue their MPhil in History, should hold a master's degree in History. The candidate should have also secured a minimum of 55% aggregate in their Master’s from a recognised college.
  • PhD: If a student wants to pursue a doctoral degree in History, the candidate should hold a master’s degree from a recognized university and should clear UGC-NET.
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History Admission Process

  • Choose University/College: The first step is to search for colleges or universities that offer a programme in History of your interest. Check the fees, the seats offered and eligibility criteria which is set for the course.
  • Apply for Course: You will first have to apply online on the official website of the university which is offering the programme/course. Fill up the details as required and pay the application fee, it can be through any of the available modes. The application forms are generally available for a limited period of time so the candidate is advised to know the details way in advance.
  • Mode of Admission: Universities and colleges will either conduct entrance exams for admission or offer admission through merit. For postgraduate, MPhil and PhD programmes, the candidate will have to appear for an entrance exam in most cases.
  • Results: Qualified candidates who make it to the merit list will be offered admission. The student has to get the desired rank and percentage to be eligible for admission if it is an entrance exam.
  • Counselling: The candidate will have to appear for the counselling session conducted at the university to book their seat, submit their documents and pay the fees to seal admission.

Employment Areas after History Programme

Given below are the various fields one can opt for after completion of the programme:

Academic Researcher

Archivist

Heritage Manager

Historic Building Inspector

Museum Education Officer

Archaeologist

Anthropologist

Historian

Librarian

School Teacher

Lecturer

College Professor

Adviser

Supervisor

Consultant

Information Officer

Journalist

Civil Service Administrator

Policy Officer

Solicitor

Writer/Editor

Business Consultant

Top Entrance Exams for History

Tabulated below are the top entrance examinations through which one can take admissions to the History programmes:

JMI Entrance Exam

DUET

BHU UET

BHU PET

PUBDET

PUMDET

JNUEE

LPU NEST

CUET

AUCET

History Related FAQs

Q. What are the specialisations offered in MA History?

A. The specialisations offered in MA History are as follows:

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Modern History

Q. Can I get a job after BA History?

A. Yes. There are various opportunities, however, it is advisable to pursue your higher studies in order to learn more and get a clearer perspective about the subject.

Q. How do I get admission to MA History at JNU?

A. Students will have to first apply online on the official website of JNU-NTA. Candidates will have to appear for the JNU Entrance Exam (JNUEE). Candidates who clear the written exam will have to appear for a Personal Interview (PI). Candidates who clear the two rounds are offered admission to the course.

Q. I have done BA Sociology, am I eligible for MA History?

A. Yes. The candidate is eligible as they should have done their BA in History or any similar discipline.

Q. Can I pursue Archaeology after BA History?

A. Yes. As Archeology is a part of History and deals with Ancient History and Medieval History, students can pursue MA in Archaeology, which is offered by various universities and colleges.

Q. Can I pursue a Diploma in History?

A. There are very few colleges which offer a Diploma in History. There are certificate courses which are offered on the field’s specialisation such as Ancient History and Medieval History.

Q. Are History courses available online?

A. Yes. There are colleges, institutes which are affiliated to the UGC which offer online certificate courses such as IGNOU and St. Xavier’s College.

Q. What are the requirements to become a History teacher?

A. The candidate should have done their bachelor’s in History and then have to pursue their BEd. In their BEd course, students are trained to become teachers.

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Saima khatun

2022-03-03 16:10:35

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (History, Economics, Pol. Sc., Geography) at NDA Pune.

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Chef Sukhminder Singh

2022-02-19 11:26:37

Which is the best college to study history in India?

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My name is Piu Banerjee

2021-12-11 18:10:55

I have done MA in history. Is history subject available in PhD?

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Dr Uma Sinha

Scholar-Level 16

3 days ago

Ph.D. in history subject is available.

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Khushi jha

2022-02-23 19:27:52

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (Hons.) in History at R K Saha Women's College.

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 7

a week ago

Cutoff for B. A changed every year you have to go through with college website.

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BS Muralidhar

2022-02-23 08:34:10

Can I know which are good UG courses around history and Archeology?

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Ratnakar Mishra

Beginner-Level 3

a week ago

In my point of view, the research part of archaeology will be better than history as you will enjoy the process of learning things instead of learning only the textbook knowledge you will get to know the practical implementations as well.

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Devanshu Nath

2022-02-17 12:37:49

I want to know how to give B.A. History Hons entrance exam?

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Puneet Singh

Scholar-Level 17

2 weeks ago

Dear Aspirant, There are many universities that conduct entrance exams for BA (Hons. ) in History such as VIT, LPU, SRM, Amity, PU, CU, etc. Being an alumnus of LPU I would be sharing the pathway to go through the syllabus of BA (Hons.) in the History entrance exam. Firstly visit the LPUNEST webs...Dear Aspirant, There are many universities that conduct entrance exams for BA (Hons. ) in History such as VIT, LPU, SRM, Amity, PU, CU, etc. Being an alumnus of LPU I would be sharing the pathway to go through the syllabus of BA (Hons.) in the History entrance exam. Firstly visit the LPUNEST website.
Secondly, select the programme in which you are interested to take admissions such as BA (Hons. )
A new tab will be opened. There will find an option of Information in a Blue color row, Click on the information icon, you can get a Syllabus, Papers, Sample of questions for the particular programme there.
I hope this helps.
All the Best!

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Md Asrar Alam

2022-02-11 18:01:43

I want admission in B.A History 2021 t0 2024 in Insan Degree College, what is the admission process?

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GAMPA MADHAV

Beginner-Level 1

3 weeks ago

I would suggest you to start searching for colleges as fast as possible, first track down top colleges in the country and then think about how much you can offord and some institutions would ask you to write exams or would take you in based on your intermediate marks

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Arshi khan

2022-01-25 07:20:32

Can I know how many seats are available in the PhD. History at AMU?

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KUSHAGRA VERMA

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Most probably it's 2 or 6 seats. For more accurate information, just contact faculty personally.

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Nibedita biswas

2022-01-23 13:28:35

I have 54 percent in Masters in history and in M.Phil 68 percent. Now can I avail Ph.D. in South East Asia from political Science?

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Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

a month ago

Hello Nibedita Biswas, for doing Ph.D. one needs to pass entrance exam or screening exam for Ph.D. prescribed by concerned University. Your marks at UG or PG level do not matter much. Some universities allow M.Phil candidates to take up Ph.D. without any entrance exam. You just need to seek advis...Hello Nibedita Biswas, for doing Ph.D. one needs to pass entrance exam or screening exam for Ph.D. prescribed by concerned University. Your marks at UG or PG level do not matter much. Some universities allow M.Phil candidates to take up Ph.D. without any entrance exam. You just need to seek advise from registrar of your intended university. Best wishes to you.

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Aakash Luhar

2022-01-15 10:41:43

What after NIOS 12th with English, Gujarati, Geography, Introduction of Law and History. Which graduation stream is available?

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

You can explore about law courses after 12th but some law colleges do not allow NIOS certification. You can explore about -- vocational courses from good colleges- hotel management courses- journalism courses- language courses like B.A. In English Spanish, etc. - You can enroll for any B.A. Cour...You can explore about law courses after 12th but some law colleges do not allow NIOS certification. You can explore about -
- vocational courses from good colleges
- hotel management courses
- journalism courses
- language courses like B.A. In English Spanish, etc. - You can enroll for any B.A. Course and prepare for government. Exam
You can explore about B.A. LL.B. And career prospects after it. Best wishes.

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Souvik Dasgupta

2022-01-14 12:06:52

I want to do PhD in History from BHU. I am NET (JRF) qualified. Do I need to sit for the RET or am I exempted ?

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Hrishabh Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

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SATYABHAMA NAYAK

2022-01-14 19:10:41

I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (Hons.) in History at Christ College,Cuttack

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konatham Abhishek

Scholar-Level 16

a month ago

Dear Nayak
Undergraduate with 50% in all the subjects including languages (Except B.E or BTech).
Please click on link for more details: https://www.shiksha.com/college/christ-college-cuttack-58723/course-b-a-hons-in-history-327339
Thank You!

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Durga Bhavani

2022-01-14 09:21:19

I want to know about the fee structure at Government Degree College For Women, Begumpet for B.A. (History, Economics, Political Science).

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Hrishabh Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Hey Durga the fee for BA generally extends from 5-6 thousand per year.

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Devanshu Nath

2021-12-28 10:01:26

Is LPU University good for an M.A. in history or not?

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Puneet Singh

Scholar-Level 17

a month ago

Dear Devanshu, Yes, LPU is a good university for an M.A. In History programme. One of my friends did M.A. In History from LPU and he also prepared for the civil services exam. LPU helped him a lot with academics as well as for the civil services exam. He cleared his exam and got a government job....Dear Devanshu, Yes, LPU is a good university for an M.A. In History programme. One of my friends did M.A. In History from LPU and he also prepared for the civil services exam. LPU helped him a lot with academics as well as for the civil services exam. He cleared his exam and got a government job. He also got placed from LPU. A few of the major features of this course at LPU are :
Flexible Scheme (Choice-based Credit system). Specialisation in two social Science/Humanities subjects of choice (History, Political Science, Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Public Administration, Hindi Punjabi, English Economics, Math, Journalism, Physical Education). One Modern Indian Language (Hindi/Punjabi) in first 2 Terms along with compulsory English course. Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish, Chines) are being offered as skill enhancement courses. For more details, you may refer to the LPU website. I hope this helps
Good Luck!

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jyoti yadav

2022-01-10 08:18:15

How to get Admission in Ph.D. history? Admission date? Criteria for admission.

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kirti Gupta

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Hello Jyoti, Final admission selection to Ph.D. will be based on performance on the entrance test (70% weight) and Interview (30% weight) subject to obtaining low marks in the Interview. Admission to the Ph.D. History course is based on an entrance exam followed by an interview conducted by vario...Hello Jyoti, Final admission selection to Ph.D. will be based on performance on the entrance test (70% weight) and Interview (30% weight) subject to obtaining low marks in the Interview. Admission to the Ph.D. History course is based on an entrance exam followed by an interview conducted by various Universities. Students with UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF), UGC NET (including JRF), SLET, GATE Master Fellowship holder or M graduates. Phil. Hope this helps!
Good Luck!

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

You can refer the latest UGC NET notification. One need to have atleast 55% marks to apply for JRF and NET. Age limit for JRF is 31 and no age limit for NET. Criteria for admission is UGC NET score and minimum 55% marks. Admission for Ph.D. in BHU is through UGC NET or CRET. Certain candidates li...You can refer the latest UGC NET notification. One need to have atleast 55% marks to apply for JRF and NET. Age limit for JRF is 31 and no age limit for NET. Criteria for admission is UGC NET score and minimum 55% marks. Admission for Ph.D. in BHU is through UGC NET or CRET. Certain candidates like JRF/ NET/ other fellowship etc. Are given direct admission whereas other has to appear for RET. Best wishes.

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Abhilash Pal

2022-01-09 12:36:24

I have done B.Sc. Can I take admission in BHU for M.A. History?

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Rohit Kumar

Beginner-Level 3

a month ago

Yes, you can get admission in BHU for M.A. History. In Indian history after completing B.Sc.

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Dinesh upadhyay

Guide-Level 13

a month ago

Yes, you can. Also you can explore about M.A. In distance mode from IGNOU/ Anamali/ KUK etc.

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SHEETAL BHOMLE

2022-01-05 21:43:19

Can science student can appear in history faculty

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konatham Abhishek

Scholar-Level 16

a month ago

Dear Sheetal
Yes if you are school science student you can do BA in history and if you have completed b.sc in science or pcm you can do Ma in history. No issues go ahead.
Thank You!

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KUSHAGRA VERMA

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

Yes if you are school science student you can do BA in history and if you have completed b.sc in science or pcm you can do Ma in history. No issues go ahead.

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Sruthik Sankaran

2021-12-09 21:50:49

I want to know some thing about admission to B.A. History.

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Shaubhik Sarkar

Beginner-Level 4

2 months ago

B.A. History is an undergraduate course consisting of all the detailed knowledge about the ancient period to the modern age. Being the major degree course of the arts stream, B.A. History is one of the most beneficial courses for those students who want to know and understand about culture and so...B.A. History is an undergraduate course consisting of all the detailed knowledge about the ancient period to the modern age. Being the major degree course of the arts stream, B.A. History is one of the most beneficial courses for those students who want to know and understand about culture and society. This is a 3 year course which is structured in order to give in-depth knowledge about all the occurrences that are related to different civilizations existed in this world and also help in understanding the factors that is the core of civilization development like different cultures, economy, religion etc. B.A. History is one of the prominent courses in the curriculum of almost all the top colleges of India. The eligibility criteria in order to get admission in B.A. History are mentioned below:
1. Students must have passed 10+2 or equivalent from the recognised board such as CBSE, ICSE etc. With the minimum aggregate of 50% marks.
2. Students from any stream can apply for this course.
3. Candidates from reserved category will get relaxation as per the government and universities norms.
4. Candidates must not be less than 17 years of age at the time of admission. Top Colleges for B.A. History
1. Loyola College, Chennai
2. Presidency College, Chennai
3. Government Arts College, Coimbatore
4. PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore
5. Maharaja's College, Ernakulam
Mentioned below fee structure of some top colleges offering B.A. History in their curriculum:
1. Hindu College [ Delhi University]
INR 56,000 Mode of learning -Regular.
2. St. Stephens College [Delhi University]
INR 1.2 Lacs Mode of learning- Regular.
3. Indira Gandhi National Open University
INR 6000 Mode of learning- Distance
4. Uttarakhand Open University
INR 10,000 Mode of learning- Distance
5. Patna University
INR 8000 Mode of learning-Regular
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Peehu Gupta

2021-12-28 14:55:50

I want to become lecturer of history after 10th. Which field should I choose and which course can I take after 12th?

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Sahil Rana

Guide-Level 15

2 months ago

You have to do graduation (3 years) in any subject of your interest and then do Post Graduation (2 years) in it and qualify UGC lectureship. Or you can join for integrated courses (5 years) which include graduation and post graduation. If you do Ph.D. after Post graduation, then you don't have to...You have to do graduation (3 years) in any subject of your interest and then do Post Graduation (2 years) in it and qualify UGC lectureship. Or you can join for integrated courses (5 years) which include graduation and post graduation. If you do Ph.D. after Post graduation, then you don't have to qualify NET exam. Some colleges allow you to work as guest lecture even if you have not qualified UGC. It will only be a temporary post. While choosing institutions, choose wisely. Universities give you more exposure to different lectures. Also, the library and seminars you get there will be different from other private colleges. You'll get foreign lecturers as visiting Professors in some universities.

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Shabbir

2021-12-24 18:43:52

I want to know about the fee structure at D. S. College for M.A. in History.

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kirti Gupta

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

Kindly check all about the fee structure at D. S. College for M.A. In History here https://www.shiksha.com/college/d-s-college-katihar-103525/courses.

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