Career In Forensic Science

Are you interested in human anatomy and forensics studies?

Then a career in forensic science is best for you.

Forensic science is a subject that fascinates most of us. It is the major study of science and criminal justice. Forensic Science is essentially a crime laboratory-based profession.

What is Forensic science?

Forensic science is the application of scientific knowledge and methodology to criminal investigations and legal problems. Forensic Science is a multidisciplinary subject, it encompasses various fields of science such as chemistry, biology, physics, geology, psychology, social science, engineering, etc.

Forensic science is used every around the world to protect public health, to enforce criminal laws and regulations and to resolve civil disputes.

The term forensic comes from the Latin term “forensis” that means “of or before the forum”. The history of the term originates from Roman times in the late nineteenth century.

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Who is the world first forensic scientist?

Archimedes is the first forensic scientist.

Forensic scientists are who help to collect, preserve, and examining physical evidence during the course of an investigation. Forensic Scientist must be methodical, accurate and unbiased.

Courses & Career Options After 12th

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Scope of Forensic Science

The scope of forensic science study is vast. You can get jobs in various governments & private sectors. The study will improve your skills and knowledge. After completing your degree, you can open your own forensic practice & forensic service offices. You also may employ in Forensic Laboratories, Detective Offices, Banks and other Govt. and private agencies.

There are endless opportunities in this field because of unlimited crimes in the world is happening. So, the job opportunities in the field of forensic science are also endless. You can get a job in everywhere in India or in overseas.

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Courses & Duration

It is a good advantage for Medical science students to become forensic scientists. Forensic science is not a branch or discipline of science, but it is a catch-all for various distinct branches. Various universities in India offer certificate, bachelor and master courses in Forensic Science. Once you have done the master degree successfully, then you can even go for a Doctoral Degree course in Forensic Sciences.

Undergraduate Course (3 year):

  • B.Sc in Forensic Science

Post Graduate Courses (2 year):

  • M.Sc in Forensic Science
  • PG Diploma in Forensic Science

Doctoral Course (3 year):

  • Ph.D in Forensic Science
  • M.Phill in Forensic Science

Specializations of Forensic Science:

Below are some specializations in the field of forensic science:

  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Serology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Ballistics
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Botany

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of various fields of science
  • Technical Skills
  • Intelligent
  • Strong Analytical Skills
  • Keen Observation

Eligibility & Admission

How I make my career in Forensic Science?

  • First, candidates have to complete their 10+2 examination from science branch for admission into UG degree.
  • After completing a bachelor degree i.e. B.Sc, you can apply for the master degree that is M.Sc in Forensic Science.
  • Some private universities conduct its own entrance test for admission in master courses.

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Forensic Science University In India:

Below are some universities or institutions that offer degree in forensic science:

  • Punjabi University
  • Bhim Rao Ambedkar University
  • Manipal University
  • University of Delhi
  • University of Lucknow
  • Gujarat Forensic Sciences University

Career & Jobs

Due to increase in crime rate and criminals, the scope of Forensic Science is increased exponentially. There are lots of job opportunities in the field of Forensic Science. The need of forensic scientists is huge all around the world especially in India.

Some of the forensic scientists visit to the crime scene to collect the evidence themselves and another one work in a forensic laboratory to perform analysis on objects.

In forensic laboratory, they testify as expert observers in both criminal and civil cases and can work for either the defense or the prosecution.

Forensic scientists can be employed in the government sector. They work in different law enforcement agencies and investigation departments such as police, investigative services of state and central government and legal system. Some of the private agencies also employed those candidates who have some qualification in this field.

A trained forensic scientist may hired by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) & Intelligence Bureau (IB). You can also work as a freelancer as forensic scientists specializing in one segment & can be paid much. You can also work as a legal counselor after gaining experience as a Forensic scientist.

Teaching is another interesting career for forensic scientists. You can work in the institutions that impart education in forensic science.

Candidates have a degree, they can explore career in forensic Science in the USA and other developed countries.

Job Profiles:

Below are some of the top designations in field of forensic science:

  • Investigative officers
  • Legal counselors
  • Forensic Expert
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Teacher / Professor
  • Crime Reporter
  • Forensic Engineer
  • Law Consultant
  • Handwriting Expert

Top Recruiters:

Below are some recruiters in the field of forensic science:

  • Intelligence Bureau (IB)
  • Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
  • Central Govt. Forensic Sciences Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Private Detective Agencies
  • Law Firms
  • Police Department
  • Quality Control Bureau
  • Banks
  • Universities
  • Defense/Army


Most of the jobs of forensic science are in the government sector that why the salary is strictly based on the structure and pay scale. In Private sector, the agencies offer handsome salaries to experienced candidates. After completing a qualification in forensic science, the starting salary is between Rs. 3 Lac to Rs. 4 Lac per annum. With experience, professionals can earn Rs 6 Lac to Rs 8 Lacs per year.

If you are working in abroad, then you can earn average salary of $55,040 per year.

Books and Study Material

Here, we are providing the best books related to forensic science:

  • Forensic Psychology by David Canter
  • Forensic Science by Jim Fraser
  • Forensics for Dummies by D.P. Lyle, MD
  • Forensic Science by Andrew R. W. Jackson
  • Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
  • The Elements of Murder by John Emsley
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Science by Max M Houck
  • The Science of Sherlock Holmes by E.J. Wagner

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  1. DEVENDRA says:

    How many percentage in 12 th are required for forensic science .

  2. deepak prajapati says:

    Sir, what is better forensic science or Mba (H.A.)

    • Manisha says:

      I recently gave my 12th std exam i want to get admission in bsc forensic science. which is the best college in Maharashtra? and how much marks required in 12th class to get admission in bsc forensic science ?

  3. Swastika Patra says:

    I want to take admission in

  4. Aurobinda Chinara says:

    I want to get admission in bsc forensic science. What to do ? I mean what I should do to get admission?? And which university is best for that ??? In which month the forms will filled up???

  5. prashant waghmare says:

    Sir/Madam,I’ve completed BSc in chemistry. So can I get admission in MSc forensic science?

  6. saisudha says:

    sir,i have completed my bipc in 2016 with 95%.sir iam interested in forensic science.sir plz suggest me forensic science is good or bad for girls.and information about bsc forensic science colleges in india.

  7. Arnapurna says:

    Sir,me bsc pcm student hu kya me iske baad msc forensic science kar sakti hu..plzz tell

  8. pooja tambe says:

    sir, i m pooja tambe.completed 12th sci and also nursing coure is completed. but some family issues so did not completed the bsc.can i take for the forensic science???.plz plz sir can you help me?????
    thank you

  9. Sapna dwivedi says:

    Sir I m in B.Sc B.Ed curse in 6th semin university can I apply for M.Sc forensic science

  10. sparsh goel says:

    Respected Sir/Madam,
    I student of medical applying for NEET is interested in taking admission in forensic department.
    So please guide me for my proceedings.
    Thank You.

  11. Ardra jose says:

    Which are the Govt.colleges offering bsc forensic science and its fees.can I get scholarship, I have 87% in +2 exam

  12. Rahul Gupta says:

    Sir, i am in B.phama final years after it i want to do forensic course please suggest me which is the best college in up

  13. i m hiral chaudhari says:

    I m 12 sci pass student, i want to make my carrier in bechlor forensic science , pls tell me this is best for my bright future ?? & which is the best collage for this course in Gujrat & Ahmedabad.

  14. Anu priya says:

    Hi sir, How to apply and get admission in forensic college. Is there any entrance exam? now i’m doing my Biochemistry and I have 70%.And say plz that any other best college in tamil nadu,Bangalore…

  15. Sneha says:

    I am a science student with PCMB what should be my next step to be a forensic expert after 12th …………. please suggest

  16. thanushree says:

    I paaeed 2nd pu and joined to be tecom due family problems I discontinued and interest to join in foransic courses any possibilities are their to join

  17. prudvi says:

    How to apply for this course and any entrance exam there for this course??

  18. bodagalajayanth says:

    sir im passed 12th 2017 MPC
    maths physics chemistry im study forcenic cource wich is the best college

  19. HARSHIT SHARMA says:


  20. nikita nirmale says:

    12th marks is 53%in 2015 will i get admission for bsc forensic now plz tell personally at email

  21. zafira says:

    sir, how to get admission in forensic science college and which college is best near gujarat??

  22. Subhash says:

    Sir my bsc forensic science Kadna chahata hu kon sa college best hi

  23. Ayesha says:

    sir, i have passed my 12th exam in 2014 am i eligible to apply in 2017?

  24. Vikas says:

    Sir… I’m BHMS final year student.
    Can I take admission Msc in forensic science.. what I do??
    Tell me.

    • kritika says:

      sir, how to get admission in forensic science college and which college is best near u.p? is there any percentage cut off for that?

  25. [email protected] says:

    sir I m graduate with pcm . 53% can I apply msc forensic science. .
    kya is time admission ho skta h

  26. modi kanan divyanshu kumar says:

    Dear sir,
    After 12 science B group which exam
    I should go for a forensic criminology

  27. pooja says:

    after non medical bsc froensic is poosible

  28. darshna says:

    I study in micro……..i’ll do in forensic science…sir…it can best option For future????

  29. shivasai says:

    after 12 which exam should i wriye to join in farensic collage

  30. santosh ashok paithankar says:

    Dear sir,
    Sir main forensic science me course karna chahata hu. Plz sir my request accept plz,

  31. Priyanka says:

    Sir kya ME msc forensic science se kr skti hu.

  32. zakra says:

    After qualifying in aipmt is there any chances of building career in forensic science…plz tell me personally on my email ID..

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