Social Studies

About Social Studies:

Social Studies is the integrated study of multiple fields Social Science, Humanities, History, Geography and Political Sciences. It is one of a major disciplines in the field of Education.

Social Science as a career has attracted students in India even in Abroad in a big way from the very beginning and a large number of aspirants are taking the social science as a professional career. The Social Science are a vital part of today's culture and touch on all areas of life, and India has a long history with them.

Social Sciences and Humanity is a science and art that deals with understanding various aspects of human development. Social Studies at an elementary school level or primary level provides student with the basic knowledge of how our present world culture is being shaped by a long last historical background. Social Studies provide coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics and natural sciences.

On the other hand, Social studies focus on society; and social studies as professional career may concentrate on understanding how people are shaped or mould and influenced by peer groups, their culture, their background or other societal factors.

A career in Social Studies is traditionally not considered as a great career builder. This is because there is a common perception that only students who are academically weak opt for this stream or who doesn’t get any other stream to study this stream. However, this is far from the truth as there are a lot of career opportunities available now for Social Studies students’ right after graduation. 



There are various professional courses being offered under the Social Studies as a career:

Name of the Course




3 Years

After 12th(any stream) with 60%

Post Graduate Diploma

2 Years

After UG with 50% marks.


3 Years

After UG with 50% marks.

Masters in Philosophy

2 Years

After PG

Doctor of Philosophy

3-5 Years

After PG

It is to be noted that the eligibility may vary depending on the policy of the university or college in which a candidate is applying for admission.

Other Certificates in Social Study

  • Certificate in Child and Youth Research
  • Certificate in Family and Child Welfare
  • Certificate in Labor Studies
  • Certificate in Research Methodology
  • Certificate in Rural Studies
  • Certificate in Social Welfare Administration
  • Certificate in Urban Studies
  • Certificate in Women’s Studies

Required Skillset for Social Study Program

  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Analytical
  • Creativity
  • Influential Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Competency Skills
  • Inter-personal Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Organizational Skills


Entrance Exams

  1. Aligarh Muslim University Social Science Entrance Exam (AMU SSEE)
  2. TISS – Tata Institute of Social Sciences Entrance Examination (TISS)
  3. (IIT Chennai) Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination
  4. IIT Kanpur Entrance Examination For Social Sciences
  5. Indira Gandhi Open University School of Social Sciences Entrance Examination
  6. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University School of Humanities & Social Sciences Entrance Examination (GGSIPU)
  7. Himachal Pradesh University Faculty of Social Sciences Entrance Exam (HPU SSEE)
  8. IIT – Bombay Entrance Examination For Social Science
  9. Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Exam (HSEE)
  10. Krishna University Common Entrance Test (KRUCET)
  11. Acharya Nagarjuna University Common Entrance Test (ANUP GCET)
  12. Common Post Graduate Entrance Test (GPGET)
  13. Patna University Entrance Exam (PUET)
  14. Delhi University Entrance Exam (DUET)
  15. Banaras Hindu University Undergraduate Entrance Test (BHU UET)
  16. Jawaharlal Nehru University School of Social Sciences Entrance Examination (JNUEE)
  17. Karnataka University Faculty of Social Sciences Post Graduate Entrance Examination (KUSS PGEE)
  18. Kerala University PG Entrance Test (KG PET)
  19. Kurukshetra University Entrance Exam
  20. Mahatma Gandhi University Entrance Examination
  21. Osmania University Entrance Examination
  22. The Institute Of Social Sciences Entrance Examination
  23. Mumbai University Admission
  24. Jain University Admission
  25. Jamia Millia Islamia Entrance Exam (JMIEE)
  26. Presidency University, Kolkata (PUBDET)


Master’s (Especially)

  1. Jamia Millia Islamia MA Admission Entrance Test
  2. KUCET Social Work Entrance Exam
  3. Calicut University MSW Entrance Examination
  4. Manipal University Entrance Exam
  5. University of Mysore Entrance Exam
  6. University of Delhi Combined Entrance Examination
  7. IGNOU Entrance Examination
  8. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) MSW Admission Test
  9. Tata Institute of Science and Technology Social Work Entrance Exam
  10. Sree Sankaracharya University MSW Entrance Examination


Admission Process

Admission to this program is based on the candidate’s performance in the entrance exams which generally assesses candidates based on proficiency in:

  • Social Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • Logical and Analytical reasoning

Students qualifying the exam with the set eligible cut-off marks are invited for the first round of counseling, based on which, the final selection is made.

The counseling process consists of rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined, and also their communication skill, public speaking skill and how they present themselves and later a merit list is made, allotting seats to the qualifying candidates.


BA Social Science Top Institutes

Name of College








Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)


Jamia Millia Islamia


Loyala College of Social Sciences


Aligarh Muslim Univerisity


Jaipur National


Lady Shri Ram College for Women


Bennet University


Delhi University


Amity University


Chandigarh University


Lovely Professional University


NIMS School of Humanities & Social Studies


KIIT University


Sandip University




Jawaharlal Nehru University


Christ University


Banaras Hindu University


St. Stephen’s


Kalinga University



Some Foreign Institutes

  1. Columbia University
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Chicago
  4. Harvard University
  5. University of Oxford
  6. University of Cambridge
  7. Yale University
  8. London School of Economics
  9. University of California, Berkeley
  10. University of Clifornia, Los Angeles

Job Profiles

The field of Social Studies offers a wide range of career options for students. On one hand, while professions such as civil services, teaching and journalism are dominated by Humanities graduates, on other hand, Social Science students are often find working in the field of social work.   

Given below are some popular job profiles that candidates can take up after completing a course:

  1. Archaeologist: An archaeologist is a professional who studies the origin, development, and behavior of human beings.
  2. Teacher/ Professor: Candidates interested in the field of academics can choose to be a teacher in a school or a professor in college/ university after attaining required qualification.  
  3. Cultural Anthropologist: Also known as sociocultural anthropologist, a cultural anthropologist studies the art, traditions, customs, and languages of societies to learn how humanity has developed over a period of time.
  4. Content Writer/ Editor: An editor is a professional responsible for the overall style and content of a publication. The job role of an editor is mostly managerial in which he reviews story ideas, determines what content is most likely to attract readers, and offers creative suggestions to enhance the content.
  5. Geologist: A geologist is responsible for studying earth natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions to survey the land. A geologist also uses his geological knowledge along with physics and maths for exploration of minerals, oil, gas or underground water.
  6. Historian: A historian researches, analyses as well as interprets the past as recorded in various sources such as newspapers, government records, photographs, films, interviews, letters, unpublished manuscripts, etc.
  7. Linguistic Anthropologist: A linguistic anthropologist studies the nature of different languages and how people use them in their daily life. The anthropologist studies the history of languages, the way languages change over time, and how languages shape human behavior.
  8. Statistician: A statistician is a professional who gathers numerical data and then displays it, thereby helping companies to make sense of the data, spot trends and make predictions.
Course Name Duration
Bachelor of Social Work 3 Years
Course Name Duration
Masters of Social Work (MSW) 2 Years
Master of Arts in Social Work 2 Years
Course Name Duration
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work 2 Years
Course Name Duration
Master of Philosophy in Social Work 2 Years
Course Name Duration
P.G. Diploma in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene 3 Years

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