Career with History as a major subject


1. Archaeologist : Most archaeologists work in the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to study of ancient art, monuments, excavations, exploration, epigraphs and coins and their maintenance and preservation.

How to enter: After a graduation degree with History as a subject and minimum 55 % marks, one can Apply for:

  1. One year Diploma or
  2. Two year Post graduation Diploma or
  3. Post graduation (M.A. / M.Sc.) (of 2 years of duration) in different fields of Archaeology.

Admission to the two year Post Graduate diploma course at the “The Institute of Archaeology”, the academic wing of the Archeological Survey of India in New Delhi, is on the basis of a written exam and an interview.

Institutes: University of Allahabad, Banaras Hindu University-UP,MS University of Baroda-Gujarat, University of Calcutta-West Bengal, Deccan College,Pune-Maharashtra

Karnatak University, University of Madras, Chennai, Vishwa Bharati Institute, Shantiniketan, West Bengal

Employment: ASI employees a large network of professionals both in the state archaeological departments as well as in the centre. Recruitment is through exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and state public service commissions.

Archaeologists also work in the historical department of the ministry of external affairs, in the Central Board of Film Censors, films division of the ministry of information and broadcasting, defense services, All India Handicrafts Board, ministry of education and with the departments of tourism, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), National Archives of India, among others.


Interview of Vasant Shinde, Professor, Archaeology and Joint Director, Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute:



2. Archivists : They acquire, maintain and supplies reference, Manuscripts and other permanent records of historical and administrative importance.

How to enter: School of Archival Studies- New Delhi provides the Short term Archive courses in Servicing & Repair of Records, Reprography, Archives Management with the 100 % placements assurance to the candidates.

After graduation in library science or history students can take these courses.

For some specialized courses, like science for reprography, students from science and medicinal background can also apply.

Institutes: Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad; Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu; Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram; Osmania University, Hyderabad; Pondicherry University, Pondicherry; Maharshi Dayanand Saraswathi University, Ajmer; and School of Archival Studies, New Delhi.

Employment: Archivists work in the archival units of government agencies, local authorities, industrial and commercial firms and universities, museums, historical societies, libraries and other institutions whose records are precious to researches, exhibitors or others who would benefit form having access to original source material. Recently, big groups like TATA, DCM, etc. have set up their archival units to maintain their own archives, the demand for trained archivists.


3. Anthropologist : Anthropology is a science, which studies the origin and the physical, social, and cultural development and behavior of mankind. It includes the study of the origin of human species as well as its cultural and social structures.

How to enter: Generally a Science background at the +2 level is preferred for a B.Sc. programme in Anthropology. B.Sc in Anthropology is of three years duration and thereafter one can specialize in any of the branches at M.Sc and M.Phil levels.

However, some universities also offer B.A and M.A in Anthropology.

Institutes: Dr. Hari Singh Gaur Vishwavidyalaya- Sagar, University of Allahabad, University of Delhi, Punjab University, Karnataka University, University of Lucknow,

University of Rajasthan, Utkal University, Visva Bharati University

Employment: Archaeological Survey of India, the Planning Commission and the Commission for Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Other Backward Classes, the WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF and NGOs working in under-developed areas.



4. Museum Technician & Specialist : They are specialist in History and archeology and in charge of administration, supervision and organization in Museum setup. Conservationists examine to assess the properties of the examination; assess the need for repair, prevention to arrest further deterioration and restoration.

How to enter: After graduation 2 years masters degree in Museology or Post MA advanced diploma in museum administration, museum modeling ot museum photography.

Institutes: Vikram University- Ujjain, National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservations and Museology-New Delhi, Maharaja Shivaji Rao University- Baroda, Banaras Hindu University, Barkatullah University-Bhopal

Employment: National Museums all over India, National research Laboratory for conservation of cultural heritage etc.


6. Historians as Advocates : Historians can be important staff members for government officials who are responsible for making laws, help the decision-making boards or panels understand the discipline of history, assist Applicants in eveloping grants, arrange for peer review of grants, critique grant applications, and monitor the work of grant recipients.


7. Historians in Businesses and Associations

v      Mineral extraction companies.

v      Historians with a knowledge of foreign languages and foreign cultures, working in an international company.

v      Cultural affair (Division of Ministry of External Affairs).

v      All India Handicraft board.

v      Department of Tourism.

v      Ministry of Defense.

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