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Career Advice: Here’s How You Make a Career in Forensic Science

Forensic Science is a branch of science which applies the principles of science in investigation of crime by finding those clues which escape the normal eye. After analyzing the evidence found on the crime scene, their testimony is presented in the court of law. 
 
Forensic Sciences includes essential components such as Forensic Pathology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Forensic Medicine and Odontology (Dentistry). It is chiefly laboratory-based science consisting of related elements of Chemistry, Biology, Toxicology, Ballistics, the Science of Fingerprinting, Questioned Documents and Impressions.
 
Students can choose between different courses like – forensic physics, forensics chemistry, forensics biology, forensic pathology, forensics medicine, forensic fingerprinting and many more according to their interests. Great observation skills, natural inquisitive nature, talent for analyzing things scientifically and high IQ is required for pursuing a career in forensic sciences.
 
Eligibility Criteria:
 
The basic criterion of eligibility needed to be met for admission to the course is Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalent qualification from a recognized educational board, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology and/ or Math as main subjects and a minimum aggregate score of 55%. However, a few private universities in India conduct their own entrance tests for evaluating and admitting students to the course.
 
Skills Required:
  • Analytical skills
  • Precision
  • Attention to details
  • High accuracy
 
Courses: 
  • B.Sc. in Forensic Science
  • Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminology
  • Diploma in Forensic Science and Law (Science and Arts backgrounds preferred)
 
Top 10 Institutes/Universities In India:
  • Gujarat Forensic Sciences University ,
  • Dr . Bhim Rao Ambedkar University Agra,
  • Lovely Professional University Punjab,
  • Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology & Forensic Science,
  • Bundelkhand University
  • Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • University of Madras ,
  • Dr. Hari Singh Gour University ,
  • IFS Mumbai
  • IFS Aurangabad
  • IFS Nagpur
 
Job Prospects: 
 
After you earn a degree in Forensic Science, you can work almost anywhere in the world. Forensic Scientist has a great option in the field Trace Evidence Analysis, Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Podiatry, Forensic Pathology, Forensic Optometry, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Linguistics, Forensic Geology, Forensic Entomology, Forensic Engineering, Forensic DNA Analysis, Forensic Botany, Forensic Archeology, Forensic Anthropology, Digital Forensics, Criminalistics.
 
There are many jobs opening abroad as well. In fact, most of the Forensic Scientists are working in top MNCs and organisations Like Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) across India, Pharmaceutical industry, Paint industry, Clinical research, Biotechnology, software. ETC, The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), The Intelligence Bureau (IB), Police departments, CBI’s Forensic Laboratory in Delhi.
 

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