Master of Arts/Science in Population Studies


The two years (full-time) Master degree course is designed to provide high level of understanding of population sciences including an in-depth knowledge of the linkages between population and various socio-economic, health and environmental factors. This course provides foundation to graduate students and prepare them for future research in various aspects related to population.

No. of Seats

55 Seats with Government of India Fellowship.


Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in India or abroad in any subject with a minimum of 55% marks (50% for reserved candidates) of aggregate marks/equivalent grade in all subjects will be eligible for admission.    
Candidates who have already passed the qualifying degree examinations and those who have already appeared/shall be appearing in the final qualifying examinations are eligible to apply. However, the admission of the candidate will be cancelled, if s/he fails to furnish final result by September 30, 2022.
The upper age limit is 25 years as on June 30, 2022. Marks and age will be relaxed for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EWS categories as per Government of India rules only. 


Two years (Full-Time)


Each selected Indian student will be awarded a Government of India Fellowship @ Rs. 5,000/-per month.

Selection Criteria for M.A./M.Sc. Course

The selection will be made on the basis of an Online Entrance Test across India. The Online Entrance Test will comprise objective type questions of multiple choices. The syllabus of Entrance Test will consist of Basic General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, English Grammar, Basic Mathematics, Population, Health, and Social Science Issues. The test venue will be notified in the Admit Card. 


Reservation for SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EWS will be considered as per the Government of India norms only. 

Course Content

The course structure for M.A./M.Sc. course in Population Sciences is designed as per UGC Credit Based Choice System and covers the following topics:

SEMESTER 1 Course Name Credits
MSP-F1 Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology * NC
MSP-C1 Basic Statistical Methods for Population Studies 4
MSP-C2 Introduction to Demography and History of Population 4
MSP-C3 Fertility and Nuptiality 4
MSP-C4 Mortality, Morbidity and Public Health 4
MSP-E1.1 Healthcare System and Policies 3
MSP-E1.2 Bio statistics & Epidemiology 3
SEMESTER 2 Course Name Credits
MSP-F2 Economics and Geography * NC
MSP-C5 Evaluation, Adjustment of Demographic Data and Population Projection 4
MSP-C6 Introduction to Demographic and Statistical Software 4
MSP-C7 Migration and Urbanization 4
MSP-V1 Viva-Voce-I 2
MSP-E2.1 Historical Demography 3
MSP-E2.2 Spatial Demography 3
MSP-E3.1 Health Economics and Financing 3
MSP-E3.2 Urbanization, Space and Planning 3
SEMESTER 3 Course Name Credits
MSP-C8 Gender and Reproductive Health 4
MSP-C9 Population and Development 4
MSP-C10 Research Methodology 4
MSP-E4.1 Concepts and Measures of Global Health 3
MSP-E4.2 Gender, Health and Development 3
MSP-E5.1 Population Ageing and Health Transition 3
MSP-E5.2 Population and Sustainable Development 3
SEMESTER 4 Course Name Credits
MSP-C12 Population Policies, Program Management and Evaluation of Health and Family Welfare Program 4
MSP-C13 Advance Statistical Packages and Applications in Large-scale Data 4
MSP-D Dissertation 10$
MSP-V2 Viva-Voce-II 2
MSP-E6.1 Operation Research in Reproductive Health 3
MSP-E6.2 Monitoring and Evaluation in Population & Health 3

* Not counted for calculating the final grade F – Foundation course, C –Core course, E – Elective course, NC: Non Credited course; V-Viva voce, D–dissertation.

  • Semester I: One elective may be opted; i.e. E1.1/E1.2
  • Semester II: Two electives may be opted from each group, i.e. E2.1/E2.2 & E3.1/E3.2
  • Semester III: Two electives may be opted from each group; i.e. E4.1/E4.2 & E5.1/E5.2
  • Semester IV: One elective may be opted; i.e. E6.1/E6.2

Core courses: 68%; Elective courses: 32%

Core papers cannot be changed. Elective paper can be changed if the student fails in an elective paper and submits his/her request for a change in writing. Evaluation procedure for dissertation (weights) – Guide: 0.25, Presentation & Defense: 0.25, Content: 0.50. The grade for ‘presentation & defense’ must be given independently by each member, and submitted to the controller of examinations independently. For content, the Director may appoint a three-member committee for each dissertation. The two members should independently evaluate the dissertation and independently submit the grades to the controller of examinations.

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