MSc. in Geology

 Who are eligible to apply for admissions to the M.Sc. Geology course:

Candidates passing B.Sc. degree examination of Mumbai University or any other University recognized as equivalent thereto, with at least six units in Geology can apply.

Selection Process

Admission to the course will be purely merit based in accordance with the marks obtained in Geology at the B.Sc Degree examinations.

The College has introduced an ONLINE application system for admissions to the M.Sc. course in Geology.  All candidates applying for admission to St. Xavier’s College - Autonomous are expected to apply through the online application system on the homepage of the website which will be activated from 20th May 2016 till one week after the declaration of the B.Sc. results by the Mumbai University.

The Last date for submission of online application forms for admission to the College and dates for display of merit lists will be put up on “homepage” of our website  

At the time of admissions the candidate must submit the Degree Marksheets in original and two attested copies of the same and one attested copy of other relevant documents as mentioned below:

a)         Degree Marksheets – (Original + 2 attested copies)

b)         Baptism Certificate (For the Minority community - Christians)

c)         Caste Certificate (for reserved category)

d)         Documentary Evidence regarding special category.


The College is a Catholic Minority College, administered under the Provisions of the Indian Constitution, to promote the welfare of the Minority community and to extend its services to all other communities in India, so as to contribute to the harmony and integration of Indian society. 50% of seats are reserved for Catholic Minority students. There is also reservation of seats as given below:

Reservation of Seats:(As per the directives given in the University of Mumbai Circular No.Spl.Cell/(68)/218/2005 dated 3rd June, 2005. )

Sr. No.


No. of Seats





Management Quota – 15%


Only for those the College is obliged to





Minority: 50% seats of the balance 85% seats.



General 25% seats of the balance 85% seats.



 Reserved Category : (SC/ST/DT(A) / NT(B) /NT(C) /NT/(D)/OBC/SBC )       Visually/Physically Challenged and     **Special Category



** The Special category is for the wards of transferred State/Central Government and Private Sector employees, Defence Personnel, Ex-Servicemen, Freedom fighters; for students who have met with an accident and also for award winners at the District/State/National Level in Sports or Cultural activities.      


1.        Provisional Eligibility Certificate:

Students passing the Degree Examinations other than Mumbai University or from a Foreign University have to apply for a provisional eligibility certificate issued by the University of Mumbai at the time of admissions through the College. The duly filled in forms are required to be returned to the College with an attested copy of the Degree marksheets and a passport size photograph along with a prescribed fee of Rs.320/- for eligibility and Rs.500/- (towards verification of documents) total Rs.820/-.  The duly filled in application form will then be forwarded to the University of Mumbai for issue of the Provisional Eligibility Certificate 

a)      Degree Marksheet.

b)      Pass Certificate 

c)      Migration Certificate

2.        Students passing the Degree Examinations from Mumbai University will be required to submit the Transfer Certificate issued by their respective Colleges.  This needs to be submitted after completion of the admissions process to the College.  


The total fees including deposit and laboratory fees as sanctioned by the management board, St. Xavier’s College – Autonomous: 

However the fees for the year 2016-2017 are likely to be upgraded

M.Sc. Part I (for candidates passing B.Sc. Degree from Mumbai University)

Rs. 14.500/- (approx.)

M.Sc. Part I (for candidates passing B.Sc. Degree from Other Universities)

Rs.15,820/- (approx)

M.Sc. Part II

Rs. 12,915/- (approx.)

List of Courses

The courses offered at the post graduate program (four semesters) in Geology have been designed by keeping the present day industry requirements in mind. A dissertation in the final semester is aimed at exposing the learner to present day trends of research in the subject.

  • Stratigraphy and Geology of India
  • Geochemistry
  • Structural Geology
  • Mineralogy : Descriptive and Optical
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentary Petrology
  • General and Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geophysics
  • Coal and Petroleum Geology
  • Micropaleontology and Oceanography
  • Environmental and Engineering Geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Practical Course:  Pertinent to the above mentioned theory courses
  • Dissertation

Scheme of Evaluation:

The post graduate program in geology will carry a weightage of 96 credits

M. Sc I, II and III Semester Credit distribution


Subject Course 1,2,3 and 4 theory

Subject Course 1,2,3 and 4 Practical


Lecture per week









M. Sc IV Semester Credit distribution


Subject Course 1,2 and 3 theory

Subject Course 1,2 and 3 Practical




Lecture per week











Every theory course is 4 credits and practical of 2 credits each.

*The Dissertation comprises of 6 credits. The Dissertation entails field work, lab work, report, presentation and viva.


Theory and Practical Courses:    

Continuous Internal Assessment - 40 %

End Semester Examination – 60 %

Facilities in the Department:

Apart from the standard laboratory equipment required for experiments and investigations in Earth Sciences, the Department has research grade petrological microscopes and recently procured new student petrological microscopes. The rock and mineral section cutting unit is well equipped with machines and trained manpower for preparing rock and mineral thin sections. Five microscopes have been exclusively procured for ore-microscopy studies. For sedimentalogy work, a sieve shaker with standard set of sieves and good binocular zoom microscopes are available. Ground water exploration work is done using the Electrical Resistivity and Sounding system. The department has licensed software for the GIS and Remote Sensing work. Modern surveying equipment such as GPS, Theodolite, Auto Level along with
all accessories is available for detailed field mapping.

The Department was recently gifted a portable Radiation counter (Geiger Muller Counter) and a portable short wave UV lamp for mineral exploration. Facilities for wet and dry chemical analysis of rocks and standard equipment for measuring  load bearing capacity of rocks (unconfined compressive strength) is available. Over the span of more than 90 years, the Department has established a formidable collection of rocks and mineral specimens from around the world. A well-stocked rock thin section library is also present. Topographical maps covering almost the entire country are available in digital form and also in print along with digital satellite imageries of large parts of the country.

The centralised library facility has been upgraded with some of the latest publications in Earth Sciences and allied fields and is also supported by the online N-List (INFLIBNET) and a  considerable collection of reference books in the departmental and faculty library .

Other Activities for this course:

Field work is a mandatory component of the program and is an integral part of the credits. Learners are also encouraged to participate in summer and winter internships, for which, help is provided by the Department.