Today is the history of tomorrow. Thus, history is a vast subject and always gets
expanded. History involves the culture of a society, lifestyle of the mankind of
certain age. It is history that teaches the past experiences to the present generations
and helps to take preventions for the future generations.
The learners of the stream need the knowledge of other disciplines like geography,
economics and anthropology for the better grip over the subject. The education boards
realized the importance of teaching History and thus the subject is included in
social science and is taught right from secondary school.
Courses and the academic eligibility:
- Post Graduate Diploma in Indian History and Culture: Graduation degree in any discipline
from a recognized university or equivalent
- B.A. in History: Passing in 10 + 2
- M.A. in History: either graduation in History or any other graduation from a recognized
- M.Phil. in History: Post Graduation in History from a recognized university
- Ph.D. in History: Post Graduation in History from a recognized university
Many universities offer the programs in distant mode also. Few of the graduation
courses include entrance test for the admission and also for M.Phil. and Ph.D.
There are several aspects of career with the stream. Teaching, archaeology, tourism
are few of the fields that offer positions to the experts of the stream.
Teaching is one of the major options. The teachers are recruited for the subject
Social Science. B.Ed. and passing in TET or CTET are the requirements for the School
teacher. Post graduation as well as passing in the National Eligibility Test (NET)
is the requirement for attaining lectureship. Passing in NET with good score also
provides the chance to gain the Fellowship. Ph.D. holders are recruited as Associate
Professors, Professors, Readers and Registrars.
Besides teaching one also can be a historian, the one who writes about history.
These historians contribute works and get published. They also can be editors of
Archaeologists is another job role suited to history graduates. To be an archaeologist
one must also possess a Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology besides Master degree
in History or Bachelor degree with the combination of History and Archaeology. One
can find position as Archaeologist in The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in
state or central level through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) or through
the State Public Service Commission (SPSC) examinations. The other option is to
work in a museum as museum curator.
History graduates are also recruited as Records manager, archivist, librarian and
Tourist companies also prefer History graduates as they are better suited to explain
the details of a place in the view of history. A diploma in tourism would help the
history graduates to attain better opportunities in tourism field.
The payment depends on the job position of the candidate. For the teachers, the
minimum pay is Rs.8000 and above and for the lecturers 10,000 and above. The archaeologists
are offered Rs.25,000/- and above for the experienced and skilled.
Thus, History offers a prospective and rewarding career that attracts many enthusiasts
to enter the stream and choose it as career.