About Forensic Science

Forensic Science deals with aspects like examining and gathering new information about the events that have occurred in the past. It has many applications- Forensic Psychology, Fingerprint Analysis, Fire Investigation, and Mobile Device Forensics.

Forensic Science is an upcoming field and Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science is emerging as a new subject in many colleges these days. Following are some of the areas students are trained in:

DNA analysis, Firearm examination, Collection and storage of evidence, Preparation of reports of findings and Consultations with experts regarding issues like the time of death or a DNA.

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Top Colleges

There are many colleges that offer courses in Forensic Sciences in the undergraduate level although majority of the courses are offered for post-graduation. Following are some of the best colleges in India and the top study destinations across the world for forensic sciences.


Osmania University, Hyderabad | Amity University, Noida | Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi


Syracuse University | George Washington University | Boston State University | University of California


Newcastle University | University of Strathclyde | University of Southampton | Cornwall’s College of the Ocean

Career Prospects

The opportunities for a Forensic Scientist are many. A graduate can choose to work on the field or can have a desk job, depending on his/her preference. Forensic Scientists are responsible for gathering and investigating a crime scene. Alternatively, they can take up a job as an analyst who specialises in areas related to ballistics, ballistic fingerprinting, forensic statistics and body identification. They also attend conferences and workshops in various countries across the world acting as a diplomat for the country, or are a liaison of an investigating firm to the government.

The career prospects for a Forensic Science graduate are immense. They could take up jobs in various domains of the government as well as the private sector.

The day-to-day activities of a Forensic Science graduate consists the following:

  • Analysing samples in the lab
  • Applying techniques such as gas and high performance liquid chromatography, scanning electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy and genetic fingerprinting
  • Sorting and sifting evidence
  • Attending and examining scenes of crimes
  • Recording findings and collecting trace evidence from scenes of crimes or accidents
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Jobs & Salary

There are many organisations worldwide that offer jobs for Forensic Science graduate. Some of them are listed below:

  • National Forensic Science Technology Centre - NFSTC
  • LGC Forensics
  • Forensic Access
  • Defence Science and Technology laboratory
  • Inta Forensics

Forensic Science is the backbone of the defence systems all around the world. Here are some numbers related to the pay grade of Forensic Scientists - fresher’s and experts alike.

Pros & Cons

Following are some of the advantages of being a Forensic Scientist:

  • Variety of fields to choose from- toxicology, biology or crime scene investigations
  • The job is exciting. No two days are ever the same.
  • Both the government and the private sector offers a lot of benefits to retain their skilled workforce

Following are the disadvantages of being a Forensic Scientist:

  • They are exposed to dangerous or harmful chemicals as well as dead and decomposing corpses
  • There is a constant pressure of being accurate in findings
  • The job is not a typical day job and requires working around the clock

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