Fisheries Science

Fisheries Science

Degrees offered: B.E /B.Tech, B.F.Sc., B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons), B.Voc., Diploma, M.F.Sc.

What is Fisheries Science

Fisheries Science is a multidisciplinary course that teaches about the discipline of managing and understanding fisheries. The course, fisheries science teaches the different disciplines of aquaculture like breeding, genetics, biotechnology, nutrition. It also teaches about fish processing which includes curing, canning, freezing, and by-products, among others. A person studying Fisheries resource management is also taught biology, anatomy, taxonomy, physiology along with a fisheries environment which includes oceanography, limnology, ecology, biodiversity.

Fisheries science teaches technology that includes navigation and seamanship, gear and craft engineering, marine engines. Fisheries economics and management and fisheries science extension. The fisheries science course offers students with Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD degrees.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Fisheries Science

Fisheries Science Eligibility Criteria

Different colleges have their eligibility criteria for the UG, PG, and PhD courses, however, the general requirements will be the following –

For Undergraduate Course –

  • Students should have a 10+2 degree with the main subjects being PhysicsChemistry and Biology.

  • Students should not have any backlogs.

For Postgraduate Course –

  • Students should have cleared graduation with 50-60% marks.

Fisheries Science Entrance Exam

Different colleges give admission to different entrance exams. Each state may also have different entrance exams. Some of the entrance exams are –

For Undergraduate Course – 

LPU-NEST (Lovely Professional University National Eligibility and Scholarship Test) is an online exam conducted in two fold- first for the entrance test and second for a scholarship. It is a university-level exam.

JEE Main - Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is conducted by NTA to offer admission to UG courses at IITs, NITs and IIITs. It is a national exam conducted twice a year. It makes students eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced.

For Postgraduate Course in Fisheries Science

  • ICAR AIEEAICAR has been entrusted the responsibility of conducting All India Entrance Examination for Admission to UG, PG, and PhD. Courses.

  • The student should be minimum 16 years old, have had a 10+2 degree with 3 subjects out of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is a national level exam. This exam consists of subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is a 2.5 hours long exam which is conducted online during June. 

  • AUCET – Andhra University Common Entrance Test- It is a state-level exam. It is 1.5 hours long conducted offline once in a year. It makes students eligible for admission in PG sources. The students appearing for this examination should have a minimum of 50% of aggregate marks.

  • GPAT – Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test- It is a national level exam. It makes students eligible for admission in PG sources. The students appearing for this examination should have a minimum of 50% of aggregate marks. It is an online exam for 3 hours.

Scope of Fisheries Science in India and Abroad

The students, after completing a Bachelor’s degree in fisheries science, they have various options for future study. They can go for a master’s degree or start a job as a biochemist, research assistant, technicians or biologist, among many others.

The Bachelor’s degree offers them jobs at numerous institutions such as MPEDA, FSI, NIO, WHO. Candidates can also find opportunities in institutions, banks, fishing/oceans and foreign countries. 

Course Fees Fisheries Science

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
24.00 K
B.Sc.(Hons) in Fisheries Science at Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur
3.59 K
B.Sc.(Hons) in Fisheries Science at Maharaj Lakshmishwar Singh Memorial College, Darbhanga
3.37 Lakhs
B.Sc. in Fisheries Science at Centurion University of Technology and Management, Paralakhemundi
2.33 Lakhs
B.F.Sc. in Fisheries Science at Bihar Animal Sciences University, Patna
1.36 Lakhs
M.Sc. in Fisheries Science at Sacred Heart College, Kochi
7.70 K
M.F.Sc. in Fisheries Science at West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata
1.58 Lakhs
M.F.Sc. in Fisheries Science at Doon PG College of Agriculture Science and Technology, Dehradun
24.65 Lakhs
M.Sc. in Fisheries Science at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar
Data not available
22.05 K
Ph.D in Fisheries Science at College of Fisheries, Central Agricultural University, Lembucherra
Data not available
2.02 Lakhs
Ph.D in Fisheries Science at Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kochi
1.50 Lakhs
Diploma in Fisheries Science at RIMT University, Gobindgarh
Data not available
1.50 Lakhs
Diploma in Fisheries Science at RIMT University, Gobindgarh
Data not available

Course Subjects

Mentioned below are the subjects that are covered both at UG and PG level in fisheries science: 

Subjects Taught at UG Level in Fisheries Science

  • Principles of Aquaculture

  • Taxonomy of Finfish

  • Freshwater Aquaculture

  • Anatomy and biology of Finfish

  • Aquatic Ecology, Biodiversity and Disaster

  • Ornamental Fish Production and Management

  • Aquaculture Engineering

  • Coastal Aquaculture and Mariculture

  • Aquatic Ecology and Biodiversity

  • Disaster management in Fisheries

  • Biotechnology and Bioinformatics in Fisheries

  • Fishery genetics and breeding 

Subject Taught at PG Level in Fisheries Science

  • Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity

  • Benthic Ecology

  • Estuarine and Coastal Oceanology

  • Ecology and management of the limonitic environment

  • Analytical techniques in environmental science

  • Dispersal and fate of pollutants and the ocean

  • Aquatic pollution and wastewater management

  • Applications of remote sensing and GIS in fisheries 

Careers in Fisheries Science

Several opportunities await students in the private and government sector after completing fisheries science course. After completing their Bachelor’s degree, they can work as Research Assistant, Instructor, Biochemist. Other positions in state government are AFDO, FDO, and FEO.

Candidates can also become entrepreneurs or work as an employee at an organization. Jobs in the central government agency are also available such as Fisheries Survey of India (FSI), Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA), WHO, NIO and many more. Candidates can also perform research projects. 

Apart from this, candidates can even go for further studies. Programmes as a Masters or PhD in fisheries science are available for eligible candidates after completing graduation. The candidate has the opportunity to work in universities, colleges, fish research centres, fish retail markets after completing post graduation. Different types of job offers can be Subject matter specialist, lecturer, fishery science consultant, Home tutor, research assistant, among others. Candidates can also update their knowledge by applying for M.Phil. and PhD.

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Job Profiles Offered to Fisheries Science Students

Before going for any job, the candidates should have a look at the job description and its pay salary. He/she should choose for a job which interests him. Some of the job profiles and their description offered to a fisheries and science students are given below – 

After Completing Undergraduate Level 

Job Profile


Farm Manager

He/she maintains and manages the farm. Supervising the plant, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying and harvesting of crops are also some of their job roles.

Hatchery Manager

He/she is responsible for directing the fish hatchery in the right direction and other fish farm-related activities. They work to enhance the profits, management and production by using new innovative skills.  

Fisheries Inspector

He/she manages, monitors and protects the fish farm and their habits in the environment where they live.


He/she manages the culture and growing of freshwater, shellfish, marine finfish and aquatic plants.

Marine Biologist

He/she looks after the distribution and evolution of organisms and the environment in which they live.

 After Completing Postgraduate level

Job Profile



He/she should know all subjects and be capable of delivering knowledge to the students

Home Tutor

He/she is very similar to the lecturer, but they will teach the same subjects at one location itself.

Research Assistant

He/she should do the tasks which are given to them.

Senior Fisheries Scientist

He/she does more research related to the fishery.

Fisheries Science Consultant

He/she knows the science behind fishery.

Top Recruiters in Fisheries Science

Recruitment is the main process by which the candidate gets a job. Some of the top recruiting companies in fisheries science sector are – 

  • Export Inspection Agency (EIA)

  • Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA)

  • Coastal Aquaculture Authority of India (CAA)

  • Fisheries Survey of India (FSI)

  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

  • Indian National Centre for Ocean and Information Services (INCOIS)

  • National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) 

  • Fish Farming

  • Colleges and Universities

  • Fish research centres

  • Fish retail markets

Required Skillset for Fisheries Science

Each student should possess a required skill set for enhancing the performance and to get promotions in the career. Similarly, candidates pursuing or willing to apply for fisheries science course should have following skill sets:

  • Interest in marine life- The aspiring candidates should have an interest in learning new skills and techniques about fishery science and the marine life sciences

  • Dedicated and committed- Dedication and commitment will make the student reach high positions and promotions.

  • Innovative- Innovation is the new key to success. If you can innovate new skills, new techniques, you will get fame and become the eye-catcher of everyone in the industry.

  • Research-oriented- Researching new sciences in the field of fishing and coming up with new fishes and their habitats.

  • Good managerial skills and problem-solver- The student should be smart enough to know to handle difficult situations and how to manage an ongoing project along with the team. Good coordinating skills are also required. 

Course Curriculum for Fisheries Science

The Bachelor’s degree in fisheries science is a 4 years degree course which is divided into 8 semesters. It has theoretical knowledge but more practice on fishery training which is provided in the seventh and eighth semester. While the master’s degree in fisheries science is a 2-year course where the student can specialize in any of the fields they like such as aquaculture, Fisheries Resource management, Fisheries Economics, Fisheries and Biotechnology

Questions related to Fisheries Science

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please infrom me about fisheries science admission proces

Shruti Smaranika 17th Nov, 2020

Hello aspirant,

Since you have not mentioned in the query that which state you belong to, so it will be a difficult to explain the admission process as the admission process varies from state to state. However, I'm telling the overall process of admission done in Fishery Science.

You must have completed your 10th and 12th from a recognized board and should have passed in the main subjects as Physics and Mathematics along with an optional subject as Chemistry/Biology/Computer Science/Biotechnology and must have secured at least 50% in the qualifying exam. Admission is of two types- entrance based and merit based.

In entrance level, Admission is done on the grounds of score secured by the candidate in the national or state or college level CET exams and is done through the counselling process whereas in merit level, admission is done directly on the grounds of marks secured by the candidate in the qualifying exam and the college makes a cutoff list based on the exam for admission.

Hope, it helps you.


What is the scope of Bsc agriculture, coperation and banking, forestry ,fisheries science?

AKSHAYA.V.A. 12th Nov, 2020


You should take some government exams to get a government job in agriculture field. Exams like FCI, UPSC, AIC, IBPS, NSCI, etc. As it is a 4 years undergraduate course that majorly focuses on research, plant breeding, soil science, agricultural microbiology etc. When it comes to scope you can become a agriculturists, agriculture research scientist, agriculture development officers, agriculture technician, plantation manager etc. At the beginning stages you will earn from 3Lakhs to 6.5 Lakhs, but for a experienced person it will increase from 10Lakhs to 15lakhs.

For cooperation and banking segment, mostly they will be recruited in banks. They will play a vital role in national and international money transactions. They play the role of accountant, cashier. banking managers etc. They can have salary from 5Lakhs to 15lakhs.

For BSc forestry, again it is a good domain. Scope for forestry is that forester, forest range officer, natural resource technician, lectures, etc. can get from 2Lakhs to 10Lakhs per annum with experience salary increases.

For fisheries science, there is scope for this domain in both public as well as private sectors. The opportunities are fish breeding, aquarium, fish processing, marketing sectors, food department, etc. Salary wise they have less scope =. They get paid off from 10k to 1Lakh per month. Choose wisely. Hope the answer was helpful.

Thank You


are have a entrance exam in fisheries science in Tamilnadu

Siva 27th Jul, 2020

Hello aspirant,    to become  fishery or acquaculture graduate,  you have  to pass the entrance  examination  called Indian Council of agricultural  research ( icar)   common entrance test fisheries aqua is the most trending  courses so your choice is good all the best for your bright career.


what is bfsc fisheries science?? how do I pursue a course on bfsc fisheries science?? what all government jobs are there in this field??

LALIT 21st Jul, 2020

B.F.Sc. is a 4-year undergraduate degree program, the minimum eligibility for which is passing of class 12th from a recognized school board or its equivalent exam. Fisheries science is the academic study of understanding and managing fisheries. It is a multidisciplinary science, that draws on the study and investigation of fish processing, aquaculture and fishery resource management, fishing technology and management, fisheries environment and fisheries extension.

The course empowers one to be technically qualified fisheries proficient with adequate abilities to oversee, conserve and create diversified fisheries resources in the country for quality fish protein and food security. Candidates can find job opportunities in public sector, for example, the nationalized banks and fisheries department.


plz tell best college for fisheries science in tamilnadu

Tanvi Bhavesh Shah 17th Jul, 2020

Hello aspirant!

If you are interested in medicine and research medicines you should choose B.pharma and if you interested in physiotherapy then choose this. See choosing a course is totally depends on your interest. Both the fields are totally different.

B.Pharma graduate deals with Medicines and Research on medicines whereas a Physiotherapist helps patients with Muscular malfunctions. As such looking at both the professions both have immense scope in the future.

Since Medicine is a daily requirement and people all around face some or the other muscular issue right from fracture to back pain etc, So a visit to a Physio is must. Both have the advantage of beginning on their own. Only a Pharmacists after Graduation, needs to obtain their Pharmacy License and can begin their own medical store.

Hope this helps you!

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