The field of forensic sciences is a highly skilful study that trains young minds in the specialised area of forensic investigation and criminal psychology. It requires an enquiring mind along with good observational skills.
Who are Forensic scientists?
Forensic scientists play a major role in criminal investigation and are responsible for providing impartial evidence to courts of law in order to support the arguments of prosecutor or defence attorney in hearings. The pieces of evidence are provided to the court in a written format but in order to substantiate the situation, the scientists may also have to be present in the court hearings.
- Analysis of samples such as skin fragments, bones, skin, hair etc.
- Examination of crime scenes.
- Collection of substances/elements and their analysis.
- Developing new forensic techniques.
- Apply scientific techniques to evidence for figuring out solutions.
This job basically offers their employees a very flexible office timing. Based on the nature of the sector, private or public, the timing can vary from nine to five shifts or to being on call for the required period of investigation.
If one wants to get a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science, you must have 10+2 with Maths, Chemistry, and Physics and preferably Biology with a minimum of 50% aggregate percentage. The course duration is 3 years which will be divided into 6 semesters.
Key Skills Required in Forensic Experts
- High precision and attention to detail.
- Ability to concentrate for long periods of time.
- Have a perceptive mind and ability to look at things from various angles.
The average salary package after a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science varies between Rs 1.2 to 4.5 lakhs per annum. It may increase with performance and work experience. It is advised to pursue an M.Sc in Food Technology or similar subjects to get an edge and rise further in your career.
How to get admission in B.Sc/M.Sc in Forensic Sciences at LPU
Pass with 60% aggregate marks in 10+2 (with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Maths or Biology or Forensic sciences or Crime Sciences as a vocational subject) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPUNEST
In case marks scored in 10+2 are 80% or above, then LPUNEST will be exempted and the candidate may apply for admission. For a candidate, who has not studied English as a subject, the condition of English may be waived off provided the candidate in his qualifying exam has studied in English medium.