Bachelor of Fisheries Science

Fisheries Scienceundergraduate

By- Akanksha Yadav

What is the B.F.Sc. course?

The full form of the B.F.Sc. course is the Bachelor of Fisheries Science. It is a four-year-long undergraduate course for students wanting to pursue a career in the Fisheries Science field. Fisheries Science is an academic study of understanding and managing fisheries. Through this course, the students study fish processing, aquaculture and fishery resource management, fishing technology and management, fisheries ecology and fisheries extension.

After completion of this course, the graduates can work as a Farm Manager, Hatchery Manager, Fisheries Inspector, Aqua Culturist, Fish Exporter, Marine Biologist & Marine Scientist, Fish Trader, Fish Breeder, Hatchery/Farm Operator, Fisheries Extension Officer/Technical Officer, Feed Mill Manager, Processing & Production Manager, Fish Export Inspector, Export Manager, Fisheries Extension Officer etc. After completing this course, the students can expect an average salary of INR 2 to 10 Lacs per annum.

In India, there are various private and government colleges/institutes offering B.F.Sc. course. The average course fee for B.F.Sc. course is INR 5000 to 2 lacs per annum. Some of B.F.Sc. offering colleges are-

  • Tamil Nadu Dr J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University - [TNJFU]
  • Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Nanaji Deshmukh Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya
  • Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies - [KUFOS] Panangad
  • West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences
  • Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University
  • Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir - [SKUAST] 
  • Junagadh Agricultural University
  • Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology - [MPUAT]
  • Annamalai University

What is the duration of a B.F.Sc. course?

The duration of this course is 4 years. These 4 years are then divided into 8 semesters. During these 8 semesters, the students study various theoretical and practical subjects related to the Fisheries Science field.

Top recruiting areas:

The students can work in the following fields after completing their graduation with B.F.Sc. course.

  • Fisheries Colleges
  • Research Institutes
  • Fish Farmers Development Agencies
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra
  • Nationalized Banks
  • International Organizations
  • Aquariums
  • Fish Farms
  • Feed Manufacturing Units
  • Feed Sales Department
  • Ornamental Fish Culture and Breeding Centres
  • Hatchery and Seed Production Companies
  • Commercial Pearl Production Industry
  • Fish Processing and Marketing Firm
  • Net Making Units
  • Fish Disease Diagnostic Centre

Top companies which recruit B.F.Sc. graduates:

Here is a list of top B.F.Sc. graduates recruiters

  • 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)
  • WHO

Duration : 4 years

Specialization : fisheries science

Eligibilty & Entry Requirements

What is the eligibility required for the B.F.Sc. course?

The eligibility criteria are one of the most important parts of any course. The students who are planning to take admission into the desired course are advised to check the eligibility criteria of the course. The student should fulfil all the mandatory requirements of the course. If he/she fails to do so, his/her admission might get cancelled by the institute/college. 

The students who are planning to pursue B.F.Sc. course can check the detailed eligibility criteria of the course below.

  • The student should have passed his/her class 10+2 examination in the science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Agriculture as subjects.
  • The student should have a minimum of 50% marks in the class 12th examination.
  • The student should have qualified for the required entrance examination. Some colleges accept national/state-level entrance examination marks for admission while some colleges give direct admission based on marks and a round of personal interviews of the students.

Entrance examinations for B.F.Sc. course:

Some of the B.F.Sc. entrance examinations in India are listed below.

  • Karnataka Common Entrance Test
  • Junagadh Agricultural University Entrance Test
  • Kerala Agricultural University Common Entrance Test
  • Maharana Pratap University Graduate Test
  • Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical & Engineering Training Entrance Test




Course Syllabus

What are the subjects in B.F.Sc. course?

The students who are planning to take admission into B.F.Sc. course can check the complete list of subjects below. This will give them a better idea of the course. The course is divided into 8 semesters. During these 8 semesters, the students study various different subjects related to the Fisheries Science field.

Semester I Semester II
Principles of Aquaculture Information & Communication Technology
Taxonomy of Finfish Freshwater Aquaculture
Taxonomy of Shellfish Anatomy of Finfish and Shellfish
Meteorology & Geography Biology of Finfish & Shellfish
Principles of Biochemistry Soil and Water Chemistry
Fundamentals of Microbiology Limnology
Fishery Economics Food chemistry & Fish in Nutrition
- Biochemical Techniques & Instrumentation
Semester III Semester IV
Culture of Fish Food Organisms Aquaculture Engineering
Inland Fisheries Ornamental Fish Production & Management
Oceanography Coastal Aquaculture & Mariculture
Fish Nutrition & Feed Technology Physiology of Finfish & shellfish
Marine Biology Fishing Craft & Gear Technology
Refrigeration and Freezing Technology Canning & Fish Packaging Technology
Statistical Methods in Fisheries Extension Education in Fisheries
- Fisheries Administration & Legislation
Semester V Semester VI
Aquatic Ecology & Biodiversity Biotechnology & Bioinformatics in Fisheries
Finfish Breeding & Hatchery Management Fishery Genetics & Breeding
Shellfish Breeding & Hatchery Management Fish Population Dynamics & Stock Assessment
Diseases & Management Aquatic Pollution & Coastal Zone Management
Marine Fisheries Fish Products and By products Technology
Disaster Management in Fisheries Fish Microbiology and Quality Assurance
Navigation & Seamanship Financing and Marketing Management in Fisheries
- Entrepreneurship Development and Communication Skills
Semester VII Semester VIII
Hands-on Training in Fisheries (Experiential Learning) In-plant training in Fisheries


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