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“A student of Development Studies should always remember that every society – say, a village in Chhattisgarh or a municipal ward in Jalandhar – has its own needs and inclinations. If you want to study it or give a sound policy advice that is supposed to cover both the village and municipal ward, the differences between the two locations must be kept in mind. This requires a grasp of the concrete situations as well as the generalities of issues,” ~Professor Amiya Bagchi “Development Studies is a challenging approach to two things – the historical and highly uneven processes of structural change and socio-economic change in a largely capitalist international context; and the set of policies, institutions, and direct interventions to secure development outcomes by a wide array of agencies,” ~Christopher Cramer “Economics forms the bedrock of Development Studies, but the latter also incorporates insights from politics and sociology,” ~Pulapre Balakrishnan Development Studies (DS) is a relatively young field of academic study within social sciences. It is believed that the nomenclature ‘development studies’ was not used until World War II. It became a designated subject between 1960s and 1970s. Many argue that it was born because of decolonization process of 1950s and 1960s as the newly independent countries tried to ‘catch up’ with the industrialized nations. The dominance of ‘economic thinking’ in the early years of Development Studies was, therefore, beyond question. The context in which DS shaped up as an academic subject was certainly economic. There are some scholars who believe that DS originated in Great Britain as a leftover from the old field of colonial economics (that is, how to run a colony, which is a subject matter that the modern field of Development Economics claims no association with). To put it simply, Development Economics is mostly a hard-core, quantitative enterprise and DS is mostly a theoretical, comprehensive and soul-searching enterprise. It has become an increasingly inter- and multi-disciplinary subject, encompassing a variety of social scientific fields. In recent years the use of political economy analysis- the application of the analytical techniques of economics- to try and assess and explain political and social factors that either enhance or limit development has become increasingly widespread as a way of explaining the success or failure of reform processes.

Career Way

B.A. in Development studies
Level Under-Graduate
Duration 3 years
Eligibility 10+2 (Arts/Humanities/Any discipline)
Entrance Exam Mostly institution/college conduct their own entrance tests. One such test is TISS-BAT (Tata Institute of Social Sciences Bachelor’s Admission Test). Some colleges take direct admissions on merit basis.
Specialization --
Average Course Fee ₹90,000 to ₹2,50,000
Mode Regular
Goal Community Service Officer, Policy Analyst etc.


Ambedkar College, Tripura
Azim Premji University, Bangalore
Central University of South Bihar, Patna
Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Kerala
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
National Institute of Technology, Rourkela

Key Skills

Communication skills for presenting findings and explaining complex data.
Evaluation and interpretation of the data to collect in research.
Management of Time to completing specific tasks within designated time frames.

Career Prospectous

Policy Maker
Social Worker
Social Studies Teacher
Community Service Officer
Policy Analyst
Business Studies Teacher
Agency Development Manager
Teacher & Lecturer etc.


The average pay for a Training & Development Manager is ₹50,000 to ₹66,000 per month. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Training Management is associated with high pay for this job.

Role Models

  • Amit Mitra

    Amit Mitra is an Indian economist and politician representing All India Trinamool Congress and the current Finance, Commerce & Industries Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal. He is the incumbent MLA in the West Bengal state assembly from the Khardaha state assembly constituency. Cited as a giant killer in the West Bengal state assembly election, 2011 defeating Asim Dasgupta, the former West Bengal Finance Minister. Mitra previously served as the Secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

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