As a forensic scientist, you will be assisting the concerned officials in investigating crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence.
Forensic scientists apply science to criminal and civil laws by collecting and analysing physical evidences. They examine fingerprints, DNA, and other evidences collected at crime scenes as part of the investigation and work in laboratories using chemicals and laboratory equipment to analyze the collected evidence.
Studying science stream at the 10+2 level and securing a minimum aggregate score would be a prerequisite for admission into forensic science courses.
BSc in forensic sciences is available only in a very few institutions in India. Therefore, you can take a bachelors in any science discipline and then specialise in forensic sciences at the master’s level. The duration of BSc programs are usually three years.
1 year diploma programs are available in forensic sciences.
After completing a bachelor’s in any science discipline, you can opt for an MSc in forensic sciences. This is a program of two years duration.
There are one year PG diploma programs on offer in the field of forensic sciences. Apart from graduates with a science background, law graduates are also eligible for such programs.
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Forensic scientists have to sort out even minute changes while collecting and analysing evidence. They have to pay meticulous attention to detail to notice such small differences.
Forensic scientists need to have a sound understanding of natural sciences and statistics as they have to systematically analyse evidence and data.
Having a curious mindset and a great judgement will come in handy for forensic scientists as they may come across puzzling problems while trying to match evidences.
Forensic scientists have to use a logical and unbiased approach while applying scientific tests and methods to solve crimes.
Forensic scientists need to have good oral and written communication skills as they have to express scientific information to non experts as well as justify their findings in the court.