As a person working in the field of development studies, you will engage in research and analysis on the various aspects and challenges related to public policies and development.
They conduct research on development plans and challenges, prepare and coordinate policies, and analyse and solve complex development related issues.
Taking any stream at the 10+2 level would be a sufficient qualification for doing higher studies in this field. But taking a humanities stream would be recommended as it might help to understand the basics of development studies at an early stage itself.
BA Development Studies is not a common UG course in India. Candidates who wish to pursue higher studies in development studies can do a bachelor's degree in any field (with a minimum duration of 3 years) and then go for this specific specialisation at the PG level. Doing an undergraduate degree in a Social Science and Humanities subject (preferably economics) will provide an added advantage as this will help build a stronger base in the subject.
IIT Madras offers a 5 year integrated program in Developmental Studies. Students are selected through the Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) conducted by IIT Madras every year in the month of May. Minimum educational qualification for this program is 60% marks (General Category) in 10+2 or equivalent examination.
MA Development studies is a 2 year post graduate program. Candidates with a bachelor's degree, irrespective of their specialisation, would be eligible for admission.
A master’s degree in social sciences is usually the minimum requirement to register for MPhil and PhD research degrees in the field of development studies. The eligibility criteria would depend on the specific institute and post graduation in related fields might also suffice in some cases.
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People working in this field have to effectively communicate with people coming from different sections of the society and with different cognitive capabilities as part of their work.
A person working in this field might have to lead groups of various compositions and they will be required to direct their team towards pre-set goals.
An essential skill required in this field as people working in this field will have to analyse situations, reports and then provide solutions to complex problems.
Handling complex and multifaceted problems and finding solutions for them will warrant an ability to think strategically and plan properly.
People working in this field must be able to plan tasks and make sure efficiency is maintained in its completion. Thus management of time is highly important.