Social Work after 12th in India: Complete Information

Social Work after 12th in India: Complete Information

Social work after 12th was thought as a service done out of the need of doing philanthropy and serving the downtrodden of the society. In fact, social work is also done today and can be taken up as a full time profession. One can go for a bachelor’s degree in the social work after completing 12th standard and take up jobs in Non Government Organization (NGO) for various roles and designation. Though the social work job is professional but it is service oriented and gives a great satisfaction to the doer. The goal of the undergraduate degree program is to enhance the knowledge and skill of the student in various aspects of the said profession. The world around us is filled with problems like poverty, health issues, girl child issue, unemployment, stigma and discrimination related to disease factors like HIV/AIDs, dowry etc. in order to deal with such plight in the world various interventions are designed and these interventions requires skilled and knowledgeable people. Looking at the scope of work as a profession, the person should be open minded, dedicated and ready to find solutions to various problems. One could now take up social work as a fully fledged paid profession provided that you have adequate knowledge and qualified degree. In my knowledge and work experience many social workers have now turned into social scientists and researchers demonstrating their great intellectual power and skills besides the fact they earning well. Today, we have many fellowship programs which provide a buffet of practical knowledge oriented programs with monitory support to the student who are selected. These fellowship program chisel out the aspirant & make them sharp professionally, you can gain a lot if you search for a good university or organization fellowship program.

Of course, there are many education institutes in the country that provide both undergraduate and postgraduate level programs in India. Some universities also provide research in this field. Within the degree program there are specializations (fields) that an aspirant may choose to pursue a particular path in the social work profession. They are as follows.

• Schools Social Work
• Family and Child Welfare
• Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
• Criminology and Correctional Administration
• Rural and Urban Community Development
• Human Resource Management

There are other field options also available in addition to the above specialization and these include community organization, activist’s organizations, social policy, advocacy, ecology, and medical & psychiatric social work. This field education could be pursued in different levels as mentioned below.
In addition to these, it may also include community organizations, social policy and planning, ecology and social work and medical and psychiatric social work. This field of education can be pursued in different levels as mentioned below

Social Work after 12th in India: Complete Information

Qualifying Exam after 12th for Social Work Course
The basic qualification required pursue the bachelor degree, you should be 12th standard passed (any stream). Many universities conduct a qualifying exam for the admission and while others have direct entry to the degree program,

Eligibility for Social Work Course
To pursue an undergraduate course one should have cleared 12th standard (any stream), the aggregate marks criteria for admission exists and depends upon from institute to institute but average would be around (45% to 50%).
To become a qualified professional a person has to complete a bachelor’s degree program to get a good designation job in the field. Higher study options are also offered after this course.
Note: Though there are field level jobs that can be taken up just after the 12th standard. But it’s better to complete the undergraduate programs.

How to apply for the Social Work Course after 12th
The aspirants who wish to join the course can obtain the application form from the respective university or institutions. Some universities/ institutions have the facility available for online form filling. Aspirants should visit the website of the respective centers. All the details of the DD and the personal details should be filled carefully. As for the offline applications, the DD should be send along with the duly filled form to the specified address.

Undergraduate courses 
• B.S.W
• B.A Social Work
• B.A. (Hons) Social Work
Postgraduate courses 
• M.A Social work
• M.S.W
• Master of Labor Welfare (MLW)
• Master in Exten. Education & Social work (MEESW)
• M.Phil. Social Work
• Ph.D. Social Work

Diploma Courses

• Diploma Courses in Social Work
• Diploma in Management of Welfare and Developmental Services
• Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work & Rural Development

The diverse certificate courses are also offered by many institutes in this field. Some of the courses are
• Certificate course in Abolition of Child Labour
• Certificate Course in Social Work
• Certificate in AIDS and Family Education (CAFÉ)
• Certificate in NGO Management

List of Universities/Institutions offering Social Work Course

• Acharya Nagarjuna University (Andhra Pradesh)
• Al-Azhar College of Arts and Science (Kerala)
• Alva’s College of Social Work (Karnataka)
• Amrita School of Arts and Sciences (Kerala)
• Anand Institute of Social Work (Gujarat)
• Andhra University : Colleges of Arts and Commerce (Andhra Pradesh)
• Ansar Women’s College (Kerala)
• Bhagini Mandal-College of social work (Maharashtra)
• Bharathiar University (Tamil Nadu)
• Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu)
• Biju Pattnaik College of Journalism, Social Work and Yoga (Orissa)
• C.M.S. College of Science and Commerce (Tamil Nadu)
• Christ University (Karnataka)
• College of Social Work (Maharashtra)
• Dr. A.V. Baliga Institute of Social Science and Rural Management (Karnataka)
• Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University : College of Social Work (Maharashtra)
• Dr. M.V. Shetty College of Social Work (Karnataka)
• Gujarat Vidyapith (Gujarat)
• Gulbarga University : Department of P.G. Studies and Research in Social Work (Karnataka)
• Indore School of Social Work (Madhya Pradesh)
• Institute of Language Studies and Applied Social Sciences (Gujarat)
• Institute of Professional Science and Management (Karnataka)
• Jai Bharath Arts and Science College (Kerala)
• Jain University (Karnataka)
• Jamia Millia Islamia : Faculty of Social Sciences (Delhi)

Social Work after 12th in India: Complete Information


Social work as field has evolved into a more scientific based interventions as now the designing and implementation of the programs are based on research and other factors. The field in itself has a broad-spectrum of opportunities available. Even the social sector is not the first priority career for many but my personal experience is very good in this sector as I have seen mammoth growth. Aspirants who have completed or studied further and attained a degree same or equivalent to Masters in public health are leading the industry, they are the ones who are selected for long term research projects and are in giant organization in positions at par to corporate level management positions with handsome packages and excellent perks. There are multi-disciplinary positions which are obtained as a social worker just to mention a few, which are such as field workers also known as outreach staff, project managers, counselors, researchers, co-researchers, trainers, admin staff, auditors, monitoring and evaluation officers, program evaluators, program officers, team leaders, professional consultants, etc you can see for yourself how you can fulfill these position in a program or in a social organization according to your interest and qualification. Even though volunteers play an important role in a social work sectors there are volunteers who work out of sheer need to do philanthropy and there are other few who work to fill their time and earn a part-time salary. Both kinds of people are benefited and in future they also take up full time positions in projects. The only draw-back which I can see in the social work field is that there is a timeline to every project, that has been commenced, so if you are in an organization where there is scarcity of such projects then you have to look for another job in another organization or change your location frequently this happens to the workers in the social sector all the time. If you can live with this drawback then it is fine you courageously join the social sector.