LNJN National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, Delhi is one of the premier institutes for Forensic Science in India. It was established in 1972 with the aim of imparting forensic science and criminology knowledge to Law Enforcement Officers as well as introducing these disciplines into the curriculum of Universities. Being an institute dedicated to the forensic discipline, the institute is well equipped with laboratories having state of the art instruments and tools in each department which are headed by highly experienced faculty and staff. Moreover, being directly under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has its perks and the students often gain
diverse opportunities and experiences.
LNJN NICFS currently offers a Masters degree in Forensic Sciences as well as other diploma courses. It is therefore an aspiration of many forensic science undergraduates as well those from other disciplines looking to enter the field of forensic science, to be admitted in their Master’s program. The institute is currently affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) and thus, admission to M.Sc. in Forensic Science is done through the Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test (IPU CET). IPU CET is conducted every year, with lakhs of students appearing for it.
Eligibility for IPU CET (M.Sc. Forensic Science)
• B.Sc (Hons) in Physics or Applied Physics or Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry or Biochemistry or Toxicology or Industrial Chemistry or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics or Statistics or Biology (Zoology or Botany or Genetics or Biotechnology or Biochemistry or Physical Anthropology) with 50% marks in aggregate from a recognised University.
• B.Sc of minimum 3 years duration with at least 50% marks in aggregate from a recognised University. Also, the candidate must have studied from at least 1st year (2 semesters) of the 3 years degree course any 2 subjects out of (1) Physics, (2) Mathematics or Statistics (3) Chemistry (4) Biology (Zoology or Botany or Genetics or Biochemistry or Biotechnology or Physical Anthropology)
• B.Sc Forensic Science with at least 50% marks in aggregate from any recognised university.
• B.Tech(Mechanical or Civil or Electronics or Instrumentation or Chemical Engineering or Computer Science) with at least 50% marks in aggregate from any recognised University.
Duration of the exam
2 hours 30 minutes
For each correct answer, 4 marks will be given; however, there is negative marking for every incorrect answer. For each incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted.
Exam Paper Pattern
The paper is divided into two sections –
Section – l consists of a total of 50 questions
(i) Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability (25 questions)
(ii) General English (25 questions)
Section- II consists of a total of 100 questions (Five components of 20 questions each)
(iii) Biology (Zoology,Genetics, Biotech, Physical Anthropology)
(iv) Forensic Science
(v) Mathematics of B.Sc. Level
Tips To Crack NICFS M.Sc Entrance Exam
I am sharing a few tips that helped me Crack NICFS M.Sc Entrance Exam long back and in securing 2nd rank in the exam. Since the entrance exam question papers are not available on any website, I feel these five tips can be followed to crack your entrance exam 2020.
- Keep your notes prepared: One of the most important ways to prepare for the entrance test is to be ready with the notes. Make notes of all the topics you have learnt in your undergraduate program in such a way that you can easily revise the topics before the test. As the entrance test is composed of various subjects, this will help in making more preparation time for an extra subject that was not included in your undergraduate program. For example, if you are a B.Sc. Forensic Science student, you can prepare short and easy revision notes of all the forensic topics through out the semesters, so that towards the entrance exam, you will have more time to focus on the basic science subjects.
- Make a preparation plan: Because the test involves a wide number of disciplines, leaving the preparation for the last minute will be a horrible idea. It is just not possible to cram up five subjects in the span of a week. Therefore, make proper study plans to make sure all of the components for the test are covered. Starting the preparation around the start of your final year would be a good idea.
- Try to score as much as you can from Section I as it is usually easier. Various online samples as well as booklets are available for logical reasoning and analytical ability so try to practice them in your free time in order to make yourself familiar with the different types of questions. You may even be able to answer some of the questions with just some common sense. For the English component, focus on the vocabulary and the grammar, as most of
them are word substitution and choose the correct sentence type of questions.
- For those of you that do not have basic sciences as subjects in your undergraduate program, make some time to go through NCERT books to revise the basic concepts. In case you started your preparation a little too late and do not have much time, then pick out a good general science book to help with the revision.
- In case of Mathematics, just simply learning the formulae may be helpful as well. Although majority of the questions may seem tough, there will always be a few formula based questions and at the end of the day, getting one or two more questions right may make a huge difference.
Although the level of difficulty may differ every year, there will always be some easy level questions that you will be able to answer. However, before trying to guess every question, remember that there will be negative marking for every wrong answer. Nevertheless, do not stress yourself out, instead, try to be calm and prepare well; there is nothing that you cannot achieve with some good preparation. All the very best!
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