Bethune college was established by J.E.D Bethune in 1879. It was the first all women’s college in India, established during socio-religious movement during British rule in India. It contributed immensely in women empowerment and provided women freedom fighters for Independence.

It is NAAC ‘A’ accredited and is affiliated to University of Calcutta, Kolkata. It offers 25 courses in 2 streams namely Science, Arts and across 4 degrees like BSc, BA, MSc, MA. Hostel facilities are available for its students.

The Bethune College is a government college, affiliated to the University of Calcutta. It is located in North Kolkata and several top recruiters like Wipro, TCS, Cognisant etc. hire students from Bethune College.

Bethune College: Highlights

Established 1879 1879
City Kolkata
Popular Courses B.Sc. , B.A.
Admission criteria Merit-based
Application Mode Online/Offline
Ownership Public/Government
Total Courses 24 courses across 2 streams
Facilities ATM, Canteen, Counselling, Fest, Cultural zone, Girls Hostel, Gym, Library, Auditorium, Computer lab

Bethune College: Rankings

Bethune college ranking in various survey is tabulated below-

NIRF 2020 88
India Today 4
NAAC ‘A’ Grade
Sashibhusan Award In 2013
NSS Activity Awarded Best College in 2012

Bethune College: Courses

Bethune college offers 16 UG courses and 6 PG courses. College provides courses in Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Zoology, History, Psychology, Philosophy Computer Science, Political Science, Botany, etc. The duration of PG courses is 2 years and UG courses are 3 years.

Key courses are tabulated below-

Bachelor of Science [B.Sc.] 3 years Candidates should have passed the Higher Secondary Exam [10+2] in the science stream with the relevant subjects and 60% marks in aggregate from a recognised board. 3,588
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc.] {Hons.} 3 years Candidates should have passed the Higher Secondary Exam [10+2] in the science stream with the relevant subjects and 60% marks in aggregate from a recognised board. 3,588
Master of Science [M.Sc.] 2 years Candidates should have passed B.Sc.(Hons.) 45% marks in Hons. And it should be in Subject like Physics/Chemistry 12,962
Bachelor of Arts [BA] 3 years Candidates should have passed the Higher Secondary Exam [10+2] with 60% aggregate score and degree course as a subject. 3,588
Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons.} 3 years Candidates should have passed the Higher Secondary Exam [10+2] with 60% aggregate score and degree course as a subject. 3,588
Master of Arts [MA] 2 years Candidates should have passed B.A.(Hons.) 50% marks in Hons. Subject and The study of subject should be in concerned subject and degree. 12,962

Bethune College: Admission

Bethune College provides various UG and PG courses. The admission process for both courses is mentioned below.

Bethune college UG Admission 2021

  • The criteria for admission in the college is based on merit scored in the 12th exam. For BA (Hons) in Bengali, at least 55% total marks need to be obtained in 12th and for BA (hons) in English, at least 75% total marks need to be obtained in 12th.
  • Bethune college offers 16 UG courses that are Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Botany, Zoology, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Computer Science. The duration is 3 years for all UG courses.

Bethune College Kolkata B.A./B.Sc. Hons Selection Criteria

  • Students who have passed the Higher Secondary or its equivalent Examination may apply for admission to the B.A./B.Sc. (Honours) courses.
  • Students must have passed in English (at least 100 marks paper) in the previous qualifying examination.
  • Students need to secure passing marks in the General Subjects opted for (it is applicable to candidates who had the subjects at (10+2) level).
  • Aggregate marks are calculated by adding the marks of the BEST FOUR subjects (at least 100 marks paper). For calculation of Aggregate marks, Marks obtained in compulsory Environmental Education / Studies will not be taken into consideration.
  • Admission to the college is conducted strictly on the basis of merit. Merit list in the college is prepared based on the INDEX MARK for all categories of students.
  • For admission in the college SC/ST candidate need to secure not less than 25% and an OBC candidate need to secure not less than 10% of index mark of the last admitted candidate in General category in each Honours subject.

Bethune College PG Admission 2021

  • Bethune College offers 6 PG courses in English, Applied Psychology, Zoology, Bengali, Botany, Mathematics.
  • The duration of the PG courses is 2 years.
  • The 60% of seats is reserved for students from Calcutta University (CU) and university accept them based on merit, while the selection for the rest 40% seats is done via admission test.

Key points for PG admissions at Bethune College

  • Only students passing out as honours graduates from Calcutta University or any affiliated college, in not before 2016 can apply for 60% seats reserved for CU candidates.
  • The honours marks obtained in the Graduation level will be taken into consideration for selection of students for the seats reserved for CU.
  • The selection of rest 40% seats will be based on the Admission Test.

Bethune College Application Form

There are the following processes for the filling application of the college.

  • Fill the application form through the admission site of the college
  • Pay the application fees
  • Submit the form to the website

Bethune College: Placements

  • It has a team of Career Counselling Cell. It is proactive enough to explore diverse fields of employment for graduate and post graduate students by meeting with various companies and placing them according to their interests.
  • The Cell conducts supportive programmes that enhance Students chances to select future course of study as well as placement. It conducts regular workshops for the last year students to zero in on their skills and aptitudes, strengths and weaknesses network with the industry leaders/institutes of higher studies so that students get an opportunity to find a suitable placement/future career.
  • Companies, like WIPRO, TCS, GENPACT etc., to name a few,come to the campus for head hunting so far and college is working continuously to enhance connections with various other renowned organisations/industry leaders/institutes
UG [3 Years Program(s)] 1.90 Lakhs
PG [2 Years Program(s)] 2.50 Lakhs

Bethune College: Facilities

General Library

  • The Library has almost 1,00,000 (one lakh) books and journals. There are some rare and priceless books and journals.
  • To provide better accommodation and convenience, College provides separate libraries for Science and Humanities. There is a Departmental library too for each department.

College Canteen

  • Staff and students of the college can buy food at a subsidized rate from the college canteen.
  • It is open during the working hours of the College.
  • Different types of snacks and meals during lunch hours are available for students and staff. College provides a seating capacity of forty for the student.

Psychological Counselling Cell

  • Teachers who are professionally trained to provide Psychological Counselling Cell to students. The Cell has rich experience of approximately 10 years.

Bethune College: Faculty

  • There are approx. 84 faculty members.
  • There is Alumni Association, Sammilani, an autonomous body that works with the current teaching and non-teaching faculties to create a better environment and opportunities in the college.
  • Professors are extremely helpful and always eager for students. They are student-friendly.

Bethune college: Scholarships

Bethune College offers scholarships to students based on merit. College also provides scholarships to the students belonging to the SC/ST and Economically weaker section. Apart from that various central and state governments also provide scholarships to students. A student can avail of concession on tuition fee and books with the help of these scholarships. However, the concession varies based on the rank that one has obtained. Candidates doing courses from any degree can apply for the scholarship if they meet the eligibility criteria.

  1. Chhanda Mitra Memorial Scholarship: Given to a student of the Physics Department based on merit.
  2. Debendranath Das Memorial Scholarship: Given to EWS students.
  3. Kamalabala Mukherjee Memorial Scholarship: Given to the student for highest proficiency in Chemistry Honours in the B.Sc. Exam from Bethune College.

Bethune College: FAQs

Ques. I am currently in the last year of my graduation. Is there any entrance exam to get admission in the college?

Ans.Yes, there is an entrance test. You need to clear the entrance test. But there are certain eligibility criteria for the test.

Ques. Is Bethune, Kolkata a government college?

Ans.Bethune, Kolkata is a Private college.

Ques. Is Bethune, Kolkata recognized by the UGC?

Ans.Yes, Bethune, Kolkata is recognized by the UGC.

Ques. Is Bethune College good for English hons?

Ans.Yes, it is extremely good and since PG in English is also available here and the faculty members are highly qualified and experienced.

Ques. How is the faculty at Bethune College?

Ans.The faculty imparts quality education to all its students. Their main aim is to make students industry-ready. They are extremely supportive and helpful.