social services

Social services are a range of public services provided by the government, private, profit and non-profit organizations. It includes providing access to the facilities such as education, food subsidies, health care, police and legal aid. It is also concerned with community management and policy research.

What are the various disciplines in Social Services?

Economic and Social Welfare

It is a discipline which focuses on the welfare of the society and it measure the improvements from the individual to the community level.

Human Rights

The field of human rights is all about the protection, promotion and enforcement of the most fundamental and basic rights eligible to all people.

Health Care and Illness

It is the study and practices that intends to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.

Ecology and Environment

The study of ecology and environment in social service discipline is concerned with the environmental awareness and Environmental social work is an approach to social work practice that is founded on the principle of ecological justice.

Social Work

Social work is an academic discipline and profession that concerns itself with individuals, families, groups and communities in an effort to enhance social functioning and overall well-being.

Main Admission/Entrance exams

Name of Exam Institutions Languages Application Period Exam Dates Website
Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) Central University Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan English February to March April
TISSNET Tata Institute of Social Sciences, School of Social Work, Mumbai Campus English May
Christ University Entrance Exam Christ University Bangalore English December to May May
Madras Christian College entrance Exam Madras Christian College, Chennai English June July

What should I do to get admission at UG level for Social Services?

Stream to Choose at +2 level:

Although selecting a specific stream is not a prerequisite for admission to a bachelor’s course in social services in many of the Indian universities, taking Humanities stream will help the student to have a better understanding of the subjects that are to be taken up.

Subjects to focus:

Admissions to the top colleges and universities in this field are based on the aggregate score at the plus two level. To get admitted to some colleges for specific courses students should try to score high in all subjects.

Students pursuing Science with Biology stream can focus on Biology and Chemistry for taking up social services in Health Care sector.

Some skills to acquire:

For taking up courses related to social services, good communication skills and verbal ability is essential. Proficiency in multiple languages, including regional languages and a good reading habit for increasing general awareness will be an advantage.

Minimum marks:

Admission tests for UG admissions generally have eligibility requirement of minimum aggregate of 50% at +2 level


Name Eligibility Website
IndusInd Foundation Scholarship Students studying in the first year UG who have scored 85% marks in Class 12 Examinations and who due to personal/family crises are unable to continue bearing the cost of education.
Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship Students who are above 80 percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream from the respective Board of Examination in Class XII of 10+2 pattern or equivalent and having family income less than 8 lakhs. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of 5 years to cover UG and PG education.
Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child for PG Programs This scholarship is for girls whose parents have no other children. Girls who are up to the age of 30 years at the time of admission in any regular, full time master’s Degree course in any designated university or a post graduate college are eligible. The scholarship is available only to PG-I-year students
UGC Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders for PG Programs The scholarship is available to the student for first PG Degree only. Age limit for the students is 30 years at the time of admission in PG course. The Undergraduate courses from non professional streams have been identified for the award of scholarships.


The World Economic Forum report on The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution found that social influence, leadership, creativity, initiative etc. will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills’ and that process skills (such as active listening and critical thinking) will be a growing part of the core skills requirements for many industries. According to a BBC report, Social service and related field jobs are among the least likely occupations to be taken over by automation. It is because assisting and caring for others, which involves empathy, is a crucial part of the job. These disciplines which equips students with social responsibility, critical thinking, service mentality and human values will be prized in our future economy.

Other career areas a Social Service graduate can enter

Civil services

After qualifying in Civil Services examinations, a graduate in social services disciplines can provide effective service to society in his/her official capacity in any cadre of Civil Services.

Education and Training

With a post graduation and Mphil/PhD qualifications careers as professors/ teachers in educational institutions can be taken up.

Business Management

Social Science graduates can take up management courses at postgraduate level and take up careers in areas like Hospital management and Human resources management.

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