Where to Get Placed

Central Forensic Science Laboratories: The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) is a wing of the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs.  In India, seven CFSL have been established in different places. These places are Delhi, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Pune, Guwahati and Bhopal. The minimum qualification required for getting job in these laboratories is Bachelor Degree in any discipline from a recognized university and minimum experience of 3 years.

State FSL’s:  Almost every state has its own forensic lab. Forensic Science Laboratory are dynamic multi-disciplinary organization devoted to the ideas of excellence that provides leadership to advance forensic science and its application to the legal system. To get a job in this field, normal education, with certificate and training is required in respective field. Almost every lab has five to six conventional division i.e. Document Division, Chemistry Division, Toxicology Division, Ballistic Division, Biology Division, Physics Division. Minimum education required for getting recruited in these divisions is bachelors in forensic science with relevant years of experience.

In Police Department: There is constant need of forensic technicians in police department. Police forensic technicians are employed by agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, FBI, local police departments or sheriff's offices. Some police forensics professionals work for private companies and are consulted by law enforcement on an as-needed basis.

Crime Branches, CBI, and CID: These are the agencies which work on state as well as central level. CID (Crime Investigation Department) works on the state level while CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) established in Delhi, works on central level. CID and CBI include many laboratories such as CFSL and FSL. The Central Forensic Science Laboratory, (CBI) New Delhi was established in the Year 1968 as a scientific department to provide scientific support and services to the investigation of crime. It is one of the most comprehensive Laboratories in the country with 10 fully equipped Divisions namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Serology, Ballistics, Documents, Finger Prints, Forensic Psychology, Photo, Computer Forensic Science & Scientific Aids divisions with addition of state-of-the-art laboratories for Computer Forensics and DNA profiling. Recruitment in CFSL is done through UPSC, the minimum qualification desired is bachelors in any field.

Regional Forensic Science Laboratories: These labs are established in many cities such as Jodhpur, Nasik, Dharamshala, Indore etc. The objective of these laboratories is to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster interdisciplinary research, for recruitment in these laboratories, the qualification is same as the state FSL, minimum bachelor degree from recognized university and 2 years’ experience.

Intelligence Bureau: It is India's internal intelligence agency. It was recast as the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1947 under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Due to the extreme secrecy surrounding the agency, there is little concrete information available about it or its activities. Although various forensic jobs have been posted by the recruitment agency in the past. The educational qualification required to get a job in this sector is bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

Banks, Defense/Army, Courts: Job prospects surely widens after completion of this course as, one can apply in bank sectors for job relating to document examination, apart from this defense is one field where during court martial proper investigation is done, and for this investigation forensic experts are needed. For recruitment basic education needed is bachelors in forensic science along with minimum experience of 3-5 years.

Narcotics Department: Famously known as Narcotic Control Bureau is drug law enforcement and intelligence agency which is responsible for fighting against the drug trafficking and abuse of illegal substance. It works for the ‘Drug and Cosmetics act’ and ‘Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act’. The qualification required for getting selected in NCB is bachelors in pharmacy or toxicology and 1 year of work experience. Since toxicology is part of forensic science one can easily become eligible for the recruitment procedure if he/she has specialization in toxicology.

Quality Control Bureau: It is an independent governing body, supervised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The main task of quality control bureau is to conduct import and export inspections of fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers and potted plants/ornamentals. In these sector, the work of forensic scientist is to check the quality of the ingredients by the tests and techniques.

Legal & Law Firms: Forensic science is the study of science to the matter of law. Forensic science and law goes hand in hand. Every legal case requires evidence analysis, or evidences are required in case building, or establishing or proving a theory. For this an experienced expert is needed in almost every law firm.

Customs and Excise, DTI, Serious Fraud Office: These are the sectors in which the detection and deterrence of narcotics trafficking and abuse of controlled drugs are done. The qualification skill should be ‘bachelor degree’ from a recognized institute and the age should be 21 years or above. One can apply here too.

Govt. Software Developers: Cyber forensic plays a vital role in cyber space as hacking, cracking and encryption of data. Now a days, some government organizations are hiring cyber experts for their organization in order to protect their data form vulnerability. Minimum qualification required for being eligible is B.Sc in computer science or a certified ethical hacker.

Govt. Large chartered accountancy firms:  Forensic accounting is on of the blooming area for forensic accounting expert. . If we look at the western countries particularly USA, the law enforcement agencies like DEA, FBI, CIA has well marshaled its pool of special agents having forensic accounting backgrounds.

Govt. Environmental Protection: International Society of Environmental Forensics has grown out as a platform to present scientific investigations that address environmental contamination subjected to law, public debate, or formal argumentation as well as the evaluation of the basic science that serves as underpinnings to those activities. The society encourages the development of technical courses that focus on scientific and technical information, data, and critical analysis in analytical chemistry, and atmosphere chemistry areas. This field is new and blooming currently, it has broad scope.

Govt. Firearm manufacture firms: After doing bachelors in forensic science or any other relevant course related to firearms one can work in firearm manufacturing firms, these firms are the companies which design or manufacture the firearms and ammunitions. Forensic science is the course of choice here because it includes ballistics as a subject.

Food and Drug Administration: The quality of ingredient in food and drugs are examined very rigorously as alteration can lead to mass health issues. The examination of food and drug are done by food inspectors, these inspectors are recruited on the basis of their educational capacity, and one can either do his /her bachelor's in food technology or in forensic toxicology. Along with this relevant working experience or practical experience is needed.