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St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

St. Xavier's College, Mumbai is a Roman Catholic College. 140 years have been passed and it is celebrating its years of excellency in the academic field. Discipline, scholarship and service are the ornaments which have adorned this college. This College was named after the St. Francis Xavier which was a Jesuit saint of the 16th century who came to travel in India. St. Xavier's College was affiliated to the University of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) in 1869. This college prepares the students to access degree in Arts, Science and Commerce. The placement cell of this college is an active cell. In Latin St. Xavier's College is pronounced as "Collegium Sanctus Xaverius". The motto of the college is "Provocans Ad Volandvm" in Latin which means in English "Encourage to Fly". The Principal of the college is Frazer Mascarenhas. This college is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The crest has been shaped by Fr. T. Molina in 1929 that depicts how an eagle is teaching its younger ones to fly. In 2006 it has been given recognition by the UGC as "College with a Potential for Excellence".

The department of the St Xavier's College in Mumbai is divided under sub heads that include Science, Arts, Commerce, Bachelor of Management Studies and Bachelor of Mass Media. The major departments are the first three. Under the science department these include Chemistry, zoology, microbiology, life sciences, botany, geology, physics, mathematics and statistics. Under the arts department it includes Ancient Indian Culture, History, English, Hindi, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, French, Commerce and Economics. St Xavier's College of education provides the essential teacher training course. St Xaviers College of Engineering has a big campus which is located in Mahim.

Although it began as an arts college, later it excelled as a science college. This college is rated as a best college in the field of Arts in India and is ranked as a second best college for commerce and science. Saint Xaviers College offers a small hostel facility for the male students of the senior college. The hostel facility is available for the 60 students. The syllabi of advertising and journalism include the course in photography under the print production. MBA and B Ed courses are the most sought after courses amongst the students of Bombay.


Alumni are the function that is usually organized for the reunion of the students who have graduated from the same college. An alumni association is being set up by the college which looks into the matter of organizing the function and making it a success. In an alumni function, the students are encouraged to accompany with the respective spouses. A pass out from this college is given a term which is known as Xavierites. The notable alumni of this college include Sunil Gavaskar, Charles Correa, Rajdeep Sardesai, Shabana Azmi, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shobhaa De, Vidya Balan and Cyrus Broacha.

Academic Courses:

St. Xavier College Mumbai presents junior college, senior college, under graduate and post graduate degree courses. It has introduced two year junior degree course in the field of Arts and Science.

Junior College

St Xavier College imparts the educational qualifications and the subjects include:
  • Arts
  • Science
Undergraduate Degree Courses:

In Senior Colleges, it offers three year under graduate degree courses that include:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com.)
  • Bachelor of Management Studies (B.M.S.)
  • Bachelor of Mass Media (B.M.M.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B. Sc. I.T.)
The degree course is divided into two semesters in a year that means it has 6 semesters. The academic year starts from June to April.

Post Graduate Courses:

St. Xaviers College offers the post graduate degree courses which are as follows:
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Doctorate Courses:

This college introduces doctorate courses. These are:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Science
Diploma Courses:

Saint Xavier College also presents the diploma courses for the students to pursue the diploma courses that include:
  • Diploma in Clinical Research
  • Diploma in Forensic Science
  • Diploma in Gemmology
  • Diploma in Industrial Biotechnology and Enterprise
Certification Courses:
  • Certificate Course in Diamond Grading
  • Jewellery Designing
The curriculum for the degree courses such as undergraduate and post graduate courses are prepared by the University of Mumbai. Generally the college held mid-term tests and final examination.


For taking admission in some courses one needs to appear in an entrance test which is generally based on merit list. The cut off marks determine the selection of the students in the same college. For arts it is round about 85% and for science it is approximately 83%. The candidates who have planned to take admission in the college have to submit the essential documents such as the Statement of marks, passing certificate and migration certificate. At the time of admission they are required to submit the original documents along with the duly attested photocopies of the same. The educational qualification to support the proof should include:

1. Higher School Certificate or H.S.C. Marksheet
2. Baptism Certificate ( For the Minority Community of Christians)
3. Caste Certificate
4. Evidence regarding the approval of special category status.

The applicants for taking admission in the undergraduate courses are assessed on the basis of academic performance in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination. And the candidates for taking admission in Junior College are judged on the basis of seeing the performance in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination. The preference is given to Catholics, economically and socially weaker sections and students of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). This college has also the research institutions and non-research institutions. The research institutions comprise of taxonomic studies, Indian History and Culture and medicinal research while the non research institutions consist of Communications for Media, Counselling, Social research & management and research.

The Address of the College is provided below to help the students to contact them.

University of Mumbai
St. Xavier's College
5, Mahapalika Marg
Mumbai 400 001, India
Phone Number: 91-22-22620661 or 22620662 or 22620665
Website Address:

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