St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
Established in 1860 A. D.

Science Department - ECONOMICS








Head of the Department

Course Structure | Faculty Profile | Admission


The Department of Economics is carrying forward its service to the college with the kind co-operation of the Principal of the college, Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix Raj, whose august presence as a faculty member takes the department from strength to strength. The faculty members along with the students of the department form a very cohesive team. The undergraduate course in Economics offered by the department is one of the best by any standard.


The faculty members not only participate in the teaching- learning process but also engage themselves in collaborative and individual research. Principal Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix Raj has several publications to his credit including a recent compendium on the World Trade Organization. Prof. Partha Pratim Ghosh and Prof. Mallinath Mukherjee have been awarded Doctoral Degree by Jadavpur University in 2010. Prof. Rilina Basu has been registered for Ph.D at Jadavpur University. Prof. Partha Pratim Ghosh, Prof. Ranjanendra Narayan Nag and Prof. Rilina Basu have published papers in peer reviewed academic journals like Asia Pacific Development Journal, Journal of Economic Integration, Journal of Macroeconomics and Finance and Arthabikshan. Moreover, the faculty members have been presenting papers at National and International Conferences. Some of the faculty members also enjoy the distinction of supervising dissertations at the post-graduate, M.Phil. and Doctoral levels.

It is heartening to note that students regularly present papers at various seminars, at the students’ level as also professional levels. Our students have achieved the rare distinction of authoring papers in reputed professional academic journals.

The Department has once again organized a 2-day summit Confluence 2010 held on 27th and 28th of September. The theme of the Summit was India: Free or Fettered. The Chief Guest of the Summit was Prof. Mihir Rakshit. Many eminent economists have participated in this summit. The summit was enriched by invited talks delivered by Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta, Prof. Abhirup Sarkar, Prof. Biswajit Chatterjee, Prof. Tarun Kabiraj, Prof. Swati Ghosh and Prof. Ambar Nath Ghosh. The department has also published the 10th edition of the magazine ECO ECHOES.

The academic performance of the students has been brilliant. Their project work has been highly appreciated. They have secured admissions in various post graduate courses at home and abroad such as the Indian Statistical Institute, the Delhi School of Economics, the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the London School of Economics, the Warrick University and premier business schools. The placement record of students who have completed their under graduate course deserves a very special mention.



The Syllabus


Economics Honours is a three-year undergraduate programme, which is divided into six semesters. The aim of the course is to develop the basic tools of economic analysis used by economists working in research, academic institutions, government administration, non-governmental organizations and corporate sector. The course deals with both positive and normative issues. In particular, the course is a happy blend of theory, quantitative methods and applications. Along with the use of mathematical-statistical methods and econometrics, the course is a perfect guide to creating future economists and researchers in different sectors. The course is designed at par with the courses of other standard Universities and Institutes, sometimes going above the standard, as and when required so that students will not face any problem while going for higher studies anywhere in India or abroad.


The specific features of the course include:

  • Creating an analytical mindset of students and helping students to develop logical acumen to apply economic concepts to real-world problems.

  • Offering a clear perspective on emerging issues at the regional, national and international level.

  • Specific emphasis on project-oriented study based on the use of necessary software.

  • Exposure to the works of eminent economists and Nobel Laureates such as Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, Paul Krugman, Debraj Ray and Kaushik Basu, to name just a few.

The course offers the following benefits

  • Study in one of the best departments renowned for consistently brilliant academic performance and placements of its students. In particular, the success rate of our students in different competitive examinations is absolutely phenomenal.

  • Enables a student to draw upon the strengths acquired in Mathematics and English at intermediate level to gain, through teaching, assignment, project, classroom presentation and independent study, a rigorous understanding of even the most intricate issues of the subject and development of a social awareness.

  • Prepares a student for a variety of careers in both academic, corporate world and government administration.

  • Application orientation in such a manner that student will develop a natural interest in the subject and problem solving ability.

  • Very helpful, committed and friendly faculty who encourage interactions between teachers and students. The mission of the department is to develop education as a holistic concept and put students at the center of all concerns.

  • Corporate placement through systematic co-ordination between the Department and well functioning Placement Cell of the College.

Some aspects of co-curricular activities


Since Autonomy is a quality paradigm, Economics Department strikes out an optimum balance between academic and co-curricular activities to promote students’ personality development along with academic grooming.


Two major aspects of co-curricular activities are: 1) Economic Summit, Confluence and 2) Publication of Departmental Magazine, Eco-Echoes.


Economic Summit is an inter-collegiate academic meet for teachers, students and researchers of different colleges and institutions. The Summit draws inspiration from the emerging paradigm of academia – corporate interfacing. This annual event is a break from the regular classes which helps in understanding and contextualizing socio-economic issues with a specific focus on the West Bengal economy. Confluence 2006 and 2007 have been attended by students of different colleges, eminent academicians, corporate personalities and top-ranking Government officials. The Summit offers a platform for exchange of opinions on contentious issues and policies. Students get opportunities to present their papers and participate in debates and different competitive events.

Departmental Magazine Eco-Echoes is primarily meant for students’ publications. Students themselves don the cap of editors of the Departmental Magazine. The Magazine publishes papers of not only students but also papers and interviews of academicians and corporate personalities.

Students and teachers work together as members of the team to organize these co-curricular activities. This team spirit within a congenial family environment is the strength of the department.





Restructured Syllabus (wef 2013 -2014)

Honours | Ancillary Science  | Ancillary Arts

Old Syllabus

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Structure of the Syllabus [Honours]



Semester 1    
Paper 1: Group A: Microeconomics I (50 Marks)
  Group B: Macroeconomics I (50 Marks)
Paper 2: Group A: Economic Statistics I (50 Marks)
  Group B: Development Economics I (50 Marks)
Semester 2    
Paper 3: Group A: Microeconomics 2 (50 Marks)
  Group B: Macroeconomics 2 (50 Marks)
Paper 4:  Group A: Economic Statistics 2 (50 Marks)
  Group B: Development Economics 2 (50 Marks)
Semester 3    
Paper 5: Group A: Microeconomics 3 (50 Marks)
  Group B: Macroeconomics 3 (50 Marks)
Paper 6: Group A: Economic Statistics 3 (50 Marks)
  Group B: Development Economics 3 (50 Marks)
Semester 4    
Paper 7: Group A: Mathematical Economics I (50 Marks)
  Group B: International Economics I (50 Marks)
Paper 8: Group A: Economic Statistics 4 (50 Marks)
  Group B: Development Economics 4 (50 Marks)
Semester 5    
Paper 9: Group A: Mathematical Economics I (50 Marks)
  Group B: Open Economy Macroeconomics (50 Marks)
Paper 10: Group A: Indian Economic Issues (50 Marks)
  Group B: Development Economics 5 (50 Marks)
Semester 6    
Paper 11: Group A: International Economics 2 (50 Marks)
  Group B: Optional Paper (50 Marks)
Any one of the following optional papers will be offered depending on availability of resource persons:
  Optional Paper 1: Finance  
  Optional Paper 2: Health Economics  
Paper 12: Project (100 marks)
Project work will be based on contemporary Indian Economic issues with clear accent on policy recommendations.







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