Utkal University

The need for a university in Odisha arose only after the birth of the new province and on receiving the Governor's nod on 2nd August 1943, the Utkal University Act, 1943 came into force, clearing the way for the foundation of Utkal University on 27th November 1943. Before the formation of the Odisha, all the colleges were under the jurisdiction either of Patna University or Andhra University. The University initially started functioning from a room in Ravenshaw College, Cuttack before moving to its new campus in Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar.

Utkal University is the oldest university of Odisha and the 17th oldest in India.

The territorial jurisdiction of the University was extended to the whole state of Odisha in 1950 after the Utkal University Act was amended in 1947. Dr. Pranakrushna Parija, the then Principal of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University, and Mr. V. V. John, the then Assistant Professor of English, Ravenshaw College was its first Registrar. 

Initially Utkal University was an affiliating body but in 1949 it took over the management of the under- graduate Department of Law from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and established its first constituent college now known as Madhusudan Law College, Cuttack.

The second phase expansion of the University took place with the opening of the Post-Graduate Department of Geology in Ravenshaw College Campus and an Engineering College at Burla, Sambalpur in 1956.

the Department of Rural Economics and Sociology were also established in 1956 with a generous grant from the Ford Foundation. In the following year, Post-Graduate Departments of Philosophy and Sanskrit were established in the premises of the Burdwan House in Cuttack. After the establishment of two new universities at Sambalpur and Berhampur, the management of the Evening Colleges at Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Berhampur were taken over by the State Government.

Utkal University opened a few other Post-Graduate Departments such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Oriya and English during the years 1966-69 in its new campus at Vani Vihar. The Department of Sociology and Labour Welfare and  the Department of Geography was set up in 1970. 

Utkal University now covers more than 9 districts, namely Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri. At present, the University has twenty-seven post-graduate teaching and research departments in the campus.

Departments in Utkal University


  • Analytical and Applied Economics
  • Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Odia
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sanskrit
  • Sociology
  • Women Studies


  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Applications
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Pharmacy
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Business Studies & Management
  • Business Administration


  • Personnel Management and Industrial Relations

Eligibility for Admission for P. G. Programme

At least a second class in Bachelors Degree with Honours in 10+2+3 pattern in the relevant subject except for the following:

Statistics: At least Second class Honours in Statistics/Mathematics or Second class Honours in any other subject with Statistics/ Mathematics as a pass or elective subject or 50% marks in aggregate for pass candidates having Statistics/Mathematics as optional subject. 

Anthropology: Candidates with second class Honours in Anthropology or at least second class Honours in other subjects, such as, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, History and Geography with Anthropology as pass or elective subject with at least 50% marks or Second Class Honours in Zoology, Botany, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Geology.

Geography: Minimum second Class Honours in Geography or Second Class Honours in other subjects with Geography as a Pass Subject at +3 Degree (Arts/Science) Level.

P.M.I.R.: First qualifying Bachelor’s Degree (except AMIE) with 50% marks in aggregate.Entrance test includes G.D. and P.I.

Library & Information Science: At least 50% marks in aggregate at +3 Degree level. 

LL.M.: 50% in LL.B or equivalent law degree (The students appearing LL.B. Final Degree examination are advised to apply before publication of their result for the Entrance Test.

Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology: At least Second class Honours in History or second class Honours in other subjects with 50% marks in Archaeology and Museology as a pass subject at the + 3 Degree level.

Public Administration: Second class Honours in Public Administration or at least 50% marks in aggregate at +3 Degree level. 5 or 10 marks shall be added to the career marks for candidates passing B.A. with Political Science as pass or Honours subject respectively.

Sociology: Second class Honours in Sociology or at least 50% of marks in aggregate with Honours in Anthropology, Political Science, Economics or Psychology.

Psychology: Any Graduate having at least 2nd class Honours or at least 50% marks aggregate at +3 Degree level.

Biotechnology: Candidates having +3 degree in Physical / Biological Sciences with at least 55% marks in B.Sc. and Biology / Biotechnology as one of the subjects in +2 level.

Business Administration (MBA): Bachelor’s degree under any stream with at least 50% marks in aggregate (except AMIE) and for SC/ST/PH candidates 45% in aggregate.

MCA Programme: Bachelor’s degree under any stream with at least 50% marks in aggregate and Mathematics/Statistics as a subject at +2 level (except AMIE) and for SC/ST/PH candidates 45% in aggregate. 

Admission Process for PG Programmes

Selection will be made on the basis of merit determined as per the following criteria:

Admission to the P.G. courses 
Admission to PG courses shall be on the basis of 50% career and 50% entrance test.
For admission into P.G. Course in Psychology the main relevant Honours subject is Psychology whereas other Honours subjects are to be treated as allied Honours subjects.
Career marks shall be awarded for relevant Honours subject only.

For admission into LL.M
60% weightage for career up to Bachelor’s Degree and 40% weightage for LL.B (First Class - 40, Second Class – 25) for assessing career marks (50%).
The weightage of entrance test will be 50% like any other P.G. Courses.

For admission into PMIR 40% weightage for career, 40% for written test and 20% weightage for G.D. & P.I. 

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Utkal University
Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar, 
Phone: (+91) 0674-2567940

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