The tasks an Epigraphist is expected to perform include:

Studying inscriptions on ancient monuments, temple walls, stone slabs, rocks, copper plates and other media

Deciphering writing to depict the historical evolution of a country, people and places

Revealing lost history of the past and early rulers, their culture, social and religious systems, etc.

Visiting historical and other important places and examining inscriptions on rocks, copper plates, temple walls, images, coins, seals, etc.

Taking ink impressions of inscriptions found on walls, stone slabs, pillars, etc. on paper

Deciphering or decoding contents of such inscriptions written in various languages and scripts

Publishing results of investigations reflecting on history and civilisation

Furnishing required information to scholars and research workers

Knowledge of all ancient monuments

Skilled in deciphering ancient languages and symbols

Ability to write reports on the research conducted and publishing the results

In-depth knowledge of history and related arears of study

Not applicable



Analytical bend of mind



Attention to detail


It is a field job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is necessary

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Organisations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organisation to organisation

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, back pain, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 25,000 to INR 30,000

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Trend of Education, Training & Research in India

According to IBEF, India is an important educational centre in the global education industry. India has more than 1.4 million schools and more than 35,000 higher education institutes. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world and there is still a lot of potential for further development in the education system. India's online education market size is expected to touch US$ 40 billion by 2017. The RNCOS report titled, Booming Distance Education Market Outlook 2018 expects the distance education market in India to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 34 per cent during 2013-14 to 2017-18.

The Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) has also initiated to prepare and publish an Inventory of Monuments and Sites of National Importance containing details of centrally protected monuments and sites under various Circles along with their plans and photographs so that it can cater to the needs of the heritage administrators, scholars and tourists. Archaeology is often a multidisciplinary subject, integrating the knowledge of history, geography and anthropology with geology, chemistry, art and literature. Archaeologists try to learn about previous generations especially those in the distant past stretching from those as far back in time as the Indus valley civilisation to more recent historical periods like the Middle Ages in Europe. Archaeology in India is a very viable and interesting career option as India has one of the richest cultural variety and diversity. Archaeologists are driven by a passion for history and the cultures of the past. Therefore, Epigraphist can be an exciting and viable career choice in India and abroad.

Private and Government colleges/universities


Cultural organisations/societies

Self employed

Cities and towns across India