Colleges in Patna


Patna has number of colleges which offers degrees in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. Most of the colleges are either affiliated to Patna University or Magadh University. There are few autonomous colleges also, which provide degrees in professional courses. Many colleges in the city has colonial inheritance. Patna College, Science College, Women's College etc. belong to the colonial era and this is best reflected in their architectural buildings. Few colleges under Patna University are highly reputed and attracts student from entire state. Colleges under Magadh University are relatively younger compared to that of Patna University. Most of the colleges of Patna University are situate in Ashok Rajpath, along with the university offices. Whereas the colleges under Magadh University are scattered throughout the City and the office of the university lies in Gaya. While most of the colleges are Co-Ed, yet there are few colleges which are women's only, and some of them are very reputed.

Patna University (PU)

Established in 1917 and accredited as full-fledged university in 1952, Patna University is the seventh oldest university of the Country and the first in the State. The University has jurisdiction over Patna city. It has two campus - the main campus being situated between the river Ganga on one side and Ashok Rajpath on the other side and the second being at Saidpur. It is the foremost university of Patna. Patna College, which is a part of PU, is older than the university itself, being established in 1863.

Patna University (PU) is spread in an area of 182 acres. It has 8 faculties taught in 10 constituent colleges.  There are 31 post graduate departments. Some of the departments are quite old, like Department of Education (1954), Statistics Department (1948), Persian Department (1917), Sanskrit Department (1919), Maithili Department (1944) etc. PU also runs Master of Business Administration courses, Industrial Safety Management Courses and Rural Management and Welfare Administration courses. However, the campus is not located at one place. The colleges are situated at different places. While Patna Women's College is located in west Patna, Patna Law College lies in the eastern part. The postgraduate faculties are also not located at one place or in continuity. Darbhanga House is the largest center of postgraduate teaching and research in the university. It houses 20 departments of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department of History is located at Darbhanga House, the Sociology department is located at Vanijya Mahavidyalaya, the geography department functions at Patna College, the Law department is situated at Rani ghat and the department of Science faculty are located on the premise of Patna Science College. The Saidpur complex houses residential quarter for teaching and non-teaching staffs. The University Central Library is well developed having over 4 Lakh volumes, 87 periodicals and 50000 back journals. It also 5000 old manuscripts, some of them being rare. The university has its own press.

Though one of the oldest universities in India, PU has not been able to maintain its high standard of academic excellence that once characterized during 1950s and 1960s. Lack of qualified and sufficient number of teachers coupled with absence of modern infrastructural facilities and adequate fund has affected much of its once glorious reputation.


  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Science
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Medicine

Colleges under University

Departments of PU

  • Department of English
  • Department of Hindi
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of Bengali
  • Department of Persian
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Arabic
  • Department of Urdu
  • Department of History
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of A.I.H. & Archaeology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of PMIR
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Applied Economics and Commerce
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Bio-Chemistry
  • Department of Home Science

Institutes / Centres under PU

  • Directorate of Distance Education
  • Institute of Psychological Research and Service
  • Institute of Public Administration
  • Institute of Library Science
  • Patna University Computer Centre

Patna University Student Union (PUSU) election 2012

A N College, Patna

A N College Patna

Anugrah Narayan College, Patna commonly known as A N College is situated in the bustling area of Boring road. Affiliated to Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, and accredited grade 'A' by NAAC, this college plays an important role in the educational field of the city. The College was established in 1956 at a different location and after few years, it was shifted to the current location. The college is named after great leader Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha.

The college is spread in an area of 13 acres and houses independent buildings for different courses and class. The college offers degree in many courses, a s a result of which, it is proud to have 22 UG departments and 23 PG departments, including vocation and self financing courses.  The college offers degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Electronics, Mathematics, Environment Sciences, Water Science & Management, Biotechnology, MBA, BCA, MCA, BBM, LSW, History, Economics, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Philosophy, Hindi, English and Urdu. The college, beside maintaining the traditional courses in Arts, Science and Humanities, has started several technology and industry driven courses. It has never hesitated in starting any new course.

The college has separate buildings for Arts, Science, Environment, BBA & BCA, Biotechnology, Social Science and PG block. Beside, college has a library in independent building, Auditorium, Canteen, Seminar hall, Labs and Computer centers. In its journey of more than 50 years, college has evolved as a premier institution of higher education, imparting quality education to a large number of student.

J D Women's College, Patna

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J D Women's College is a girls-only college. It was established in 1971 to promote education among women. Situated on the Bailey road, not far away from Patna Botanical Garden, the college is affiliated to Magadh University, Bodh Gaya. The college is an important unit of the university. It underwent major infrastructure revamp during last few years.

Situated in an area of 2.41 acres, the college student strength is close to five thousand with more than hundred faculty members. It offers degree in both Arts and Science subjects, with former being taught at Post Graduation level also. The college offers various vocational and professional courses, beside the traditional courses. It also offers Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) and Electronics Equipment Maintenance program degree at the graduation level and MBA and MCA at the post graduation level. The college is well equipped with labs and library.

The college has imparted quality education since its inception. The student strength gives the account of work being done by the college in the development of women in the city.

J D Women's College is one of the proposed metro stations on Corridor 1-A (East West Metro Corridor) of Patna Metro rail project in Phase 1.

B N College, Patna

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Bihar National College

Situated near the North-Eastern corner of Gandhi Maidan , & at the entry of Ashok Rajpath, Bihar National College, commonly known as B N College is an important unit of Patna University. It was established in 1889 under the strong patriotic feelings of Babu Vishweshwar Singh and Babu Shaligram Singh of Aarrah. The college, since its inception & due to its proximity to Gandhi Maidan, played an important role during the Independence movement.

The college offers degree in varied courses at Graduation and Post Graduation level under the guidance of its able & large faculty. Spread in area of 2.5 acres, the college is housed in two big independent buildings, with the administrative building reflecting the past architecture. Beside there is a Library, common rooms for boys and girls, labs and a seminar hall in the campus. It offers degrees in Science, Arts, Humanities and commerce subject at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Approximately 3500 student take admission in various courses of the college annualy. The job oriented courses offered by the college are

  • B.Sc. (Vocational) Hons. in Biotechnology ( 3-year course, admission through an aptitude test and interview conducted by the college)
  • B.Sc. in Geo-hydrology ( 3-year course, admission through an aptitude test and interview conducted by the college)
  • B.Sc. / B.A. (Vocational) Computer Application Courses (BCA)  ( 3-year course, admission through an aptitude test and interview conducted by the college)
  • 3-year course in Functional English ( 3-year course, admission through an aptitude test and interview conducted by the college)
  • B.B.A
  • Dietician & Nutrition


  • Department of Arts
  • Department of English
  • Department of Science
  • Department of Humanities
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Social Sciences

The various facilities available in the college are :

  • Library, having seating capacity of 100
  • Canteen
  • Hostel - two in number, multi-seated and single seated
  • Accommodation facilities, for the faculty and the staffs
  • Auditorium
  • Medical facility
  • Parking facility

The college has also facility for the participation of student in activities of National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC). Being an old college and offering courses in varied subjects, B N College attracts a large number of students every year. The college campus bustles with activities.

Quick Facts

  • Established : 1889 AD
  • University affiliated : Patna University
  • Phone Number : 0612 - 2300619
  • Address : Ashok Rajpath, Patna - 800  004