Delhi University is going to conduct centralized admissions to BA (honours) journalism this year. Also, for the first time, all five colleges — Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Kalindi, Kamala Nehru, Lady Shri Ram and Maharaja Agrasen — offering this course will hold a common entrance test on June 19. The application forms will be available online only from May 20 to June 5.
Named C-JET (Combined Journalism Entrance Test), it will be conducted by Maharaja Agrasen College in its debut year.
The entire admission process has been centralized only to make it easier for the candidates. Every year, they had to run around to apply to individual colleges and take five different entrance tests. This time none of the colleges will have an individual for admission to journalism. We held a lot of meetings and discussions over time to make it happen,” said Sunil Sondhi, principal, Maharaja Agrasen College.
The colleges have decided to give 50% weightage to the entrance test score, 35% to Class XII marks and 15% to the personal interview. The C-JET result will be out on June 29 while interviews are likely to be conducted beween July 2 and 8. General category candidates should have at least 70% marks in four subjects in Class XII and at least 60% in English. For the reserved categories, the minimum marks required to be eligible is 65%.
Though only five colleges offer this course, C-JET may be conducted across 10 colleges as DU expects to receive nearly 5,000 applications this year. Sondhi said: “Till last year, colleges received about 3,000 applications in all. Since the whole process has been made online this year, the number of applications should go up.” However, the total number of seats in all five colleges adds up to just 181.
Candidates can either access individual college websites or journalismdu.admis-sionhelp.com to apply for the entrance test.
The entrance test will have multiple-choice questions to test general awareness and current affairs on an OMR sheet as well as essaytype questions. These essaytype questions will test writing skills through book and film reviews, critical analysis of contemporary media and commentary on contemporary issues. Candidates need good communication skills and an interest in writing in English to be suitable for this course. The duration of C-JET will be two-and-a-half hours.