University of Madras M.A. Admission 2020: Dates, Registration, Entrance Exam, Eligibility, Apply Online

Abhik Das
Abhik DasPublished On: November 06, 2020

M.A admissions at Madras University are done through - entrance test and merit. The registration for M.A admissions at the University of Madras for the academic year 2020-21 has ended. 

M.A Admissions at Madras University

Every year, thousands of students from all over the country apply for admissions into various M.A degree programmes offered at the Madras University. Considered as one of the premier universities in the country, the University of Madras is known to offer various specializations in the field of Arts at the postgraduate level. Today, in this article, we are going to focus on M.A admissions at the Madras University along with several other important things such as entrance exam required for M.A admissions at the University of Madras, eligibility criteria for admission, application form, important dates etc. 

Let us first begin with the M.A specializations which are offered at the Madras University.

M.A Specializations Offered at Madras University (Entrance Test Based)

Madras University offers many specializations under the Master of Arts (M.A) category. The list below will comprise the names of only those M.A specializations for which entrance examination is conducted for admission at the Madras University -

Madras University M.A Admissions 2020 Important Dates

The following table contains all the important dates of M.A admissions at Madras University for the session 2020-2022 -


Tentative Date/s

Registration Process for M.A Admission Begins

22 May 2020

Registration for M.A Admission Concludes

30th October 2020 (extended)

Date of Entrance Exam (for the aforementioned Specializations)

To be Announced

Madras University M.A Admissions 2020 - Eligibility Criteria (Entrance Test Based Specializations)

The eligibility criteria for M.A admissions at Madras University has been mentioned below according to the specializations. Only those M. A specializations have been discussed for which an entrance examination is conducted by the University of Madras -

Name of Specialization

Eligibility Criteria

Tamil Studies

Candidates B.A/B.Litt. with Tamil as the main branch of Study are eligible to apply

Tamil Literature & Culture

  • Applicants with B.A./B.Litt. with Tamil as the main branch of Study OR

  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree with Tamil under Part-I

Journalism & Communication

  • Applicants with a B.A degree in any specialization are eligible

  • Candidates from a Media background and having an experience of more than 3 years will be preferred

Historical Studies

The applicants must hold a Bachelors degree from Madras University (or equivalent) in any subject


  • Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in English OR

  • Applicants with a B.A/B.Sc degree but have studied English as Part - II

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Madras University M.A Application Process

This section takes a look at the Madras University M.A application process in a detailed manner. The application process for M.A admissions at Madras University is an online process. The University of Madras M.A application process can be summed up in the following steps -

Step 1 - Go to the official website of Madras University

Interested applicants can click on the following link - Direct Link to Register which will take them to the Madras University’s official sites’ home page

Step 2 - Fill in the details

This is the most important step in the entire Madras University M.A application process. In this step, the applicants have to provide all their basic personal information such as their name, address, email address, contact number, details of their parents/guardians etc

Step 3- Upload Documents

In this step, the applicants have to upload all their relevant documents to substantiate their claims regarding their qualification, category from which they belong to etc. Also, the applicants have to upload their signature and recent photograph as per the specifics mentioned on the form

Step 4 - Submission of Application Fee

In this step, the applicants have to deposit the Madras University M.A application fee which is INR 300/- via SBI collect. The applicants also have to pay an additional 18% GST amount to the existing Madras University M.A admission application form fee, i.e Rs 54/-. Thus, the total amount which the applicants have to pay as admission application fee in INR 354/-. After paying the application fee, the candidates have to note down the transaction ID for future reference

Step 5 - Final Submission of Application Form

In this last step of the application process, the applicants have to go through the entire application form to see for any kind of mistake that might have crept in the application form. Having checked everything, the applicants have to click in the “Submit” button to apply for M.A admissions at Madras University. The applicants must not forget to save a copy of the submitted application form for their future use or reference

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M.A Admissions at Madras University on the Basis of Qualifying Exam Marks

In this section, we will focus on those M.A specialisations for which Madras University does not conduct any entrance exam but considers the qualifying exam marks for admissions. The list of specializations can be found in the pdf provided below. These specializations have their own set of eligibility criteria which must be fulfilled by the applicants before applying for admissions.

Here is the list of M.A specialisations for which the University of Madras does not conduct any entrance exam and offers admission on the basis of previous qualifying exam scores - 

  • M.Ed

  • Women's Studies

  • Vaishnavism

  • Telugu

  • Sanskrit

  • Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Saiva Siddhant

  • Rhythmology

  • Public Policy

  • Public Administration

  • Human Resource Management

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Kannada

  • Historical Studies

  • Hindi

  • Financial Economics

  • Folk Music

  • French

  • Vivyaprabandham

  • Christian Scriptures

  • Comparative Religion and Philosophy with Specialization in Christian Studies

  • Buddhism

  • Bharathanatyam

You can find the detailed eligibility criteria as well in the PDF provided below!

M.A Specializations on offer without Entrance Exam at Madras University - Click here!

There are various similar other reputed institutions and Universities offering various renowned M.A degree programmes situated in various parts of the state of Tamil Nadu. The list of such institutions have been provided in the section below that will provide those candidates with an alternative who could not secure a seat in their desired M.A specialisation offered at Madras University.

List of Top M.A Colleges in Tamil Nadu

The candidates will find the average course fee of these top M.A colleges in Tamil Nadu provided simultaneously in the table below - 

Name of College/Institution/UniversityAverage Course Fee (In INR)
VELS University, Chennai 12K to 40K per annum
SNMV Institute of Management, Coimbatore22K per annum
RVS College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore34K per annum
Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai50K to 60K per annum
Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore40K per annum
Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore34K to 50K per annum
Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai20K per annum
VelTech University, Chennai6K per annum
Rathinam Group of Institutions, Coimbatore40K to 54K per annum
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai43.5K per annum

Candidates planning to take admission into the M.A specialisations offered at these institutions can also apply directly through our Common Application Form. The common application form has one advantage, that is, the applicants will be able to able to apply for multiple colleges/institutions through one form. They will also receive all the guidance and assistance from our counsellors during the admission process. Have any queries? Leave them for us in our Q&A Zone or call our counsellors at 18005729877!

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