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Professional courses in India are becoming widely popular as well as recognised in India. Students are now opting for these courses to gain professional skills along with textbook contents. One of the famous professional courses is BA Journalism, short for Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
BA Journalism is a three-year-long degree programme offered at graduation level. The programme deals with providing a holistic approach to the media and news industry. Candidates after completing this programme can explore career opportunities in varies media-related areas earning an initial salary of up to INR 8 LPA.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Mass Communication and Journalism
Minimum Qualification Required
Merit-Based/ Through Entrance Exam
INR 20,000 Per Annum - INR 3.5 LPA
INR 1.8 LPA - INR 8 LPA
Broadcasting Corporations, Press Information Bureau, Publishing House, Websites, E-Magazines, Newspapers, News Agencies, Advertising Agencies, etc.
Journalist, Content Writer, Correspondent, Screenwriter, Editor, Reporter, Sub Editor, Business Editor, Feature Writer, Photojournalist, Columnist, etc.
In order to get admission in BA Journalism, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria.
One must hold a Class XII passing certificate or equivalent issued by a recognised Indian board.
Candidates from any subject background can apply for the course.
The minimum marks required for the course vary from college to college. However, it is important that one must have scored at least 40 per cent marks in Class 12 examinations.
Admissions to BA Journalism course varies for different institutions. The admissions at different colleges can be based on the following steps:
Class 12 percentage (merit-based)
Merit-based admissions followed by personal interview rounds
Entrance exams based admissions (most of the exams are institute-level)
Entrance exams followed by personal interview rounds
Entrance exams followed by group discussion, personal interview and portfolio showcase rounds
Many prestigious Journalism colleges/ universities in India offer admissions through entrance exams. Some of the top exams are mentioned below.
AJK MCRC Entrance Test
MASCOM Entrance Exam
XIC OET (Xavier Institute of Communications Online Entrance Test)
Mentioned below is the semester wise syllabus of BA Journalism.
Introduction to Mass Communication
Development of Journalism
Political Science (Theory)
Hindi: Sanrachna aur Vikas
Economic Development and Macro-Economic Issues
Creative Journalistic Writing
Hindi Patrakarita aur Bhasha
Governance and Politics
Hindi aur Angreji Anuvad
Indian Economy – Problem and Policy
Introduction to Electronic Media
News Gathering and Correspondents
Fundamentals of Computer
Writing for Electronic Media
International Trade and the World Economy
New Media & Web Journalism
Interview Theory & Practice
Newspaper Editing & Photo Journalism
Public Administration, Society and Media
Advertising and Public Relations
Media Laws & Ethics
Communication for Development
Crime and Court Reporting, Parliamentary News, Art and Culture Journalism, Entertainment and Sports Journalism
The fee for the BA Journalism course at different types of colleges can be found below.
INR 65,000 Per Annum
INR 3 LPA
INR 1.8 LPA
INR 10,000 Per Annum
INR 80,000 Per Annum
INR 45,000 Per Annum
What is interesting about pursuing a Journalism degree is that one has immense scope of making it in the industry through plenty of employment opportunities provided through different areas. Some of the top employment areas and job profiles that candidates after BA Journalism can explore are mentioned below.
The salary after completing the BA Journalism course depends on the organisation one is working with, an individual’s skills and the job profile.
Content Marketing Manager
INR 5.7 LPA
INR 2.8 LPA
INR 2 LPA
INR 3.5 LPA
INR 4.5 LPA
INR 3 LPA
INR 2.8 LPA
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