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Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination- B.A(HONS.) Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

  • Candidates seeking admission to the first-year of the 3 year-B.A. Programme in the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies shall be examined on the basis of their general language and aptitude test.

  • The questions shall be of objective type, short answers etc. and shall be within the broad spectrum of General Knowledge, General English and Elementary Knowledge on the culture and civilization of the languages/country concerned and aptitude for language skills.

Test duration- 180 minutes

Marking System – There is negative marking for wrong answers.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 2
No. Of Unit 5
No. Of Chapter 45
  1. Reading Comprehension
  1. Sentence­ Jumble
  1. Nouns
  2. Pronouns
  3. Adjective
  4. Adverbs
  5. Prepositions
  6. Articles
  7. Verbs
  8. Tense
  9. Modifiers
  10. Parallelism
  11. Sentence Improvement
  12. Subject Verb Agreement
  1. Sentence completion
  2. Word Usage
  3. Synoymns
  4. Idioms and Pharses
  5. Cloze Test
  6. Antonym
  7. Analogy
  8. Homophones
  9. Confusables
  10. Migratory Words
  11. Phrasal Verbs
  1. Politics
  2. Banking and Finance
  3. Business
  4. Sports
  5. Institutions of India
  6. Defence & Space
  7. Indian Judiciary
  8. Awards & Honours
  9. Literature
  10. Economics
  11. Indian Constitution
  12. International Relations
  13. Science and Technology
  14. Movies
  15. Who's who
  16. Indian Industries
  17. Indian Agriculture
  18. Current Affairs
  19. History
  20. Geography

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rote learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Seek guidanceDate:

It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers

Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.

Mock tests

The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.

Time management

Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 3 Hours

Important Instructions

The candidate is required to upload his/her photograph and signature of max size 20-50 KB. Keep the Photograph and Signature ready before applying online form. You should have a valid e-mail id and mobile no for communication and transaction of information. Please keep your Debit/Credit Card ready, if you want to pay the fee through Debit/Credit Card. Photograph and signature should be clear and identifiable. The candidates are required to take a printout of confirmation page and retain the same for their record but need not send the same to JNU. Entrance Examination Fee Payment : Cash payment at SBI Bank branches: Log on to or . Log on to your account with your Form No. and Password. Online Debit/Credit Card Mode : You can Pay your registration fee payment through Credit/Debit card. Your payment will be reflected instantly in case of successful transaction. Cash Deposit in SBI : Select the cash payment option present in your page (my page) to deposit your entrance examination fees through cash. Application fee payment can be done online through Internet Banking, State Bank Of India, other banks to start soon. Take a printout of the SBI E- Deposit Slip . Generate and Print E Slip and deposit your fee payment at bank on next working day of E-Slip generation. Payment status will be reflected on website after 48 hours. Note: Please note that no manual cash deposit slip shall be entertained in any of the Bank branches. Only those candidates will be allowed to take the entrance examination, who have deposited the Entrance Examination Fee before the last date for submission of the application form.