Factfile on Competitive Examinations
Postgraduate Level Mass Communication / Journalism Entrance Tests
Typical mass media includes Radio, Television, Film, Publishing, Sound Recording, Newspapers and Magazines, but one could also include billboards, posters and direct mail. Programs being offered across the country include the 2 Year Degree Courses in Mass Communication and Journalism or advertising and public relations, or journalism or communication studies, as also the 1 Year Postgraduate Diploma Programs in these areas.
Selection Process :
There is no standard format for selection to all mass communication related programs, but typically there is a written test and a personal interview, based on the results of which the final selection of candidates is made. Some of the institutions may also ask for a portfolio or sample of media related work.
Mass Communication is a dynamic process, so the entrance test assesses the candidate’s awareness of current affairs, national and global including Sports, Culture, Science Media and Development. As journalism involves gathering, interpretation and presentation of news and other items of topical interest, general awareness about a variety of subjects including History, Geography, Economics, Polity and General Science is a key component of all mass communication entrance tests.
The admission tests are designed to assess the potential talent of the candidates for self expression and writing ability, verbal ability and illustration skills, so they may comprises descriptive essay type sections, in addition to the objective type questions. In some of the tests, skills in analytical thinking and problem solving are also evaluated. Candidates for journalism courses may be required to undergo a test in Desk Top Publishing ( DTP ) in English in MS Word or Page Maker.
Such a test would include typing speed and simple formatting such as converting the text into Bold, Italics, Justified, bullets, tables and the like. Those who do not have these skills should join a DTP course prior to the test. One would require about 15 clock hours of training to acquire these simple skills.
Personal interviews are a basic component of the selection process for mass communication courses. The interviews seek to establish suitability of the candidate for a career in mass communication. Successful candidates are called for a round of personal interview with the faculty / staff and some visiting teachers.
Questions are asked, regarding past academic record, level of interest in journalism / mass media field. Personality skills and attitudes including interpersonal communication skills, self confidence, general awareness, ability to think and to express opinions, awareness of demands of media careers, and motivation for a career in mass communication, are evaluated during personal interviews.
Overview of Some Tests :
Insights into the format of selection of some prominent institutes can help prospective candidates to gear up to meet the demands and tackle the tests successfully. A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi ( www.jmi.nic.in ) offers a 2 Year MA Course in Mass Communication & 1 Year Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism.
The Entrance Examination for the 2 Year MA Program comprises :
Written Examination :
- Paper I ( 200 Marks ) for evaluation of knowledge and aptitude.
- Paper II ( 40 Marks ) on media analysis.
- Portfolio ( 100 Marks ) media related work.
- Interview ( 60 Marks ).
For the PGD in Journalism, the entrance test comprises :
- Written Test ( 200 Marks ).
- Interview ( 45 Marks ).
- Portfolio ( 55 Marks ).
The common entrance test for MA in Mass Communication & Journalism, Diploma in Journalism ( Marathi medium ) and Diploma in Journalism ( English medium ).
University of Pune ( http://www.unipunejournalism.org ) comprises :
Written Test 100 Marks
Desk Top Publishing Test – 25 Marks Personal Interview – 25 Marks.
Candidates applying for MA ( MCJ ) will have the option to write in one of the two languages, English or Marathi. However, candidates applying for Diploma in Journalism (Marathi version of the question paper and have to write only in Marathi. Candidates applying for Diploma in Journalism (English medium) will have to write only in English.
For the Diploma Course in Journalism at the Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai ( http://www.xaviercomm.org ).
The entrance exam is a written exam of one hour to assess imagination and logic, power of expression, English writing skills and a general knowledge of the media. An interview group discussion completes the admission procedure. The Entrance Examination for the 1 Year PGD in Journalism ( Print / Television / Radio / New Media ) at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai ( http://www.asianmedia.org ) is conducted thus :
The morning session tests the applicant’s English language skills and facility. The afternoon session evaluates General Knowledge in a number of areas knowledge in a number of areas including current affairs, history, geography, and the sciences. It also assesses the Candidate’s skills in analytical thinking and problem – solving. The entrance exam will also test candidates writing ability. Applicants from India, who have done well in the entrance examination, will be invited to an interview at the College in mid – June.
Tentative Schedule :
- Notifications appears from February onwards.
- Entrance tests are usually held in May – June.
- Interviews in May – June.
Examples given are merely indicative of trends. It would be advisable to track the admission notifications of various institutions as they appear, for the actual format, structure of the entrance tests.