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Bachelor of Arts [BA]




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Bachelor of Arts (BA) is an undergraduate degree offered in India.The course is generally offered in Liberal Arts and Humanities Sciences. Course duration is generally three years in most of the colleges, however it depends on college/university. Students who have passed in Intermediate or 10+2 from a recognized board or university are eligible for this course.

Bachelor of Arts program has a minimum of 5 subjects during the course of the program. Some Colleges also offer the option to select a subject to major in. Bachelor of Arts program is offered at a range of Public and Private Colleges in India. Tuition fee for Bachelor of Arts degree in India varies from 10000 INR to 25000 INR.

A Bachelor Degree in India opens up job opportunities in multiple fields ranging from Public to Private sector.

Why is a Bachelor of Arts degree important?

With the advancement of technologies, there has been a sudden surge in demand for vocational courses. Over the years professional courses like Engineering, Medical and Management have overshadowed non-vocational courses. But Arts and Humanities still have a stronghold with almost 40% students opting for an Arts Course in higher study. Arts and Humanities still hold an important place when it comes to an all-round economic growth.  Organizations today do not need only graduates with a vocational degree but also people with adaptability and a humanist approach.

What do you learn?

Bachelor of Arts program requires a student to learn a minimum of 5 different subjects. This allows a student to select a combination of subjects suitable to their needs and interests. With options ranging from psychology to French, a student can easily model his/her Bachelor of Arts course as per their future aspirations.

Apart from two distinct languages, students opting for a Bachelor of Arts degree learn basics of anthropology, history, literature, psychology, political science, philosophy etc. These subjects combined together give a student a clear understanding of how civilizations work and help in developing some much sought after skills like critical thinking, communication and problem solving.

Who should opt for a Bachelor of Arts degree?

A Bachelor of Arts degree is ideal for students who have a flair for humanities and liberal arts. A student with an interest in learning foreign languages or the various aspects of human civilization like literatures, history, culture etc. should opt for this course.

Where to study?

For study of Bachelor of Arts, there are several colleges which provide excellent faculty and infrastructure in India. While colleges affiliated with University of Delhi are one of the most sought after for Bachelor of Arts course, there are also other colleges which constitute the top ten list. Below are a few Top Colleges for Bachelor of Arts course.

  • Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
  • Loyola College, Chennai
  • St. Stephens college, New Delhi
  • St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Fergusson College, Pune
  • Presidency University, Kolkata

Duration of the program

Bachelor of Arts degree is of 3 years duration. Some educational institutes like Symbiosis International University, however, offer BA degree with 4 years duration. Many institutes offer the course in semester system while some still follow the annual system of education. 

Academic Options after Bachelor of Arts

For students who wish to pursue further studies after the completion of Bachelor of Arts program, multiple options are available in India. Students who wish to pursue studies purely in the academic field can opt for an MA course in any of the subjects they studied as a part of the BA degree. There are a number of Public and Private Universities offering Post Graduate courses in India.

Students who wish to study a professional degree can get into an MBA program at any of the prestigious Management institutes in India.  There are still more options available for those vying for a professional degree like CA, CS or ICWA

Eligibility Of the Bachelor of Arts [BA]

(10+2) or High School Senior Secondary exam by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or any equivalent exam conducted by any State Board or Equivalent. He/She should have secured a minimum 50% Aggregate with English as a subject. All SC/ST candidates have a relaxation of 5% in the minimum aggregate.

How to Get Admission in Bachelor of Arts [BA]

The admission process for Bachelor of Arts program, ideally, starts after the results of the 10+2 examinations are declared. After the results are declared, universities offering BA course invite application from eligible candidates. Soon after the application process, universities release list of cut offs or selected candidates for admission.

Certain universities, like Banaras Hindu University (BHU), also conduct entrance test for admission to Bachelor of Arts Course.

Admission through Sports and ECA quota

Certain colleges and universities also intake students with exceptional performance in extra-curricular activities under the ECA and Sports Quota. Usually 5% seats are reserved under the ECA and Sports quota.

Students applying under the Sports and ECA quota have to go through a 2 step selection process. First you have to fill an application form wherein you need to mark clearly that you are applying under the ECA and Sports quota.

After the application forms are evaluated, such students are called for field and ECA trials. Students are offered admission based on their performance in the field and ECA trials and their prior performance in state and national level competitions. Weightage given to field trials and early performance is given below:



Prior performance


Field/ECA trials


Correspondence Mode of Study

Many universities in India offer Bachelor of Arts course in the distance mode. For admission to Bachelor of Arts course in correspondence mode, a student needs to have cleared all paper sin the higher secondary examination with a minimum of 45% marks. Although Indira Gandhi National University (IGNOU) is the most renowned university for study through distance mode, there are other universities which offer this program in the correspondence mode. Some such universities are:

  • School of Open Learning, University of Delhi
  • Annamalai University
  • Jamia Milia Islamia University
  • Sikkim Manipal University
  • Karnataka State Open University
  • Tamil Nadu Open University