Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Literature is an Undergraduate program in English Language and Literature. It is a three year program and is available for students who have passed their Higher Secondary School Examination. This course is offered by most of the universities of India.
English language teaching started in India as early as the advent of missionary schools during the colonial era. University of Calcutta, established in 1857, was one of the foremost educational institutes to teach English Literature in India. Since then English literature education has formed a vital branch of the Arts and Humanities courses in India. Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature has remained an elite course and is a breeding ground for intellectuals since pre-independence era.
A degree in English Language and Literature helps an individual to develop thinking skills and makes them more sensitive towards the world and society. A typical graduation course in English Literature comprises of literature from various era and countries and spans novels, plays, poems and essays. In the language part a student is required to learn comprehension, acquire basic knowledge of Rhetoric and Prosody, and nuances of writing.
The ideal duration for completion of BA in English Literature is minimum 3 years. Nowadays a lot of universities have adopted the semester system. In the semester system of the program, students have to appear in six semesters, wherein, two semesters comprise one year.
Eligibility for the program
10+2 examination with English as a core subject
Duration of the program
Number of Universities
Number of students enrolled in Arts Programs
Over 70 Lakh
Average Tuition Fee
18,000 INR – 100,000 INR
Between 180,000 INR to 250,000 INR
Bachelor’s degree is offered by universities but is taught in respective colleges and hence it is important to select a college which has a good faculty and a remarkable history of teaching the subject. Below is a list of Top Colleges for BA English in India:
For students who aspire to continue their studies after Bachelor of Arts degree in English can always go for Master of Arts in English or other Post Graduate courses in Humanities. Many Universities offer Integrated MA Courses which award an MA and PhD degree on completion after five years. Students after MA can also appear for UGC NET exam and get Junior Research Fellowship of up to 12,000 INR.
(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. A student 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.
Admission process to Bachelor of Arts programs starts after the results of the Higher Secondary School Examinations are declared. The process ideally starts at the end of the month of May, with all major universities releasing cut offs for admission to the program. These cut offs are based on the performance of students in 10+2 examination and the number of students applying to the course. Some universities also conduct entrance exam for intake of students.
Some of the universities which conduct entrance exam for admission to Bachelor of Arts program in English are:
The entrance test paper usually contains two papers out of which one contains general knowledge questions and the other has subject specific questions. Students are then ranked on the basis of their performance in the entrance test and their score in 10+2 examination.
Apart from entrance tests conducted by many universirties there are many universities which provide admission on the merit list prepared on the basis of marks obtained in qualifying exam i.e. 10+2. Candidates have to just fill the application form of that particular university or college. After the announcement of merit list candidates can check if they are eligible for the admission.