B.A. English Honours is a 3- year undergraduate course, minimum eligibility for which is a 10+2 or intermediate qualification. Successful pursuance of the course prepares candidates for careers in fields such as teaching, media, advertising, writing, and publishing, for further graduate or professional studies in English, communications, or law; and for other fields requiring competent communication skills.
Top Institutes offering B.A. (Hons) English are:
The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 8,000 and 1.3 Lacs for three years.Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s obtained merit at the 10+2 level, and in some cases, performance in a relevant entrance tests for universities such as the University of Delhi.
Successful graduates of the course are hired for roles such as Teacher, Policy Analyst, Writer, Editor, Publisher, Researcher, Communicator, Public Relations Officer, Speech Writer, Travel Writer, Blogger, Reviewer, Postsecondary English Teacher, Arts Administrator, Content Developer/ Manager etc.
Major hiring industries include Media and Journalism, Publishing, Teaching and Research, Advertising & Marketing, HR/ Administration in both public and private sectors, Hospitality, Technical Writing, Content Development.The average salary offered in India to such graduates ranges between INR 2 and 10 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s experience and skillset.
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Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Admission Process||Based on merit/ counselling after qualification of entrance tests for colleges of the University of Delhi|
|Course Fee||INR 8,000 to 1.3 Lacs for 3 years|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 10 lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Media and Journalism Publishing industry Teaching & research Advertising & Marketing HR/ Administration jobs in public and private sector Hospitality industry Translators Technical Writers Content Developers Civil Services|
|Job Positions||Teacher, Policy Analyst Writer, Editor, Publisher or Researcher, Communicator, Public Relations Officer Speech Writer, Travel Writer, Blogger or Reviewer, Postsecondary English Teacher , Arts Administrator, Content Developer/ Manager, etc.|
The program aims to introduce a wide variety of literature in the English language. Primarily, the program aims to offer eligible students the opportunity to read and respond to a massive spectrum of novels, plays, and poetry across different genres. Also, students are exposed to wider socio-cultural and political issues in relation to contemporary English literature.
The course consists of components of study such as literary analyses, cultural diversity in literature, critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills through a rigorous curriculum of literature, composition, language and linguistics, and communication studies.
The course essentially aims to:
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Manav Rachna International University||Faridabad||INR 1,00,430|
|GD Goenka University||Gurgaon||INR 1,30,000|
|Daulat Ram College||Delhi||INR 15,000|
|Kalindi College||Delhi||INR 8,500|
|Amity University Manesar||Gurgaon||INR 31,000|
|Acharya Bangalore B-School||Bangalore||INR 74966|
|Mount Carmel College||Bangalore||INR 36417|
|Shaheed Bhagat Singh College||Delhi||INR 6910|
|Satyawati College||Delhi||INR 9565|
|Maharaja Agrasen College||Delhi||INR 10000|
|Lady Shri Ram College for Women||Delhi||INR 16,400|
|Sharda University-School of Languages and Culture||Noida||INR 80000|
|Maris Stella College||Vijayawada||INR 5000|
|JKC College||Guntur||INR 5500|
|Sri Subbaraya & Narayan College||Guntur||INR 7000|
|Christ University||Bangalore||INR 26,700|
|Mar Ivanios College||Thiruvananthapuram||INR 2050|
|N.S.S. College Pandalam||Pathanamthitta||INR 2370|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, candidates aspiring for admission to the course need to have:
|Bachelor of Arts in Maharashtra||Bachelor of Arts in Assam||Bachelor of Arts in Punjab||Bachelor of Arts in Madhya Pradesh|
Most institutes and universities offering the course in India follow a merit-based admission process. However, in cases of some institutes, admission to the course is made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant written test and/or a round of Personal Interview and/or performance in a relevant qualifying examination. Candidates in such cases are shortlisted based on both academic record and performance in a relevant national, State, or university-level entrance test.
Some such universities that offer admission to the course via entrance tests are:
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Paper 1: English Literature 4(i)||Paper 4: English Literature 4(ii)|
|Paper 2: Twentieth Century Indian Writing (i)||Paper 5: Twentieth Century Indian Writing (ii)|
|Paper 3: Concurrent – Qualifying Language||Paper 6: English Literature 1(i)|
|Paper 7: Concurrent – Credit Language|
|Paper 8: English Literature 1(ii)||Paper 12: English Literature 2(ii)|
|Paper 9: English Literature 2(i)||Paper 13: English Literature 3(i)|
|Paper 10:||Paper 14:|
|Option A: Nineteenth Century European Realism (i)||Option A: Nineteenth Century European Realism (ii)|
|Option B: Classical Literature (i)||Option B: Classical Literature (ii)|
|Option C: Forms of Popular Fiction (i)||Option C: Forms of Popular Fiction (ii)|
|Paper 11: Concurrent – Interdisciplinary||Paper 15: Concurrent – Discipline Centered I|
|Paper 16: English Literature 3(ii)||Paper 20: English Literature 5(ii)|
|Paper 17: English Literature 5(i)||Paper 21: Contemporary Literature (ii)|
|Paper 18: Contemporary Literature (i)||Paper 22:|
|Paper 19:||Option A: Anglo-American writing from 1930(ii)|
|Option A: Anglo-American Writing from 1930(i)||Option B: Literary Theory (ii)|
|Option B: Literary Theory (i)||Option C: Women’s Writing of the Nineteenth and|
|Option C: Women’s Writing of the Nineteenth and||Twentieth Centuries (ii)|
|Twentieth Centuries (i)||Option D: Modern European Drama (ii)|
|Option D: Modern European Drama (i)||Paper 23: Concurrent – Discipline Centered II.|
Successful graduates of the discipline of English Literature are lucratively hired in industries such as the following:
Such graduates can find a variety of career opportunities in fields where critical thinking and communication skills are highly valued. Employers appreciate the ability of such graduates to research effectively, analyze rigorously, and communicate with style.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Teacher||High school and middle school English teachers teach students towards developing their writing and reading comprehension skills, administer tests, and evaluating students’ progress academically.||2,95,493|
|Policy Analyst||The primary function of a Social Policy Analyst is to study social problems and develop policies to solve them. These professionals are involved in one or more of four general stages of policy analysis, viz. gathering data, using either existing information or generating new data through research.||7,52,000|
|Writer, Editor, Publisher, Researcher||For those with creativity and a way with words, career opportunities in writing include caption writing, copywriting, and creative writing, each of which has a unique set of responsibilities. Writers begin writing by researching topics using journals, books, interviews, or drawing from personal experience. Editors revise written work for clarity and coherence.||3,52,341|
|Communicator||Communicators perform mid-level and management-level roles. They are responsible for creating, implementing, and overseeing internal and external communications programs that effectively describe and promote the organization and its products.||6,22,095|
|Public Relations Officer||Public relations (PR) is about managing reputation. They provide support and understanding to the clients while working to influence public opinion and behavior regarding their clients. All means of media and communication are used in managing the reputation of the customers.||2,40,790|
|Speech Writer, Travel Writer, Blogger, Reviewer||Speech writers work closely with clients to create engaging speeches for a variety of fields. Bloggers, reviewers, and such other kinds of writers essentially create engaging content across a variety of domains.||7,50,000|
|Postsecondary English Teacher||Literature Professors or Instructors are charged with refining the interpretive, compositional, and critical thinking skills of their students through discussion and exploration of the English literature. Such professionals also have ample free time to pursue individual interests and pursue writing for diverse publications. The demand for college teachers, who generally must hold doctoral degrees, is consistently growing.||3,60,000|
|Arts Administrator, Developer, Manager||Arts Administration (alternatively Arts Management) is the field concerned with business operations related to an arts organization. Duties of an Arts Administrator include staff management, marketing, budget management, public relations, fundraising, program development and evaluation, and Board relations.||5,97,743|