Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication) - Course Overview




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    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Journalism & Mass Communication Eligibility, Top Colleges, Syllabus, Duration, Salary

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    B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication is a 3-year undergraduate course divided into 6 semesters. The minimum eligibility for the course is a 10+2 or equivalent qualification in any stream, from a recognized educational Board, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

      Some of the institutes that offer the course in India are listed here:

      The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2,000 to 5 lacs for a span of 3 years.

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course has been designed to offer enrolled students Basic journalistic skills in various mass media, to expose students to recent developments in media issues and media research. B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course also provides professional familiarity with the various technologies involved in mass media like computer applications, respective software and hardware applied in print, radio, television, internet and such forms of media.

      Admission to B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam or merit obtained in the last qualifying exam.

      Such graduates are hired in capacities such as Feature Writer, Columnist, Fashion Photographer, News Analyst, Public Relations Officer, Radio Jockey (RJ), Special Correspondent, Video Jockey (VJ), TV Correspondent, Staff or Freelance Writer, Correspondent, Illustrator, Photojournalist, Journalist, etc.

      Successful graduates of B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course can expect anything between INR 4 to 10 lacs as an annual salary in the industry, increasing with experience and skill set.

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Course Highlights

      Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

      Course LevelGraduation
      Duration3 years
      Examination TypeSemester System
      Eligibility10+2 in any stream
      Admission Processbased on entrance exam
      Course FeeINR 2,000 to 5 Lacs
      Average Starting SalaryINR 4 to 10 Lacs per annum
      Top Recruiting CompaniesCNBC, Guardian Group, BBC, ABC, AIR, NDTV Network, Hindustan Times Group of Publication, Zee TV Network, Viacom, Times of India Publication Group, BBC, Big Entertainment, TV 18 Groups, etc.
      Top Recruiting AreasAdvertising Agencies, Books and Novels, Circulation & Public Relations, Broadcasting Corporations, Central Information Service, Legal Affairs Department, Journals & Blogs, News Agencies, Press Information Bureau, TV Channels, Radio Telecasting Companies, Photography Companies, Periodicals & Magazines, Newspapers, and such.
      Job PositionsFeature Writer, Columnist, Fashion Photographer, News Analyst, Public Relations Officer, Radio Jockey (RJ), Special Correspondent, Video Jockey (VJ), TV Correspondent, Staff or Freelance Writer, Correspondent, Illustrator, Photojournalist, Journalist, among others.

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: What is it About?

      Journalism is the correspondence of information between the news and the general population. Journalism is fundamentally founded upon standards of truth, autonomy, and transparency. Mass communication tools such as radio, TV, portable, web-based social networking fall within the purview of mass communication.

      A journalist or writer covers relevant information or data related to business, culture, governmental issues, financial matters, history, amusement, and games, etc.

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication program is best suited for eligible candidates with interest in, and aptitude for investigation and reporting of happenings, issues, trends, and stories around the world to a vast audience through mediums like newspapers, magazine, television, internet, etc.

      Such candidates would ideally possess the ability to think analytically, and write across platforms, including web writing and copy editing.

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course has been designed to train enrolled students in skills of editing, writing, photographing, etc. Such professionals are typically employed with newspapers, periodicals and magazines, central information services, press information bureaus, websites, AIR and TV channels.

      Successful graduates of the course can also take up job positions involving writing for multimedia and the web, such as writing news and other articles. They must have the requisite skills for writing precise news stories adaptive to contexts and settings.

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Top Institutes 

      Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

      Name of InstituteCityAverage Fees
      Madras Christian CollegeChennaiINR 42,319
      Symbiosis Institute of Media and CommunicationPuneINR 1,90,000 
      Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 66,667 
      Chitkara UniversityPunjabINR 1,25,000 
      Indian Academy Degree CollegeBangaloreINR 14,000 
      M.O.P. Vaishnav College for WomenChennaiINR 18,000 
      Jain UniversityBangaloreINR 1,21,000 
      Garden City UniversityBangaloreINR 1,12,000 
      Mount Carmel CollegeBangaloreINR 42,600 
      Seth Anandaram Jaipuria CollegeKolkataINR 1,988 
      Presidency CollegeBangaloreINR 53,333 
      Kristu Jayanti CollegeBangaloreINR 30,000 
      Flame UniversityPuneINR 4,77,000 
      IFTM UniversityMoradabadINR 50,000 
      St. Peter's UniversityChennaiINR 5,500 
      Acharya Bangalore B-SchoolBangaloreINR 13,892 
      Vidyasagar CollegeKolkataINR 12,650
      Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College for WomenKolkataINR 1,375 
      BMS College for WomenBangaloreINR 18,883 
      Bhandarkars Arts and Science CollegeKarnatakaINR 15,300 

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Eligibility 

      Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfill, in order to be eligible to apply for B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course.

      • Successful completion of the 10+2 level of education in any stream, completed from a recognized university.
      • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) at the 10+2 level.

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Admission Process

      Most institutes offering B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges. A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level.

      Institutes such as the following conduct entrance tests for admission to B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course:

      Listed below are some of the top entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication course.

      • Asian College of Journalism Entrance Exam
      • Indian Institute of Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam
      • International School of Business and Media Entrance Exam
      • Jamia Milia Islamia Entrance Exam
      • Manipal Institute of Communication Entrance Exam
      • Symbiosis institute of Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam
      • Xavier Institute of Communications Entrance Exam
      • Mudra Institute of Communication Entrance Exam
      • Andhra University Common Entrance Test
      • Symbiosis National Aptitude Test.

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Syllabus and Course Description

      A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

      Semester ISemester II
      Fundamentals of Communication SkillsWriting for Media-Theory
      Fundamentals of ComputersWriting for Media-Practical
      English Literature IEditing-Theory
      Reporting-PracticalEnglish Literature II
      Fundamentals of JournalismIntroduction to Indian Constitution
      -History of Media
      Semester IIISemester IV
      Radio Broadcasting-TheoryAdvertising-Theory
      Radio Broadcasting-PracticalAdvertising-Practical
      TV Broadcasting-TheoryPublic Relations-Theory
      TV Broadcasting-PracticalPublic Relations-Practical
      Photojournalism-TheoryMagazine Journalism-Theory
      Photojournalism-PracticalMagazine Journalism-Practical
      Introduction to CinemaInternet & New Media-Theory
      -Internet & New Media-Practical
      Semester VSemester VI
      Environment & MediaInformation Society
      Media, Society & DevelopmentOrganizational Behavior & Media Organization
      Media CriticismMedia Law & Ethics
      Basic Media ResearchMedia Law & Ethics

      B.A. Journalism & Mass Communication: Career Prospects

      For creative, expressive extroverts, Journalism & Mass Communication is the field best suited. The proliferation of media into the society now, through mediums such as television, newspaper, radio, advertising, PR etc., is greatly improving the program’s popularity

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      Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

      Journalism & Mass Communication Annual Salary
      Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
      ColumnistsColumnists compose or opinionate on news for daily papers. Normally all newspapers run sections of columns on legislative issues, sports, religion, guidance, etc.4,30,721
      TV correspondentA TV Correspondent covers newsworthy stories that are important to the general society. For instance, Journalists examine and write about subjects, such as household and remote issues, governmental issues, crime, or medical issues.8,80,150
      Fashion PhotographerFashion Photographers take pictures of models, which are utilized for sites, magazines, print promotions. They also perform photo shoots that highlight the attire, frill, and clothes worn by models.6,40,440
      PhotojournalistThe essential role of a Photojournalist is to be a visual storyteller. By capturing, altering, and exhibiting pictures, they recount a story in a way that no other media can. Often, Photojournalists are independent picture takers and offer their photographs to different organizations around the globe.5,17,523
      Radio Disc JockeysRadio Jockeys, also called radio DJs or Commentators, utilize automated sound hardware to communicate distinctive sorts of music. They work for open and private radio stations and internet radio stations. Radio Jockeys also communicate with live audiences on occasion.6,40,232

      Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication) Fee Structure in India

      5.23 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES6.35 L (Maximum Fee)
      1.31 L (Average Fee)
      4.05 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES9.6 L (Maximum Fee)
      2.04 L (Average Fee)

      Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Journalism and Mass Communication) Fee Structure by State

      Delhi NCR

      3.38 L
      3.34 L

      Uttar Pradesh

      1.2 LPUBLIC COLLEGES2.87 L
      2.04 L
      3.08 L

      West Bengal

      10.05 KPUBLIC COLLEGES88.38 K
      25.73 K
      4.42 KPRIVATE COLLEGES4.89 L
      1.09 L


      53.2 KPUBLIC COLLEGES1.51 L
      94.1 K
      1.77 L


      13.2 KPUBLIC COLLEGES1.2 L
      74.4 K
      2.27 L


      34.68 KPUBLIC COLLEGES34.68 K
      34.68 K
      4.97 KPRIVATE COLLEGES1.13 L
      59.31 K


      22.21 K
      3.37 L


      45.63 KPUBLIC COLLEGES6.35 L
      3.16 L
      88.22 KPRIVATE COLLEGES6.36 L
      2.69 L

      Tamil Nadu

      6.85 KPUBLIC COLLEGES2.45 L
      66.98 K
      4.05 KPRIVATE COLLEGES2.41 L
      87.75 K

      Madhya Pradesh

      19.5 KPUBLIC COLLEGES4.1 L
      2.43 L
      59.19 KPRIVATE COLLEGES2.03 L
      1.25 L


      2.52 LPUBLIC COLLEGES4.71 L
      3.48 L
      1.2 L


      4.87 LPUBLIC COLLEGES4.87 L
      4.87 L
      44.14 KPRIVATE COLLEGES4.57 L
      1.96 L


      49.93 KPUBLIC COLLEGES49.93 K
      49.93 K
      41.9 KPRIVATE COLLEGES2.16 L
      88.65 K


      1.98 LPUBLIC COLLEGES1.98 L
      1.98 L
      13.73 KPRIVATE COLLEGES1.98 L
      1.37 L

      Himachal Pradesh

      2.21 LPUBLIC COLLEGES2.21 L
      2.21 L
      6.32 KPRIVATE COLLEGES2.21 L
      1.14 L


      5.23 KPUBLIC COLLEGES5.23 K
      5.23 K
      48 K



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