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Master of Arts [MA] (Comparative Indian Literature) - Course Overview




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Updated On - January 3rd 2019

M.A. in Comparative Indian Literature is a postgraduate course in study of Indian Literature. A candidate has to be a B.A graduate in English or Comparative Indian Literature from a recognised university in order to be eligible for this course. 

M.A. in Comparative Indian Literature is a two year program. The mode of admission is either through Entrance Examination or on Merit. The average tuition fee for the entire course ranges between 75,000 thousand INR to 1.5 Lakhs INR.

M.A. in Comparative Indian Literature graduates can obtain jobs in sectors like Publishing, Media and Television Production Houses, Journalism, Editing, Advertising, Professional Writing etc. and work as Publishing Editor, Proof Editor, Content Developer, Journalist etc. A fresh graduate of this course can expect an average annual salary of 1.5 Lakh INR to 2.5 Lakhs INR.

About the Course

Comparative Literature is an academic field which focuses on the study of literature and culture across national boundaries. In this course i.e. Comparative Indian Literature, the focus is on the study of India’s Literature including the literature of Northern India, Tamil Literature, and Buddhist etc. It also studies the influence of Sanskrit language and European language on the Indian Literature and other Indian Languages.

Top Colleges for Master of Arts [MA] (Comparative Indian Literature)


This course is completed over the duration of two years. Since the course follows a semester system over annual mode, the course is divided over four semesters.

Academic Options after this course

After this Masters course, interested students can also pursue an M.Phil andPh.D in Comparative Literature from colleges like Hyderabad University, Delhi University, Assam University, Comparative Literature Association of India etc.

Students who are willing to opt for journalism or corporate communication can apply for an Advance Diploma in Journalism and Corporate Communication as well.

Where to study?

Comparative Indian Literature is taught at major Universities offering Arts and Humanities courses in India. The top institutes for M.A. in Comparative Indian Literature are as follows:

Name of College


Veer Narmad South Gujarat University


University of Delhi

New Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi

Assam University


University of Pondicherry


Jadavpur University


Comparative Literature Association of India


Central University of Gujarat

Gandhi Nagar

Guahati University


Eligibility Of the Master of Arts [MA] (Comparative Indian Literature)

For entrance to the course, a candidates must be a B.A (Hons) graduate in Any Indian Language/ English/ Comparative Literature with 55% marks or above in aggregate from a recognised university in India.

Students who have graduated in B.A (pass)/ B.A Programme in English or three papers in Indian Language with an aggregate of 60% marks or above from any recognised university in India can apply too.

How to Get Admission in Master of Arts [MA] (Comparative Indian Literature)

Admission to the program is based on mostly an Entrance Exam and/or on the merit marks in qualifying exam. Some of the institutes with Entrance exams are as follows:

AUEE: Assam University conducts an Entrance Exam for M.A. Comparative Indian Literature. The application forms for this are available in the month of June and the entrance exam is held in July.   

DUET: The department of modern languages and literature studies of University of Delhi conducts an entrance exam, followed by a group discussion and interview. The admission forms are available in the month of June and the entrance exam is held in July.

Entrance Exam

This entrance exam will be of 1 ½ hours to 2 hours and will comprise 90-100 questions. There is no negative marking for the exam.

For the entrance exam students will be assessed on their knowledge of Indian Literature primarily and hence it is advised to brush up on the syllabus of Indian  Literature of the graduation level. Some of the topics which can be prepared are as follows:

  • History of English Literature
  • Indian English Literature
  • Prose and Poetry
  • Drama, Fiction
  • Popular Works of the Indian Literature
  • The Sanskrit Language and its influence
  • Hindi Literature of India

Selection Process

The final selection of the candidate will be made keeping in mind the score acquired by the candidate in Qualifying exam, Entrance Exam, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.



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