MA Admission 2021: Important Dates, Selection Process, Last Date to Apply, Entrance Exams 2021

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Content Curator | Updated on - Jun 14, 2021

Latest MA Admission Updates

June 10: Register for NPGC, Lucknow MA program by June 30,2021. Apply Now!

June 08: Registrations for GNDU Amritsar Distance MA in English, Political Science and Punjabi program are now open. Apply Now!

June 07: Register for St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata MA in Economics and Psychology program by June 20, 2021. Apply Now!

MA Admission 2021 will be done through an entrance exam in almost all the top colleges MA Admission form is usually released in  the month of May and June for several universities. 

An applicant must have a minimum of 50% aggregate in bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. There is a 5% relaxation provided to reserved category candidates.

Top Entrance Exams for MA Admission includes DUET, IPU CET etc

Few colleges grant direct admission based on graduation marks to this course. For Direct admissions, universities released their cut-off for master courses and the candidates who are eligible for that can directly apply for the course.

Subjects taught in MA Course are different for every specialization. Some of the specializations are English, Hindi, History, Sociology, Education, Fine arts, gender studies, and more. 

Top MA Colleges: Application Deadline

College Admission Criteria Application Deadline
Miranda House, New Delhi  Merit/ DUET July, 2021 (Tentative)
Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi Merit/ DUET July 2021 (Tentative)
Hindu College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET July 2021 (Tentative)
St. Stephens College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET July 2021 (Tentative)
Madras Chrstian College, Chennai Merit July 2021 (Tentative)
Hansraj College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET July 2021 (Tentative)
Loyola College, Chennai Merit + Interview July 2021 (Tentative)
Christ University, Bengaluru Entrance Exam December 08, 2020 - June 09, 2021
Gargi College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET July 2021 (Tentative)
Ramjas College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET July 2021 (Tentative)

MA Admission 2021 Important Dates

These are a few of the colleges providing Masters with different specializations. Besides these, there are many other colleges as well where admission is based on both entrances and merit.

College Entrance Exam Registration Date (Tentative)
St. Stephen’s College DUET + Merit list July 2021
TISS TISSNET + Merit List January 25, 2021 (Closed)
Hindu College DUET + Merit list July 2021
Central University of Punjab CUCET + Merit List April 2021
Miranda House DUET + Merit list July 2021
Central University of Haryana CUCET + Merit List April 2021
Kirori Mal College DUET + Merit list July 2021
Central University of Jammu CUCET + Merit List April 2021
Madras Christian College Merit-based June 2021
Central University of Kerala CUCET + Merit List April 2021
Loyola College Entrance +Interview conducted by the college July 2021
Central University of Rajasthan CUCET + Merit List April 2021
Gargi College DUET + Merit list July 2021
Central University of South Bihar CUCET + Merit List April 2021

MA Entrance Exams

There are many entrance exams that students need to clear before getting admission into an MA course. Such exams can be at the national level, state level, or university level.

After the examinations, a merit list is generated and candidates who fulfill all the required admission criteria of the college are generally offered final admission into the course.

Entrance Exam Schedule

Entrance exam Registration Date Exam date
TISSNET (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) Closed 20 February 2021
AUAT (Allah University Admission Test) May- June 2021 October 2021
DUET April - May 2021 June 2021
IPU CET (Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test) March-May, 2021 June 2021
PUCET (Punjab University Common Entrance Test) March - June 2021 June 2021
JNUEE (Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Exam) May - June 2021 July 2021

Entrance Exam Syllabus

Subjects Topics
MA English British Literature
African Literature
Literary Theory
MA Hindi History of Hindi Literature- Ancient and Medieval
Hindi Poetry and Proses
Origin of Hindi Language
MA in History Indian Independences
Ancient History
Medieval and Modern History
MA in Sociology Sociological Theories
Methods of Sociological Research
Gender and Society
MA in Education Educational Psychology
Educational Technology
MA in Gender Studies Introduction to Gender Studies
Feminist Theories
Gender, Environment, and Livelihood

Entrance Exam Prerequisites

Before appearing for any MA entrance exams, you should follow a set of prerequisites discussed below:

  • Prepare a list of MA colleges you want to apply for, and the entrance exams they accept.
  • The top MA entrance exams include: AUAT, JNUEE, CUCET etc
  • Check the eligibility and admission criteria for all of these MBA entrance exams.

MA Admission Process

Colleges depend on two kinds of MA admission process to take in students. These processes are admission through Entrance Examination and admission through Direct Admission:

  • Entrance Examination: Entrance Examinations are conducted by respective colleges like Delhi University, IP University, JNU to take in students according to the performance on these Entrance Exams.
  • Direct Admission: Colleges like Amity University take in students through the Direct Admission mode, where the students are judged based on their marks obtained during the final Bachelor Examination. The students have to give a Personal Interview where the college understands the student’s dreams and interests.


Candidates aspiring to pursue admission in an MA course are required to fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates should have successfully completed their Bachelor's degree (preferably Bachelor of Arts) of a minimum 3 or 4 years duration (10+2+3 or 10+2+4). The Bachelor's degree should be from a university that is recognized by the UGC (University Grants Commission) of India.
  • A minimum of 50% or its equivalent must be secured by the students at the graduation level. The cutoff varies from college to college. It could be 55% or 60% as well.
  • There’s a 5% relaxation for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBCs and differently-abled categories.
  • Students who are in their final year of their Bachelor's degree are also eligible to apply.

How to Apply?

Candidates should follow the points mentioned below to know the MA application process.

  • For every entrance exam, the application process starts with the Registration part of the exam.
  • The registration asks for few academic and personal details like Contact No and a valid email id for further contact.
  • After registration, the candidate will get a Username and Password that will help them to log in to their individual portal.
  • This completes the application procedure and later the admit card is received through the portal before the exam date.


GD (Group Discussion) PI (Personal Interview) are the two final list of rounds that candidates have to go through for the final round of selection, where they are asked questions about their goals, ambitions and reason of interest in the chosen course


Once you are shortlisted, you are thereafter expected to go through the counselling process, which is nothing but submitting all the necessary documents such as ID proof, Photograph, Exam certificates, few declarations etc required for the MA admission process.

Top MA Colleges

College Name Fees 
Hindu College INR 32,000
St. Stephen’s College INR 25,000
Miranda House INR 30,000
Lady Shri Ram College for Women INR 17,976
Madras Christian College INR 55,000
Hansraj College INR 26,000
Loyola College INR 12,000
Christ University INR 1,25,000
Gargi College INR 18,000
Ramjas College INR 14,284

MA Admission 2021 Tips

  • The admission to master courses is mainly done through the entrance exams which consist of some general parts and some specific parts based on subjects done in graduation.
  • For successfully passing the entrance, candidates first need to have a complete knowledge related to their subjects studied in graduation because it consists of a major part.
  • Next, there are some basic portions which consist of Quantitative Aptitude for that one needs a clear basic and practice of mathematics till class 10th and English Comprehension, which is added to check the individual’s knowledge of English.
  • For English Comprehension, candidates need to have a continued practice of some passages, articles, grammar applications, etc.
  • And lastly some portion of general awareness and current affairs. To clear this portion, candidates need to have a regular check on their surrounding activities and ongoing activities in news.
  • Through these few points, one can qualify for the exam.

MA Admission 2021 FAQs

Ques: What is the scope after MA?

Ans: After completing MA, students can either work or can go for further higher studies like for PhD which is research-oriented, or can also opt for another masters degree according to their need and interest.

Ques: What is the minimum percentage required for Masters?

Ans: Minimum percentage requirement for Master is around 50% in aggregate in graduation from a recognized University.

Ques: Can MA Students get a placement facility?

Ans: Yes, some of the colleges conduct placement procedures for MA students like for MA education there were placements in different education institutions through the college administration.

Ques: What is the salary package after MA?

Ans: Some of the Job profiles like Social Worker (INR 2.50 Lakhs – INR 5 Lakhs), Journalist ( INR 3.7 Lakhs – INR 6.97 Lakhs), Administrative Officer (INR 4.12 Lakhs- INR 9.45 Lakhs). Similarly, other job profiles have different ranges of salary packages.

Ques: Is there any University that provides Masters through Distance?

Ans: Yes, there are Universities like IGNOU, Annamalai University, Karnataka State Open University, Osmania University, and the University of Mumbai that provide Masters through Distance Mode.

Ques: Is there any University that provides Masters through Merit?

Ans: Yes, there are some Universities like Madras Christian College, Christ University which provide admission on a merit basis.

Ques: Name some specializations in Arts?

Ans: Some arts specializations are:

  • MA Hindi
  • MA English
  • MA Education
  • MA Psychology
  • MA Political Science

And many other subjects as well.

Ques: What are job profiles available after Masters in Arts?

Ans: After completing the Masters in Arts, one can work as an Administrative Officer, Correspondent, Social Worker, Journalist, Content Writer, Political Analyst, Public Administrative, Teacher, Professor, etc.

Ques: What is the procedure to get the JET Admit Card?

Ans: After the registration process of the examination, the admit card will be available at the online portal which is provided to the candidate. The candidate can simply log in to the portal and download the admit card and take a print.

Ques: What is UPES DAT?

Ans: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is conducted by the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies through online mode for UG and PG courses.



Master of Arts [MA] Colleges IN INDIA

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Hansraj College - [HRC]
New Delhi, Delhi NCR
13.31 K first year fees
Mumbai University - [MU]
Mumbai, Maharashtra
34.41 K first year fees
Mahatma Gandhi College
Trivandrum, Kerala
3.39 K first year fees
CU Shah Arts College
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Gaya College
Gaya, Bihar
2.66 K first year fees
22.12 K first year fees
SS Girls College
Gondiya, Maharashtra