Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) was established in 1962 to mark the birth centenary of the legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore. The University courses have been classified into 3 departments of Fine Arts, Arts, and Visual Arts. The top courses offered are BA (Hons.), B.Ed, Diploma, BFA, MA, D.Litt, and MSW. Rabindra Bharti University also provides distance education to the students. The admission to RBU is based on merit and the filling of applications is done through an online process. Top recruiters of the university are TCS and Cognizant, which provide an average package of INR 3 LPA.

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Latest Update: 

  • The university has released a circular with the instruction for MCQ based admission test for PG Faculty of Fine Arts for Session 2020-2021 Session on December 9, 2020. Check More
  • The first provisional list for admission to the MA in Journalism & Mass Communications and MA in Human Rights & Human Development programs under the Faculty of Arts for the academic session 2020-2021 will be published on December 10, 2020. 
  • Provisional 1st Merit List of M.A. in Arts for 2020-21 Session was published on December 8, 2020. 
  • Provisional 2nd Merit List of B.F.A. in Visual Arts for 2020-21 Session was published on December 8, 2020. 
  • Provisional 2nd Merit List of M.F.A. in Visual Arts for 2020-21 Session was published on December 4, 2020. 
  • Rabindra Bharati University is inviting application form for admission to the MFA  and MA  admission. The online application and portfolio for admission will get started from Nov 12 to Nov 17. The last date of paying the application fee is Nov 18. The First Provisional list will get published on Nov 27.

Rabindra Bharati University Important Dates

EVENT DATE
Online Application Fill-up and Submission for BA Honours, BFA, and UG Visual Arts August 11 - August 25, 2020
Last date for uploading practical test/portfolio for admission test for UG programs under Fine Arts October 4, 2020
Online Application for Admission & Portfolio Submission for MFA and MA November 12 - November 17, 2020
Last date of online payment of application fees through Payment Gateway for MFA and MA November 18, 2020
Date of Portfolio Evaluation November 21, 2020
Date of online Interview of selected Candidates for MFA and MA November 25, 2020
Publication of 1st Provisional Merit List November 27, 2020
First provisional list for admission to the MA in Journalism & Mass Communications and MA in Human Rights & Human Development December 10, 2020
Provisional 1st Merit List of M.A. in Arts December 8, 2020
Provisional 2nd Merit List of B.F.A. in Visual Arts December 8, 2020
Provisional 2nd Merit List of M.F.A. in Visual Arts  December 4, 2020

Rabindra Bharati University Highlights

Established | Institute Type 1962 | State
Set By Kolkata
Approved by NAAC
Courses Offered Certification, Diploma, UG, PG & PhD
Popular Courses BA (Hons.), B.Ed, Diploma, BFA, MA, D.Litt, and MSW
Application Mode Online
Admission Criteria Merit
Facilities Hostel, Library, Health Care, NSS, Bank, etc.
Rabindra Bharati University official website http://www.rbu.ac.in/

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Rabindra Bharati University Courses

RBU, Kolkata courses have been classified under three departments

  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Arts
  • Department of Visual Arts
Courses Details
BA (Hons.) Duration: 3 Years
Admission Criteria: Merit-Based Eligibility: H.S.(+2) or it’s equivalent with specialization as a compulsory subject from the recognized University
Specialization: Classical Vocal Music, Economics, Sanskrit, Instrumental Music, Dance, Philosophy, Drama, English, Rabindra Sangeet, Bengali, Political Science & History
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B.Ed Duration: 2 Years
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: Minimum 50%(45% for SC/ ST/ OBC-A&B/ PWD) in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with Sciences/Social Sciences/Humanity subject.
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BFA Duration: 4 Years
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: H.S.(+2) in any stream from the recognized board of education
Specialization: Graphics, History of Arts, Applied Arts, Sculpture & Painting
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BA Duration: 3 Years
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: H.S.(+2) in any stream from the recognized board of education
Specialization: Drama, Music, Museology & Instrumental Music
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B.Lib.I.Sc Duration: 1 Year
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: Graduation with honors (10+2+3 pattern) or Master's degree (with honors)
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Diploma Duration: 1 Year
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: H.S.(+2) in any stream from the recognized board of education
Specialization: Rabindra Sangeet, History, Dramatics, Political Science, Bengali, Women Studies, Human Development, Music - Instrumental, Comparative Literature, English, Sanskrit, Dance, Economics, Santali, Philosophy, Language Studies, Library & Information Science, Music, Education & Mathematics
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Certification Duration: 1 Year
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: H.S.(+2) in any stream from the recognized board of education
Specialization: Malayalam, Santali, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, French, English, Russian, Japanese, Bengali, Tamil, Portuguese, Chinese, Italian, German, Spanish
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MA Duration: 2 Years
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: B.A./B.Sc.(Hons.) in required specialization from any UGC recognized University.
Specialization: Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Vocal And Instrumental Music (Hindustani & Karnatic), Dance, Music, Adult Continuing Education & Extension, English, Social Work, Music Vocal, Rabindra Sangeet, Museology, Human Rights And Development, Education, Geography, Political Science, Musicology, Vocal, Bengali, Hindi, Mathematics, Dramatics, Multimedia & Mass Communication, History, Sanskrit, Percussion & Environmental Studies
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MFA Duration: 2 Years
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: B.F.A/BVA in Painting or allied Art subject from any UGC recognized University.
Specialization: Rabindra Sangeet, History, Dramatics, Political Science, Bengali, Women Studies, Human Development, Music - Instrumental, Comparative Literature, English, Sanskrit, Dance, Economics, Santali, Philosophy, Language Studies Library & Information Science, Music, Education & Mathematics
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M.LIB.I.SC Duration: 1 Year
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: Bachelor of Library and Information Science preceded by Graduation with honors (10+2+3 pattern) or Master's degree (with honors) from any UGC recognized University.
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MSW Duration: 2 Year
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: B.A./B.Sc. (Hons.) in any subject from any UGC recognized University
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M.Phil Duration: Year
Admission criteria: Meri based
Eligibility: Candidate having Master's degree with 55% marks or its equivalent grade (50% for SC, ST & PWD (PH)from any UGC recognized University in India or an equivalent degree of a recognized foreign University in the required specialization
Specialization: Rabindra Sangeet, History, Dramatics, Political Science, Bengali, Women Studies, Human Development, Music - Instrumental, Comparative Literature, English, Sanskrit, Dance, Economics, Santali, Philosophy, Language Studies, Library & Information Science, Music, Education & Mathematics
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Ph.D Duration: 3 Years
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: M.A. in the concerned or allied subject from any UGC recognized University with at least 55% marks. (50%for S.C./S.T) preceded by graduation with Honours in the concerned or allied subject
Specialization: Painting, Museology, Dramatics, Economics, Sanskrit, Music, History, History Of Arts, Library & Information Science, English, Political Science, Dance, Bengali, Philosophy, Education & Mass Communication
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D.Litt Duration: 3 Years
Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Eligibility: postgraduate doctorate studies from a recognized university
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Rabindra Bharati University Admission 2020

The admission to RBU, Kolkata is based on merit in class 12th/Bachelors/Masters. The application process for admission is online only.

How To Apply?

Candidates who seek to take admission in RBU need to follow these following steps:

  • Visit the official website of RBU and create the User ID.
  • Fill the application form for academic and professional details.
  • Upload the photograph and signature (size not more than 100 KB).
  • Pay the application fee of INR 250 with additional bank charges of INR 150 through SBI collected by Credit or Debit Card.
  • The application fee can also be paid by downloading the SBI Challan available on the official website.
  • Click on Submit and Save & take the printout of the duly filled application form.

For the B.Ed program, submit the duly filled application form with relevant documents in person or through the post to

The office of the secretary,

Faculty Councils, 56A, B.T Road,

E.B Campus, RBU, Kolkata

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Rabindra Bharati University Placements

Placements are offered to the deserving candidates at RBU. The University has also collaborated with several organizations to help the students in a better way. The top recruiters of RBU are TCS and Cognizant. RBU Placement statistics for previous years are as follows:

Academic Year Average Package
2018-2019 INR 2.16 LPA

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Rabindra Bharati University Results

Examinations for MA I & II semesters are conducted in two sessions i.e. October-November & December-January respectively. Results for I & II semesters are declared on the official RBUDDE portal in the months of January-February & March-April. Online admission forms and Merit lists are available on the official website of RBU. 

How to Check Results?

To check the semester results, the students have to follow the following steps:

  • Visit the home page of the RBU.
  • In the main menu, click on the ‘Results’ section.
  • Now you will be redirected to the result listing page for UG, PG & doctoral courses.
  • Enter your name or registration number & click on submit.
  • Save & download the course-wise result for future reference.

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Rabindra Bharati University Scholarship

Rabindra Bharti University provides scholarships based on merit-cum-need, the university has a broad range of programs to provide financial assistance to students. The following fellowships/ scholarships are being run with the support of State and Central Government.

  • Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holder
  • Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child
  • Swami Vivekananda Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship Scheme
  • Online application for Scholarship to SC, ST, and OBC students
  • Post Matric and Merit cum Means Scholarship

Rabindra Bharati University Distance Education

Rabindra Bharati Directorate of Distance Education was established in 2002 and since then the center is providing the following courses:

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)

The admission to these courses is based on merit and the mode of application is through an online process. RBU DDE provides 50+ Learner Support Centers (LSU)/ Study centers where the students will participate in the Personal Contact Program (PCP).

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Rabindra Bharati University Facilities

  • Hostel: The University has five student hostels at present, two for the boys (one for SC/ST boys), and three for the girls. Construction work for another boys’ hostel is in progress. The total intake capacity in the boy’s hostel is 145 and the girl’s hostels can accommodate 50 boarders. Nevertheless, the university does not guarantee hostel accommodation for every outstation student.
  • Library: Rabindra Bharati University Library system consists of the Central Library, Sangeet Bhavan Library, and departmental libraries attached to academic departments.
  • Health Care Centre: Medical Unit was opened at Emerald Bower Campus on 17.02.2000 to give good medical services to the students, teachers, and non-teaching staff.
  • NSS: In the NSS camp programme, the students-volunteers are actively involved in various activities such as plantation of saplings; campus-cleaning, and anti-pollution campaigns in and around the University campus. They are also involved in the mass-literacy (Sarba-Siksha Abhijan) campaign among the poor people of neighboring localities. Awakening of the health and social awareness program is another area of NSS performance.
  • Bank Facility: A branch of State Bank of India is available at the university campus.

Rabindra Bharati University Faculty

The University has highly qualified and experienced faculty members. They are the most distinguished scholars, who constantly do research in their respective fields. The institute has a team of highly qualified faculty members, the majority of them have long teaching experience and are associated with the institution for many years. 

  • Professor: 42
  • Assistant Professor: 79
  • Associate Professor: 26

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Rabindra Bharati University FAQ

Ques. How can I check my semester results?

Ans. Students enrolled in RBU can check their result for various UG, PG, Ph.D. & D.Litt. courses by visiting the official website of the university. To read more, click here

Ques. How can I apply for the Distance Education Programs?

Ans. Follow the below-mentioned steps to apply for Distance Education Programs:

  • Applicants have to apply online through the university website
  • Admissions are purely based on Merit bases in the last qualifying exam 
  • University releases the tentative cutoff list for various courses
  • For Master Courses and Ph.D., the University conducts its own exam for which the dates are released accordingly.

Ques. What are the specializations offered under the M.A. Distance Program of Rabindra Bharti University?

Ans. The University offers the following specializations under M.A. Distance Program:

Bengali English Sanskrit Political Science
Geography Environmental Studies Education History

Ques. What are the eligibility criteria for doing a Ph.D. in History from Rabindra Bharti University?

Ans. The candidates must have done M.A. in the concerned or allied subject from any UGC recognized University with at least 55% marks (50% for S.C./ S.T) preceded by graduation with Honours in the concerned or allied subjects.

Ques. How is the Directorate of Distance Education Rabindra Bharti University?

Ans. Rabindra Bharati University DDE has the status of an Institution of Higher Learning under Rabindra Bharati University started its journey in the academic session 2002-2003 after obtaining approval from the Higher Education Department Govt. of West Bengal. The DDE University offers postgraduate courses in various specializations in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Fine Arts.

Ques. How can I download the online application form for the B.A. Faculty of Arts for 2020-2021?

Ans. Follow the below-mentioned steps to download the application form:

  • Visit the official website of the university.
  • Go to the ‘Admission’ tab.
  • Click on ‘Online application form for B.A. Faculty of Arts’.
  • Enter your existing ID and Password or register if you are a new user.
  • Fill the application form and submit the same

Ques. What is the application fee of Rabindra Bharti University DDE?

Ans. The application fee of Rabindra Bharti University DDE is INR 100 and application processing fee INR 200 for all courses and respective course fee.

Ques. What are the documents required during admission?

Ans. Submit the following documents during admission:

  • Admit Cards
  • Marksheets
  • Grade Cards
  • Certificates
  • Payment receipt

Note: Submit the respective original testimonials for verification at the respective Learner Support Centre (LSC)/ Study Centre.

Ques. Can I be employed during my course?

Ans. No, these are full-time programs. You will not be able to take on any paid employment through the duration of the program.

Ques. How is the faculty of Rabindra Bharati University?

Ans. The faculty has a large and diverse faculty of highly qualified and experienced faculty members. They are the most distinguished scholars, who constantly do research in their respective fields. The institute has a team of highly qualified faculty members, the majority of them have long teaching experience and are associated with the institution for many years.