There is usually a thick air of confusion surrounding the question of entrance examinations for post-graduate courses in journalism and mass communication. We have compiled a list of the premier colleges for journalism and mass communication in India and the screening entrance tests that they conduct during the admission process, to iron out any sort of confusion regarding the same.
1) INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MASS COMMUNICATION, NEW DELHI (IIMC)
The Indian Institute of Mass Communication is a premier institution offering diplomas in journalism (English and Hindi), Radio & Television journalism and advertising & public relations. The admission is based on an entrance test that IIMC conducts, which focuses on areas such as general awareness, aptitude and mental makeup, language capabilities and analytical and comprehension skills. Further screening is done on the basis of a group discussion and then a personal interview.
2) SYMBIOSIS INSTITUTE OF MASS COMMUNICATION, PUNE
Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication offers an MBA degree in communication management in advertising and public relations and Masters in Mass Communication (Journalism and T.V and Radio Production). SIMC conducts the SIMC MA(MC) Online Test which acts as the preliminary level of screening. The test includes multiple choice questions from general English- reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, verbal ability, media & culture, current affairs and contemporary issues and analytical & logical reasoning. Applicants aspiring for pursuing an MBA in Media Management have to appear for the SNAP test (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test) conducted by SIMC.
3) A.J KIDWAI MASS COMMUNICATION RESEARCH CENTRE, JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA, NEW DELHI
A.J Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia is one of the best mass communication institutes in India. It offers Ph.D and Masters degrees in Mass Communication and Post Graduate Diploma courses in development communication, journalism and broadcast system maintenance. The admission procedure differs from course to course, but a preliminary written test along with a personal interview is common to the admission process for all courses.
4) INDIAN INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA, BANGALORE
The Indian Institute of journalism and new media offers PG Diploma courses in three specializations, namely- broadcast journalism, print journalism, and online and multimedia journalism. Selections of the students are done on the basis of their performance in the online aptitude test conducted by IIJNM, which is accompanied by a personal interview.
5) XAVIER INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION, MUMBAI
6) ASIAN COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM, CHENNAI (ACJ)
The Asian College of Journalism is well renowned for its Master’s courses in reporting, writing and editing, modern issues in journalism, history of the media and media laws. The Asian College has three levels of screening based on the initial application form, an entrance exam and a personal interview. The entrance exam is designed to test the applicant’s English language skills and facility and awareness of current affairs and general knowledge. It also tests the candidate’s writing ability and assesses their analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
7) FILM AND TELEVISION INSTITUTE OF INDIA, PUNE (FTII)
The FTII offers post graduate degrees in direction, acting, cinematography, art direction and production design, audiography, animation and computer graphics, editing, feature film screenplay writing. FTII conducts an entrance test for preliminary screening. However, the exam structure, past year question papers and the syllabus is not disclosed to the applicants.