It is that time of the year again with 12th boards around the corner. Students can be seen rushing to various entrance examination centers like IMS and Pratham.

This is the time when you are supposed to decide what you actually wish to pursue in your life. Since everyone doesn’t aim to be an engineer, doctor or CA right out of school. Feels just like a cakewalk, right?

It is essential that you carefully examine your options and chose the right combination of college and course.

As far as the course of journalism is concerned, you no more need to hassle between various money minting entrance institutions. We have it all figured out for you.

It is a highly sought out course in the prestigious Delhi University which opens up many avenues of work in media-related fields.

How to get into DU?

The top 5 colleges for BA (Hons) Journalism are – Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), Maharaja Agrasen, Kalindi, Kamala Nehru, and LSR. The first two being the only co-ed colleges.

Institute of Home Economics and Bharati College, DU has also started offering Journalism courses that aren’t as popular among students.

The admission process solely takes into account the percentage of the best 4 subjects in the 12th board examinations. The next step is meeting the cut-off. Finally, fill out the necessary documents which are available at the college campus.

Simple enough? These exhilarating expectations are shattered once the cut-off lists are uploaded online. One can expect the first cut-off list for the top 5 colleges of DU in the bracket of 98-95%.

Well, I had similar percentage concerns and was quite relieved to know about the other way to make it to Delhi University. No, I did not smuggle question papers.

Making it to DU via entrances

Keeping in mind the growing interest in fields related to Journalism. DU introduced a new five-year integrated programme in Journalism with an option to exit after 3 years.

This is about to get even better. The Delhi School of Journalism (DSJ) offers journalism honors courses in both Hindi and English. That too on the basis of an entrance examination with basic eligibility of 45% in 12 boards.

However, the DSJ being relatively new has some infrastructural shortcomings which needs to be worked upon.

The newly built campus of Delhi School of Journalism

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How to prepare for the entrance

Since I’ve been through this tedious procedure and searched endless Quora posts for the same, there is only one simple way to crack this examination.

Read newspapers like The Hindu and The Indian Express on a daily basis. The question paper is just like the fate of the Avengers, too hard to determine or pre-judge.

What to expect out of Journalism Hons?

Coming to the fun part of this article, this course doesn’t disappoint. It can be a treat for people like me who refrain from studying the same subject for a period of three years.

It is a practical course that gives insight into a multitude of fields ranging from political science, history, radio journalism to advertising and public relations. Photography and video editing have also been introduced in this course at a basic level.

However, this DU course lacks the practical aspect which is somewhat compensated by the compulsory internship to be done towards the end.

The opportunities after this course don’t really come to a halt with becoming the next Arnab Goswami. They are tremendous, ranging from working with various media agencies to pursuing IAS, law or masters in any field.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to your passion and unparalleled hard work while pursuing this dynamic course. College is merely a catalyst.

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Sources: Youth ki Awaaz, Delhi School of Journalism

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