Delhi University Or IPU? A Comparative Study On Undergraduate Journalism Course and Its Scope

Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) or BA (Hons) in Journalism is an undergraduate course for aspirants who want to pursue a career in the media industry. The course duration is for 3 years. In DU, it is offered as BA (Hons) in Journalism.

Delhi University

To take admissions into the Delhi University (DU), students need to clear the DU Journalism entrance test. For admissions into IPU, one needs to clear the IPU CET. A minimum of 45 – 50% marks is needed in 10+2 for being eligible to take admission into various colleges.

1] BJMC Course Details

  • Duration of the course – 3 years.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 45-50% in 10+2, one must be 17 years of age at least.
  • Admission criteria – Entrance and merit-based.
  • Offered as BA (Hons) in Journalism with Delhi University.
  • Entrance exams – DU Entrance Test, IPU CET,etc.
  • Top Universities – Delhi University, IPU, Chandigarh University, and others.
  • Job prospects – Feature writers, Columnist, Radio Jockey, News Reader, News Analyst, PR Specialist, and so on.

Required skill sets for the jobs

Needs to have a flair for writing and language. For PR job roles, one needs to have a strong networking skill. One must have problem-solving and analytical skills. After that, interviewing skills and Interpretation skills are a must.

2] Entrance tests for BJMC courses: Delhi University vs IPU

DU Entrance Test (DUET)IPU CET
Application date: Extended to July 31, 2020Application date: Extended to July 31, 2020
Exam date: Sep 6 – 11, 2020Exam date: To be announced
The Exam mode: OnlineExam mode: Online
The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency in Delhi University School of JournalismIPU CET is conducted by  Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

3] BA (Hons) in Journalism from Delhi University

For getting admission into Delhi University colleges, one needs to secure a minimum of 45% marks in 10+2 passed from any recognized university. English language should be the medium of language for the candidates.

The mode of admission is both entrance and merit-based, each category holding 50% seats. Based on the college the candidate gets selected to, the course fee differs. This is usually within the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000.

Average salary after completion of the course is Rs 6 lakhs per annum. One of the top colleges offering BA Journalism under DU are  Lady Shri Ram College  and Delhi School of Journalism.

Registration process at Delhi University

  • Follow the online admission portal: and see through the guidelines for more details and forms.
  • The registration is done only once, either offline or online.
  • You can pay through internet banking or using your Debit/Credit card.
  • You can register online through the same portal by paying an additional fee of Rs 100. However, the quota does not debar you from the entrance based admissions.
  • You need to appear for the entrance on the scheduled date.

4] BJMC from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

Candidates seeking admission in IPU can apply through their official website. IPU is a state university located in New Delhi. IPU CET is the standard entrance test for admission into BJMC courses. In CETs, a separate merit list is prepared by the university.

The final admission is based on counselling. For this particular course of interest, there is the option of online counselling. The online counselling window for 2020 starts from 8th June to 7th July 2020. The average fee is Rs. 65,000.

Average salary after completion of BJMC course is Rs 7 lakhs per annum. For students who apply through sports, the quota will have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 100 while applying for the IPU CET.

5] Fees and Salary package Delhi University vs IPU

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.

  1. Course – BJMC.
  2. Average Fees for BJMC – Rs. 65,000.
  3. Entrance Exam – IPU CET.
  4. Average Salary – Rs. 7 Lakhs PA.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women (DU).

  1. Course – BA (Hons) in Journalism.
  2. Average Fees – Rs. 81,750.
  3. Entrance Exam – Delhi University Journalism Joint Entrance Exam.
  4. Average Salary: Rs. 6 Lakhs PA.

Seats available various colleges under Delhi University & IPU

  • Indraprastha College for Women – 57 seats.
  • Lady Shri Ram College for Women – 26.
  • Delhi School of Journalism – 120.
  • Delhi College of Arts & Commerce – 34.
  • Maharaja Agrasen College – 51.
  • Institute of Home Economics – 51.
  • Kamala Nehru College – 42.
  • Kalindi College – 51.
  • Bharati College – 51.

6] Job prospects and scope

Following is career scope that mostly students end up with after doing Journalism from Delhi University.

  • Media consultants – Rs 6.43 lakhs.
  • Journalist – Rs 3.39 lakhs.
  • PR manager – Rs 5.60 lakhs.
  • Social media manager – Rs 3.52 lakhs.
  • News analyst – Rs 6.86 lakhs.
  • Photojournalists – Rs 3.5 lakhs.

Some of the other popular Job Roles

The list of popular Job Roles after studying journalism from Delhi University are.

  1. Radio Jockey
  2. Video Jockey
  3. Editor
  4. Anchor
  5. Correspondent
  6. Copywriter
  7. Celebrity Manager
  8. Sound mixer
  9. Graphic editor
  10. TV producer
  11. Cartoonist
  12. Illustrator
  13. Vision mixer
  14. Director
  15. Blog writer

Study Scope after BJMC or BA Journalism with Delhi University and other Universities

Study scope after BA (Hons) Journalism with Delhi University or BJMC with other universities are – Integrated Course BA MA in Journalism, M.Sc Mass Communication, MA in Journalism & Mass Communication, PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication.

If you are planning for BJMC or BA (Hons) Journalism, choose your option smartly between Delhi University and IPU before applying. There are other colleges as well under Chandigarh University, Symbiosis International University etc. where too you can apply. So, gear up and start preparing!

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