How to Crack IIMC Entrance Exam
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How To Crack IIMC Entrance Exam? –The Indian Institute of Mass Communication will be conducting its entrance exam on May 25 and 26 for admission to the various programmes offered at its various campuses.Since there is not much information on the syllabus, exam pattern and nitty-gritties of IIMC entrance exam, one of the burning question that crops up in every aspirant’s mind is, “How to crack the IIMC entrance exam?” In addition to the information about the books, syllabus to refer to, the IIMC entrance exam preparation also involves honing other skill sets such as writing, speaking, and ability to express views on various issues in an articulate manner. Practice in the form of previous year papers, mock tests are also given on this page. Careers360 presents the IIMC entrance exam preparation tips that cover all of this and more in this article.

IIMC 2019 entrance exam for different post graduate journalism programmes will be conducted in offline mode. The result of IIMC entrance exam 2019 will tentatively be announced in third week of June.

How to crack IIMC Exam?

Aspirants must have the know-how of the syllabus, exam pattern before they start their preparation for the exam. The IIMC preparation guidelines are given below in easy steps to help candidates crack the exam.

Tip 1 – Know the IIMC Syllabus

To draw a clear cut preparation plan for the entrance exam, it is imperative to have knowledge of the IIMC 209 syllabus. The syllabus is segregated programmes wise below for the benefit of the aspirants.

Syllabus for PG Diploma in Journalism

  • General Aptitude

  • Language Skills

  • Analytical & Comprehension Skills

  • Sensitivity to Social Issues

  • Ethics & Values

Syllabus for PG Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations

  • General Awareness about Development and Public Issues
  • General Aptitude
  • Language Skills
  • Analytical & Comprehension Skills
  • Brand Awareness & Recall
  • Social Consciousness
  • Lateral Thinking Capabilities

Tip 2 - Understand the IIMC Entrance Exam Pattern

An understanding of what the question paper comprises of allows candidates to prepare an exam day plan properly. IIMC 2019 exam pattern which specifies the type of questions that will be asked, mode of exam, marking scheme and duration of the exam is important to know and understand. IIMC entrance exam will conducted for two hours. The exam is offered in regional languages too. The table below specifies the details.

Medium of IIMC Entrance Exam Test

Programme Name

Medium of test

Post Graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (English)


Post Graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (Hindi)


Post Graduate Diploma Course in Radio & Television Journalism

English and Hindi

Post Graduate Diploma Course in Advertising and Public Relations

English and Hindi

Post Graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (Odia)


Post Graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (Urdu)


Post Graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (Marathi)


Post Graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (Malayalam)


While the past year papers show no fixed exam pattern for IIMC, it is seen that generally five questions will be asked and candidates have two hours to answer them.

Tips 3- Which books are good for IIMC Entrance Exam?

The right books and study material are good assets to help crack the IIMC entrance exam. While the newspapers are good sources for current affairs and events, some books that will aid in preparation for IIMC entrance exam are given below.

Reference Books for IIMC Entrance Exam

S. No

Name of the books/ Publication




Popular Master Guide for Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Examination

R Gupta

Ramesh Publications


Handbook of Mass Communication (Theory and Practice)

V K Joshi



Mass Communication Journalism Entrance Examination of All Indian Universities




Success Master: Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Examinations


Useful for all basic knowledge of the media, media related aspects, and general knowledge.


Manorama Year Book




Word Power made easy

Norman Lewis. General Knowledge Digest by TMH


Tip 4 – Use past IIMC Entrance Examination question papers to practice

Practice is the key to success in entrance exams. Merely studying is not enough. To incorporate all that is learnt, it is important that students put their knowledge to test. This is possible through practising with the help of previous year papers. This exercise helps in understanding the type of questions that may be asked, difficulty levels while honing time management skills of students. One important tip to crack the entrance exam of IIMC is the constant practice with the previous year papers.

IIMC Question Papers 2017, 2016, 2015

Question Papers




IIMC Journalism English 2017

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IIMC Radio and TV Journalism 2017

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IIMC Advertising & Public Relations Question Paper 2017

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IIMC Journalism Hindi 2017

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IIMC Journalism Odia

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IIMC Journalism Urdu

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IIMC Journalism Malayalam

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IIMC Journalism Marathi

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“All study and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – one of the important things is to ensure that one is healthy and in good spirits during preparation and while appearing for the exam. Anything less is detrimental to success in the exam. Some of the vital IIMC preparation tips are given below

Revise till you get it right

One step to ensure that preparation is to the best is to ensure constant revision. The reason is practice leads to perfection and that can make the difference. Once the topic is covered, practice, analyse and revise till you get it right.

During the fag end of the preparation of IIMC entrance exam 2019, candidates are also advised not to take up any new topic. The reason is that a new topic will require investment of precious time that could be used to revise the already known topics. More so, the last days are usually stressful. Learning a new topic at this stage may not lead to good results.

Where there is a will, there is a way

Self-motivation is one of the keys to success. Self-reliance and confidence can move mountains leave alone an entrance exam. If the will to succeed is kept alive, the way will be automatically chalked out. The key is to persist in finding the way through sheer willpower.

Work Hard, Remain focused and leave excuses behind

In the last few days before the exam, it is important to give that extra push on all fronts to crack IIMC entrance exam. There are two important rules which the candidates should keep in mind and they are: (i) Do not quit (ii) Do not forget rule number one. Remember that the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is to put in that little “extra”

Forget the Mistake, Remember the Lesson

A significant aspect of preparation for IIMC entrance exam is to learn from the mistakes made during the course of preparation. The trick is to understand where it went wrong and more important - how to rectify it.

A healthy you can walk that extra mile

It is important to be healthy, keep calm and ensure that the body is adequately rested. A tired mind or body can seldom cope well with any strain. So all candidates have to ensure they eat well, take enough breaks to rest their minds and body.

Plan your exam day

An exam day plan is important as it allows candidates to plan the day down to the precise minute. This means that candidates should think of how they plan to answer the question paper, how much time they should devote to any question and how to answer the ones they are not too sure of.

Another important aspect is to be prepared for the exam day by following the requisite guidelines. To be allowed to write the IIMC entrance exam, candidates must carry their IIMC admit card card and any one of the following photo identity proofs.

  • Voter Id Card

  • Passport

  • Driving License

  • Pan Card

  • Aadhaar Card

Candidates must also bring with them HB pencil and an eraser also.

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I was very sad because i forget to apply entrance. Now what should can i do.

Shatabdi Singh 2nd Jul, 2019

Hello ,

As your query is that you wanted to apply for IIMC entrance exam but somehow you didn't appeared for the exam and you are confused with what next. I would like to tell you that that there is no other possible way or any other alternative. If you want to pursue your Mass and Communication studies at an higher level you have to appear for the exam. So in my opinion it will be better to prepare for this one whole year and apply next year for the same. 

Further, if any detail that you need or think we can help you with that you can let me know in the comment section below. 

I hope your query is solved.

Thank you.


Please somebody give me the previous year entrance questions paper of iimc...

Jesin J 31st May, 2019
Hello. For IIM Calcutta, in order to secure a seat for pgp program/mba, you should clear cat examination. The cat is an online test in which the level of difficulty varies every year. None of questions or question patterns are repeated.

I would suggest you to go through the basics and join a test series for preparation.

Hope this helps

All the best.

When will be the IIMC Admit Card 2019 available? Exams after 4 days, no response from website and contact numbers/email. Help!

Shivam Purohit 22nd May, 2019

Hi there so to answer your question let me tell you 

Archa, the IIMC conducts an entrance exam for the Post Graduate Diploma Courses every year. The institute is specially acclaimed towards the professional career in the Media Industry and hence it's recruitment for the PG Diploma Courses and Diploma Course in Development Journalism is selective and depends upon your performance and knowledge about the subject. It specialises in various fields of both Print and Electronic Media and offers a quality education in multi-languages. 

The Admit Card for all PG Diploma Courses has already been released in the official website of IIMC. You can check it in with your registered Date of Birth, Mobile Number and URN. 

The Entrance Examination for Odia/Urdu/Marathi/Malayalam Journalism is on 25th May,2019 and for PG Diploma Course in Journalism Hindi/English, Radio and TV Journalism and Advertising and Public Relations is on 26th May, 2019. The Examination Pattern will be based on your knowledge and insight in General Awareness, Analytical and Aptitute Skills, Social Consciousness, Language Skills, ethics and values, Lateral thinking abilities and your understanding about the opted course. The examination timing for the Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Urdu, English, Hindi is from 9am-11am and Radio & TV, Advertising & PR is at 3pm-5pm. 

Please check the official website again for any other future updates and recheck your respective centre details. Do enquire again if neccessary. All the best Archa, good luck! 


Tell me about the cutoff of pg diploma in advertising and public relations..

Tarun Saraf 18th May, 2019


Last year cut off was 76 marks for general category, so you can hope for nearby marks for this year.

Thank you.


I achieved a 92% in 10th, 79% in 12th, and 82% in graduation. How much do I need to score in CAT to get into the top MBA colleges?

Jesin J 7th May, 2019
Hello Karam. Congratulations on decent academic scores. Now, the admission in IIMs and other top b-schools accounts to different factors. These factors include, class 10 marks,  class 12 marks, graduation marks, gender diversity, academic diversity, work experience and cat score.
So if you are a fresher and belong to general category, then you should try and get 99+ percentile in CAT. The reason being, a lot of candidates have very high academic scores, and other factors also play a spoil sport.

So,  work hard and ace the Cat.

All the best.
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