Top Media Entrance Exams 2017: Pattern and Preparation tips
Updated on Apr 28, 2017 - 12:27 p.m. IST by Urvashi Dalal

With demand in Media and Journalism, a lot of institutes have come up with various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the field. Admission to these programmes across institutes is through an entrance exam, which differ from institute to institute and mostly consists of language, aptitude, and general knowledge. Careers360 lists top media entrance exams with their exam pattern and a few preparation tips to support the test aspirants.


Majority of the institutions, offering media and journalism programmes, are either government-run, industry-driven or private institutions. All these institutes conduct their own university level entrance tests and shortlist candidates based on their performance in the test. Although, there is not much difference in the preparation strategy or the exam pattern, but it is best to learn the tips to be better prepared. Before moving ahead with the preparation tips, let us first check some of the top media and journalism entrance exams and their exam pattern.


Top Media Exams and Pattern

Exam Name

Exam Date

Conducting Body

Exam Pattern

IIMC Entrance exam

May 28, 2017

Journalism Hindi/English (9 am to 11 am),

Radio & TV Journalism (12 noon to 2 pm) and

Advertising & Public Relations (3 pm to 5 pm)


Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi

  • Offline test

  • Topics- Language, Aptitude and Analytical

JMI Mass Communication Entrance exam

Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 10:00 am - 01:00 pm

Jamia Millia Islamia

  • Offline  test

  • 200 Marks

  • Part-A Objective/Multiple Choice Questions

  • Part-B Subjective/Descriptive/ Theory


ACJ Entrance exam

May 14 ( 9.30 am to 11.30 and 12 pm to 1.30 pm)

Asian College of Journalism, Chennai

  • Part A- English Language Skills

  • Part B- General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Other


Xavier Institute of Communications Online Entrance Test

From April 23, 2017 (Sunday) till May 15, 2017 (Monday), across different centres

Xavier Institute Of Communications

  • Online test

  • 90 minutes

  • 100 marks

St Xavier’s Bachelor of Mass Media Entrance Test

June 2, 2017

St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

  • Offline test

  • Two hours duration

  • Subjective and Objective

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test

Saturday, April 29 from 3 pm to 5:30 pm

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

  • Offline test

  • Two hours thirty minutes

FTII Entrance Exam

March 26, 2017

Film and Television Institute of India, Pune


  • Offline test

  • 100 MCQs

  • 100 marks

  • Three hours

Preparation Tips


1. Focus on General Knowledge or Current Affairs: Vinayak Kudva, an expert from a coaching institute, regarding GK says, “General Awareness is a very vast area, so one must follow top stories. Candidates should start enhancing their general awareness full-time by reading newspapers and magazines.” Apparently, the entire media entrance test consists of this section, so it goes without a say that this is the section to focus on.


2. Practice for Subjective or Essay writing: Some of the tests, listed above, have both objective and subjective parts. Subjective section mostly consists of writing an essay. Candidates need to develop good writing skills to crack this part of the test, as they will be evaluated on their language skills, thought process etc. Having a fair knowledge of the contemporary topics will give candidates an edge. So reading newspapers, especially the editorial columns, is highly advised.


3. Reasoning or Analytical skills: Practice is the one and only way to crack this section. Basic reasoning and analytical skills are tested in this section. Candidates are suggested to solve approximately 20 reasoning questions every day to learn the concepts and tricks.


4. English Comprehension: This section mostly consists of basic grammar, reading passages, fill in the blanks, correction of phrases, etc. It is suggested to update them on basic grammar to crack the English section in the entrance tests.


5. Focus on exclusive areas like Media Aptitude: Apart from the common sections, there might be an exclusive section like Media aptitude for which candidates must prepare separately. This section tests candidate’s aptitude and understanding towards media. Candidates can refer to online material to prepare for this section.


Once the entrance exam have been conducted by the institutes, results are declared and the final selection process starts. The final selection is done on the combined performance in the written as well as interviews.


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I am muslim girl belong to gen and I got 79.8 percentile in jee main 2020 is I got cs branch in Jmi

Shaktik Guria 22nd Jan, 2020

First of all congrats to your percentaile.But you didn't got chance to join in Jmi i.e Jamia Millia University in cs . About your percentaile it is seen that your approximate rank is nearly about 175,540  to 175,555. This is not about the cs branch but also other branch,if you belong to muslim category also .In your rank you should try your state college or should try in april month exam also.


I have got 79.1876 percentile in jee 2020 can I get jamia millia islamia.Any branch.I am a Muslim obc student.pls reply.

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020


According to rough estimation your general rank will be in range of 185k, if not more than 9 lakh students appear in april session else it will be much worse.

Last year the closing rank for your category in JMI was 76657 for civil engineering.  So, it seema you have very low chances for getting it.  So, reappear in april and get better score.

All the best


I scored 49% in my hons. Can I go for social work entrance for masters from JMI?

Sudarshan kumar 21st Jan, 2020

Hi Megha Hada,

The Eligibility criteria set by the college for admission in MA with social work is 55% in graduation  from any affiliated board.

Eligible candidates need to appear for the Entrance Test conducted by the university.And then the merit list will be made on the basis of marks obtained in the entrance test.

Sorry to say Megha but you are not eligible for the Entrance Test.

Hope this will help,please feel free to ask if you have any further queries.

Thank You.


I have secured 89.8 percentile jee main,2020...can I take admission in jmi

Sunil Kumar singh 21st Jan, 2020

Hi dear,

You have got 89.8 percentile that means your rank should be around 88639. You can also calculate your rank as

Rank=(100-your percentile)×869010÷100

If you are muslimMfrom general category you have very low chance if you belong from category you have slight chance. You can predict your college here

Hope it helps.


Date entrance exam ba llb jmi ka 2020

Aishwarya Kadam 18th Jan, 2020


The exam date for JMI BA LLB exam will be in the second week of June 2020. The applications will start in the second week of March 2020 and last till the last week of April 2020. Admit cards will be released in the month of June 2020.

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