Top Media Entrance Exams 2017: Pattern and Preparation tips

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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