Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication: Course & Career

By Ojas Singh

 

What is Bachelor Journalism and Mass Communication?

Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) is a three-year undergraduate program equipping students with the technical skills and social understanding to write and convey information - to the general public – involving various number of journalistic fields such as, business, history, culture, budget issues, governmental matters, entertainment, and sports, through the means of mass communication modes such as TV, radio, and web-based social networks.

As the field of journalism is established on truth, autonomy, and transparency, the course provides a holistic knowledge at both theoretical and practical level.

Career opportunities for students in the field of mass communication are very high. Candidates who successfully complete BJMC can choose to work for news channels, newspapers, publishing houses, television, radio, internet, etc and earn a healthy remuneration.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Mentioned below are the eligibility requirements to get admission in BJMC course in India. 

· Minimum Qualification Required: 10+2 in any stream/ field or equivalent examination

· Minimum Marks Required: 50% to 60%, varies from college to college.

· Age Requirement: The minimum age requirement for BJMC is 17 years.

Note: The parameters mentioned above might change depending on the policies of the institute in which a candidate is applying.

 

Course Highlights

Below mentioned are some of the aspects related to Mass Media and communication which will be encapsulated to the professionals through the BJMC syllabus:

· Basic journalistic skills in various mass media

· To expose students to recent developments in media issues and media research

                 · To strengthen the foundations for various technologies involved in mass media like computer applications

· Respective software and hardware in print, radio, television, internet and the likes.

 

Course Level

Graduation

Full Form 

Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Duration

3 years

Examination Type 

Semester-based

Eligibility

10+2 education or equivalent, in any stream, with a minimum score of 50%

Admission Process

Merit-based/Entrance-based

Average Course Fee (INR)

2,000 - 5 Lakh

Average Salary Package (INR)

4-10 LPA

Top Recruiting Companies

NDTV Network, Star India, BBC, Hindustan Times Group, Zee TV Network, TV 18, Outlook, India TV, CNBC, Indian Express

Job Positions

Feature Writer, Illustrator, Photojournalist, Anchor, News Reporter, Fashion Critic, Video Jockey (VJ), Copywriter, Editor, TV Correspondent, Food Critic, Public Relations Officer

 

BJMC Admission Process:

· The admission process to BJMC courses varies from college to college. 

· Some colleges conduct their own entrance exams and the selection is done based on the performance in the exam.

· These colleges often include PI (personal interview) and GD (group discussion) rounds in the selection process.

· Some colleges conduct merit-based or direct admissions. 

· In these types of admissions, a candidate's performance in Class 12 examinations is taken into account at the time of the selection process. 

· Some colleges also select students solely based on their performance in Personal Interview/ Group Discussion/ Work Experience.  

 

 

Top Entrance Exams for Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication [BJMC]:

· Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test [IPU CET]

· Xavier Institute of Communications Entrance Exam

· Asian College of Journalism Entrance Exam

· Indian Institute of Mass Communication Entrance Exam [IIMC Exam]

· International School of Business and Media Entrance Exam

· Jamia Milia Islamia Entrance Exam [JMI EEE]

· Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication [SET Exam]


 

How to Prepare for Entrance Exams?

Each entrance exam is held between 1 hour and 3 hours, and their maximum marks differ from college to college. Nonetheless, their pattern is similar and students may prepare for any of the exams with some common methods.

However, the syllabus of different entrance exams remains the same, which includes subjects like English, general knowledge, current affairs, reasoning, media aptitude and elementary maths.

  • In English, expect Q types covered till 10th standard to be asked, e.g. grammar, vocab, RC passages, Para jumbles etc.
  • Reasoning contains conventional Q types like arrangements, coding, directions, family tree, conditionality, syllogism etc. Some practice with Q types & correct selection of Q is the key here
  • Media Aptitude section tests your knowledge of communication theories & principles, press & other media, journalism & media GK
  • GK section is a fair mix of static GK & current affairs. But static GK is a significant component, so only preparing current affairs many not help
  • For maths the syllabus revolves around the elementary level of basic question and the no. of question remains a very little.

 

Why Study BA Journalism and Mass Communication?

  • The program equips students with the knowledge and skills required for working in many media organizations with different apparatuses used in mass communication.
  • Students may acquire problem-solving, interviewing, investigative and reporting skills, in addition to an analytical approach to issues and trends, research aptitude, and networking skills.
  • The course helps students learn about the underlying principles of mass communication, and study about the recent emerging trends and issues of media, current technological trends and innovations in journalism.
  • Graduates get an exposure to various dimensions of print, electronics, and new-age media, and numerous technologies involved in mass communication such as computer applications, and software and hardware applied in print, radio, TV, and internet.
  • Students develop competency in conceptualization, creativity, designing, and strategies in high-quality media content for TV, radio, films, and various digital platforms like social media.
  • Since, this degree program helps in refining skills to gather, interpret, transmit, and deliver information to a large audience; one's career is more revamped in non-metro cities and small towns due to the exceptional emergence of regional media, and the proliferation of new media businesses and formats.

Salary After BJMC

The annual salary package for a fresher is between Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh. It varies depending on the organization one is working in, job profile and their professional skills. The different average salary packages for different job roles are mentioned below.