IIMC Entrance Exam 2023: Application Forms, Eligibility, Fees, Syllabus, Pattern, Admit Card, Results

Indian Institute of Mass Communication Entrance Exam 2023 ( IIMC Entrance Exam )

Ritika Srivastava

Ritika SrivastavaAssociate Senior Executive, Editorial

Updated on Jan 23, 2023 16:07 IST

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 registration will commence tentatively in the fourth week of May 2023. Candidates seeking admission to PG Diploma in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relation courses offered by the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) must fill in the application form in online mode through CUET PG, when released. Candidates must ensure to fulfill the prescribed eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Whereas, admission forms for the regional courses offered by IIMC can be filled in both online and offline mode. 

What is IIMC Entrance Exam?

The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) conducts the IIMC Entrance Exam, which is a computer-based test and is conducted on behalf of the National Testing Agency (NTA) along with the CUET (PG). The exam consists of MCQs and objective type questions. Students who clear the IIMC entrance exam have to appear for Personal Interview (PI) and those who clear both these rounds are admitted to various courses offered at IIMC. The courses offered at IIMC are given below:

IIMC Campus Courses Offered No. of Seats
IIMC New Delhi PG Diploma in Hindi Journalism 68
PG Diploma in Radio and TV Journalism (Bilingual- English & Hindi) 51
PG Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations (Bilingual- English & Hindi) 77
PG Diploma in English Journalism 68
PG Diploma in Urdu Journalism 17
PG Diploma in Digital Media 20
IIMC Dhenkanal PG Diploma in English Journalism 68
PG Diploma in Odia Journalism 25
IIMC Amravati PG Diploma in English Journalism 20
PG Diploma in Hindi Journalism 20
PG Diploma in Marathi Journalism 20
IIMC Aizawl PG Diploma in English Journalism 17
PG Diploma in Digital Media 20
IIMC Jammu PG Diploma in English Journalism 17
PG Diploma in Hindi Journalism 20
PG Diploma in Digital Media 20
IIMC Kottayam PG Diploma in English Journalism 17
PG Diploma in Malayalam Journalism 17

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IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Highlights

Exam Name

IIMC Entrance Exam (Indian Institute of Mass Communication Entrance Exam)

Conducting Institute

National Testing Agency (NTA) (CUET PG)

Exam Type

National level

Exam Frequency


Application Mode


Exam Mode

Online (Computer Based Test)

Exam Date


Exam Purpose

Admission to PG Diploma courses in Journalism

Exam Duration

3 Hours

No. of Test Cities

25 cities across the country

Exam Helpdesk No.


Official Website


IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Dates

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

May '23 - Jul '23

Payment of Application Fee


May '23 - Jul '23

IIMC Entrance Exam Application forms


Jun '23 - Jul '23

Application Process For Journalism Courses in Regional Languages


Jul '23

Correction in Application Form


Jul '23

Entrance Examination for Odia, Marathi, Malayalam and Urdu Journalism Courses


Aug '23

Declaration of Results for Odia, Marathi, Malayalam and Urdu Journalism Courses


Sep '23

IIMC Entrance Exam


IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Application Process

Only Indian nationals are allowed to appear for IIMC Entrance Exam. However, five additional seats will be available in each course for NRI/NRI- sponsored candidates. The IIMC Entrance Exam application process is as follows:

Step 1: Fill IIMC Entrance Exam Application Form

Candidates will have to fill the application form for IIMC Entrance Exam via online mode on the official website of NTA. The applicant will be required to fill only one form, indicating all his/her course choices, making combined/cumulative payment of application fee.

Step 2: Pay the application fee

The examination fee details are as follows:

Fee Payble By Candidates in INR (through: Net-Banking/ Debit Card /Credit Card / UPI/Wallet)
Category Application Fee (for up to three Test papers) Fees for additional Test Papers (Per test paper)
General INR 800/- INR 200/-
OBC-NCL/GenEWS INR 600/- INR 150/-
SC/ST/Third Gender INR 550/- INR 150/-
PwBD INR 500/- INR 150/-

Note: Depending on the number of courses that one is applying for, a commensurate amount of application fee had to be paid through the payment gateway. 

Step 3: Download IIMC Entrance Exam Admit Card

Aspirants will have to download their IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 admit card from the official website of NTA or CUET (PG). Candidates need to note that they will not be allowed to enter their examination hall if they are not carrying their valid admit card that has been issued by the college. Candidates will have to login in order to avail their admit card.

Step 4: Appear for the IIMC Entrance Exam

IIMC exam will be held at an all-India level. IIMC written test will be of two hours duration and there will be no standardised pattern for the exam. Candidates are advised to check the exam pattern, syllabus and marking scheme before appearing for the entrance exam. The IIMC Entrance Exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). 

Step 5: Declaration of Entrance Exam Results

The results for IIMC entrance exams for Journalism, TV & Radio Journalism as well as Advertising and Public Relations courses will only be declared on the official website of NTA. Candidates can check their results using their registered email ID/roll number and their date of birth. The IIMC entrance exam 2023 result will be declared in the month of September.

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Indian nationals possessing a Bachelor‟s Degree awarded by a recognised university are eligible to apply. Students who had appeared/are appearing for Final year/semester examination of their Bachelor‟s Degree are also eligible to apply. If selected, their admission will be subject to their producing at least a Provisional markssheet/Certificate in original from their college / university (extendable in genuine cases after ascertaining the reasons). On completion of the course, the Diploma will be awarded only if the Original Degree Certificate is produced for verification at IIMC‟s office.

Date of Birth: General Category candidates should be born on 1.8.1998 or later (maximum 25 years as on 1st August 2023). For SC/ST/Differently abled candidates, the date of birth should be 1.8.1993 or later (maximum 30 years as on 1st August, 2022). For OBC category, date of birth should be 1.8.1995 or later (28 years as on 1st August, 2023).

NRI Quota: Five additional seats were available in each course for NRI / NRI-sponsored candidates. The eligibility criteria and age limits for NRI quota candidates were same as above. However, the applicants under NRI / NRI-sponsored quota could directly appear for an Online Interview applying/writing directly to the IIMC (NOT through NTA) by depositing an entry fee of US $50.

Reservations: (i)15% of the seats Scheduled Castes (SC) candidates (ii) 7.5% seats for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates (iii) 27% seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) candidates as per the Central List (iv) 10% of the seats for General Economically Weaker Sections (General -EWS) candidates (v) Reservation for Kashmiri Migrant (subject to notification from Ministry of Education for Academic Session 2023-24).

Each category mentioned above will have 5% reservations for the candidates with 40% or more disability as defined in Section 2 (r) and 2(zc) of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016.

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Admission Process

The selection of candidates (other than NRI quota) will be solely based on their performance in the CUET conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). After the merit list issued by the NTA the IIMC will organize centralized counseling sessions to guide the students so that they may get their preferred programme and Centre. There will be no Interview and Group Discussion for admissions. The final category-wise and course-wise Rank List and admission will be decided on the basis of the candidates‟ overall score out of 100 marks. If two or more candidates secure equal marks, the candidate senior in age will be given preference in the rank list.

Step 1: Appear For Counselling

Once the result is announced by NTA, IIMC will issue the merit list and the students will have to fill a counseling form showing the preference of Programme and the centre. A list of candidates to be provisionally admitted to each course and at each campus will be prepared on the basis of the category-wise merit list, as per course/seat allocation criteria will be published on IIMC websites www.iimc.gov. The allocation of the Campus (applicable to English, Hindi Journalism and Digital Media) will be on the basis of Meritcum-Preference. Candidates are advised to rank all the Regional Campuses in the order of their preference at the time of counseling. In the event of a candidate leaving the choice of campus blank, IIMC will allocate the campus to the candidate on the basis of an alphabetical roster.
Successful candidates will be given maximum seven days‟ time to secure their admission by depositing the prescribed fees online along with necessary documents. Candidates claiming reservation under the Economically Weaker Section scheme should produce the Income & Asset Certificate issued by a designated authority in the prescribed format. Depending upon the number of admissions secured, further rounds of results would be announced. If any seats remain vacant in any of the campuses, the same shall be offeredto any of the interested candidates as per category-wise merit list. Reservation of seats will be as per Government of India orders/rules for SC, ST, Differently-abled and EWS.

Step 2: Pay the admission fee

The first installment of the course fee must be deposited within the prescribed time period. The second installment of tuition fees is to be paid by 15th February 2023. Late fee will be charged with fine at the rate of INR 20 per day after 15th February 2023. The names of the defaulters will be struck off the rolls on 15th March 2023 for failing to remit the fee along with late fee. Re-admission fee of INR 500 will be charged on re-admission after 15th March 2023. The right of re-admission is reserved with the Institute. The paidup installment(s) of fees shall not be refunded if a student discontinues the studies during the course.

Test Centres: It is mandatory for candidates to select three cities of their choice while filling Online Application Form for IIMC Admissions. Check the detailed list of IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 test centres.

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Syllabus

Indian Institute of Mass Communication has specified some broad topics for entrance exam. Get detailed information about IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 syllabus and prepare for the exam accordingly. The MCQs will cover the following topics/subjects: 

  • General Awareness of Indian Political and Economic Environment.
  • International Developments (Political and Entertainment)
  • Information Communication Technologies and its application in Media Industry.
  • Indian history and Social Science
  • Awareness of current Public issues.
  • Mass Media and Society

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Pattern

There will be two separate Entrance Exams in two separate sittings on the same day. One for 4 courses other than regional language journalism, i.e., for PG Diploma in Hindi Journalism, PG Diploma in English Journalism, PG Diploma in Public Relations & Advertising and PG Diploma in Radio & Television. Another will be for Regional Language Journalism courses (Odia, Marathi, Malayalam and Urdu). Each Test will be of Two Hours (120 minutes) duration comprising 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) on General Knowledge & General Aptitude including a few general questions from the field of Media & Communication carrying 100 marks. Given below is the IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 pattern:

Course No. of Questions Time Marks
Hindi Journalism, English Journalism, Radio & TV Journalism, Digital Media, Advertising & Public Relations

The no. of questions will be 100 and divided into two parts
Part A: Consisting of Language Comprehension/Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Mathematical/Quantitative Ability and Analytical Skills comprising of 25 MCQs.
Part B: Domain Knowledge comprising of 75 MCQs.

3 hrs

100 marks
Regional Language PG Diploma Journalism courses (Odia, Marathi, Malayalam and Urdu)

The question paper will be descriptive and objective in nature. There will be Long, Short and Multiple-Choice question (MCQ) type questions.

Note: There will not be any interview or group discussion. Candidates will be selected purely on the basis of written test.

3 hrs

100 marks

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Preparation Tips

While preparing for IIMC entrance exam, it is important for candidates to have a plan in mind. This is how candidates should prepare for IIMC entrance exam

  • Have a proper preparation strategy in place
  • Know IIMC entrance exam pattern thoroughly and go through sample papers and syllabus for entrance exam.
  • Pick the best journalism test books to prepare.
  • The aim should be to score well in entrance exam
  • Focus on your time management skills and improving speed of answering questions based on English and General Knowkedge.
  • Solve as many sample papers and previous years' question papers as possible to know your strong and weak areas for the exam.

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Admit Card

IIMC entrance exam admit card will be available for download on the official website of the institute and the NTA. The hall ticket is a mandatory document that a registered student must produce at the time of entrance exam. The admit card for IIMC entrance exam would be issued for only those candidates who have duly filled and submitted their application form.

IIMC Entrance Exam FAQs

Q. When the application process for IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 will start?

A. The application process for IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 may be started from the fourth week of May 2023.

Q. Will the IIMC entrance exam be conducted offline or online?

A. The IIMC Entrance Exam will be conducted in online mode on behalf of the NTA along with CUET (PG).

Q. Does IIMC offer bachelor courses?

A. No. IIMC only offers postgraduate diploma courses.

Q. Is the IIMC entrance exam easy?

A. According to students, the 2022 IIMC entrance exam was in the range of average, which is neither too easy and nor too tough. The candidate, however, has to know the syllabus and its core subjects thoroughly in order to score well.

Q. How to crack the IIMC entrance exam?

A. It takes months of preparation and dedication in order to ace an entrance exam. The candidate needs to be thorough and should know the syllabus well enough.

Q. What type of questions are asked in the IIMC entrance exam?

A. Questions are asked on general awareness, English language skills, comprehension skills, current affairs and much more.

Q. Will I get the IIMC entrance exam admit card by post?

A. No. The candidate will have to download the IIMC entrance exam admit card. To know how to download the IIMC admit card, click here.

Q. Where can I get previous years' IIMC entrance exam question papers?

A. Candidates can download the IIMC entrance exam question papers here.

Q. When will the IIMC entrance exam cut-off be released?

A. The IIMC entrance cut-off will be released after the declaration of results. 

Q. Is there an age limit to apply for the IIMC entrance exam?

A. Yes. For General category candidates, the date of birth should be 1/8/1997 or later. For SC/ST/Differently abled candidates, the date of birth should be 1/8/1992 or later. For the OBC category, the date of birth should be 1/8/1994 or later.

Q. Do I have to give a personal interview if I clear the IIMC entrance exam?

A. No. Once the NTA will declare the CUET PG result, the IIMC will release the cut off. Candidates will have to appear for counselling as per the cut off list. 

Q. Can I pay the application fee online?

A. Candidates can pay the application fee online by the payment gateway. 

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Exam Analysis

IIMC Entrance Exam 2019 has been conducted. The exam difficulty of Journalism paper according to candidates who appeared for the entrance exam stated that the test was easy, questions were mostly current affairs based. The Radio & TV Journalism and PR & Advertising paper was difficult compared to last year. Shiksha gives you a detailed analysis for IIMC Entrance Exam 2019. This paper analysis will help candidates to find out the difficulty level, types of questions asked, and marking scheme for IIMC Entrance Exam 2019.

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Student Reaction

IIMC Entrance Exam 2019 is over now. According to students, the overall paper was moderate to easy. Shiksha reported live from an IIMC Entrance Exam centre in RK Puram where a total of 400 to 500 students appeared for English/Hindi Journalism paper and 404 students appeared for Radio & TV Journalism and 507 appeared for Advertising & Public Relations papers.

IIMC Entrance Exam 2019 is conducted for admission in all PG Diploma programmes offered at Indian Institute of Mass Communication 

Read complete IIMC Entrance Exam 2019 Student Reaction here.

IIMC Entrance Exam 2023 Contact Information

Email: iimc1965@gmail.com

IIMC New Delhi - 011-26741073, 26741352, 26741062, Fax : 011-26742462, 26741268

IIMC Dhenkanal 06762-226194 & 226196, Fax: 06762-226195, 226197

Addresses of all the IIMCs:

IIMC New Delhi

Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067

IIMC Dhenkanal, Orissa

Post Box No. 21, Sanchar Marg, Dhenkanal, Orissa 759001

IIMC Aizawl, Mizoram

Mizoram University Campus, Tanhril Post Box No. 190, Aizwal, Mizoram

IIMC Kottayam, Kerala

Ground Floor, Classroom Cluster, Mahatma Gandhi University Priyadarshini Hill PO Kottayam- 686560

IIMC Amravati, Maharashtra

IIMC Campus, Dr. Shrikant Jickhar Memorial Research Centre for Central Indian History & Culture Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati (Maharashtra) 444602

IIMC Jammu, J&K

3rd Floor, Vikas Bhawan, Rail Head Complex Jammu Tawi

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