Mass Communication Entrance Exam Preparation Tips

Mass Communication Entrance Exam Preparation Tips

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Vikrant Shukla
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Updated on Mar 20, 2024 17:13 IST

If you are eyeing a career in mass communication, then you have to go through the rigorous admission process to enroll in a good college. Admission to most of mass communication programs is done based on written tests and interviews. You can find some useful tips to prepare for mass communication entrance exams in India in the article below.

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Q:   What resources can I use to enhance my general awareness of FTII JET?

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Stay updated with current affairs through newspapers, magazines, and online news portals. Engage in discussions about socio-political events, cultural trends, and technological advancements to broaden your general awareness.

Q:   Do I need to cover the entire syllabus for scoring well in JMI Entrance Exam?

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It is advised that students cover the entire syllabus in order to score good marks. As questions can be asked from any topics within the prescribed syllabus, covering the entire syllabus is the best option to score well. General Knowledge and English Language will be asked for each subject in JMI Entrance Exam. Since both these subjects are very broad and questions can be asked from anywhere, candidates must devote a lot of time to their preparation. If a candidate prepares or attempts the syllabus selectively, it will be difficult for him/her to score well in the exam or qualify for the next stage.

Q:   Is Jamia Millia Islamia a private or government institution?

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The Jamia Millia Islamia (also known as JMI) is a public education institution. It comes under the central government and is one of the most sought after universities located in New Delhi. Candidates who want to pursue undergraduate and Post-graduate programmes in various courses can take admission in JMI.

Q:   How to approach the current affairs section of the FTII JET exam?

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To approach this section, candidates need to stay updated with recent events and developments, especially those related to the film and television industry. Familiarize yourself with filmmakers, actors, film festivals, awards, and emerging trends to excel in the current affairs section.

Q:   What does Part B of FTII JET focus on?

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The Part B of the FTII JET question paper is descriptive in nature. The paer 2 is designed to evaluate the candidate's skills and knowledge in their chosen field of specialization. It typically includes descriptive type questions where candidates will have to write the answer related to the question of the course they have applied for.

Q:   Is logical reasoning crucial for cracking the FTII JET exam?

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Absolutely! Logical reasoning plays a pivotal role, especially in the context of filmmaking where problem-solving and critical thinking are essential. Practice solving puzzles, logical sequences, and analytical questions to sharpen your reasoning skills.

Q:   How should I prepare for the subjective part (Part B) of FTII JET?

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To prepare for Part B of the FTII JET question paper, candidates should focus on mastering the fundamental concepts and techniques related to their chosen specialization. In this section the questions will be descriptive type in nature hence candidates must practice practical exercises, analyze films critically, and work on building a strong portfolio showcasing their creative abilities.

Q:   How can I prepare for the ACJ entrance exam?

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Candidates who are planning to take the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) entrance examination are advised to stick to the syllabus while preparing to know the subjects, topics and sub-topics on which the question paper will be based. There is no specified syllabus released by the exam conducting authorities for the ACJ entrance examination, however, the question paper will majorly based on English and General Knowledge subjects. Along with this, candidates will also have to check the ACJ exam pattern to know the marking scheme of the exam, the sections on which the questions will be based and the time duration of the exam. During the preparation of the ACJ examination, they must solve previous year question paper and stick to atleast 12 month of current affairs. Canidates must also give mock tests regularly. 

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In recent years, the media and communication industry has witnessed unprecedented growth. Gone are the days when quick reporting could get the message across. With an increasing number of news channels, radio stations, and social media platforms, there is something available for every audience and in the format of their choice – videos, texts, pictures, infographics, etc. With the media industry taking up the spotlight, Mass Communication as a career has become very promising. There are a lot of job opportunities available for Mass Communication students and that too in a wide variety of fields such as Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations, etc. 

If you too are eyeing a career in the field of Mass Communication and wish to see yourself as doing something creative and challenging, read on to know some useful tips to prepare for Mass Communication entrance exams in India.

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Keep Yourself Up To Date

Being up-to-date is the most important aspect of Mass Communication entrance exam preparation. For the same, you should subscribe to at least two national newspapers such as The Hindu, Times of India, or Hindustan Times. You can also read different business magazines such as Frontline, India Today, and Outlook to keep yourself abreast with the latest happenings in the world. Other than reading newspapers and magazines you can keep your knowledge up to date by watching television channels and referring to different websites. For instance, you can watch award shows like Grammy, and Oscars and refer to websites like IMDB to keep your knowledge regarding entertainment up to date. The idea is to be prepared to write meaningful articles on any issue or topic that comes in the exam.

Develop a Habit of Reading

There are many books available in the market that you can use for preparing for mass communication entrance exams. However, picking just any book from the market is not a good idea. Therefore, you can consider reading the following books for effective preparation for the exam:

Book

Author/ Publisher

Remarks

Success Master: Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Examinations 

Arihant Publications

 

 

 

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

Mass Communication In India

Keval J Kumar

Mass Communication: Principles & Concepts

Seema Hasan

Manorama Yearbook 

Manorama

Useful for current affairs and general knowledge

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Enhance Your Comprehension And Analytical Skills

Remember, it is important to not only read and watch useful stuff but also to comprehend, analyze, and have an opinion on it. To develop your comprehension and analytical skills you can do the following:

Be curious: You need to be curious enough to ask questions like “Why did this happen?” or “How did this happen?” All business magazines (mentioned above) contain detailed and analyzed reports on various topics by experts. It is important to read and comprehend such reports followed by analysing the given topic. You can also read some good articles on the internet and know intricate details of important happenings.

Have an opinion: You can watch TV news channels and take a keen interest in discussions on current issues and interviews of noted personalities. This will help you to form your own opinion on an issue. However, note that once you have an opinion on a topic/ issue it is important to pen it down in the form of short notes. Preparing short notes will help you in writing in-depth articles later and that too in a shorter duration of time.

To develop an opinion and enhance your comprehension skills you can also discuss important current issues with friends and family.

Polish Your Writing Skills

To enhance your writing skills, you can start writing articles on topics you like and think are important. However, do not forget to be analytical enough about any topic you choose to write on. For the same, you can first plan the structure of an article before penning it down. You can also use your short notes at this stage.

Remember, only writing an article is not enough. You need to proofread your write-up thoroughly and look for any grammatical errors that you might have made. By going through the article you can also compare your writing style with that of other expert articles written on similar topics.

Practice Previous Years’ Papers

Getting your hands on the past years’ papers of different reputed mass communication entrance exams is highly important to crack the written test with good marks. Previous years’ papers not only give you an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam but also help you refine your writing skills further. Also, practicing past years’ papers helps you to improve your time management skills drastically.

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Do Not Ignore The Interview Round

Note that almost all Mass Communication entrance exams are followed by a personal interview round. Questions asked in an interview round are usually general and will test your confidence level and passion for the chosen stream. Therefore, it is advisable to be confident (but not over-confident) and genuine with your answers at the time of the interview.

Some of the questions that you can prepare for the interview round are:

• What are your hobbies? • Why should we select you? • What are your strengths and weaknesses? • How do you think your chosen course will help you? • What are your goals? • Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Note that some Mass Communication interview rounds may also include technical questions related to the stream that you have chosen. In such a technical interview round, questions can range from your knowledge about politics to awareness of advertisement tag lines of major brands. Therefore, you must have complete knowledge and clarity of the stream that you have chosen.

Apart from the above, questions in an interview round for admission to a Mass Communication college can also be around the statement of purpose (if applicable) that you might have written at the time of filling out the college’s application form. For the same, you must have meaningful content ready to back your SoP (statement of purpose) at the time of the interview.

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