Updated on Nov 21, 2022 03:30 IST
Radhika Sharma

Radhika SharmaAssociate Senior Executive

Radio is one of the earliest forms of electronic medium, used to transmit the information and news through short waves (SW), medium waves (MW) and frequency modulation (FM). In India, early radio broadcasting began during the British Raj in 1923 with programs from the Bombay Presidency Radio Club. In the year 1956, All India Radio (AIR) became the national public radio broadcaster of India and is now one of the largest radio networks in the world due to the number of languages it broadcasts across the country.

While FM broadcasting began in 1977, it successfully emerged in 2001 when FM broadcasting was privatized. As per reports, there are more than 381 private radio stations operating in 101 cities across India. Before the advancement of technology in the 21st century, radio and television were indispensable means of entertainment, but today people can also listen to radio on their smartphones. Obviously from news to entertainment, from sports commentary to music, radio has been an essential part of mass communication. The courses related to radio comes under the field of Journalism and Mass Communication. Students can opt to take up full-time programmes and can also do part-time courses, along with distance courses as well.

Eligiblity Criteria and Popular Courses For Radio

Candidates willing to make their career in radio industry can pursue below mentioned courses: 

Course

Duration

Eligibility Criteria

BJMC

3 Years

The candidate should have done their Class 12 from a recognised board in any stream and should have secured a minimum of 45% aggregate.

BMM

3 Years

The candidate should have done their Class 12 from a recognised board in any stream and should have secured a minimum of 45% aggregate.

BA in Journalism and Mass Communication

3 Years

The candidate should have done their Class 12 from a recognised board in any stream and should have secured a minimum of 45% aggregate.

MJMC

2 Years

The candidate should have done their graduation from a recognised University and should have secured a minimum of 55% aggregate.

MA in Mass Communication

2 Years

The candidate should have done their graduation from a recognised University and should have secured a minimum of 55% aggregate.

Diploma in Radio and Broadcast

1 Year

The candidate should have done their Class 12 from a recognised board in any stream and should have secured a minimum of 45% aggregate.

PG Diploma in Radio and Broadcast

1 Year

The candidate should have done their graduation from a recognised University and should have secured a minimum of 55% aggregate.

Entrance Exams For Radio Courses

Admission to a majority of colleges/universities offering courses related to Radio is done on the basis of candidates’ performance in the written exam followed by a personal interview round. However, some institutions also offer direct admission to candidates on the basis of their performance in the qualifying exam (Class 12 or graduation). Some of the top entrance exams are as follows: 

Skills Required for Radio

Skills required for this course are similar to those required for most of the mass media specialisations. Candidates pursuing a career in radio industry should have the following skillset:

Smart

Quick Learner

Entertaining

Committed

Eager

Enthusiastic

Interested

Logical

Practical

Open-Minded

Knowledgeable

Determined

Focused

Practical

Energetic

Calm and Composed

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Syllabus For Radio Courses

Subjects that candidates study in courses related to Radio depend on the type of course (UG/PG/Degree/Diploma/Certificate) they pursue. However, the curriculum of any course that a candidate pursues covers both theories as well as practical experience in the form of internships, study tours, seminars, etc. Given below is the course curriculum of some of the Radio courses:

BJMC Course Curriculum
Writing for Media Introduction to Journalism (Reporting, Writing & Editing) Socio-Economic & Political Scenario
Indian Culture History of Print & Broadcasting in India Basics of Design & Graphics
Print Journalism Media Laws & Ethics State Politics & Constitution
Still Photography Theory of Communication Application of Computer in Media
Development & Communication Radio Journalism & Production Basics of Camera, Lights & Sound
Media Management Television Journalism & Production Folk Media
Public Relations Introduction to Advertising National & International Affairs
Fundamentals of Economics & Indian Economy Event Management: Principles & Methods Advertising Practices
Environment Communication Media Research Communication Research
Tribal Communication Contemporary Issues Media Organisation & Management
Global Media Scenario Value Education --
PG Diploma In Radio & Television Journalism
Communication Theory and Research Introduction to Journalism, Ethics and Media Laws Print Journalism
Radio Journalism  Television Journalism Development Communication/Journalism
Television News: Reporting & Editing Radio News: Reporting & Editing New Media Journalism
Advertising, Public Relations and Corporate Communication -- --

Colleges Offering Radio Courses

There are many colleges which offer Mass Communication courses. Some of them are tabulated below:

AAFT

NIMC

NIMCJ

Xavier Institute of Communication

IIMC

ZIMA

IGNOU

Calcutta Media Institute

Hansraj College

Delhi Film Institute

Job Profiles In Radio

The job profiles in radio production are for those who enjoy talking, creating and expressing themselves. Listed below are the popular job profiles that one can opt for with a degree in radio production:

Radio Producer: A radio producer oversees the overall content, write parodies and production of a radio program, which includes preliminary research, budgeting, staffing and technical aspects.

Radio Announcer- They are responsible for making announcements and commentaries on radio for various sporting events or disseminating valuable information to the public on topics such as sanitation, hygiene, disaster management. 

Radio Jockey: An RJ is responsible for the broadcast spectrum like chat, music and news shows etc. 

Music Manager: They are responsible for managing and dealing with how a radio station's music library is kept and how music is played when requested during a show. This individual is in charge of the music we hear on the radio.

Copy Writer: The job of a copy writer is to write commercial and promotional copy for sales, marketing and promotion. 

Sound Engineers: Sound engineers help create station jingles, show jingles, campaign jingles, etc. to identify the station through sound.

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FAQs on Radio

Q. Which are the popular courses to make a career in the field of radio?

A. Candidates can pursue courses like Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication, BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication etc to make a career in this sector.

Q. Which are the popular radio stations in India?

A. Some of the popular stations which provide job opportunities in radio production are All India Radio, Red FM, Radio Mirchi, Big FM, Fever etc.

Q. What are the essential skills to make a career in this field?

A. Smart, Entertaining, Enthusiastic, Quick Learner, Open-Minded, Energetic, Creativity are some of the essential skills one must possess to make a career in this field.

Q. What are the important job profiles in radio?

A. Candidates can work as a radio producer, radio jockey, music manager, content writer etc after pursuing a course in radio.

Q. Which are the important entrance exams to enrol in a radio course?

A. Candidates can prepare for exams like JMI Entrance Exam, IIMC Entrance Exam, XIC OET Exam, ACJ Entrance Exam, DUET Exam, FTII JET etc to pursue a course in radio.

Q. Which are the popular colleges for pursuing a course in radio?

Q. What is the basic eligibility criteria for pursuing a radio course?

A. The basic eligibility criteria for undergraduate courses in radio production is class 12 pass from any stream with a recognised board.

Q. What is the scope of the radio industry in India?

A. At present, there are more than 250 FM channels in the country. Hence, the demand for professionals in this field will always remain high.

Q. I am a BA student, can I become a Radio Jockey?

A. Yes, you can pursue your masters in any mass communication course to become a radio jockey.

Q. What are the average fees to pursue a radio course?

A. The fee for Radio courses depends on the level of the course. The fees of a diploma course range from INR 60,000 to INR 2 LPA.

Q. What are the job profiles available after completing a course related to radio?

A. Candidates can work as a radio jockey, news reader, creative writer, radio producer, technician, sound recorder etc after pursuing a course in radio.

Popular Radio Colleges in India

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1 Course
2.6 L
2.8 LPA

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1 Course
43.13 K
4.2 LPA

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4.2 LPA
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2 L
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