Since the entrance exam is approaching very soon in May, this is a general guide to the test and admission process in MA English in JMI, just to brush up the knowledge.
Starting from the beginning, let’s talk about preparation. You need to go through what you’ve been taught in your bachelors. Pay attention on the important events, writers and their books, places and terms. Questions on literary devices will come undoubtedly, so refer to a dictionary of literary terms and read it carefully. Since the second part of the test is subjective (pattern of question paper discussed later on), you need to study certain movements, eras and theories. Study any two books of History of English Literature. Learn as much prize winners as you can (Nobel, Pulitzer, Booker, Sahitya Akademi). The last but not the least is World Literature. You need to focus on literature of certain countries like Africa, Canada, India, America and Russia.
Scheme of Entrance Exam
The question paper is divided into two sections: Objective and Subjective. There will be 50 MCQs in the first part with negative marking of 0.25 marks. The other part will have two essay-type questions. Time given is 1.5 hours.
Selection will be on the basis of your marks in both the sections combined.
Seats,Reservation and Fees
There are 40 seats in the course. Fee is INR 7000 for regular students. There are reservation categories for Muslim, Muslim Women, Muslim OBC, Resident of J&K, Migrants of J&K and Staff quota.
Documents Needed at Time of Admission
For the admission process, you will need your HSC and intermediate mark sheets and pass certificates, bachelors’ mark sheet, migration certificate, character certificate, TC and Blood group certificate. All the original documents will be collected and given after a couple of months.
Don’t forget to study previous years’ question papers of the entrance test and those of NET exam too.
Saniya Irfan is an ardent reader, bibliophile and pursuing post graduation in English Literature from Jamia Millia Islamia. Follow her bookstagram for book recommendations.