The media boom that our country experienced has made many students consider Journalism as a lucrative career. To cater the growing demand of media professionals, many Journalism courses have been introduced in various colleges in the past ten years. One of the most sought-after colleges for Journalism is Lady Shri Ram College.
Hundreds of students apply for LSR's BA Journalism (Honours) course, which has become very popular among students who want to build a good base in Journalism.
"We are looking for students who are aware, well-read and who want to make a mark in the field of Journalism. Also, they need to have a flair for writing which is crucial in this field", says Kanika Khandelwal, media-co-ordinator of LSR.
Not surprisingly, the entrance exam is considered to be a hard nut to crack. The paper is generally divided into two sections: current affairs and creative/essay writing. The former consists of multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blanks on anything that is relevant on a given day.
The latter section aims to test the awareness and the socio-political-cultural perspective of the person. It is different from an English essay in that it requires students to write in a journalistic and not always a literary style. The exam is scheduled for July 19 from 2-4 pm
LSR has around 20-22 seats in this course and its entrance exams makes it clear that the college is very selective about the students that enroll for the course.
"I always wanted to get into Journalism and LSR is one of the best colleges. So I'm giving the exam and I hope I clear it though I've heard it is tough", says Tanya Roy, a humanities student.
LSR is probably the only college that has kept the cut-offs for its entrance exams very low. The Journalism cut-off is 79 per cent and from this year onwards, the college has lowered its cut-off for English from 75 to 70 per cent.
"We have kept the cut-offs low so that even those students who have low marks but an interest in the subject sit for the exam. After all marks don't define how you do later in your life", she says. But she also warns students on one thing. "Just because we have our cut-offs low, we don't want students to consider this as a back-door entry in this college", adds Kanika.
Reading newspapers and magazines is a must. You have to have a good general knowledge.
No need to worry about the essay writing section but current affairs need to be brushed up
Every aspiring Journalism student has to be aware of the things happening around
Now to all the Journalism aspirants, all we can say is: brush up your creative writing skills and know the current affairs right and you will surely make it.