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Are you ready for DU tests?

Entrance tests for journalism, BA (hons) business economics, bachelor of business studies, and bachelor of financial and investment analysis almost here

education Updated: Apr 26, 2012 17:05 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times

Delhi University’s entrance tests are round the corner. At stake are the hopes, ambitions and future of several aspirants who look forward to being part of one of the most sought-after universities in the country. With an increasing number of takers for these entrance tests each year, the competition is getting tougher. HT Education spoke to students and teachers to tell you how you can ace the common entrance tests for various undergraduate programmes.

BBS/BBE/BFIA entrance test 2012
Admission to the three popular non-technical professional undergraduate courses of the university, namely bachelor of business studies (BBS), BA (hons) business economics (BBE) and bachelor of financial and investment analysis (BFIA), are conducted through a common entrance test.

The test does not have a fixed format or specified weightage for the different sections. Generally, there are four sections related to verbal and comprehension ability; analytical reasoning; general awareness and mathematics. The entrance test is common for all the three courses.

Advising students getting ready for the tests, Poonam Verma, principal, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, says “They should have studied English and mathematics at the intermediate level. There should be an understanding and awareness of current affairs. Ability to analyse and interpret information given will help in the reasoning section.” For practice, refer to the sample papers given with the prospectus of the colleges that offer the courses.

Important dates
* Last date for applying is May 5, 2012
* Test on June 3, 2012
* List of candidates selected for GD & PI: June 11, 2012
* Declaration of result (rank & final score) and counselling schedule: For BBE June 23, 2012 and for BBS/BFIA it’s June 27, 2012

How I did it
Basic knowledge of mathematics, especially what you have read in Class 10 and 12, will help you sail through quantitative aptitude. Reading newspapers, magazines and watching news is a great help in cracking the general awareness section. Reading a couple of novels and referring to the dictionary each time I read a new or difficult word helped improve my general aptitude and vocabulary.

Ketan Bhatheja, first-year student, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce

* The candidate should have passed before 2012 or have appeared in March/April 2012 in the Class 12 exam of CBSE or any other exam considered equivalent by Delhi University.
* The candidate should have appeared and secured pass marks in English, mathematics and two subjects from among the following: accountancy, biology, biotechnology, business studies, chemistry, commerce, computer science, economics, entrepreneurship, geography, history, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and sociology.
* The average marks scored in the four subjects mentioned above for the different categories should be as follows:

Category Percentage of marks
General: at least 60%
OBC: at least 54%
CW/PWD: at least 55%
SC/ST: Class 12 pass

* There will be a GD and interview for admission to BBS and BFIA courses. For details visit or

Common Journalism Entrance Test (CJET)
The format, in terms of marks allocation to the subjective and objective sections, remains the same. The objective section carries 40 marks and the subjective, 60. The time allotted for the objective is 30 minutes and for subjective, 90 minutes. The paper shall be of two hours in contrast to last year’s two hours and 30

“The topics a student needs to cover are issues and events covered by newspapers/magazines over the last six months at least. The subjective section has four parts. All carry equal marks. Candidates will be tested on English language skills, knowledge of issues and events-political/ economic/ media/development etc,” says Tarjeet Sabharwal, convenor, admissions committee, CJET.

Important dates
Last date for applying: May 5, 2012
Written examination: May 27, 2012; 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Result for the written examination: June 7, 2012
Interviews: June 11, 12, 13, 14 2012
Final result : June 18, 2012
First counseling : June 21, 2012
Second counseling : June 25, 2012

How I did it
CJET is one of those entrance tests that judge your ability to pursue a course rather than random topics you would have gobbled up from a book. A basic sense of what is happening in the world and a flair for writing is what you need.

The CJET is not only about a written test. After taking the written exam, you also have to appear for an interview. The interview, the written test and your Class 12 percentage together determine your rank. The test has a set of multiple choice questions that are based on current affairs.

The objective section is followed by a subjective section which assesses your ability to write. Questions ranging from social issues to critical analysis of sectors in the media come your way. If you read the newspaper, watch news channels and genuinely want to be a journalist, all this will come to you automatically.

The interview however, can be an intimidating experience. It at least was for me. Do read up on veteran journalists and have a general idea of what’s happening in the country and internationally. Follow notary news and media-oriented blogs. Read beyond the Washington Post Social Reader. Let the interviewer know your passion for journalism through your confidence and knowledge about the same. An important part of being the same is analysing and being a critic of the media itself.

Gurman Bhatia, first-year student, journalism department, Lady Shri Ram College for Women

* The aggregate marks scored in the four subjects for the different categories should be as follows:

Category Percentage of marks
General at least 60% in best of four and 60% in English
OBC at least 54% in best of four and 50% in English
CW/PWD at least 55% in best of four and 50% in English
SC/ST Class 12 pass with 50% marks

For details visit

Colleges offering BBS/BBE/BFIA

* Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Vivek Vihar
* Deen Dayal Upadhayay College,Karampura
* Keshav Mahavidyala, Pitampura

* Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Vivek Vihar

* Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Vivek Vihar
* College of Vocational Studies, Sheikh Sarai
* Gargi College, Siri Fort Road
* Lakshmibai College, Ashok Vihar, Phase III
* Maharaja Agrasen College, Vasundhara Enclave
* Ram Lal Anand College (Evening), Dhaula Kuan
* Shivaji College, Raja Garden
* Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Pitampura
* Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Dev Nagar
* Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Mall Road, University Enclave

Colleges offering journalism (hons) course
* Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Netaji Nagar
* Kalindi College, Patel Nagar
* Kamala Nehru College, August Kranti Marg
* Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Lajpat Nagar
* Maharaja Agrasen College, Vasundhara Enclave