If you are someone who likes challenges, and being in the mainstream media and having the power to get your voice and ideas across the masses, the stream of Mass Communication and Journalism is a perfect match for you! As important as it is to choose the right career path for you, it is equally important to choose the right college for your studies, and one of the oldest and trusted universities to study courses like journalism and mass communication is the University of Delhi. 

Admissions to courses like BA (H) in Journalism and Mass Communication in colleges affiliated to Delhi University is conducted in dual mode, i.e both through Merit base and Entrance Based. DUET or Delhi University Entrance Test is conducted every year by the NTA (National Testing Agency) into various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral courses. There are 6 colleges under Delhi university which provide admissions based on Merit of students, and every year the respective colleges decide their own cut-off. Given below is a table showing different colleges which provide BA (Honours) in Journalism on merit base:

College Name Cut off for 2017 (First)Cut off for 2018(First)Cut off for 2019(First)
Lady Shri Ram College for Women 97.75%97.75%97.50%
Delhi College of Arts and Commerce 97%98.50%98.50%
Maharaja Agrasen College95%96%96%
Institute of Home Economics 96%96%96%
Kamala Nehru College 97%97.75%97%
Kalindi College 96%95%96%
Bharati College 96%92%94%

Now that you know which colleges provide Bachelors degree in Journalism in Delhi University through merit base, it is important to also note which colleges under DU also provide courses in BA(H) in Multi Media  and Mass Communication, and integrated courses in Journalism on Entrance Test basis.

  • Indraprastha College for Women offers a Bachelor’s degree in Multi Media and Mass Communication on the basis of DUET.
  • Delhi School of Journalism offers a five year integrated course in Bachelor’s of Journalism on the basis of DUET from 2020 onwards. 

To secure a seat in your desired college, it is important to have the perfect preparation, which is incomplete without analysis of the previous year’s exam. Given below are some key changes from previous years have been given in the tabular manner below to help students analyse the exam changes in a go:

            2017            2018            2019
Duration2 Hours2 Hours2 Hours
Mode Online  Computer BasedOnline  Computer BasedOnline  Computer Based
No. of Questions100100100
Sections (Broadly)5
Marks400400400
Marking Scheme+4 for every correct answer, and -1 for every wrong answer+4 for every correct answer, and -1 for every wrong answer+4 for every correct answer, and -1 for every wrong answer
Overall Difficulty LevelModerate Moderate Moderate 
Timings and ShiftsFrom: 02/07/27 to 07/07/17From: 17/06/18 to 21/06/28From: 30/06/19 to 06/07/19

Some basic changes over the years

  • DUET is conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). 
  • The mode of entrance has been online computer based.
  • Even though there are five main sections on which the students are tested, i.e General Awareness, Media Awareness, Current Affairs, English, Analytical Reasoning. Every correct answer gets +4 marks and every incorrect answer deducts 25% of the correct attempt, i.e +1 marks.

DUET 2019 Exam Analysis

Now that you have some idea about the past three years’ pattern of the exam, it is important to shed some light on the previous year’s exam paper and what all was observed by students as well as exam analysts about the same. 

Broad highlights of DUET 2019

  • The exam was conducted from 30th June 2019 to 6th July 2019, in various slots according to the different courses. The exam will be marked by making sure that equality is maintained between the correction of answers of every slot. 
  • The questions were jumbled.
  • The maximum marks was 400, and the time to complete the exam was 2 hours.
  • The mode in which the exam was conducted was online computer based.
  • It was found that the difficulty level of the exam was somewhere between moderate to difficult. Students noted that the Media Awareness section had some challenging questions, while English was easy to attempt.
  • As a change, it was found that there was no direct sectioning of the paper, but rather questions were given in a shuffled manner.

English Section Analysis 

While the other sections might make students nervous due to their difficulty levels and technicality, English section is always a sigh of relief for the students. 2019’s English section was found to be easy by the students. Students who have a good grasp on grammar and have practiced the subject nicely are confident about their attempts and expected a good score in this section. 

Pro Tip: Students are advised to practice questions on Grammar as well as their vocabulary regularly as they hold the maximum weightage in the exam. English section is very easy to score if studied nicely. So, make sure you don’t miss out on the English preparation!

Media Awareness Section Analysis 

According to the students, the media awareness section was of moderate to difficult difficulty level. While most questions were easy and straightforward, some of them were also of technical nature. Questions tested the knowledge of students in the field of media. Students are advised to brush up their media knowledge from the internet, or help books which define the world of mass media in detail.

Pro Tip: Students can also use the official website of NTA to practice for the DUET Mock Test, and analyze their own progress and skills!

Analytical  Reasoning Section Analysis

Like previous years, this section was easy to attempt. The maximum questions were asked from reasoning and assumption type questions, as well as coding. Some questions took more time than others, and it is advised that students complete the easier questions before attempting the questions which they find to be time consuming and difficult.

General Awareness Section Analysis 

Those who read the current affairs and news from various  domains like media, awards, geography, etc carefully and revised it daily found this section to be easy. A lot of questions were framed around what happened in the early months of 2019. Some questions were also asked about full forms of certain organisations, about the important awards and honours conferred on people in the year 2019, politics, etc.

Pro Tip: To excel in this section, make sure to be updated with current affairs daily, as any of them can be asked in the exam. For the General awareness section it is important to have an all around knowledge of the general happenings of the world as a lot of questions get asked on these lines.

So, there you go. This was the DUET exam analysis for the last three years, with special focus on 2019’s exam. The entrance has always been of moderate to difficult level and the cut-offs for the colleges have been based on the performance of students. With efficient and smart methods, everyone can ace this exam and land a seat in one of the best Delhi University colleges which offer courses in Mass Communication and Journalism!