Doing Journalism in DU is tougher than cracking IIT
Forget everything your peers have told you. Studying engineering in the esteemed IITs is far easier than doing journalism in the University of Delhi—five times easier.
Don’t believe me?
Well, here’s the fact. This year, a total of 1.12 lakh students registered for the BA (Honours) Journalism course in DU. The seven colleges which offer admission share a total of 306 seats between them. Simple maths: a total of 367 students are competing against one seat.
Compare that with the students aiming to break into the IITs. A total of 9.35 lakh students registered for the JEE Mains Exam in April 2019. And guess what, one in 70 applicants are guaranteed a seat in the 23 IITs which offer 13,376 seats.
Oh, and the misery of an under-grad journalism aspirant doesn’t end here! If you happen to be a boy, your competition becomes a helluva lot tougher. There are just two co-ed colleges—Delhi College of Arts and Commerce and Maharaja Agrasen College—out of the seven that offer BA (Honours) Journalism course.
Been there, done that myself. The batch of 2014-17.
Last year, the highest cut-off in the first list for the programme was 98.5 per cent in Delhi College of Arts and Commerce; it was 96 per cent in the Maharaja Agrasen College.
Meanwhile, BA (Honours) English remains the most sought after course in the DU with 1.42 lakh applications. It is followed by BA (Honours) Political Science, BA Programme, and BA (Honours) Economics.
BA (Honours) Sociology has the second highest number of applications per seat. A total of 232 applicants are competing for each seat available across 10 colleges.
About 10,000 more women have applied for different courses at Delhi University. Maximum applications have flown in from Delhi (1.1 lakh), Uttar Pradesh (49,009), and Haryana (34,501).