BA Admission 2021: Admission Process, Eligibility, Entrance Exams, Syllabus, Top Colleges

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BA Admission 2021 is done both by an entrance exam and on the basis of merit. BA admission 2021 registration process in IGNOU has begun from June 2021 and the last date for registration is in the last week of September 2021. The registrations for BA admission 2021 in Delhi University has begun from August 2, 2021, and the first cut-off release date is between September 7 – 10, 2021. The admissions in DU will be based on merit for most of the undergraduate courses. The last date to register for BA courses in DU is on August 31, 2021.

Several universities like Christ University have completed their BA Admission 2021 while the registrations for entrance exams like NPAT 2021 have also been completed on June 17, 2021, for BA Admission 2021 in NMIMS Mumbai. The last date to apply at Kerala University for BA course is on August 17, 2021.

Bachelor of Arts is a 3 years Undergraduate degree course for various subjects in the field of Humanities / Arts such as History, Political Science, English, Sociology, Bengali, Hindi etc. The average course fee for BA courses ranges between INR 3,000 – 45,000. 

In some colleges, students have to sit for the entrance examinations such as JNUEE, Calcutta University Entrance exams, BHU UET, DUET, NPAT etc post checking the mentioned eligibility criteria while in other colleges students are enrolled in the course based on merit for BA Admission 2021. 

Top BA Colleges: Application Deadline

College Admission Criteria Application Deadline
Hindu College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET August 31, 2021 (Open)
St. Stephens College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET August 5 – 31, 2021 
Miranda House, New Delhi Merit/ DUET August 31, 2021 (Open)
Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi Merit/ DUET August 31, 2021 (Open)
Madras Christian College, Chennai Merit June 2021
Hansraj College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET August 31, 2021 (Open)
Loyola College, Chennai Merit + Interview -
Christ University, Bengaluru Entrance Exam December 08, 2020 - June 09, 2021 (Closed)
Gargi College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET August 31, 2021 (Open)
Ramjas College, New Delhi Merit/ DUET August 31, 2021 (Open)

BA Admission 2021: Important Dates

Students who aspire to pursue BA from top colleges and universities should be aware of all the minute details regarding admission, registration dates, exam dates and others. The below-mentioned table will discuss the latest BA admission 2021 dates and the deadlines for submitting application forms.

Name of the Colleges Exam Score Accepted Application Dates
St. Stephens College Merit Based / Entrance August 5, 2021 onwards
Lady Shri Ram College for Women Merit Based August 2, 2021 onwards
Miranda House Merit Based August 2, 2021 onwards
St. Xaviers College Merit Based / Entrance Exam July 2021
Loreto College Merit Based August 2, 2021 onwards
Jadavpur University Merit Based / Entrance Exam -
Hindu College Merit Based August 2, 2021 onwards
Gargi College Merit Based August 2, 2021 onwards
Daulat Ram College Merit Based August 2, 2021 onwards
JNU Entrance Exams Till August 27, 2021

BA Admission 2021: Entrance Exam

Most of the BA Admission 2021 entrance exams have been postponed or delayed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Registrations for NPAT 2021 exam are open till June 17, 2021.

The below-mentioned table has a detailed list of all the exams that are conducted for BA Admission 2021 deadlines along with their registrations and their entrance exams syllabus and prerequisites.

Entrance Exam Schedule

Name of the Exams Registration Dates Exam Dates
JNUEE August 27, 2021 September 20, 21, 22, 23 2021
DSAT To be announced To be announced
NPAT June 20, 2021  June 27, July 2 and July 3, 2021
IPU CET June 11, 2021 To be Notified
BHU UET To be announced To be announced
TISSBAT Ongoing To be announced

Entrance Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for BA courses will vary from subject to subject. There are several subjects under BA course, such as English, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, etc and each subject has different syllabus according to their core of interest and study. However some topics that are common for all subjects are tabulated below for your convenience,

General knowledge Comprehensive Ability Mental Ability
Population & Climate Change Indian Politics Numerical Ability
The Human Body & Common Disease History & Indian Culture Environmental Studies

The syllabus for BA 3 years degree course for various subjects consists of an integrated syllabus with in depth knowledge of the subject. There are a vast range of subjects that are included in BA degree courses as a whole. Some of the core syllabus for all BA subjects are tabulated below,

Entrance Exam Prerequisites

Before appearing for BA entrance exams you should be aware of all the prerequisites as mentioned below,

  • Prepare a list of colleges that you want to apply for, and the list of entrance exams that they accept
  • The top BA entrance exams include JNUEE, DSAT, NPAT, CUCET etc.
  • Check the eligibility and the entrance criteria for these BA entrance exams.
  • There are different subject bifurcations under BA, check the subject and the course structure that you want to pursue and proceed accordingly with the entrance exams.

BA Admission 2021: Admission Process 

BA Admission 2021 for various courses are done on the basis of both merit and on the basis of entrance exam syllabus. It however depends on the colleges that you are applying for. Below mentioned is a detailed structure of the admission process for BA courses,


BA Admission 2021 is done once a student clears the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria may vary to very less extent in various colleges, on majority the criteria remains the same for all. Below mentioned are few of the eligibility criteria for admission to BA courses,

  • Students must clear their class 12th board exam from a recognised board / University
  • Must have minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class 12 board examination
  • Colleges offer 5% relaxation in the aggregate marks for students from SC / ST background

How to Apply?

Applications for BA Admission 2021 are not at all a difficult task to fill if adhered to all the rules as mentioned in the guidelines, However for your reference some of the important points are mentioned below that will assist you in completing the task hasslefree,

  • Apply for the BA Courses that you wish to pursue
  • You can choose amongst a variety of subjects like English, History, Sociology, Political Science, Bengali, Economics etc.
  • Appear for the Entrance Exam, if there is any
  • After clearing appear for the GD / PI rounds
  • Certain colleges have WAT (Written Ability Test) as a mode of final selection
  • Once shortlisted accept the admission offer


GD (Group Discussion) PI (Personal Interview) are the two final list of rounds that candidates have to go through for the final round of selection, where they are asked questions about their goals, ambitions and reason of interest in the chosen course


Once you are shortlisted, you are thereafter expected to go through the counselling process, which is nothing but submitting all the necessary documents such as ID proof, Photograph, Exam certificates, few declarations etc required for the BA admission process. 

BA Admission 2021: Top Colleges 

Some of the top colleges from where students can pursue BA degree courses are tabulated below for your reference along with their average fees,

BA Admission 2021: Tips to Clear the Exam

Many top-level colleges give admission based on class XII marks. Cut-off of top colleges like Miranda, Gargi, Hindu, goes up to 98-99%. So it is very important to score well in the Class XII exam.

  • Make a list of colleges you want to apply to. Submit the application in these colleges in a given time period.
  • Check the application dates, registration dates and exam dates that are updated regularly
  • If an entrance exam is required for admission then complete the syllabus of the exam. 
  • Appear for the GD / PI rounds confidently
  • Once selected accept the admission offer

BA Admission 2021: FAQs

Ques. What are the common jobs for BA Graduate once?

Ans. Common bachelor of arts jobs are in private, public and government sectors in professions like Political Consultant and Analyst, Intelligence Specialist, Archivist, Historian, Consultant, Policy Maker, Flight Attendant, Academic Writer, Executive Assistant, Associate, Social Worker, etc.

Ques. Is a BA degree worth it?

Ans. Yes, it is totally worth it. The fees to pursue BA are very less. Also, there are so many career options after BA like higher education in MA, BA LLB, MBA, etc. Job offers available for BA graduates are Political Consultant and Analyst, Intelligence Specialist, Archivist, Historian, etc.

Ques. What course should I do after BA?

Ans. BA graduates can pursue Master of Arts (MA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and many other professional diploma courses.

Ques. What is the course duration and fees of BA course in IGNOU?

Ans. BA course in IGNOU can be done from 3 year to 5years.

Ques. Why do students do BA LLB?

Ans. Students who want to become professional lawyers join BA LLB. This course can be joined directly after XII. IT is an integrated law course for a duration of 5 years. Its curriculum includes both law and art subjects in the course. Students who want to become professional lawyers should pursue this course.

Ques. Will the BHU UET 2021 Exam be postponed due to Covid 19?

Ans. BHU UET 2021 was tentatively scheduled to be conducted in April and May, 2021, but it is now scheduled to be from August 16 – 31, 2020 because of COVID 19 outbreak.

Ques. Can I apply for multiple courses in an online form in DU University?

Ans. Yes, you can apply for multiple courses for DU admission 2020 through a single online application.

Ques. Is there any special reservation for wards of BHU employees?

Ans. BHU has quota for the following categories

  • Wards of Employees at BHU - 15% supernumerary seats in all courses
  • Paid seats/ management quota - not more than 15% supernumerary seats (to be specified at the time of admissions)
  • Sports quota for Faculty of Arts: 15 seats each

Ques. Are B.A. Programme and B.A. Honours different?

Yes, these courses are different. B.A. Programme is a general course where a set of subjects are studied with the same weightage. It is not a specialization course. On the other hand, B.A. Honours is a course which focuses on a specific subject only. A student enrolled for a B. A. Honours in a discipline studies 18 papers (14 core papers + 4 optional papers) of that particular discipline over 3 years.

Ques. Can I study B.A. Honours (Economics) without mathematics subjects in class XII?

Ans. No, you cannot apply for BA Economics (Hons) without Maths.

Bachelor of Arts [BA] : 5 answered questions


Ques. DU SOL or IGNOU Which is better for BA General correspondence program?

● Top Answer By Mudra Sharma on 29 Sept 21

Ans. A few of my friends graduated from both DU SOL and IGNOU. According to them, IGNOU is far better than DU SOL. Here are some facts that might justify this statement. Pros of choosing IGNOU over DU SOL – IGNOU has widespread reach all over the country. It has a dedicated website for downloading the course materials required by the students. It has a fixed examination timetable. IGNOU provides top notch laboratory facilities for the laboratory courses. You can contact and consult with the faculty both face to face and through online classes.  The faculties always help in course-related doubts. They are extremely helpful and cooperative. IGNOU is good, be it the standard of study materials, the help you get at the study centers, or the timely organizing of exams and declaration of results. The rest depends on you. Discuss with some students from both universities and then make the choice.Read more
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Ques. Can I get a BA (Hons) in Art in BHU with 204 marks in BHU UET?

● Top Answer By Heena Rahaman on 16 Jan 21

Ans. Yes, one can get admitted to BHU for BA (Honors) in Art with this score. The cutoff score for that year, released by the university, should also be kept in mind. The cutoff varies from year to year depending upon the difficulty level of the question paper. Here is the approximate range of cutoff for each category, General category – 150-190 Obc - >135 Sc - >120 ST - >100 The cut-off score for BA (Hons) in Art for the year 2019 was as follows. Category Cutoff-score OBC 965 General 1568 SC 623 ST 296 For the year 2020, the minimum qualifying marks for the different categories are : General category - 35% Sc category - 25% ST category -25% OBC category- 35% Therefore, keeping in mind the above-mentioned percentile 204 marks is a safe mark in UET for BA, especially in the Arts department where the competition is a little less. So, stay motivated and hope for the best.`Read more
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Ques. Which course can I take after completing bpp from Indira Gandhi national open university? Can I go to other universities after bpp?

● Top Answer By Rupsha Islam on 12 Jan 21

Ans. The bpp course from IGNOU is a bachelor level preparatory program. IGNOU has introduced this course for those candidates who wish to pursue a higher degree course but do not have a 10 + 2 certificate for various reasons. This introductory course is not equivalent to a 10 + 2 course, but it is valid for admission into IGNOU's non-formal stream of BA/B.Com, etc. BPP Courses: PCO 1 - Preparatory Course in Commerce OMT 101 - Preparatory Course in General Mathematics OSS 101 - Preparatory Course in Social Sciences IGNOU does not issue certificates after the completion of BPP courses. You need to complete your graduation from the university to get the certificate. You can take any course according to the eligibility criteria or percentage.  Only after finishing your graduation course, you can opt for higher education in other universities with your BPP certificate. If you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree from any other university, complete your 10+2 first.Read more
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Ques. Is it a good idea to graduate from IGNOU while simultaneously preparing for UPSC CSE? Exactly how tough is it to get a BA degree from IGNOU?

● Top Answer By Saurabh Mishra on 10 Nov 20

Ans. Indira Gandhi National Open University is a public university approved by NCTE and AICTE. It offers a number of open learning programs and is well known and recognized among a number of different organizations like the Association of Indian Universities, therefore, doing a B.A. degree from here is a good choice. The following points highlight important aspects of obtaining a B.A degree from the institute. Academics: The BA degrees at IGNOU offer a wide variety of core disciplines in subjects like Economics, Sociology, and Public Administration with a lot of the course work overlapping with UPSC preparations. The exams for the coursework are also designed such that they benefit the student if they are appearing for other exams like UPSC. IGNOU is known for its well-founded courses that ensure the best interests of the student. Depending on if one plans to choose a distance learning or open course degree, one can choose to appear for UPSC. BA degree from IGNOU: Obtaining a BA degree from the university depends upon if you are a part-time student at the institute or committed to full-time study. The former situation might be a little tough on the student. Students are continuously evaluated with assignments, marks from which are counted for the final result. Assignments carry a weightage of 30% of the total result. Students are barred from appearing for end term examinations if they miss an assignment. The major evaluation component is the term-end evaluation system which carries a total of 70% weightage. These exams are conducted twice a year. Students are expected to study from the course material provided and answer accordingly to the point. Most importantly, ensure that one is registered for the exam, failing which results are not declared. In conclusion, you can definitely prepare for the UPSC CSE at the same time as your BA degree. While it is not very tough to clear the BA degree, a habit of regular study will definitely help one obtain it with a good result.Read more
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Ques. How is the BA Honours (Government and Administration) program different from other BA degree programs in MIT-WPU?

● Top Answer By Apurva Tamhane on 28 Aug 20

Ans. BA(Political Science/Public Administration/Sociology…etc.) is a theoretical course where there is minimal exposure given to students towards practical aspects of functioning of government, active participation in policy making and research or preparation for UPSC competitive examination. The BA Honours (Govt Admn) degree program focuses on the experiential, facilitative and case study method of learning whereby the students are exposed to a participative mode of learning. The highlights are – Interaction with Eminent Bureaucrats, Political Leaders, Social Activists, Academicians, Media persons and Legal Practitioners. Practical inputs will be in the form of a lot of field assignments like - projects on social causes. Field visits to NGOs, Defense Establishment, Model Village, Media House, Co-operative etc.Read more
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