MA English DU – Course, Syllabus, DUET, and More

MA English DU – Course, Syllabus, DUET, and More

Are you planning to enroll for MA English at Delhi University? Do you know MA English at DU is one of the most popular master courses in India? 

That’s why thousands of thousands line up to appear for the entrance test for MA English at DU to secure themselves a seat. 

Any student interested in English literature, it is a dream course, which they want to realize anyhow.

So, what makes MA English DU so much appealing and attractive to students in India?

The answer lies in the quality of education at the Department of English (Delhi University), infrastructure, curriculum and career prospects after completion of the MA English course.

If you’re at a penultimate stage of making the decision to whether to take up MA English at DU or not? They’re you’re at the right place.

We compiled all information regarding this course.

Moreover, if you’ve further doubts feel free to use the comment section below, our teacher would love to answer your queries.

Let us start then.

 

Delhi University’s Department of English

Delhi University Arts Faculty Main Gate

Delhi University Arts Faculty Main Gate

The Department of English is located in the heart of the North Campus of Delhi University. The nearest metro stations are Delhi University, and GTB Nagar Metro Station Gate No. 4. 

Moreover, it is 7-10 minutes walking distance from the Learning Skills Institute office in GTB Nagar. 

The campus is known for its lush greenery and students walking and engaged in various activities. 

The compound building has all the classrooms, where students attend the classes for various topics. 

Official Delhi University’s Department of English website: https://english.du.ac.in/

 

MA English DU Course Structure

Delhi University’s Department of English in 2021, revised the syllabus and updated the curriculum as per the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). 

Now the MA English programme at Delhi University has semesters with semester based exams. 

Following are the details about the credit scheme of MA English programme at DU:

Sem. Core Courses Elective Courses Open Elective Course
No. Courses Credits No. Courses Credits No. Courses Credits
I 4 20
II 4 20
III 2 10 2 10 1 4
IV 2 10 2 10 1 4

The total number of courses consists of 12 core courses, 4 elective courses and 2 open elective courses in the MA English programme at DU. And the total credits are 88, of which core courses are 60, elective courses are 20, and open elective courses are 8.

 

DU MA English Syllabus (Revised)

As mentioned earlier, DU revised the syllabus in 2021 to meet the guidelines of CBCS. Following is the updated MA English course syllabus at DU: 

Core Courses Medieval Literature (ENG I), Early Modern World (ENG II), Post-Independence Indian Literature (ENG III), Fiction (ENG IV), 16th and 17th Century Drama (ENG V), Criticism and Theory I (ENG VI), Postcolonial Literatures and Theory (ENG VII), Disability Studies and Literary Representation (ENG VIII), The Long Eighteenth Century (ENG IX), The Long Nineteenth Century (ENG X), The Long Twentieth Century (XVIII), and Dalit Studies (XIX)
Elective Courses Classical to Pre-modern Literatures (ENG XI), Poetry I (ENG XII), Politics, Literature and Philosophy (ENG XIII), Criticism and Theory II (ENG XIV), Research Methodology (ENG XV), Aesthetics and Literature (ENG XX), Introduction to the Study of Language (ENG XXI), Poetry II (ENG XXII), Literatures of the Americas (XXIII), Religion and Literature (ENG XXIV), and Dissertation (XXV)
Open Elective Courses Visual Studies (ENG XVI), Gender Studies (ENG VIII), Discursive Prose (XXVI), and Violence and Memory Studies (XXVII)

The MA English programme at Delhi University aims to cover in-depth understanding of literary cultures, politics, and society. And help students develop literary, analytical, research and theoretical skills. 

In the MA English programme, the total marks of each course is 100 marks (including dissertation). The core and elective courses will have end semester exams of 70 marks, and 30 marks for internal assessment. However, for the open elective courses, there will be only end semester exams of 100 marks. 

Download the PDF that contains the detailed MA English Delhi University revised syllabus as per CBCS here.

 

Eligibility Criteria for MA English at Delhi University

The admissions to MA English programme at Delhi University are offered through both Direct Admission (Merit-Based Admission) and Entrance-Based Admission. 

Following is the table that outlines eligibility criteria for direct admission to MA English programme at Delhi University:

B.A. English Honors students from Delhi University only can apply for the direct mode admission
Minimum marks requirement is 60% for unreserved category and for rest reserved categories it is 54% (SC, ST, OBC, PwD and CW)
Merit list based on cut-off will be published for shortlisted applicants
Applicants from other universities and other courses are not eligible to apply under this mode

Following is the table that outlines eligibility criteria for entrance-based admission to MA English programme at Delhi University: 

B.A. English Honors applicants from Delhi University Minimum marks required to apply is 45% for unreserved category, and 40.5% for reserved categories (SC, ST, OBC, PwD and CW)
Any graduate from any UGC recognized university Minimum marks required to apply is 50% for unreserved category, and 45% for reserved categories (SC, ST, OBC, PwD and CW)

 

MA English DU and Seats Breakup 

Admission Process MA English at DU

Following are the details of selection process of MA English at DU:

1. Admissions are offered on one of the two bases – one is Entrance Test basis and other is Merit basis
2. Students according apply as per their eligibility criteria for one of the two admission bases
3. Notification for registration and admission opening is usually announced around May-June-July months; however in 2020 and 2021, most of the DUET exams were conducted in September-October months due to Covid waves in early months
3. MA English Entrance under DUET (Delhi University Entrance Test) is conducted for students who applied for admission through entrance test mode
3. Shortlisted applicants are invited for securing seats as per their ranks or merit cutoff on the first-come-first-served basis
4. Newly enrolled students are provided admission on provisional basis until they submit all complete documents as per university norms
5. The commencement of MA English programme and classes usually starts after a month’s time of completion of selection process

 

MA English Delhi University Total Seats and Seat Distribution

The total number of seats as per 2020-21 update is 386 in the MA English course of Delhi University. 

Following table provides an overview of the total seat distribution for Entrance-based admission:

Colleges TS UR SC ST OBC EWS
Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College 12 4 1 2 3 2
Daulat Ram College (Women) 11 4 1 1 3 2
Deshbandhu College 10 4 1 1 3 1
Dayal Singh College 11 4 2 1 3 1
Gargi College (W) 9 3 2 0 3 1
Hansraj College 12 4 2 1 4 1
Hindu College 14 4 3 2 4 1
Indraprastha College (W) 10 4 2 1 2 1
Janki Devi Memorial College (W) 8 4 1 0 2 1
Jesu and Mary College (W) 4 4 0 0 0 0
Kamla Nehru College (W) 7 3 1 0 2 1
Kirori Mal College 13 4 2 1 4 2
Lady Shri Ram College (W) 9 3 2 0 3 1
Miranda College (W) 10 4 2 0 3 1
Rajdhani College 11 4 2 1 3 1
Ramjas College 12 4 2 1 4 1
Shri GTB Khalsa College 4 4 0 0 0 0
Sri Venkateswara College 10 4 1 1 3 1
St. Stephens College 5 5 0 0 0 0
Zakir Hussain College 11 4 2 1 3 1

*TS=Total Seats; UR=Unreserved Category; SC=Scheduled Caste; ST=:Scheduled Tribes; OBC=Other Backward Castes; EWS=Economically Weaker Sections 

The total seats in through Entrance-based admissions in MA English are – 198 only.

Following table provides an overview of the total seat distribution for Merit-based admission:

Colleges TS UR SC ST OBC EWS
Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College 12 4 2 1 3 2
Daulat Ram College (Women) 12 4 2 1 3 2
Deshbandhu College 9 4 1 0 3 1
Dayal Singh College 9 4 1 0 3 1
Gargi College (W) 9 3 2 1 2 1
Hansraj College 15 4 3 2 4 2
Hindu College 11 4 2 1 3 1
Indraprastha College (W) 11 4 2 1 3 1
Janki Devi Memorial College (W) 9 4 1 0 3 1
Jesu and Mary College (W) 4 4 0 0 0 0
Kamla Nehru College (W) 9 3 1 1 3 1
Kirori Mal College 12 4 2 1 3 1
Lady Shri Ram College (W) 9 3 2 1 3 1
Miranda College (W) 10 4 2 1 3 1
Rajdhani College 9 4 2 1 3 1
Ramjas College 12 4 2 0 4 1
Shri GTB Khalsa College 4 4 0 0 0 0
Sri Venkateswara College 12 4 1 2 3 1
St. Stephens College 5 5 0 0 0 0
Zakir Hussain College 10 4 2 2 3 1

The total seats through Merit-based admissions in MA English are – 198 only.

 

DUET MA English Entrance Test Syllabus

National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts DUET on behalf of Delhi University for various UG and PG programmes, and MA English Entrance is one them. 

The syllabus for MA English entrance covers the History of English Literature, and Literary Criticism and Theory.

Following is the detailed table about the MA English Entrance syllabus:

History of English Literature
Old English Period
Medieval English Period and Drama Cycles
15th Century Literature
Elizabethan Age Literature
Jacobean Age Literature
Caroline Age Literature
Puritan Age Literature
Augustan Literature
Pre-Romantics and Romantic Age Literature
Victorian Age Literature
Modernism and Postmodernism Literature
Postcolonial and Contemporary Literature
Other Literature
Indian English Literature
Literary Theory and Criticism
Classical Age Theory and Criticism, Drama Theory and Origin of Drama
Medieval Age Theory and Criticism
Renaissance Criticism and Prose Section
Late Renaissance, 17th Century Theory and Prose Section
Enlightenment Age – Prose Section and Literary Theory
Romanticism – Prose Section and Literary Theory
Victorian Age – Prose Section and Literary Theory
Modernism and Postmodernism – Prose Section and Literary Theory
English Comprehension

 

MA English Entrance DUET Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Total Questions 100
Exam Duration 120 Minutes
Total Marks 400
Negative Marks -1 for each incorrect answer
Conducting body National Testing Agency

 

DUET MA English Entrance Previous Year Question Papers

2018 DU MA English Entrance Question Paper Click here
2019 DU MA English Entrance Question Paper Click here
2020 DU MA English Entrance Question Paper Click here

 

DUET MA English Entrance Preparation Tips 

We can help you prepare for the DUET MA English Entrance exam in a targeted and structured manner through our self-paced course. 

Refer to this link here for more information on that.

 

MA English Entrance Cuff Off in DUET

The top 10 rankers in MA English Entrance usually score in the range of 65-75 percent. And students scoring in the range of 50-65 percent in the MA English Entrance test of DUET are able to secure seats easily. 

There are 200 seats, and often students securing at least 55 percent get invited for the admission by the fourth or fifth cut off lists.

 

Career Prospects After MA English DU course

There are so many career opportunities right after an MA English course from Delhi University. The few notable ones are listed below: 

English and/or English Literature Teaching – Schools and University level
Print, Web or Electronic Media – Reporting and Anchoring
Writing – Books, Web, Media 
Corporate Communications
Theater, Arts and Films – Acting, Director, Consulting etc. 
English Translations
Government Jobs such as UPSC CSE, SSC CGL etc.
Further Studies – Ph.D., PostDoc, Research

There are many career opportunities outside India as well particularly in teaching, and literature research.

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8 Comments

  • Sir, I am not from DU. But if I secured 60% or above 60% , can I get direct admission to M.A English in Delhi University??

    Swetalina Priyadarshini Reply
  • can i pursue ma eng when i have done my graduation in mass communication

    ARUSHI BANSAL Reply
    • Yes, you can because in most universities eligibility criteria are – any graduate with minimum 50 percent marks.

      Learning Skills Reply
  • If I have scored above 60%, even then do I necessarily need to give the entrance test in order to get admission in Ma English in DU and JNU?

    Wang Reply
    • Direct admission is only available to B.A. English Honors students from Delhi University. If you’re from another university, you will need to appear for MA English Entrance exam.

      Learning Skills Reply
  • Can I pursue MA in English from lady sriram college. I am a bsc. Graduate from Gcg 11 ,Chandigarh and I secured 70% in graduation.

    Isha Reply

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