ACJ 2020: Dates, Eligibility, Registration, Pattern, Syllabus

The Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) entrance exam is conducted by the Asian College of Journalism in order to offer admission to aspirants in post-graduate diploma courses in journalism. The ACJ entrance exam 2020 application forms will be released in the second week of February, 2020. The ACJ entrance exam 2020 admit cards will be released in the second week of May, 2020. The 2020 ACJ entrance exam will be conducted in the third week of May, 2020 and the results will be declared on the second week of June, 2020.
The Asian College of Journalism conducts the ACJ entrance exam in order to offer candidates admission in the two post-graduate diploma courses offered by the varsity:

  • PG Diploma in Journalism
  • PG Diploma in Business and Financial Journalism (BFJ)

The ACJ entrance exam is a national level examination which is conducted every year across 17 cities in India. The entrance exam evaluates students in two parts- English language skills and general knowledge. The ACJ entrance exam is conducted in two sessions – morning and evening.

Important things to keep in mind

  • For appearing in the Entrance Exam, students have to successfully fill and submit the application form. Students can obtain the form through both Online and Offline mode.
  • Before appearing in the entrance examination, students have to download their admit card from the official website of college by entering their registered email Id and Password.
  • ACJ Entrance Exam 2019 is divided into two parts. The First part is conducted to evaluate students on the basis of their English language skills and in second part General Knowledge of the candidate is tested.
  • All the shortlisted candidates will be called for counselling which is comprised of personal interview and group discussion round.
  • ACJ Entrance exam is conducted in two sessions i.e. Morning and Afternoon.
  • The various postgraduate courses offered by the college are such as Reporting, Writing & Editing, and Tools of the Modern Journalist, Key Issues in Journalism, Media Perspectives, The Media, and Law & Society.

Highlights- ACJ Entrance Exam

Name of the Exam Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) Entrance exam
Conducting Body Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
Level of Exam Postgraduate Level
Frequency Once a Year
Date of Exam May 2020
Mode of Application Online and Offline
Mode of Exam Offline
Duration of Exam 3 hours 30 minutes
Subjects Included English and Current Affairs
Eligibility Bachelor's Degree in any Course
Official Website https://www.asianmedia.org.in/

ACJ 2020 Schedule

Event Date (Tentative)
Application form Release 1st week of March, 2020
Last date to Submit Application Form 2nd week of April 2020
Admit Card  2nd week of May, 2020
ACJ Entrance Exam 3rd week of May
Announcement of shortlisted candidates for Interview 4th week of May
Interview at ACJ, Chennai 1st week of June
Announcement of Results 2nd week of June

ACJ 2020 Admit Card

Admit card has been provided to the candidates who successfully applied for the ACJ entrance examination. The admit card will be notified to the candidates through Email. Admit card has been made available on the official website. Candidates have to carry the admit card to the examination center as an identification proof. Without the admit card candidates will not be allowed to take the examination.

Steps to Download Admit Card for ACJ Entrance Exam

  • Candidates can download the ACJ entrance exam 2020 admit card by visiting the official university of the university.
  • A link will appear, ’Download admit card’ on the website. Candidates will have to click on the link in order to avail the ACJ entrance exam 2020 admit card.
  • On doing so, the candidate will have to enter the application number which was sent through SMS/Text message on the registered mobile number.
  • Along with the application form number, candidates will have to enter their date of birth which was mentioned in the application form.
  • From there on, the candidate’s admit card will come on screen. Download the ACJ entrance exam 2020 admit card and take a print out of the same.

Details on ACJ Admit Card

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Candidate’s Signature
  • Candidate’s Photograph
  • Test related information
  • Test Address
  • Test Time
  • Test Date
  • Counselling related information

ACJ 2020 Syllabus

ACJ Entrance Exam has two parts: English and General Knowledge and Current Affair

ACJ Entrance Exam Syllabus for English

  • Correct misspelt words
  • Verbs
  • Parenthesis
  • Preposition
  • Tenses
  • Essay writing
  • Make sentences using words

ACJ Entrance Exam Syllabus for General Knowledge
Asian College of Journalism’s official website informs that 60%-65% questions asked in Part B of ACJ entrance exam paper comprises of questions related to Current Affairs of the past one year.
The remaining ACJ entrance paper consists of GK questions on the below-mentioned topics:

  • Scientific discoveries
  • Space exploration – eg. Cassini-Huygens
  • Economics (understanding of terms like GDP)
  • New Media Terms (What is an I-pad?)
  • Identifying people who have been in the news in the past year
  • Events or people associated with the 1857 revolution,
  • Events or people associated with Gandhi and the Freedom Struggle.

ACJ 2020 Pattern

ACJ Entrance Exam Pattern for PG Diploma in Journalism
ACJ Entrance Exam Pattern is such that the test is divided into two parts:

  • The first part tends to evaluate aspirants on the basis of their English language skills and facility.
  • The second part tests the awareness about current affairs and general knowledge of candidates.

Apart from this, the official website states that ACJ entrance exam “also tests the candidates’ writing ability and assess their analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. Other procedures may be prescribed for candidates from abroad”. The official website also informs that the exam will be delivered online in real time.
ACJ Entrance Exam pattern for PG Diploma in Business and Financial Journalism
ACJ Entrance Exam Pattern for BFJ course is such that there will be questions related to the below-mentioned subjects:

  • English language skills and facility
  • Current affairs and general knowledge
  • Basic Maths

Besides, there will also be a question wherein candidates have to write a 200-word essay on a given subject. The question aims at testing the writing ability of candidates. 

Cut- Off

Cut off marks are the minimum marks required to score by the candidate in order to qualify entrance examination. After the declaration of the result, the college released entrance examination cut off. Those students who have scored more than the cut off marks will be shortlisted for further selection process.
On the basis of the cut off marks, the merit list will be prepared. Students will be ranked in the merit list on the basis of their cut off marks. Students having marks less than the cut off marks are not eligible for admission in the college.

Cut off marks is decided on some of the following factors which are as below:

  • Number of candidates appeared in the exam
  • Number of seats for allotment
  • Reservation Norms
  • Previous year Admission trend
  • Last year cut off
  • The difficulty level of the exam.

ACJ 2020 Application Form

Those students who have scored more than the cut off marks will be shortlisted for further selection process., 2020 and the last date to submit the application form is till the second week of April, 2020. Candidates can fill the ACJ entrance exam application form either online or offline.

How to apply online

  • Visit the official website of Asian Media
  • On the website home page, search for the application form link
  • Click on the ACJ Application form link
  • Fill the application form by entering all the required details
  • Once the form is filled, students have to pay the application fee of amount INR 1500 through the payment gateway.
  • Those who are filling the application form for Business and Financial Journalism need to pay the application fees of amount INR 2500.
  • Students can pay the online application fees through credit card/ debit card/ net banking.

How to apply offline

  • Visit the official website of Asian Media in order to download offline application form
  • Students have to fill all the details in the application form correctly
  • Now students have to send the filled in application form along with the application fees at the below-mentioned address.
  • The offline application fees must be paid by Demand Draft. The DD should be drawn in favour of “Media Development Foundation” payable at Chennai.
  • The DD should have the full name as well as the address of the candidate written on the back side of DD.

Both the online and offline filled in application forms along with the 2 passport size photographs (25mm X 35mm) and application fees must be sent at the following address:

Admissions
Asian College of Journalism Second Main Road,
(Behind M.S Swaminathan Research Foundation)
Taramani, Chennai - 600 113, India
91-44-22542840 / 22542842 – 47, 91-44-65752840
Fax – 91-44-22542839
Email – [email protected]

ACJ 2020 Counselling

Candidates who have successfully cleared the ACJ entrance exam 2020, will be called for the counselling process. Once the ACJ entrance exam 2020 results have been declared, the university will release the counselling dates. Candidates who have been shortlisted for the interview process, have to be present on the campus at the time of counselling else the seat that will be allocated to other candidates.

Counselling consists of two rounds:

  • Personal Interview
  • Group Discussions

The candidates selected will have to appear according to the schedule which will be released by the university.

Documents Required during Counseling

Students must bring the following list of documents at the time of counselling for verification:

  • Class 10 mark sheet and certificate
  • Class 12 mark sheet and certificate
  • Graduate mark sheet and certificate
  • Migration Certificate
  • Admit Card of ACJ Entrance Exam 2019
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)
  • Income certificate for SC/ ST/ OBC
  • Self-attested photocopies of all the documents
  • In case result is awaited, evidence of appearing in qualifying exams
  • Date of Birth Certificate

ACJ 2020 Result

ACJ Entrance Exam 2019 Result was declared on May 20, 2019. The result will show the names of the candidates shortlisted for admission on the college official website. After the completion of the examination, the result will be declared.
Students shortlisted for admission need to pay the first installment of fees as per date and time mentioned by ACJ admission council. Candidates ACJ entrance exam result are also sent on their registered email ID.

Steps to check Result for ACJ Entrance Exam:

  • Candidates can check the ACJ Entrance Exam 2020 results by visiting the official website of the university.
  • The candidate will have to click on the ‘ACJ PGD Result 2020’ link which will be present.

On clicking the link, the candidate will have to enter the following details:

  • Registration Number
  • Password

On doing so, the candidate has to click on the ‘submit’. The candidate can check their respective scores.
Candidates are advised to download and take out a print out of the result for future reference.

ACJ 2020 Answer Key:

The answer key for ACJ 2020 will be published online after the completion of the examination. However, the students can raise a complain objection to the official answer key in case of any wrong answer in the Answer key. The last date to submit the complaint is will be notified on the official notification. Note that to challenge the answer key, candidates have to pay a specified amount for processing the complaint. IF any kind of msitake is found then revised final answer key will be released on the official website with prior notice. 

Steps to check ACJ Answer Key:

Candidates will be required to enter their user id & password to download/view the answer key.  The candidates can view answer key to their respective code/set of COMEDK UGET by following the procedure listed below

  • Visit the candidate login page of ACJ (Asian College of Journalism) website.
  • Provide your user id & password
  • Click the submit button. Your answer key will be displayed.
  • It is advised that you be very careful while tallying the answer key. You should do it for your respective set only.
  • After the provisional answer key is displayed, candidates will have a certain stipulated day to challenge the provisional answer key
  • The official ACJ Answer Key will soon be updated after the provisional answer is successfully challenged. 

ACJ 2020 Eligibility

Students must check the eligibility criteria before appearing in the entrance examination. If the eligibility criteria does not match, then the candidature will be disqualified. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Candidate must be an Indian citizen
  • Student’s age should not be more than 30 years
  • Student must possess Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Those who are waiting for their degree exam results are also eligible for ACJ admission 2019 but they should provide their degree certificate by the end of February 2019.
  • Students should provide their degree certificate to the Registrar within the first week of commencement of classes.

ACJ 2020 FAQs

Q: What is the process of filling up the application form for ACJ Entrance Exam?
A: The ACJ entrance exam 2020 application forms will be released in the second week of February, 2020 and the last date to submit the application form is till the second week of April, 2020. Candidates can fill the ACJ entrance exam application form either online or offline.
For more details refer to the Application form segment.

Q: What is the eligibility criteria for applying into ACJ?
A: Students must check the eligibility criteria before appearing in the entrance examination. If the eligibility criteria does not match, then the candidature will be disqualified. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Candidate must be an Indian citizen
  • Student’s age should not be more than 30 years
  • Student must possess Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Those who are waiting for their degree exam results are also eligible for ACJ admission 2019 but they should provide their degree certificate by the end of February 2019.
  • Students should provide their degree certificate to the Registrar within the first week of commencement of classes.

Q: What is the tentative date of ACJ Entrance Exam?
A: Tentative date is 3rd week of May, 2020. The exact date will be updated as soon as it is announced on the official website. 

Q: What are the steps to download Admit card?
A: The steps to download admit card are as follows:

  • Candidates can download the ACJ entrance exam 2020 admit card by visiting the official university of the university.
  • A link will appear, ’Download admit card’ on the website. Candidates will have to click on the link in order to avail the ACJ entrance exam 2020 admit card.
  • On doing so, the candidate will have to enter the application number which was sent through SMS/Text message on the registered mobile number.
  • Along with the application form number, candidates will have to enter their date of birth which was mentioned in the application form.
  • From there on, the candidate’s admit card will come on screen. Download the ACJ entrance exam 2020 admit card and take a print out of the same.
  • For more details see the Admit Card section.

Q: What is the procedure to download the answer key?
A: The procedure to download answer key is as follows:

  • Visit the candidate login page of ACJ (Asian College of Journalism) website.
  • Provide your user id & password
  • Click the submit button. Your answer key will be displayed.
  • It is advised that you be very careful while tallying the answer key. You should do it for your respective set only.
  • After the provisional answer key is displayed, candidates will have a certain stipulated days to challenge the provisional answer key
  • The official ACJ Answer Key will soon be updated after the provisional answer is sucessfuly challenged. 

Q: What is the Counselling process?
A: Counselling process is the invitation to the students who have qualified the entrance for the admission process. The Counselling process involves two rounds that are Personal Interview and Group Discussion.

Q: What are the factors that affect the Cut-off mark?
A: The factors affecting the Cut-off are as follows:

  • Number of candidates appeared in the exam
  • Number of seats for allotment
  • Reservation Norms
  • Previous year Admission trend
  • Last year cut off
  • Difficulty level of the exam.

Q: What are the steps to Check the result of ACJ Entrance examination?
A: The process has been highlighted below:

  • Candidates can check the ACJ Entrance Exam 2020 results by visiting the official website of the university.
  • The candidate will have to click on the ‘ACJ PGD Result 2020’ link which will be present.

On clicking the link, the candidate will have to enter the following details:

  • Registration Number
  • Password
  • On doing so, the candidate has to click on the ‘submit’. The candidate can check their respective scores.
  • Candidates are advised to download and take out a print out of the result for future reference.

Q: Is the essay writing section compulsory for both U.G and P.G?
A: No, the Essay writing section is not included in U.G. Entrances but its compulsory for the P.G. Programmes.

Q: What are the Documents required in the Counselling Process?
A: The list of documents required is mentioned below:

  • Class 10 mark sheet and certificate
  • Class 12 mark sheet and certificate
  • Graduate mark sheet and certificate
  • Migration Certificate
  • Admit Card of ACJ Entrance Exam 2019
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)
  • Income certificate for SC/ ST/ OBC
  • Self-attested photocopies of all the documents
  • In case result is awaited, evidence of appearing in qualifying exams
  • Date of Birth Certificate

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