Admissions at Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) for postgraduate journalism programme 2017-2018

Do you want to hold a postgraduate diploma degree in journalism? Are you searching for admissions at one of leading journalism institutes in India? 2017 admissions are open at Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai for postgraduate journalism programme. Have a look into this article and get more information about the admission process at Asian college of Journalism.

About Asian College of Journalism

Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) is one of the best journalism schools in India established by the Indian express group. This college for journalism was started in the year 1994 at Bangalore and is later shifted to Chennai. ACJ is a postgraduate college and it offers world-class journalism education as per the needs of India and other Asian countries.

ACJ has partnered with SAF-Madanjeet Scholarship programme and Media Ambassadors programme in association with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. The postgraduate diploma programmes offered at ACJ is recognized by the Cardiff University, UK.

Courses offered at ACJ

ACJ offers Postgraduate diploma courses in the following streams in journalism.

  • Television

  • Print

  • New Media

  • Radio

The PG diploma programmes offered at ACJ covers all the aspects of journalism and it produces highly talented and dedicated journalists to the society. In the first trimester, all the students are given education about the basics of journalism in all aspects. From the second semester, the students learn more about their stream specialization. In the second and third term, the students can also opt for 3 elective subjects out of 16. The electives offered by ACJ are Sports, Photo Journalism, Politics, Cinema, Arts and Culture, International Issues, Business, Health ,Gender studies, Ecology, Citizenship, Urban studies, Identities, Science and Economics.

ACJ offers opportunities for the students to work throughout the term and gain practical experience in their specialization. Some of the work deliverables of the journalism pursuing students under the publications of ACJ are

  • 'The Word' is a newspaper published by the print students twice a week

  • Television and Radio students produce news shows daily

  • New Media students report their news for ACJ Newline and e-zine everyday

Admissions at Asian College of Journalism

Admissions for Postgraduate journalism programmes for the academic year 2017-2018 are open at ACJ. Candidates who wish to pursue a PG diploma degree in journalism should strictly follow the admission process of ACJ and must satisfy the eligibility criteria mentioned below.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Candidate must hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized University

  2. Graduate students enrolled at ACJ must provide their UG degree certificate to the Registrar within the 1st week of commencement of classes

  3. Students who are awaiting for the final year examination results are also eligible to apply. Such students who got admissions at ACJ must submit their degree certificate in the college before the end of February, 2018

How to apply

Application form fee is Rs.1500/- Candidates can apply via online mode or can also download the application form the official website of ACJ.

Online application form

Fill the online application form for postgraduate journalism programme 2017-2018 and submit it online.

While filling the application form, candidates must indicate their media stream they wish to specialize i.e. Television, Radio, Print, New Media.

Candidates must fill all the mandatory fields in the online application form and should upload their recent passport size color photo (25 mm X 35 mm) at the necessary place.

Note: Affix only passport size photo. Do not upload selfies or photos with irrelevant background.

Application form fee of Rs.1500/- can be made through any one of the following methods
  1. Payment can be done through Pay Fee or PayUMoney via credit card/debit card/ net banking. Charges are varied for each mode of payment. For further clarification about the payment of online application fee, read the online application fee payment instructions.

  2. A demand draft for Rs.1500/- taken in favour of "Media development Foundation" payable at Chennai should be submitted at the admissions office of ACJ. At the backside of the DD, the name and address of the candidate should be mentioned.

Candidates who have not attached their passport size photo in online application form must send 2 copies of their passport size photographs with full name written at the back side of the photos to the below mentioned address

"Admissions, Asian College of Journalism, Second Main Road,(Behind M.S Swaminathan Research Foundation), Taramani, Chennai - 600 113, India"

Note: Candidates who have paid the application fee via online payment need not send a demand draft. Similarly candidates who have affixed their passport size photo in the online application form need not send the copies of photo.

Offline application form

Candidates can download the application form for postgraduate journalism programme 2017-2018 and must send the filled in hardcopy of the form to the admissions office of the college.

All the mandatory fields in the form should be filled legibly.

Candidates should affix their photograph at the space provided in the form.

After filling the forms, all the below mentioned attachments should be submitted in the following address "Admissions, Asian College of Journalism, Second Main Road,(Behind M.S Swaminathan Research Foundation), Taramani, Chennai - 600 113, India"


  1. Hard copy of a duly filled application form should be attached

  2. 2 copies of passport size photograph with full name written at the back side of the photos

  3. A demand draft for Rs.1500/- taken in favour of "Media development Foundation" payable at Chennai should be submitted. At the backside of the DD, the name and address of the candidate should be mentioned.

Note: Do not send originals or photocopies of mark sheets or any other certificates and documents. Candidates will be requested to submit the documents only after the admissions at ACJ.

Application form will be processed only if it is complete and has the receipt of submission of photos and application fee.

Selection process

After analyzing the application forms, ACJ will shortlist the candidates and will call the shortlisted candidates to attend an entrance examination.

ACJ Entrance examination

Entrance examination of ACJ will be online in real-time. The exam will be conducted in 2 parts.
  1. The first part of the examination will contain questions to test the language skills of the applicant in English

  2. The second part of the exam will contain question from current affairs and general knowledge

Overall the entrance exam conducted by ACJ will test the writing ability, problem solving and analytical thinking skills of a candidate.

Time duration of each paper is 2 hours and each paper holds questions for 100 marks.

Morning Session (1st part- English): 9.30 am to 11.30 am
Tea Break: 11.30 am – 12 noon
Afternoon Session (2nd part- General Knowledge): 12 pm to 1.30 pm

Entrance examination locations

The entrance examination will be conducted by ACJ at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram and possibly at other cities depending on the number of applications received from a particular region.

Based on a candidate's performance in the entrance examination, ACJ will further shortlist and invite the selected candidates for interview.

Final admission at ACJ is purely based on the overall performance of a candidate at the entrance exam and the interview conducted by ACJ.

Important dates to remember

Last date for submission of application form (both online and offline): April 17, 2017
Entrance Examination date: May 14, 2017
Interview dates: June 1 and 5, 2017
Announcement of admission results: June 7, 2017

Note: Asian college of journalism has all rights to change the dates mentioned above.

Contact details

For admission related queries contact,

Asian College of Journalism, Second Main Road, (Behind M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation), Taramani, Chennai-600113
Telephone: 91-44-65752840; 91-44-22542840 / 22542842 - 47

For further information about the admission process at ACJ visit the official website of college.

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