ADMISSION, FEES & FACILITIES
Q1. When do advertisements announcing admission to the courses appear?
Ans: The advertisements are released in the month of March/April each year.
Q2. Is there any minimum educational qualification or minimum percentage required in graduation to apply for this course?
Ans: Graduates with minimum 45% marks can apply. The 45% requirement can be waived off if the applicant has work experience – preferably in content/media industry.
Q3. Can undergraduates apply for this course?
Ans: Those appearing for their Graduate final year examination can apply. In case they are selected then their admission is subject to furnishing of their final marks-sheet and/or provisional degree before end of 2014. No exceptions will be made to this rule.
Q4. Is there any minimum/maximum age limit to apply for this course?
Ans: The applicants have to be minimum graduates or those about to get their graduation degree in 2013. The maximum age is 28 years, but exceptions can be made for those with good academic record and/or relevant work experience – preferably in media/content.
Q5. What is the fee for the entire course? What is the installment break-up and mode of payment?
Ans: The details of fees and installments and mode of payment are given in the relevant section on Admission & Fees.
Q6. Does your institute offer education loans?
Ans: Our institute does not provide education loans. However, leading government and private banks do offer education loans to our students.
Q7. Are there any scholarships for students?
Ans: There are no scholarships, but the top three students are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medal respectively.
Q8. Are Times Group employee’s relatives - son/daughter/brother/sister - eligible for admission? Is there any reservation for them? Are they given any special benefit in terms of lower fees/scholarships etc? Do such students after passing out get preference for jobs at Times Group companies?
Ans: We do not discriminate between Times Group and non-Times Group when it comes to admission and/or fees etc. Times Group employee’s relatives have no reservation and their appointment to any Times Group companies post completion of course is subject to case-to-case approval from the CEO of Bennett Coleman & Company Limited – the main holding company for Times Group.
Q9. Where is the Institute located?
Ans: The institute functions from 10 Daryaganj,
Q10. Is there any hostel facility provided by your Institute?
Ans: The institute does not own or operate any hostel. However, since the past two decades, a number of residential houses nearby have been offering rooms or paying-guest options to students for a charge – which many of our students avail of each year. In case a student wants accommodation, our administrative staff will extend all help necessary.
Q11. What are the timings of the institute and what is the minimum attendance required to sit for the exams?
Ans: The teaching hours span from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on weekdays and 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturdays. The weekly holiday is on Sunday. Students have to have a minimum attendance of 80% for being eligible to sit for the final examinations. Only in serious medical cases can the minimum criteria be relaxed - but only on a case-to-case basis.
Q12. What is the process of cancellation?
Ans: All cancellations have to communicated to us through written application. Please read relevant section under Admission & Fees.
Q13. What are the fee refund rules?
Ans: Please read the relevant section under Admission & Fees. As a rule, no refund of any fees is made.
Q14. Will there be a separate exam for the specialization offered – ie – Business, Sports, General etc? Can a student sit for all these exams?
Ans: There will be a single general exam for all applicants which will be for 4 hours in two parts - Part A of 2.5 hours and Part B of 1.5 hours. Part A will test candidates on their knowledge, usage and structuring of English - including their command of language, comprehension, writing skills etc to be tested on news, events and other topics etc. Part B will comprise of general knowledge, current affairs, logical and lateral thinking etc.
Q15. How long is the entrance exam? Where will it be held? What is the pattern of the examination?
Ans: The PGDJ (English)mentrance exams will be of 4 hours in two parts - Part A of 2.5 hours and Part B of 1.5 hours - to be both held on the same day. Part A exam will be from 0900-1130 hours, while Part B will be from 1200-1330 hours.
The exam schedule is as follows:
PART A (English) Schedule: Time - 0900-1130
- English vocabulary and usage
- Writing on topical issues
- Comprehension and structuring etc.
PART B (GK & CURRENT AFFAIRS): Time - 1200-1330
- General knowledge
- Current affairs
- Logical aptitude
- Lateral thinking etc.
Candidates can download previous sample questions by clicking here: SAMPLE QUESTIONS
Q16. How will the students know if they are selected for interview and finally the course? Will the student be required to go to
Ans: All successful candidates clearing the entrance exam will be called for interview. Only successful candidates will be called individually through telephone, e-mail and registered post/courier. Those clearing the interview will be offered admission. Outstation candidates need not visit Delhi for the interview. They have a choice of appearing for the same at the metro nearest to them, namely Kolkata,
Q17. What is so special about the programmes run by your institute?
Ans. The programmes are run by Times Group –
The programmes we run are integrated with these businesses – which means that not only do our in-house experts teach their trade to students in classrooms, but also do mentoring with individual guidance for each student when they go for their 3-month plus internship stint at various Times Group entities across India. This internship exposure of working with some of world’s largest brands and getting trained by the best in the business is not offered by any other media/non-media owned media/journalism school.
Q18. For how many years are these programmes running?
Ans: The first programme (PG Diploma – Social Journalism) was run by Times Group in 1985. Since then the institute has conducted programmes not only in journalism, but also media marketing, sales and private equity.
Q19. What is the level of the course and how long does it run? Are there any part time courses also run by your Institute?
Ans: We offer only full-time year-long PG Diplomas which is a mix of academic training and intensive hands-on training as paid interns with any Times Group brand – in any location of their choice. Presently we do not have any part-time programmes.
Q20. What is the batch size?
Ans: The average batch size for the PGD (English) course is between 30 and 35 students. This policy of limiting the batch size ensures that not only do the best of the applicants get selected, but also the class is manageable wherein each student gets individual attention – in classroom or when doing internship. This is unlike other media schools where often there is no real connection to any media businesses – making them run purely for profit - with batches of over 200 but with no hands-on training or internship offered to students.
Q21. Who are your faculty?
Ans: Working professionals from Times Group and other media companies, top-notch professionals from various industries, academic gurus from other renowned institutions and various other experts teach and also mentor students in the art of journalism. Please see relevant section on Faculty for more details.
Q22. Are these course affiliated/recognized by university/AICTE/state government etc?
Ans: The programmes are not affiliated/recognized by any government body. However, students who complete these industry-oriented programmes are always in high demand across media and non-media companies due to the fact that India’s largest media house – The Times Group – has been running these programmes for more than 25 years now.
Q23. How many papers you cover during the entire course? What is the course curriculum and academic calendar?
Ans: Please read Programme details for more information.
Q24. Is there any specialization module like Broadcast/Online etc that is provided by your Institute?
Ans: We speacliase in "Integrated Journalism" and therefore train all students equally in all major media platforms – Print, Broadcast, Online etc.
Q25. What subject specialization do you offer?
Ans: Students can opt for specialisation in any one of the following subjects:
- Business (including Applied Communication)
- General (Including Politics, Science, Developmental Issues etc)
- Entertainment & Lifestyle
INTERNSHIP & CAREER PROSPECTS
Q26. What are the job prospects/placements assistance for the course? What is the entry level salary after doing this course?
Ans: All students have to do the 3 month internship as part of the course curriculum. Those who outperform are offered jobs at Times Group brands like Times of India, Economic Times, Times Now, ET Now, timesofindia.com, economictimes.com etc, while the rest get offers from other media and/or non-media companies. For beginners the entry-level salary ranges from 2-5 lakh per annum. Those with prior work experience or those who choose to join non-media companies after doing this course, the salary can be almost double or more than what the beginners are being offered. Needless to say, salaries are also a function of general economic conditions and health of media industry and hence these figures are only indicative. The actual salary can be higher or lower than what is mentioned above.
The alumni of our institutes who have done programmes in marketing, sales or journalism are today placed in several senior positions across media and non-media companies. Please read the section on Alumni for more details.
Q27. What happens if a student does internship from any Times Group brand but does not get a job offer? In short, why should Times Group competitors give jobs to TSJ students then?
Ans: Our institute does not guarantee jobs – primarily because we are not a job-placement agency but a training school. We strongly believe in the culture of co-creation through practical hands-on training and that we are in the business of creating top-notch media professionals – who go on to work in not only Times group brands, but other competing media and non-media companies. Some of our students also opt for higher studies or even start their own businesses. To create such professionals we give individual guidance and attention and that’s why our batch size is almost one-fifth of the size of other journalism programmes run by leading media/non-media companies. As Times Group brands may not always have adequate junior-level vacancies in the centres being sought after by the student, so only those who outperform get job offers. However, the training imparted by our faculty – which not only comprises of the cream of senior Times Group journalists, but also other competing media companies – means our students find readily acceptability in other places even if they are not offered jobs by Times Group. So be it Zee, Star, ABP Group, DNA, NDTV, CNBC, Business Standard, Express group etc, TSJ students are much sought after by every media brand.
Q28. Is internship meant for all? If jobs are not guaranteed, then why is internship at Times Group mandatory? Do I get paid for such training?
Ans: Internship is part of course curriculum and only those who complete the internship are eligible for the Diploma. However, poor academic performance, inadequate attendance, indiscipline, failure to work as part of team, insubordination or bad behavior towards staff, faculty or other students will mean termination of internship – which can be effective prior to start or during the internship period, thereby making the student ineligible for the Diploma. In exceptional cases, the student can be suspended after warning and in severe cases can even be expelled from the course. In case a student is not found fit for internship or the internship is terminated anytime during the internship period, then the student will be eligible for only a Diploma/Certificate without internship experience.
The opportunity to interact and learn directly at the newsrooms of India’s leading media brands during the classroom training, which is followed by several months of continuous internship at location and a brand chosen by the students, is in itself an invaluable experience – which most media/non-media run schools do not offer. The students also get a stipend that is paid by the respective Times Group brand. However, if a student gets a confirmed job-offer from any mainstream media company as a journalist at the start of or during the internship period, then the pre-condition of completing the full internship period can be dispensed with.
Q29. Does it mean that if a student will get full stipend even if he/she is getting placement outside of Times of Group during or before commencement of internship?
Ans: As stated earlier, if a student gets confirmed offer letter from any leading media company – either at the beginning of or during the compulsory internship – then we can waive off the mandatory internship requirement for getting the Diploma. However, not doing internship at any Times Group entity does not mean that students will get stipend for internship – simply because the stipend is paid directly by the Times Group entity where the student is doing internship at. In other words, no work at Times Group means no pay.
Q30. Does this programme count if after passing out a student wants to pursue higher studies in
Ans: Our PG Diplomas are readily accepted by domestic private colleges/institutes. In international arena, our diplomas are sought after and many of our ex-students routinely apply for and get selected by top-notch education institutes.
Note: We have tried to put down and answer almost all questions that candidates normally ask. In case you have a query which is not there in this list and is also not mentioned on our website, then don’t hesitate to drop us a mail with your query. You will definitely get an answer in the shortest possible time. You can contact us at:
Times School of Journalism
1st Floor, Bharat Base Building
10, Daryaganj, New Delhi 110002
Telephone: +91 11 23273514, +91 11 39843369
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