NTA JNU Admission process exam pattern

Since you are here to read about the admission process of JNU, we think you need no explanation on what JNU is and what place it holds on the list of top Indian universities. National testing agency (NTA) conducts entrance examinations for the students who want to get higher education in higher educational instítutes. Through which, thousands of students apply to get admission to JNU every year but only a few get lucky.

Since the entrance exam dates are out for the year 2021-22, candidates who were waiting for this very moment should speed up their preparation. But in case you are not quite sure about the admission process of JNU yet, don’t worry. We have got you covered.

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Here’s the admission process for the JNU entrance exam.

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Admission Process of JNU:

The process to get admission into different study programs involves a written test and a viva voce exam. Though the viva voce exam applies to admission for only a few selected study programs. Check out the course-wise exam pattern and the marks distribution between written and viva exams.

Program/courseWritten examViva
Part-time (COP & advanced diploma in mass media in Urdu)70%30%
BA (Honours) first year100%No viva
BA (honors) second year70%30%
MA, M.Sc, MCA (except foreign languages)100%No viva
MA (foreign languages)70%30%
M.Phil./Ph.D., M.Tech./ Ph.D., Pre-Ph.D./Ph.D., MPH/PH.D.70%30%

Now, take a look at some of the most important details of the examination.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Mode of examination: Computer-based test
  • No. of questions: 100
  • Maximum marks: 100
  • Negative marking: There will be no negative marking.
  • Question type: Objective


  • The written exam is to be held at various centres across the country.
  • Marks obtained in written tests and viva voce (if applicable) will be considered in the preparation of the merit list.

JNU Admission Syllabus

JNU has various programs of study to offer to students. Here is JNU’s course-wise entrance exam syllabus.

B.A. (Hons.) First Year in Foreign Languages

  • General Knowledge
  • Artificial Language
  • Language Aptitude
  • General English
  • General language
  • Elementary Knowledge

B.A. (Hons.) Second Year in Foreign Languages

  • Basic and Applied grammar
  • Culture and Civilization
  • Translation
  • Knowledge of the concerned foreign language

M.A in Economics

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Micro-economics
  • Macro-economics
  • India’s Economic Development prior to Independence
  • Elementary Probability Theory
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • International Economics Issues

M.A in Geography

The question paper will include objective as well as short answer-type questions relating to the below topics.

  • Geographical Information System, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Quantitative Techniques.
  • Regional geography of India – physiographic divisions, patterns and levels of development of agriculture and industries, growth of population and urbanisation, and socio-cultural diversity.
  • Human geography, economic geography, political geography, population geography, human ecology and human settlements.
  • Geomorphology, Climatology, oceanography and biogeography.

M.A in Sociology

  • Concepts and theories in Sociology
  • Processes of social change and development with special reference to India
  • Methods of Sociological enquiry
  • The Classical Heritage: Weber, Marx, Durkheim, Pareto

Centre for the study of social Study M.Phil/Ph.D

  • Processes of social change and development in a comparative and cross cultural perspective
  • Major Theoretical Orientations in Sociology such as Symbolic Interactionism, Structural Functionalism, Structuralism, Phenomenology, Post -modernism, Marxism
  • Methods in social sciences and social research techniques

Centre of Study in Science Policy M.Phil/Ph.D

  • Impact of science and technology on Indian society and emerging issues of S&T such as Intellectual Property Rights; Biodiversity; Environment Regulation and Ethics etc; Green, White and Blue revolutions and transformation in society.
  • Basic concepts in political science, sociology, economics, history, environment and development studies. It is advisable to study Robert K Merton and Thomas Kuhn (sociology of science); Schumpeter and others for economics of technical change; and some basic understanding of history of science in India
  • Development of science and technology in India in a comparative perspective with other countries such as USA, W.Europe, Japan, China and East Asia
  • Social relevance of science and technology in India (poverty alleviation, industrialization, employment, human resource development, empowerment through science and technology processes and mechanisms)
  • Understanding of science and society issues in the contemporary period involving issues such as ICT, bio and nanotechnology revolutions, environment and society, new technologies and questions of ethics and equity etc.
  • Knowledge about science and technology policy issues related to S&T organisations, funding, etc.

M.Sc in Life Sciences

The question paper will consist of two parts:

  • Part 1 will have objective type questions (12th science standard basis)
  • Part 2 will also contain B.Sc level objective type questions from various subjects including Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Physics, etc.

M.Sc in Environmental science

The question paper will again be divided into two parts (all questions will be objective type)

  • Part 1 will contain 12th level questions on Science and Maths.
  • Part 2 will have B.Sc standard questions related to Mathematics, Chemistry, Geology, Botany, Zoology, etc.

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FAQs on JNU exam

Q: Will there be negative markings in the JNU entrance exam?

Ans: No.

Q: How will the merit list be prepared?

Ans: Te merit list will be prepared based on the marks obtained in the written test as well as viva voce (if applicable)

Q: What is the admission procedure for JNU?

Ans: Candidates who want to enroll in one of the many JNU study programs have to undergo a written test along with a viva.