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M.A. English

MA Programme

The MA programme offered by the English Department constitutes its oldest and most extensive academic activity. On an average about 250 students are given admission to this program every year. These students are spread across the Main and the South Campuses and the Non Collegiate Women’s Educational Board.

The M.A. English syllabus comprises 16 courses to be taught over 4 semesters and in 2 years. Out of these, students need to study 14 within the English Department and choose 2 from among several courses offered by other Humanities or Social Sciences departments of the University. Among the 14 literature courses 10 are compulsory and 4 are optional. Students are offered a total of 10 courses out of which to pick their 4 options.

The English syllabus has been recently revised. It now covers the English literary tradition that extends from Chaucer to modern times. It also incorporates several new areas such as Indian literatures in English and in English translation, continental literary theory, significant imaginative writing from outside England, gender studies, and the relationship between literature and the visual arts.

Scheme of Grading Semester
Duration 4 Semester

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Admission for M.A. English 


Main Campus Room No. 17, Faculty of Arts Building,
Tel.: 27667725 Extn. 1281, 1282, 1283

South Delhi Campus Faculty of Arts Building,
Tel.: 24107772/ 24116938

Eligibility Criteria:

(i) Please note that securing 60% (or above) in B.A. Honours from University of Delhi does not automatically ensure admission or the availability of the colleges of your choice. Direct Admission will be given on the basis of a separate Merit List and will be subject to the availability of seats. Therefore, all candidates seeking Direct Admission are also strongly advised to appear for the Entrance Test.
(ii) A candidate who secures Direct Admission will not be considered for admission through Entrance Test (even if her name appears in the Merit List prepared on the basis of the performance in the Entrance Test).

(iii) Notwithstanding (ii) above, a student who is shortlisted for both Direct Admission and admission through Entrance Test will be allowed to exercise her choice in case such a choice enables her to get the campus of her preference.

No of seats

(i) 50% of seat in all categories (i.e. General, SC, ST, and OBC) in both the campuses (i.e. Main and South) and in the NCWEB are kept aside for Direct Admission and the remaining 50% of seats will be filled through Entrance Test.

(ii) If seats set aside for Direct Admission fall vacant, they will be made available for admission through Entrance Test ensuring that General Category seats are transferred to General Category, and SC/ST/OBC seats are transferred to the corresponding categories.

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