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BA Programme: Busting Myths Since 2004

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Generally, the students who seek admissions to the University Of Delhi are overwhelmed by the plethora of choices that are offered to them regarding the honours courses. Rarely do they pay attention to the largest department of their favourite colleges, B.A Programme. Considering the scenario of today and the vast demand for the students with a rational approach and relevant skills for the job market, can you afford to overlook this course? To have a deeper understanding of the same, let’s delve deeper into the world of B.A Programme and all that it has to offer.

What is B.A Programme?

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First and foremost, it is pretty easy to understand what the vast list of honours courses stands for. However, what is B.A Programme and what does it bring along? Precisely, B.A Programme is the window which gives you a wholesome and inclusive look at the world around. It ensures the overall personality development of a student. A well-round individual endowed with a multifaceted personality and not just a unidirectional setup is born after three years.

Course Content

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The old B. A (Pass) was restructured by the University as B.A Programme back in 2004. Since then, it is one of the most demanded courses and has enjoyed unprecedented popularity among the students. Broadly, the students of BA Programme have to appear for 12 papers throughout their college life. They can choose two disciplines and thus get an edge over the honours students who study just one subject intensely. The students of B.A Programme get more comprehensive coverage of the topics.

  The students in the first year of their college appear for two of their discipline papers along with an AECC and a language paper. The AECC paper is aptly designed to enhance the abilities and the potential of the students and arm them with the skills required to face the competitive world. Generally, either Advanced English or Environment is taught as AECC.

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  In the second year, the students are introduced to a Skill Enhancement course in place of the AECC that they studied the previous year. It makes them a more aware citizen and gives them the elementary knowledge regarding the society, politics or economy of the country.

   In their third year, the students don’t have to study language and can take advantage of both an AECC as well as an SEC course to boost their skills incredibly. The application based courses that provide the much-needed exposure to the students give them an edge above the other departments.

    If you are one of those students who dread studying Hindi, you don’t need to be anxious because the University has also kept the needs of such students in mind while designing the curriculum. Depending on whether you have studied the language till class 8th, 10th or 12th, you can choose the difficulty level of the paper you wish to appear for.

Career Prospects

Who ever said that the students of B.A Programme can’t achieve all that they aspire for? Nothing can hold you back if you have a clear plan of action and are all prepped up to roll up your sleeves and burn the midnight oil. Here’s just a gist of the list of doors that are open to you after your graduation –

  1. If you wish to appear for the UPSC Civil Services Exam, it is highly recommended that you open the syllabus of the exam on the one hand and the curriculum taught in BA Programme on the other. You will realise that a significant chunk of the portions is covered, and you will get a more broad coverage than the honours courses. It is not for nothing that B.A Programme is touted as the course custom tailored for civil services. Also, the burden of the syllabus isn’t too much to deal with and gives you the flexibility to work on the preparation of your competitive exams alongside your college studies.
  2. Another option that a significant proportion of the B.A Programme students are choosing these days is an MBA degree. You can pursue an MBA after your degree and jump head first into the corporate world which will embrace you with open arms.
  3. If teaching is your passion and you wish to share your knowledge with the rest of the world, you can also pursue either B.Ed. or M.A in Education after this course. Moreover, the dream of cracking NET is also not far-fetched, and you can enjoy working at university level positions.
  4. If you believe that just because you don’t have a subject specialisation like the honours courses and can’t pursue Masters afterwards, you are utterly wrong. Not only do you have the same chance of making it to a renowned university for your Masters, but you also have more options in your hand. You can pursue your Masters in either of the two courses that you have chosen as your disciplines.


If you wish to secure a seat in B.A Programme in the best colleges of Delhi University, you need around 90-97% for the same if you are a student from the General category.

Wrapping Things Up….

The students of BA Programme sing incessant songs of praises of the course. ‚ÄúI think BA Programme is the most diverse department in our college as well as the other colleges too. Students with specific knowledge of certain topics can deal with other topics easily. We can adjust to every change in curriculum. Additionally, our syllabus is very precise, and concise providing required information in limited time so that we can give out time in other productive or recreational works”, commented Priyanshi Purwar, a student of B.A Programme at Miranda House.

           If you want to make the best out of your life at Delhi University, you can certainly opt for B.A Programme. It will allow you to build a multifaceted personality. The students of B.A Programme are the life of the societies of their college. Their bubbling enthusiasm gives fresh air to these societies, and their presence cannot be ignored no matter where they go. This diverse course prepares them for the challenges ahead, and they learn how to attain the bliss point between their studies and hobbies.

If you have any further queries regarding B.A Programme, please feel free to ask in the comments section.

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