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Journalism Entrance Test material, Osmania University

BCJ Entrance Test material 2009, Osmania University
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Osmania University BCJ 2009 entrance test syllabus: -

BCJ (Bachelor of Communication & Journalism)

Part A (40 marks)
Comprehension of a passage (15 marks) Language skills (25 marks) (sentence construction, spellings, antonyms and synonyms, logic and reasoning)
Part B (60 marks)
Media awarenewss (20 marks) current affairs (20 marks) General awareness ( 10 marks) words frequently used in media (10 marks)

Current Affairs Plus

Attitude Skill Knowledge

M.R. Narayan Swamy is the author of 'Inside An Elusive Mind', the only biography of Prabhakaran

V Prabhakaran (LTTE) was known as "Sun God".

The LTTE invented the suicide belt and pioneered the use of suicide bombing as a tactic.

The Telegraph newspaper which exposed the Britain MPs' expenses scandal, reportedly paid thousands of pounds to gain confidential information about MPs’ claims. Tops BusinessWeek's 11th Annual InfoTech100
For the third consecutive year, tops BusinessWeek's annual InfoTech100 ranking of tech's top performing companies. In 2007, vaulted from No.23 to No.1, and the company retains the top spot for another year, beating out Oracle No.2), Research in Motion (No.14), and Samsung (No.15). Apple fell from No.2 in 2008 to No.19 and Google dropped from No.11 to No.37.

N Korea 'defiant' amid warnings
North Korea is reported to have fired another missile, despite US warnings it would "pay a price" for nuclear and missile tests in recent days.

What is the estimated Indian money in Swiss banks?
Indians' Money - 70,00,000 Crores Rupees

BRIC countries are: Brazil Russia India and China

Press Council of India chairman: GN Ray

Editor of Economic and Political Weekly : C Rammanohar Reddy


Thirteenth Finance Commission chairman: Vijay Kelkar

The United Nations declares 2009 the International Year of Astronomy

Journalist Jarnail Singh who hurled a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram at a press conference, is a senior reporter with Dainik Jagran.

According to the UNICEF report 'State of the world's children' released on January 17, 2009, what is India's percentage of child marriages of the world?
40 per cent

Central Excise Day - Feb 24

Lal Bahadur Sastri National award for Excellence in Public administration,academics and management award 2008 was presented to-
E Sridharan (MD, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation)

Who is the editor of Siasat urdu daily?
Zahid Ali Khan

Times of India editor for Hyderabad market?
Kingshuk Nag

Fareed Zakaria is the editor of the Newsweek International

Pinki Sonkar acted in Oscar award winning documentary ‘Smile Pinki’.

Editor of the ‘Screen’ weekly – Priyanka Sinha

First model E-court launched: The first model e-court in the country was launched in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on February 8, 2009.

India ranks 94th in the Global Hunger Index of 119 countries. The report was brought out by the United Nations World Food programme

DNA is a 50:50 joint venture between Essel, the company behind the Zee group, and the Bhaskar Group, the publisher of India’s second most read Hindi daily, Dainik bhaskar

iNews tagline : on your side

Teja telugu weekly editor: Dolendra Prasad

Colors TV channel is a joint venture between Viacom and Network 18

Which famous corporate headquarters is known as Bush House?

26/11 Mumbai attacked book by Harinder Baweja

World Water Day, 22 March 2009 theme: Shared Waters, Shared Opportunities

The Economic and Political Weekly, published from Mumbai

The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.

International Customs Day 26 January 2009 theme: “Customs and the environment: protecting our natural heritage”
WCO Headquarters, Brussels

Boob tube, American and Canadian slang for a television set

17 May 2009, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
Theme 2009
This year, to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, ITU Council adopted the theme: Protecting children in cyberspace. The theme of this year’s WTISD aims at ensuring that children can safely access the Internet and its valuable resources without fear of falling prey to unscrupulous predators in cyberspace.

Media favorite: Bolt edges Phelps in 2008 athlete of the year poll

Indian-American Sonal Shah, who formerly led the philanthropic arm of Google, has been appointed head of the new Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Obama administration.

1. India’s largest news agency – PTI (Press Trust of India)
2. Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) – Pune
3. The highest contributor to central exchequer – corporate tax
4. Compulsory AIDS test before marriage introduced by Goa state
5. First banking district in the country – Ernakulam
6. RK Raghavan Committee was appointed by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry to look into the issue of ragging and suggest means for its prevention in educational institutions.
7. Tenth schedule: The Tenth Schedule provides for the disqualification of people’s representative on the ground of defection.

8. The Ninth Schedule in the constitution was originally enacted in 1950 in order to place beyond challenge certain laws, particularly those relating to agrarian reforms.
9. Durand line is between India and Afghanistan
10. National cricket academy is in Bangalore
11. First country to introduce grading for public issues – India
12. How many countries are there in NSG(Nuclear Suppliers Group) – 45
13. Sameera Salim: first woman from Pakistan planning to go to space travel
14. Budget deficit means the receipts minus total expenditure on both revenue and capital account

The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation. KHALIL GIBRAN

15. Liberhan Commission – Babri masjid demolition
16. Which state has highest number of borders in India – Asom
17. Paul Krugman – New York Times columnist
18. The Week is published from Kochi.
19. OUTLOOK weekly is published from New Delhi
20. A blog is a web page made up of usually short, frequently updated posts that are arranged chronologically-like what’s new page or a journal.

Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. MARK TWAIN

Right Turn column in the Education Plus of The Hindu is by Yandamoori Veerendranath

Financial Chronicle in association with the International Herald Tribune

How many countries are there in G-20? 21

India, the fourth country after US, Russia and France to build a large aircraft carrier

Gandhiji dismissed Katherine Mayo’s Mother India as a ‘drain inspector’s’ report.

India’s first ever Rajdhani Express was launched in 1969 from Howrah to New Delhi

The world’s # 1 celebrity news magazine People is brought in India by Outlook group

First HDTV in India – Sakshi TV

Mahaa TV chief editor, MD : I Venkat Rao

HMTV chief editor & CEO : K Ramachandra Murthy

Promoters of HMTV: Vamana Rao of Kapil Chit Funds

The Sunday Indian published from how many languages? 14

Colors TV channel is a joint venture between Viacom and Network 18

Who was the president of Indian National Congress when India attained freedom? JB Kripalani

French writer Marie Gustav Le Clezio was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize.

Finland’s former President Martti Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for a long career of peace making around the world from Namibia to Kosovo

US Economis Paul Krugman was awarded the Nobel Economics Prize for his trade analysis theory

Aravind Adiga, the Chennai-born author wins 50,000 pound Man Boker Prize for his debut novel The White Tiger

Suvarnabhumi airport is in Thailand

Lord Swaraj Paul becomes the first Asian Deputy Speaker of the British House of Lords

TIME magazine names Barack Obama Person of the Year 2008

The nationwide ban on smoking in public places comes into force (Oct 2)

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C11) puts Chyandrayaan-1, the nation’s first spacecraft to the Moon, in its initial orbit after liftoff from the Sriharikota space centre

Preparation Plan: broad areas to be covered include:-

Ø National
Ø International
Ø Persons in News
Ø Places in News
Ø Awards
Ø Appointments
Ø Sports
Ø Science & Technology
Ø Economy
Ø Political
Ø Geography
Ø Meetings
Ø Committees
Ø Defense
Ø Space
Ø Nobel prize
Ø Booker prize
Ø Padma awards
Ø Film awards
Ø Economic survey
Ø RBI credit policy
Ø Constitution amendments
Ø Court judgments
Ø Joint declaration with heads of foreign states
Ø Human development index
Ø Watch Television / Listen to radio

v Daily reading of newspapers
v Planned preparation
v Scientific reading
v Study with examination point of view.

Current Affairs:-

To crack BCJ you need to have command over current affairs. Current affairs play a key role.

The perfect 10 steps:-

1. Contemporary issues: - Issues of the Nation, State affairs. Affairs of our neighbours.
2. Defence system: - Airforce, Navay and military developments. Agreements with different countries. Research and development.
3. Committees and Commissions: - National and State level committees and its reports and their heads etc.
4. National and International meetings: - National, International bilateral, trilateral and multilateral meetings.
5. Space: - Satellite launching, ISRO, DRDO etc.
6. Reports: - Various agencies reports like, UNO, UNDP, WHO etc. India’s position, AP’s position. Indians place in various magazines like Time, Forbes
7. Places, Persons and appointments: - State, National and International level appointments. Persons and places in news.
8. Awards, achievements: - Nobel, Magsaysay, Pulitzer, Booker prizes. Oscar, Filmfare, Nandi awards etc.
9. Sports: - National and International level sports. Award winners from AP and India.
10. Miscellaneous: - Headline News which occupy front page of news papers. Books and authors. Major controversies.

Read news papers, magazines watch Television and listen to Radio.

The harder you fall, the higher you bounce - AMERICAN PROVERB

All things pass…Patience attains all it strives for – MOTHER TERESA

The only disability in life is a bad attitude
– Scott Hamilton


Online and offline – K Narayanan (The Hindu)
Out of London – Hasan Suroor (The Hindu)
State Craft – Harish Khare (The Hindu)
Realty check – Siddharth Vardarajan (The Hindu)
Cambridge Letter – Bill Kirkman (The Hindu)
Men and Ideas – Guru charan Das (The Times of India)
Media Matters -Sevanti Ninan (The Hindu)
Politically incorrect -Shobhaa De (The Times of India)
Indiaspora -Chidanand Rajghatta (The Times of India)

Some of the most important news papers published in different countries

Daily Mirror UK
Daily Express UK
Daily Mail UK
Guardian UK
New York Times USA
Daily News USA
Washington Post USA
Toronto Globe & Mail USA
People’s Daily China
Asahi Shimbun Japan
Dawn Pakistan
Jang Pakistan

News Agencies / Head quarters

AP Associated Press New York
IRNA Islamic Republic News Agency Tehran
PPI Pakistan Press International Karachi
PTI Press Trust of India Mumbai
SPA Saudi Press Agency Riyadh
TASS Telegraph Agency of the Moscow
Sovereign State
UPI United Press International New York
XINHUA Xinhua Beijing
AFP Agence France Presse Paris


*Banner: The main headline stretching right across the top of a page over all the columns.

*Blow-up: An enlargement.

*By-line: Name of a reporter of contributors printed above the story.

*Credit lines: A line acknowledging the source of a story.

*Crusade: A campaign by a newspaper to bring pressure to accomplish a specific social mission.

*Edition: The total copies of a newspaper printed at one run

*Free-lance: A journalist not on the staff of any newspaper but usually contributing to several newspapers.

*Lead: The main story in a newspaper or the first paragraph in a news story giving the main facts.

*Spot news: News obtained on the scene of the event, hence fresh, live news. Usually used to refer to unexpected events.

*Tabloid: It is the page half the size of a broad sheet, usually applied to newspapers of page size.

*Tip-off: As information passed on to a newspaper by the public

*Yellow Journalism: Refers to a newspaper or journal specializing in highly sensational stories

• Caption: words accompanying picture or graphic.

* Dateline: place from which story was filed usually applied to stories from abroad

Ads / Captions / tag lines :-

Journalism of courage The Indian Express
Connecting people Nokia
Count on us Maruti Suzuki
Because you are worth more
Speak out OUTLOOK
Keep walking Johnnie Walker
God’s own country Kerala
Be the first to know CNN
Growth is Life Reliance
Putting News First BBC World
The complete man Raymond
Connecting India BSNL
Read to lead The Financial Express
Incredible India India Tourism
What ever it takes CNN-IBN
Sabse Tej Aaj Tak

News papers/TV channels / magazines & editors

Tehelka Tarun Tejpal
Outlook Vinod Mehta
The Hindu N Ram
Hindustan Times Vir Singhvi
CNN-IBN Rajdeep Sardesai
Times Now Arnab Goswami
India Today Aroon Purie
India Today (telugu) Prabhu Chawla
Tribune H K Dua

TV programmes

Big Fight - NDTV 24x7 (Barkha Dutt)
Devil’s Advocate – CNN-IBN (Karan Thapar)
India Tonight - CNBC India (Karan Thapar)
Indian Idol – Sony
Nenu Saitham ETV2
Ghantaravam ETV2
Neti bharatam ETV2
Neralu Ghoralu ETV2
Vikata Kavi TV9
Naveena TV9 (anchor: Jhansi)


Pratibha plus Eenadu
Quest The Hindu
Sadhana Andhra Bhoomi
Diksoochi Andhra Jyothi
Cheli Vaartha
Opportunities The Hindu
Brand Equity Economic Times

National Press Day November 16
Anti-Terrorism day May 21
Earth day April 22
National Technology Day May 11
World Book day April 23
World Health day April 7
World tourism day September 27
World water day March 22
World Press Freedom Day May 3rd
World Human Rights day December 10
Small Industry Day August 30
World Vegetarian Day October 2
World AIDS Day December 1
Anti Tobacco Day May 31

Top dailies in India

Dainik Jagran Hindi
Dainik Bhaskar Hindi
Malayala Manorama Malayalam
Anand Bazar Patrika Bengali

Books and authors

The World is Flat Thomas Friedman
The Alchemist Paulo Cohelo
Freedom is not Free Shiv Khera
How to Know God Deepak Chopra
Argumentative Indian Amartya Sen
Harry Potter (series) J K Rowling
One night @ the call center Chetan Bhagat
In the line of Fire Pervez Musharraf
A suitable boy Vikram Seth
War & Peace Tolstoy
Midnight’s Children Salman Rusdie
Algebra of infinite justice Arundhati Roy


IBSA India Brazil South Africa
SAFTA South Asian Free Trade Area
NACO National AIDS Control Organisation
NCMP National Common Minimum Programme
DRDO Defence Research and Development
IRDA Insurance Regulatory Development Authority
CNN Cable News Network
CDMA Code Division Multiple Access
PCI Press Council of India
LCA Light Combat Aircraft
BAFTA British Academy Film Awards
NREGP National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme
CAS Conditional Access System
ULFA United Liberation Front of Asom
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
FDI Foreign Direct Investment
CTBT Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
MTCR Missile Technology Control Regime
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction
CSO Central Statistical Organization
GLONASS Global Navigation Satellite System
ESMA Essential Services Maintenance Act
NRSA National Remote Sensing Agency
CRR cash reserve ratio
SLR Statutory Liquidity Ratio

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