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MA Bengali is a 2 years full time post graduate course which is divided into 4 semesters. The module provides an introduction to Bengali language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Bengali. This study covers script and sounds, tenses, verb morphology, noun phrase structure and case, and adverbs, postpositions, adjectives, conjunctions and basic sentence structure. This communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues and role plays dealing with a range of everyday situations.

The module provides students with a basic knowledge of Bengali and practice of using Bengali in a variety of everyday situations. This study allows students to interact with Bengali speakers in Bengali and to acquire familiarity with the Bengali script. This course provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Bengali literature and culture.

By the end of this course they will be able to understand complex and demanding texts, reason intelligently and imaginatively about ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological issues, and have a grasp of the advantages and problems of a wide range of metaphysical and ethical views.

The average annual course fee ranges anywhere between INR 5,000 to 2 lakhs depending upon the institute offering the course. The average salary offered for this course in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 lakhs to 10 lakhs depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.

MA in Bengali: Course Highlights

Shown below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPost Graduate
Duration2 years
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityBachelor’s degree in Bengali
Admission ProcessCounselling after taking Entrance Examination
Course FeeINR 5,000 to 2 lakhs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 10 lakhs

Top Colleges for Master of Arts [MA] (Bengali)

  • Master of Arts [MA] (Bengali) in Assam
  • Master of Arts [MA] (Bengali) in West Bengal
  • MA in Delhi-NCR
  • MA in Maharashtra
  • MA in Chennai
  • MA in Uttar Pradesh

MA in Bengali: What is it all about?

M.A. Bengali Stands for Master of Arts in Bengali. Basically, a M.A. is a two year course, basic eligibility for this post graduate is a under graduation in Bengali. This is the study of linguistics, literature, and philosophy of the Bengali language. Subjects studied under this degree are Drama, Poetry, Fiction, Literary History, Literary Criticism, etc.

Bengali is usually ranked about sixth in the world in terms of number of people who speak it as a first language; it has approximately 200 million native speakers in Bangladesh and several states in India. Several languages in the area including Hindi and Urdu, this language are directly descended from Sanskrit and still share some of the features of that ancient language.

Top Institutes Offering MA in Bengali

Some of the institutes or colleges offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.

Acharya brojendra nath seal collegeWest BengalINR 10,000
Aliah universityKolkataINR 38,700
Aligarh Muslim universityAligarhINR 16,300
Ananda Chandra collegeWest BengalINR 50,000
Assam universityAssamINR 16,800
Banaras Hindu universityVaranasiINR 11,500
Bangabasi morning collegeKolkataINR 18,000
Barasat collegeKolkataINR 4,536
Barbhag collegeAssamINR 1,66,000
CMJ universityMeghalayaINR 50,000
DDAChennaiINR 20,000
Guwahati universityGuwahatiINR 31,800
International institute of education and researchJaipurINR 5,000
Jadavpur universityKolkataINR 10,000
Lal bahadur shashtri memorial college JamshedpurINR 40,000
Magadh universityBodhgayaINR 8,500
Netaji subhas open universityKolkataINR 9,700
Patna universityPatnaINR 53,750
Prabhat Kumar collegeWest BengalINR 7,000
Ranchi universityRanchiINR 22,100

Eligibility for MA in Bengali

An eligibility criterion for MA in Bengali is passed 3 years B.A Honours degree in Bengali or in comparative literature from a recognized university with at least 55% marks in honours papers.

Top Bengali Colleges In West Bengal Top Bengali Colleges In AssamTop Bengali Colleges BiharTop Bengali Colleges In Delhi

MA in Bengali: Admission Process

Group wise Entrance Test for Non applicants for selection in 40% of total seats will be held. Entrance Test will be of one hour duration. The marks for Entrance Test will be of 100 marks. Number of questions in test will be of 50 and each question should have four options of answers of which one will be correct answer. In exam for each correct answer scoring will be degree marks and negative marking of half marks for each wrong answer and for no try there will be no marks reduction. Selection for 40% of such seat in each course will be made on the basis of marks obtained in the entrance test only. In exam there is a tie of marks obtained in the written entrance test amongst the candidates then the candidates with less negative marking will be placed in higher position in the merit list than the other candidate.

MA in Bengali: Syllabus and Course Description

A Semester - wise syllabus of the course is tabulated below.

Socio political history of old and medieval BengaliBengali literature
History of Bengali literatureModern Bengali literature
Old and medieval textsBengali poetry texts
History of Indian languagesSocio political history of Bengali
Old medieval history of Bengali literature-
Linguistics and Bengali languageMedieval Bengali language
Literary theory and Bengali essaysLife and works of Rabindranath Tagore 
World literatureTagore literature
Translation studiesBengali literature of north east India
Life and literature IBengali fictional literature
 -Contemporary Bengali literature
 -Modern Assamese literature
 -Life and literature II

MA Bengali: Career Prospects

Different career options are available for graduates in this field, once the candidates can become a translator, teacher, or a freelancer as well. Candidates can impart a program in the foreign language; the educational institutions mostly look for experts in this field.

Option for taking private tuitions is also available. After completing this course candidate have various types of jobs available for interpreters, such as general interpreter consecutive interpreter, and liaison interpreter.

Students who are interested in Bengali Language and its related areas are most suitable for this course. Candidates who intend to go for teaching jobs at private and Government Schools. This program also enables the students to go for various jobs in National and International NGOs, central & State governments, Electronic and Print Media, Foreign Embassies and consulates, and administration related jobs. These graduates may also take up translation jobs in courts and other administrative places. Candidates can go for higher degree programs in respective subjects, philosophy in Bengali literature.

Bengali Voice-over Script, Lead Features Editor, Interpreter, Content Editor - Journalism, Bilingual Call Centre Customer Service Representative, Instructor - Foreign Language, Letter translator. Some of the top professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

ProfessorProfessors teach undergraduate or graduate students in community, colleges and universities.INR 2,40,000
WriterCreative writers produce written copy in the form of editorial articles, books, screenplays and promotional marketing material.INR 4,66,000
EditorThe editor is also known as the executive editor, and they manage all the day-to-day operations of a publication, such as a trade publication, magazine, newspaper, or academic journal. Editor-in-chief oversees all of the assistant, or department of a publication and they ensure each issue is released on time.INR 7,00,000
TranslatorA Translator converts written words from a 'source' language into a 'target' language. Some Translators specialize in a combination of source and target languages; they are 'French to English' or 'English to Chinese.'INR 4,02,000
Tourist guideTour guides work for tour and cruise lines, visitors' bureaus travel guide companies, independent contractors, cruise lines, and hotels as seasonal workers, or full-time employees.INR 2,01,000

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