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B.A. in Malayalam is a 3-year undergraduate non-technical course, focusing on the core Malayalam language, its origin, history, etc. The course is more in demand in the Southern part of the country as Malayalam is one of the main languages of that region.

This language-based course includes components of study such as:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Literary Criticism
  • Drama, etc.
Bachelor of Arts in KeralaBachelor of Arts in Tamil NaduBachelor of Arts in Andhra PradeshBachelor of Arts in Puducherry

The topics covered within the course’s curriculum include:

  • Kavitha Samkramam
  • Nadakaum Cinemaum
  • Loka Kavyangal Mathrukakal
  • Samoohika Parinamam, and such.

The course can be pursued after successful completion of the 10+2 level of education in any stream from a recognized educational Board.

Such graduates are hired in capacities such as:

  • Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Customer Service Associate
  • Personnel Manager
  • Economist
  • Sociologist
  • Political Scientist
  • Relation Executive
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Interpreter (from one language to other)
  • Content Writer/ Editor
  • Actor
  • Translator
  • Part Time Trainer – Malayalam
  • Assistant Professor – Malayalam
  • Journalism
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Tele-caller, etc.

The average course fee charge in India ranges between INR 2,000 - 4 lacs for the total duration.

The average annual salary offered to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 4 and 10 lacs per annum.

Top Colleges for Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Malayalam)

  • Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Malayalam) in Kerala
  • BA in Delhi-NCR
  • BA in Maharashtra
  • BA in Chennai
  • BA in Uttar Pradesh
  • BA in Telangana

B.A. in Malayalam: Course Highlights

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

Course LevelGraduation
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility10+2 from a recognized university
Admission ProcessDirect admission to colleges. Entrance test in some cases.
Course FeeINR 2,000 to 5 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 4 to 10 lacs per annum
Top Recruiting AreasAcademic Institutes, Journals, News Agencies, Photography Companies, Printing Companies, Private organization Advertising Agencies, TV Channels, Translation and other language services, Tourism etc.
Job PositionsConsultant, Teacher, Customer Service Associate, Personnel Manager, Economist, Sociologist, Political Scientist, Relation Executive, Sales Coordinator, Interpreter (from one language to other), Content Writer - Editor, Actor, Translator, Part Time Trainer – Malayalam, Assistant Professor - Malayalam Journalism, Data Entry Operator, Tele-caller etc.

B.A. in Malayalam: What is it About?

This course has been designed for candidates who:

  • can speak and understand Malayalam.

  • possess superior knowledge of Malayalam language, culture and qualities.
  • can read and write Malayalam and converse in simple Malayalam.

The program aims to familiarize eligible candidates with:

  • common nouns for effective communication.
  • common verbs for developing effective communication.
  • pragmatic information of correspondence and viable written work through the investigation of Malyali poetry.
  • figures of speech and their usage.
  • the language’s verbal structures

Top Institutes offering B.A. in Malayalam

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
Presidency CollegeChennaiINR 1,245 (course)
Madras Christian CollegeChennaiINR 18,719 (course)
Government Victoria CollegePalakkadINR 4,500 (course)
Maharaja's CollegeErnakulamINR 1,985 (course)
University Of CalicutCalicutINR 1,127 (course)
Farook CollegeKozhikodeINR 2,040 (course)
Bharata Mata CollegeKochiINR 15,000 (course)
Archbishop Powathil Assumption Community CollegeKottayamINR 1,000 (course)
Assumption CollegeKottayamINR 2,922 (course)
Baselius CollegeKottayamINR 18,000 (course)
Bishop Kurialacherry College For WomenKottayamINR 1,314 (course)
Bishop Moore CollegeMavelikaraINR 3,005 (course)
CMS CollegeKottayamINR 4,840 (course)
Christ College IrinjalakudaThrissurINR 2,730 (course)
Christian CollegeChengannurINR 7,050 (course)
Co-Operative Arts & Science CollegeKannurINR 1,575 (course)
Deva Matha CollegeKottayamINR 1,953 (course)
Devaswom Board CollegeKottayamINR 18,000 (course)
Ettumanoorappan CollegeKottayamINR 18,000 (course)
Fatima Mata National CollegeKollamINR 18,000 (course)
Government Brennen CollegeThalaseryINR 4,808 (course)
Government CollegeMalappuramINR 1,705 (course)

Eligibility for B.A. in Malayalam

Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

  • 10+2 education completed in any stream from a recognized educational Board.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the 10+2 level.
  • Basic proficiency in Malyali.

B.A. in Malayalam: Admission Process

Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test. Admission process generally varies across colleges.

A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level.

Some such institutes that hold entrance exams in India for admission to the course are:

  • Presidency College Entrance Exam
  • Madras Christian College Entrance Exam
  • Government Victoria College Entrance Exam
  • Maharaja's College Entrance Exam
  • University of Calicut Entrance Exam
  • Farook College Entrance Exam
  • Bharata Mata College Entrance Exam
  • Archbishop Powathil Assumption Community College Entrance Exam
  • Assumption College Entrance Exam
  • Baselius College Entrance Exam
  • Bishop Kurialacherry College for Women Entrance Exam
  • Bishop Moore College Entrance Exam
  • Cms College Entrance Exam
  • Christ College Irinjalakuda Entrance Exam
  • Christian College Entrance Exam
  • Co-Operative Arts & Science College Entrance Exam
  • Deva Matha College Entrance Exam
  • Devaswom Board College Entrance Exam
  • Ettumanoorappan College Entrance Exam
  • Fatima Mata National College Entrance Exam
  • Government Brennen College Entrance Exam
  • Government College Entrance Exam.

B.A. in Malayalam: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Semester ISemester II
Foundation Course – Language-1 (Optional)Foundation Course-Language-2 (Optional)
Foundation Course- English-1Foundation Course-English-2
Early Modern PoetryModern Poetry
Cultural History of Ancient KeralaCultural History Of Modern Kerala
Optional A) Writings for Print Media B)Functional MalayalamOptional A) Writings for Visual Media B) Comparative Literature
-Environmental Studies
Semester IIISemester IV
Foundation Course-Language-3 (Optional)Foundation Course- Language-4 (Optional)
Foundation Course-English-3Foundation Course- English
History of Ancient Malayalam LiteratureHistory of Modern Malayalam Literature
FictionIntroduction to Malayalam Software
Optionals: SanskritVisual and Performing ArtsOptionals: General Linguistics Screen Play and Film studies
Semester VSemester VI
Prosody and PoeticsMalayalam Grammar
Literary TheoriesLiterary Criticism
Ancient and Medieval LiteratureGeneral Prose
Special Paper (Optional): Folkloristic Feminist Literary Theory and CriticismSpecial Paper (Optional): Introduction to Cultural Studies Eco Aesthetics

B.A. in Malayalam: Career Prospects

Such professionals can explore career options such as:

  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Freelancer.
  • Private tutors.
  • Consecutive Interpreters
  • General Interpreter
  • Liaison Interpreter.

Translators work in fields such as:

  • Scientific
  • Literary
  • Technical
  • Business
  • publishing and journalism

Freelancers work across areas such as:

  • research firms
  • translation bureaus
  • publishing houses
  • international organizations
  • hotel industry
  • travel and tourism sector as travel guides.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
TeacherA Teacher is responsible for teaching and guiding students, and creating appropriate lesson plans for imparting learning. Also, they track student progress and work with school administration, and train students for standardized tests.3,01,462
ProfessorProfessors teach students a wide range of subjects at the post-secondary level. They deliver scholarly articles, perform research, and instruct in the discipline.913,657
Content Editor

Content Editors are in charge of all parts of written material, including improvement, outline, creation, introduction, assessment and investigation, to name a few.

They utilize information and criticism from clients to help assess and improve the quality of composed written material.

Political scientistPolitical scientists study the beginning, origin, development, and operation of political frameworks. They examine political ideas and examine governments, arrangements, policies, political patterns, and related issues.3,20,333

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