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Admission FAQ (M.A)

What is the procedure for admission into the M.A. Diplomacy, Law and Business (DLB) programme?
  • Step 1.   Complete and submit the application form available here: On receipt of your application form, the Admissions Department will send you a welcome email along with details of the programme and entrance examination guidelines and dates.
  • Step 2.  Enroll for the entrance examination by confirming the date with the Admissions Department.
  • Step 3.   Give the 8-hour open book exam on the scheduled date.
  • Step 4.   Your result will be available within four working days. If you have passed the exam, you will receive an Admission Offer Letter. If you have not passed the exam, feedback will be provided and you may opt to re-take the exam.
  • Step 5:    The Offer Letter will give you a deadline for sending in your acceptance and payment of registration fee of Rs 50,000/-. Complete the registration formalities by the set date.
  • Step 6:     Report to the School on the specified date in the last week of July 2018. Admissions formalities including verification of documents and payment of semester fees are to be completed at this time. The academic session commences on 1 August, 2018.


Please contact the following for enquires:

Issues regarding uploading on the website: Durgesh Nath Tiwari; ; Mobile; +91- 8930110811


Admissions Related: Swarnima Singh; ; Mobile: +91-8930110964


Curriculum and Pedagogy: Prof. Deepanshu Mohan:, Mobile: +91-8396907211; Prof. Samrat Sinha,; Mobile: +91-8930110871; Prof. Rajdeep Pakanati: ; Mobile: +91-8930110873; Prof. Mohsin Khan:, M

How many seats are available for the M.A. DLB programme?

The incoming cohort for 2018 is 60 students, but we may increase the number to 70.

What is the entrance examination format (multiple choice/long answer etc/written test followed by interview/group discussion)?

The entrance exam is in essay format. You will have to answer three questions. The question paper will be sent to you by email on the exam day at 10AM. You will have to answer these questions and send them in by return email, by 6pm, on the same day. There is no interview or group discussion. All this can be done from the comfort of staying in your home!

What do you mean by "rolling examination"

The entrance exam will be conducted every month, and the last exam will be scheduled in July.

What is the syllabus for the entrance examination?

The entrance exam will be test your knowledge about current affairs, like India’s relations with other countries, and any other major world developments. In your answers we look for three things – your awareness about current events; your writing skills (so avoid plagiarism) and finally your analysis of the events.

Could you recommend textbooks/journals/sources/websites for preparation for the entrance examination

There are no specifics text books, websites etc. You would need to follow/read regularly national and international news sources like The Hindu, Indian Express, NYT, IHT, Economist, BBC, Al-Jazeera etc. If you are already familiar with the field of international relations, it would help to refer to journals of Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs etc.

Do you have any other advice to help me prepare for the entrance examination?

Please articulate your views in your words, rather than borrowing extensively (which could result in plagiarism) when you write the essays.

Are any sample question papers available?

Answers must be illustrated with concrete examples and factual evidence. The maximum length limit for each answer is 2000 words. Answers that exceed this limit will be penalized. A. Why is the European economic crisis not ending despite frantic efforts? B. Is it fair to call 21st century an “Asian Century”? C. What does the latest unrest in Turkey tell you about democracy? D. Can the U.S. and China cooperate with each other? E. Is surveillance of global communications by the U.S. government justified? F. Why have the Panama Leaks caused political upheaval around the world? G. Can China and the USA coexist and avoid conflict? H. Is the EU unprepared to control terrorism? 

What are the career records of the past students i.e., packages etc.

Please refer to Page 3 of our careers brochure for ‘Employers of JSIA Alumni’ and Career development is one the major hallmarks of the M.A. DLB programme. Through the Career Development Office, students are provided opportunities for professional growth such an internships and placement assistance. Students are encouraged to explore a diverse set of opportunities in the fields of international diplomacy, research and development, international development, security studies and the corporate sector.