Preparing for B.A. Honours entrance of CIC is not as difficult as the word ‘entrance’ might make you think. I’ll brief you quickly with the syllabus and paper pattern of the entrance.
- General Awareness
- Current Affairs
- General Knowledge
- Communication Skills
- Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
100 questions, +4/-1, 400 marks total.
The key to crack CIC’s entrance with a rank under 20 is not just limited to the books someone refers to, but daily reading of newspaper is imperative as well. While the books will help in GK section, newspaper will help in current affairs.
The books I referred to during my preparation were:
- Lucent’s GK
- Arihant’s General Knowledge by Manohar Pandey
- Non-verbal reasoning by RS Agarwal
- Quantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal
- Pratiyogita Darpan
I didn’t refer to any book for Communication Skills section, but for English language Word Power by Norman Lewis and grammar from 11th and 12th NCERT English textbooks should suffice.
In my opinion Lucent is a better book as compared to Manohar Pandey as it has more information regarding development of World History. A quick read of the headlines of Pratiyogita Darpan will help the aspirants to catch-up with the news that they might have missed out on. Almost every year at least 1 or 2 questions are repeated in the entrance, hence solving the previous year papers become extremely important for preparation. It also helps in understanding the changing trends in preparation of the question paper.
First semester of B.A. Honours at CIC is quite different from that at other colleges as the papers we study are different from those studied under any other course.
The papers to be studied under first semester are:
- Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences (Core)
- Impact of Technology (Core)
- Research Methodology (Core)
- Art of Communication (AECC)