Bachelor of Arts

Stream Arts
Course Type Degree
Duration 3 Years

B.A. or Bachelor of Arts or B.A. (general) is an undergraduate course. It can be defined as a broad subdivision of culture composed of many expressive disciplines. The course can be pursued either as a full-time graduate course or part time graduate course i.e. through correspondence or distance education depending upon one’s choice. B.A. is often referred as simply B.A. or B.A. Pass Course. It is general in the sense that it is not subject Specific and one can choose a number of combinations of subjects, apart from 1-2 Compulsory Subjects. These combinations vary from institute to institute. These subjects can from the Liberal Arts, the Sciences, or both. Normally, a candidate needs to study 5-6 Subjects 1–2 Compulsory and 3 Electives in 6 Semesters.

Arts students have the option to choose to major and minor in English, French, any other linguistics course, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Religious Studies and more subject areas. The duration of the course is three years, however, in some countries; this duration is 4 years especially in Canada, Japan, the Russian Federation, Scotland, United States etc. In India and other countries like some of the European Union countries, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore etc. have 3 years of duration of the course. Those candidates who are unable to clear it in 3 years can clear it in a certain number of years depending upon the education policy. Most of the Institutes offer a change of Elective Subjects in the 2nd year depending upon one’s performance or choice. Certain Institutes admit students who have passed 1st or a 2nd year from another institute depending upon fulfilment of the institute's rules and regulations.

B.A. Course is one of the oldest known courses and the most common course provided by almost all the educational institutes.

Some of the Subjects available in B.A.











Library Science




Political Science

Public Administration




     B.A. Employment Areas

Advertising Agencies

Broadcasting Centres

Business Process Outsourcing Units


Community Service Centres

Film Editing and Direction Units

Graphics and Printing Industry

Journalism and Mass Communication

Library and Information Science

Professional Writing

Religious Studies

Social Work Departments


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Students passing successfully out of their H.S.C. examinations (10+2) from a recognized Education Board with Science, Arts or Commerce stream can opt for Bachelor of Arts.

Generally, 50% of marks are required but the percentage may vary from state to state and from institute to institute.