Master in Social Work or simply MSW is a 2 year specialized postgraduate course, consisting of macro and micro-aspects of professional social work practices in community, hospitals, schools and other fields of social services.
Anybody with a Bachelor degree (Mainly in Arts) with a minimum of 50% is eligible to apply for this master in social work program.
MSW Admission Process
Admissions are done on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination, followed by Common Admission Test or Skill Assessment Test, and a Personal Interview.
You can directly apply for a course by filling the online application form or submitting, during the application process. There are no specific Entrance Tests for Master of Social Work admissions, but to screen the applications:
Colleges generate a cut off list which indicates the minimum percentage required for admission, like they do at Delhi University.
They take an Entrance Test to judge a candidate’s skills and critical thinking ability.
After the test, Personal Interview or Group Discussion takes place which further helps the college admission committee to screen students.
After all these rounds, selected candidates are notified via email or a merit list is generated based on their ability, skills, and the number of seats in that particular college.
The basic eligibility required is the following:
Completed Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a recognized college with a minimum of 50% marks.
Students from Humanities/Social Science/Science/Management and other backgrounds are also eligible for the MSW course if they have scored a minimum of 50% from a recognized college or institute.
Students who are waiting for their Bachelor's degree results can also apply for the course with the scores they already have.
MSW Entrance Exams
As stated earlier also, there are no specific exams for MSW admissions, but colleges screen students on the basis of scores obtained in the written test or skill assessment test, followed by a Personal Interview.
Delhi University Skill Assessment Test: This is 2 hours MCQ based test, conducted by the Dept. of Social Work, Delhi University.
BHU PET 2020: BHU PET exam is conducted by BHU, for admission into various PG courses including social work.
TISS NET 2020: TISS NET is also an MCQ based test which includes questions related to General Awareness, English Proficiency, etc.
Christ University Entrance Test: This test is also MCQ based and tests student’s ability and logical reasoning skills.
MS University Written Test: This exam is conducted by Faculty of Social Work, MS University for admission into its social work program.
How to prepare for MSW Entrance Exams?
The above mentioned entrance exams usually consist of General Awareness, General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, English Proficiency, Subject Knowledge.
It is necessary to know the exact syllabus of each exam that you are planning to give. It is usually mentioned in the college’s official website.
Check for preparation material or books, both online and offline.
Adhere to a time table so that you finish your syllabus on time.
Make revision notes while preparing so that you can go through them one week or few days before the exam.
Sleep atleast for 8 hours to give rest to your brain and your body.
How to get admission in a good MSW College?
Admission to the course MSW in India is based on Bachelor degree marks, performance in the Written test and Personal Interview or Group discussion round.
In order to get admission in prestigious colleges like Jamia, AMU, Loyola, DU, etc. you must pay attention to the below-mentioned points:
Although the minimum eligibility is 50%, you should score atleast 80% in your Bachelor course. Higher the scores, better are your chances of admission in that particular college.
In the Written Test, questions are mostly MCQ based which tests your skill assessment, logical thinking, and critical ability. Be prepared and be alert during the exam. Keep yourself updated with GK and General Affairs as well.
In the Personal Interview Round, you should speak with confidence and eloquence. The panelists might ask you questions to judge your skills and know your interest, so answer all the question briefly and pay full attention to their questions.
Stay updated with the important dates such as the Application Period so that you can fill the college application form on time.