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M.A English

Students undertaking English Studies at Mount Carmel College are trained to explore English with an aspiration to delve into literary and cultural theories. By putting in a conscious effort to impart knowledge about the field by reputed professors and lecturers, this program is designed to foster a culture of research to enhance the students’ potential. Through rigorous evaluation patterns, our students are encouraged to put their skills to use and venture into the field of English by enhancing their critical thinking abilities and sensibilities. On acquiring knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative techniques as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the field, Graduates of this degree will be able to demonstrate their skills in Indian Literature, Narratology, Visual Culture, etc. The Curricular and Extracurricular activities are designed in a way to ensure that the students receive a holistic understanding through the curriculum.

Head of Department

Ms. Sujaya Sundaram Associate Professor, M.A.

PG Coordinator

Dr. Neepa Sarkar Assistant Professor, Ph.D, JRF-NET


To develop a worldview that is inclusive of differences through the medium of English Studies



  • To foster creative thinking/reasoning
  • To equip students with linguistic competencies
  • To develop analytical skills in thought and writing
  • To appreciate literature that reflects the culture and ethos of Peoples across the world


Students are required to take compulsory or “Core” courses, optional or “Elective” courses, and “Allied” courses. The core courses are intended to cover the breadth of canonical English studies. They will equip the students to carry out teaching, research and allied activities in India and abroad. The elective courses will equip students with analytical skills from a cultural studies perspective.

The choice of options offered will depend on the interest shown by students.
Both elective and allied courses are intended to develop professional and research interests.

In addition, MA English students will take Multidisciplinary / Open Elective courses offered by departments other than English. They will also complete a mandatory Community Development Project and an Internship.

Finally, as part of the degree requirements, they will write a Master’s Thesis.



Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3Semester 4
Departmental: Four Core courses PLUS two allied coursesDepartmental: Four Core courses PLUS two allied coursesDepartmental: Four Elective courses out of five PLUS one allied courseDepartmental: Four Elective courses
40 hrs Community Development Project. Marks added to Semester 2Internship (28 days). Marks added to Semester 32-credit Open elective offered by the Sciences (English Department offers a 2-cr Open Elective for the Sciences)Thesis

Each Core, Elective or Allied course: 4 credits each



The performance of the student will be assessed throughout the semester. Evaluations will be based on end-semester examinations and continuous internal assessment (CIA).

End-Semester Examination: 70 marks

There are two sections:
Section A: Students will have to answer two questions for 20 marks each. This question will involve literary form, background to the paper, and knowledge of age, along with knowledge of the text.

Section B: Students will have to answer three questions for 10 marks each. These will be inter-textual and comparative questions.

There could be minor variations in certain papers.

Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA): 30 marks

Marks will be based on exam, and paper presentations / projects / assignments

Master’s Thesis

In the fourth semester, students will write a thesis on a topic of their choice, under the academic supervision of a faculty member. They will be evaluated on the basis of the written paper and viva.

150+50 = 200 marks

An MA degree will be awarded when a student has passed all courses and completed the CDP, Internship and Thesis.


Orientation: Background Lectures (14 hours)

Course TypeSemester 1CreditsCIA MarksESETotal Marks
CoreElizabethan and Jacobean Literature43070100
CoreMilton to Pre-Romantic Literature43070100
CoreRomantic and Victorian Literature43070100
CoreIndian Writing in English: 19th C- Independence43070100
AlliedResearch Methodology and Technical Writing43070100
AlliedEuropean Literature43070100
M.A. English Entrance Exam for the Academic Year 2022-23
Date : 3th February - 5th May
Application forms are available online
On completion of the application process, the applicant should write to for the entrance examination pattern, along with a copy of the application form.
Eligibility: Students in their final semester of UG (all streams) can apply provided there is no backlog in the previous 5 semesters. Applicants are expected to have scored an aggregate of 50% marks. And It's a Co-Education Course.

We envision imparting educational prowess in our students to be able to understand the historical, theoretical and cultural contexts in which texts are produced, and engage with them in their chosen professional fields. Moreover, to retain a proficiency to analyse and appreciate works of literature and understand the role of the reader, academia and the industry in creating the literary marketplace. Our students are equipped to further, analyse culture and one’s role in shaping/being shaped by it by gaining a research-oriented knack and mastering various skills to pursue academic and allied careers.

2017 – 2018

  • UGC Sponsored Post-Graduate National Seminar on “Rethinking Contemporary India: A Dialogue Through Culture, Literature and Language”, 17th Jan, 2018.
  • Workshop on “Concept, Colonialism and Cultural Difference” with Dr. Vivek Dhareshwar, 11th July, 2017.

2013- 2014

  • One-day State-level Seminar of Empowerment of Women, “Shakti” on 17th February, 2014.

Placement Policy & Guidelines for Students

The Placement Policy is applicable to all students registered with the Placement Cell of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, and is to be followed during their entire tenure at the college.

  1. The Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator are the facilitators and counsellors for placement related activities and will be responsible for all concerned activities & functioning of the Placement Cell.
  2. The Student Placement Committee will be assisting the Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator in all activities related to placements.
  3. Neither the College nor the Placement Cell guarantees a job. The Placement Cell will facilitate and coordinate the placement activities on campus including bringing in companies, coordinating the recruitment drives, organizing recruitment training and other related activities leading to the successful placements of the deserving students.
  4. Applying for a company, getting recruited, joining a company is entirely the responsibility/decision of the student concerned.
  5. Opting to register for placements is completely the choice of the students. As some would want to pursue higher studies or other opportunities, such students can refrain from registering with the Placement Cell.
  6. Students are required to check the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for registering with the Placement Cell before registering.
  7. All final year students with an aggregate score of 60% and above and with NO ACTIVE BACKLOGS are eligible to register for placements.
  8. All registered students are required to MANDATORILY attend the recruitment training conducted by the Placement Cell and meet the necessary threshold of 75% attendance and 80% completion of the practice tests & assessments to qualify for applying to the cos. Failing to qualify may result in re-training of the student at an additional cost which is to be borne at actuals by the concerned student.
  9. The Placement Cell will notify all the registered students about the upcoming recruitment drives through mails and Whatsapp group notifications and not individually. The students are to be alert and keep a track of the notifications and apply as per their interest and eligibility.
  10. Once a student registers/enrolls for a particular company, she is expected to complete the entire recruitment process as relevant and required. Failing to do so, will result in the student being debarred from sitting for further recruitment drives. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Placement Cell only in genuine cases. Such cases/reasons to be formally communicated to the Placement Office over mail at least one day prior to the drive.
  11. The student has a choice not to participate in the recruitment process of a company after attending the Pre-Placement Talk. If she decides to continue, then she will be bound by the College Placement Policy to attend the rest of the recruitment process of the company as stated above.
  12. Students will not be allowed to participate in the selection process of a company for which she has missed the PPT.
  13. While the Placement Cell will do its due diligence and bring in the right companies, it is the responsibility of every student to check the company profile, eligibility, Job Profile and the Job Role before applying. The same will also be mailed and/or updated on the Notice Boards or social media groups.
    a. Ex 1- If a company requires the applicant to have an average of 70%, be well assured that you meet the criteria before applying to that company.
    b. Ex 2- If the company requires you to have NO standing arrears/backlogs at the time of attending the placement process, kindly DO NOT APPLY to the company if you do not meet this criterion.
  14. If, after being selected by a company, for some reason the student is not satisfied either with the pay, the timings, work allotted, etc during onboarding, she will need to take it up with the concerned within the company. The Placement Cell will not be able to intervene in internal matters. However, it is important that the students reach out to us in case there are major deviations from the terms mentioned by the company at the time of recruitment.
  15. A student can apply to as many companies as she wants and appear for interviews until the first job is secured. A student will be considered to have secured a job if her name appears in the final select list of a company.
  16. The Placement Office of MCC follows a strict “ONE OFFER PER STUDENT” Policy. However, if a student has been offered a job with a CTC less than or equal to INR 2 lakhs PA, she can opt to apply for ONE more company, subject to prior formal approval by the Placement Office.
  17. Once a student’s name appears in the final selects of a company, it is obligatory for the student to accept the offer. Rejecting offers is strictly not allowed. Defaulters will be required to submit a letter to the Principal along with a penalty fee which could be equivalent to one month’s salary being offered by the said company.
  18. Recruitment Process: All companies generally follow the following procedure (however they could be exceptions) –
    a. Presentation about the company & Job Profile (Pre-Placement Talk)
    b. Written Exam (Aptitude / Technical Test)
    c. Group Discussion and/or Task (Assignments)
    d. Interview (Technical/HR/Others)
    e. Verification of Documents
    f. Offer Letter
  19. Students are to strictly ensure the following for all recruitment drives:
    a. Must report on time as mentioned in the schedules
    b. Wear Business Formals for every recruitment process. Students wearing casuals during recruitment process will be sent back
    c. Always carry one folder containing resumes (2-3 copies), passport size photos, copies of mark sheets, certificates & stationery
    d. Compulsorily carry College & Govt. ID Cards
  20. Most companies require applicants to have Govt. ID – Aadhar & PAN. Hence it is advised for all students to apply for these before registering for placements.
    Students are not allowed to contact the Company / HR team directly for any reason through the recruitment process. In case of any issues or concerns, they are advised to contact their Placement Office and discuss their problems.
  21. Strict action will be taken against students found to be engaged in maligning the College or the Placement Office with the companies. Any grievances you may have, are to be brought to the notice of the of the Placement Officer for resolution.
  22. If a student makes any false claims in the Resume/Student Registration Form, her registration will be cancelled immediately and job offer if any, will be revoked.
  23. All companies conduct a thorough background check/verification. If the company finds that you have manipulated your marks / documents in any manner/or mis-represented any information, your job offer will be terminated, and your name will be blacklisted.
  24. Strict discipline needs to be followed by every student during the recruitment process. Any sort of indecent behavior/misbehavior which affects the decorum of the Placement Cell or the reputation of the College or the Company, will attract severe penalty and disqualification.
  25. Unless explicitly permitted by the companies, use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited during the recruitment process.
  26. Malpractice in all forms or marking proxies during the selection process and beyond, is strictly prohibited and those caught indulging in such activities would be debarred from the placement process. Also, note that no concessions in any form shall be made in such cases.
  27. It may happen that the campus recruitment process can stretch till late evenings. Students are required and prepared to be available accordingly. In case of off-line drives, students are to inform their parents and should arrange their own transportation.
  28. In case of virtual (online) recruitment drives, it is the responsibility of the students to ensure they have the necessary equipment (laptop/PC with functional webcam and mic) and sufficient internet bandwidth for seamless conduction of the process.
  29. Students are required to provide correct email IDs and contact numbers at the time of registration. These will be used for all communication from the Placement Cell and the recruiting companies. The onus is on the students to ensure the contact details provided are correct and up to date.
  30. Students are advised to check their mails regularly as all communication related to placements will be sent through mails.
  31. It is mandatory that once you receive an Intent Letter/Offer Letter from the Company, a copy must be submitted to the Placement Office. Failing which, the end semester examination Hall Ticket/results will be withheld.
  32. All students registered for placements will be bounded by the Attendance Policy of the College. Any exception to the above is permitted only through formal approval of the Placement Office and the respective Department Heads.


For all matters not covered in the above policy, the Placement Office will use its discretion to take appropriate decisions as and when required.

The above guidelines are to ensure a smooth process in the best interest of our students and the participating companies.