Master’s Psychology Entrance: A Complete Guide by —UPS Education


Psychology has always been a fascinating subject, the scope in this field is versatile and wider. Doing a master’s in psychology is a major step in the process to excel in this field as MA/M.Sc. Psychology is necessary & the first stage if you want to be a psychologist/counselor/Clinical Psychologist. Various entrance exams are conducted to take admission in various good institutions.

The preparation can be carried out with proper knowledge of all the entrance exams and a detailed study of the college curriculum before applying. Once applied the next step is to proceed with their syllabus of entrance and then start to prepare accordingly.

Before going further, let’s have a look at the Top 10 MA/M.Sc. Psychology Universities and Colleges in India, that conduct these entrance exams.

RankName of the InstitutionEligibilityLocation
1University of Delhi (DU)Any graduation degree from the University of deli and other universities recognized by the University of DelhiNew Delhi, Delhi
2Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI)B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. or B.A./B.Sc./B.Com.(Hons) or B.Sc. (Home Sc.) with not less than 55% marks in aggregateNew Delhi, Delhi
3Banaras Hindu University (BHU)Under graduation degree with 50% in aggregate from any UGC recognized university having a science backgroundVaranasi, Uttar Pradesh
4Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD)Graduate with any discipline with a minimum of 45% Marks or equivalent grade from a recognized universityNew Delhi, Delhi
5Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)Candidates who have completed/ are in the process of completing B.A./B.Sc. Honors in Psychology or B.A./B.Sc. General- with a minimum of three papers in PsychologyMumbai, Maharashtra
5National Forensic Science University (NFSU)B.A./B.Sc. Degree in Psychology or science subjects from recognized University with a minimum of 55% or equivalent marks in aggregateGandhinagar, Gujrat
6Fergusson College (Autonomous)Students with Psychology as a special subject at B.A. degreePune, Maharashtra
7Pondicherry UniversityBachelor’s degree with at least 55% marks in aggregate in any discipline with psychology as one of the subjects for all three yearsKalapet, Puducherry
8Amity University, NoidaGraduation with 50% and aboveNoida, Uttar Pradesh
8Christ University BangaloreUnder graduation degree with 50% in aggregate from any UGC recognized universityBengaluru, Karnataka
9University of CalcuttaB.A./B.Sc. Hons in PsychologyKolkata, West Bengal
10Central University of Tamil NaduAny Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University with a minimum of 55% MarksThiruvarur, Tamil Nadu
This list is based on UPS Education internal survey considering the following factors:
  • Experience of facilities -Considering University’s Annual Ranking
  • Infrastructure/Environment including (Library, Laboratory, other facilities for students and faculties)
  • Placements
  • Practical exposure
  • Accessibility to Campus
  • Student facilities ratio
  • Projects and assignments

It is very important to evaluate yourself in the first place. If you have any psychology background and have a keen knowledge of basic concepts try to avoid books that are for beginners, that may unnecessarily consume your precious time. After evaluating yourself, target your weak areas and work on them in the initial days of the journey.

The preparation duration should be in that way so that it covers all the syllabus along with practice. Try to be consistent and determinant in your undergraduate because as mentioned most of the topics are from there only but rather than that the 3 to 4 months 0f intense preparation along with 1 month of practice would be sufficient.

Proper guidance during the term is vital. The mentor or any professor can guide you all the way. To have your dream college.

General Eligibility:

The candidate with psychology as a subject in their graduation are eligible for entrance in all of the colleges but non-psychology students can also apply for the entrance exams in some universities/Institutions. Some other criteria are the percentage of graduation which should lie around 50% to 60% depending on the institution.

Most Common Entrance Syllabus:

The syllabus covers all the topics from graduation like general psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, statistics, developmental psychology, test, assessment, etc.

Exam pattern:

Mode of Entrance Test: OMR (Optical mark recognition) /CBT (Computer Based Test)

Type of Question: MCQ (Multiple Choice Question)

Negative Markings: Yes/No

: The Marks and duration of the exam vary from institute to institute.

The right resource plays a very important role during the preparations. A lot of books are available nowadays for effective study for particular topics. A list of suggested books is given below:

List of Recommended Books: 

Introduction to Psychology: Ciccarelli or Baron

Social Psychology: Baron Robert

Theories of Personality:  Bem P Allen

Human Development: Laura Berk

Bio-Psychology: James W. Kalat. BioPsychology, Key-Points was written by Dr. Arvind Otta is also very useful to be aware of the terminology.

Cognitive Psychology: Robinson-Riegler

Statistics: Quinn McNemar / Minium

Research Method: Lewin & Fox

Psychological Testing: Ronald Jay Cohen and Mark E. Swerdlik

Abnormal Psychology: Sarason and Sarason or Davison & Neale

Clinical Psychology: Alan Carr / Hecker and Geoffrey

Industrial Psychology: Michael Aamodt

Latest Advancement: Follow Psychology Journal or Magazine. You also refer to Psychologs Magazine

Books are based on different topics and chapters, so if you are preparing for MA/M.Sc Psychology entrances then you should have a collection of suitable books/resources according to the exam syllabus. A well-designed study material by well-known faculty or institute like UPS Education helps you in your requirement of the right resources for the preparation of MA/M.Sc Psychology entrances. Alternatively, you may also use your bachelor’s notes if you have prepared them well. But, the study materials for MA/M.Sc Psychology Entrance prepared by UPS Education is well-researched according to the syllabus and exam pattern of exams of different institutions like DU, JMI, AUD, BHU, and Others.

The final and most crucial step is to practice what you have to learn in all those months. The best way to do it is to solve questions as much as possible, easy questions in the beginning, and then proceed with the moderate to difficult ones., and try to practice with exam familiar exam portal like usually face in the real exam click here to experience the online portal of UPS Education.

Practice helps you to build confidence so that you can analyze yourself accordingly. Later try to solve the previous year’s question paper of a particular college. Evaluating the previous year’s paper can give you a rough idea about the level and pattern of the entrance.

The whole process can be overwhelming, all we need to stay focused and motivated. Keep yourself updated with all the news related to the domain and notifications.

It is hard to be inspired all the time but with determination and dedication, the road to success will be worth the hurdles. Taking a break to relax is important for having a positive attitude. We know it’s hard to be away from the things we love long enough! That’s why it’s essential to keep rewarding yourself. It causes positive emotions, initiates the feeling that an effort results in a positive reward.  The reward ensures a positive effect on your motivation to study for exams and ensure success.

Important Links:

Other Resources:…

Can Non-Psychology Students pursue Masters in Psychology?

Click here for – MA/M.Sc. Psychology Colleges for non-psychology students

Click here for – Psychology Entrance Examinations Book (useful for all Masters Psychology Entrances)

Click here for – List of Universities/Colleges offering Master’s degree in Psychology.

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