All You Need to Know About: B.A. Programme

B.A. Programme is one of the most widely-offered undergraduate courses of the University. Here are the details about the papers, skills learnt, career prospects and cut-off trends. 

B.A. programme, in the present system of the University of Delhi (DU),  is a three-year course with each year divided into two semesters and a student of the same appears in 4 papers in each semester.

Core Papers – Each student has to choose two discipline papers that cannot be changed during the course of three years, as per rules of the University of Delhi. The students must pursue the same combination in all the three years. A B.A. programme student has the liberty to study Economics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Sociology, Psychology etc. For the first two years, the student attempts 12 core papers, with one discipline-specific core paper each in every semester. Along with that, the student also has to appear in a language paper every semester. Opting for Modern Indian Languages (MIL) such as Sanskrit, Bengali, Urdu often provide concessions in cut-offs.

Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC)  – In the first two semesters, the student is offered courses in Communication (English/Hindi) or Environmental Science. This course is often pre-decided by the college for each semester.

Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) – In the second/third year, the student studies one skill enhancement course in each semester. They are value-based or skill-based courses and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc. Students may choose an SEC paper from a range of courses on offer in each semester. Following are some examples:

In history: Historical tourism: Theory and Practice, An introduction to archaeology OR Documentation and visual culture

In mathematics: Operating System: Linux, Transportation and Game Theory.

In economics: Understanding the Economic Survey and Union Budget, Research Methodology.

Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) – In the last two semesters, the student chooses their own course from their discipline courses. The student has the liberty to decide from the options offered at their college.

General Elective (GE) – Generic Elective is an elective course chosen from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure. This is an interdisciplinary paper and the student is not allowed to choose an elective from the main disciplines chosen by them.

Career options – Graduates have the option to pursue higher education or apply for various government jobs. Since the syallbi is toned-down, the student gets time to prepare for examinations such as civil services, management courses etc. With additional diplomas and polished skills, the student may as well apply for high-paying jobs. For example: with diplomas in any foreign language, the student may become a translator, or with a diploma in mass media/journalism, the student can even become a journalist!

Colleges offering B.A. Programme – More than 40 colleges of the varsity offer this course, including St. Stephen’s, Miranda House, Lady Shri Ram College, Hindu College, Daulat Ram College, Hansraj College, Ramjas College and Kirori Mal College. Admissions are merit-based on the basis of cut-offs of different colleges, except in St. Stephen’s which also includes a Written Test and an Interview along with a meeting the requisite percentage.

Previous Year’s Cut-Off – Depending on the college, the (first list) cut-offs have been in the following range –

General Category- 97% – 75%

OBC- 96% – 72

SC- 94.5% – 70

ST- 94.5% – 70

PwD-94.5% – 70

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