ECA Profile: Creative Writing

A fair number of colleges across the University of Delhi (DU) offers admissions for Creative Writing under the ECA quotes. Read on to know more about the dates and trials. 

For applicants applying under the Extra-Curricular Activites (ECA) category, the best place to be informed is the University Website, College websites, and college notice boards which will notify the number of seats available, the list of students selected from the ECA trials. However, admission into a college only depends upon the availability of seats in that particular college and is not subject to clearing the Final Trials.

General Guidelines

Here are the general guidelines for the students applying under the ECA category:

  1. The applicants are required to apply separately under the ECA category under the UG admissions portal for an additional fee of Rs. 100/ (per event).
  2. The applicants are required to upload only one certificate (preferably the highest achievement one) issued after May 1, 2015, to April 30, 2018, in each activity, they wish to apply for as a proof of their involvement in the relevant activity.
  3. Trials will be held at two levels: (i) Preliminary trials (ii) Final Trials. The dates for the same will be notified on the University and College websites as well as the College notice boards.
  4. The applicant shall be allowed to appear in the preliminary trials only once in an event.
  5. Not more than 15% concession/relaxation in academic merit vis-à-vis UR category applicants (for the last relevant cut-off) may be given for admission to specific programmes (subject to the minimum eligibility of the programme).
  6. Weightage in the final trials will be given to the trials and certificates in the following ratio: Trials: 75%, Certificates: 25%. The Certificates are verified by the ECA committee of the college.  
  7. The applicant must secure at least 50% marks in the final trials (38 out of 75) to be eligible for the final list of selected candidates
  8. All students should carry a copy of their application registration form as well as their certificates which they would have to submit in the venue of the trials.  
  9. The trials for admission under the ECA category shall be the conducted by an ECA committee (Admissions) appointed by the University Admission Committee.


Colleges offering ECA in creative writing

Twenty-three colleges offer ECAs in Creative Writing English and in Hindi including Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Miranda House, Sri Venkateshwara College, Zakir Hussain Delhi College (Evening and Regular), Kamla Nehru, Maitreyi, Gargi, Deshbandhu, Daulat Ram and Ramjas College.

The Trials

The trials are in creative writing consist of the usual two rounds, both timed. The Preliminary round for creative writing Hindi will be held on 14th June while the finals will be held on 25th June. The Preliminary round for Creative Writing English will be held on 15th June with the finals being held on 25th June as well. The venue on all three days would be Hans Raj College, 9:00 AM onwards.   

The first round is of an on-the-spot writing test and the second consists of another similar test. Anjali Bhardwaj, a first-year ECA quota student studying B.Com Honours from Gargi College says, “In the first round, we were given 30 minutes to write on a topic. There were no restrictions on the form of writing or any word limit. In the second round, we were given 45 minutes to write, the same process was followed. Our certificates were also checked in this round. After the list of individual marks and rankings are out, you have to personally go to your colleges of preference and apply. It takes time and hard work but after a few hectic days, it is worth it.”

Feature Image credits: the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Arts

Sara Sohail


I was feminist before I knew what the word meant.

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