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ECA Profile: Music (Vocal)

For applicants applying under the ECA category, the best place to be informed is the University of Delhi website. 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.

Guidelines

Here are the general guidelines for the students applying under the Music (Vocal) category:

Indian Classical

Date: 17th – 18th June (Preliminary rounds)

2nd July (Final Round)

Time: According to alphabetical order (Preliminary rounds)

9 a.m. (Final Round)

Venue: Rajdhani College

  1. The time limit is up to 3 minutes per candidate.
  2. Tracks are not allowed.
  3. Accompaniment/accompanists are compulsory, however, not more than one accompanist per participant shall be allowed. Candidates can use electronic taanpura/shrutipeti.
  4. Candidate should come prepared with at least 3-4 numbers across different genres to showcase their talent.
  5. Film Songs are allowed.
  6. No time will be given for tuning the instrument. Candidate should ensure that the instruments are tuned at the beginning of the trial.

Western Classical

Date: 19th – 20th June (Preliminary rounds)

1st July (Final Round)

Time: According to alphabetical order (Preliminary rounds)

9 a.m. (Final Round)

Venue: Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (E)


1. The candidate should introduce the item in not more than 30 seconds.
2. Not more than one accompanying instrument shall be allowed.

3. Candidate can bring his/her own musical instrument.
4. The performance should not exceed 3 minutes.
5. No time will be given for tuning the instrument. Candidate should ensure that the instruments are tuned at the beginning of the trial.
Vocal Western Light
1. The candidate should introduce the item in not more than 30 seconds.
2. Candidate can bring his/her own musical instrument.
3. The performance should not exceed 3 minutes.
4. No time will be given for tuning the instrument. Candidate should ensure that the instruments are tuned at the beginning of the trial.
5. Candidate should preferably use an accompaniment and/ or bring along an accompanist, however, not more one accompanist per participant will be allowed.
6. Participant should come prepared with at least three songs of competitive nature,
which can showcase their talent.

Colleges offering Music (Vocal) ECA quota

Colleges offer ECA quotas in five categories under Music (Vocal): Indian Music (Classical, Light and Vocal) and Western (Classical and Light). The ECA committee for Admissions would consist of the Principal or the Principal nominee, two experts from eminent institutions like the Sangeet Natak Academy and the College Cultural Council convener or nominee.

This year, 51 colleges in Delhi University are offering such ECA quotas, including Sri Venkateswara College, RamJas College, Zakir Hussain Delhi College, Maitreyi College, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Gargi College, and Kamala Nehru College. The more comprehensive list is provided in the official Bulletin for Information for Admission to UG Programmes (2018-19).

The Trials

Trials include the two usual rounds of Prelims and Finals. The trials consist of single auditions of songs in the respective category. Santur Kundu, a first-year student at Ramjas College who got admission in the ECA quota of Indian Vocal says, “I gave my ECA trials in Kirori Mal College last year. Given the category, I was judged on the parameters of tone, composition, and clarity. One accompanist was allowed although no backup tracks were allowed. Apart from all the tension and dilemma I went through, it was a wonderful experience to be performing in front of such talented people. I ended up getting the 2nd rank with a total of 82 out of 100 and also getting admission into B.A. Economics (Honours) at Ramjas.”

Gaurav Sharma, an ECA student of the Western Vocal category from Ramjas College says, “Even though there was no official notice, it was pretty understood that the judges judged us on our tone, timber, an accuracy of notes, and overall feel of our performance. We could also be accompanied by an accompanist.”

Students do complain about the lack of clarity in the University website or even the official Bulletin of Information about the specific guidelines. “I was very unclear and I almost missed my prelim trials. Someone told me how it happens on the very last day and I went. Naturally, I was very nervous. However overall, it went pretty good,” says Gaurav Sharma.

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Niharika Dabral is an average anti-national feminist who is currently pursuing Journalism at Cluster Innovation Center. This quixotically honest and technologically challenged Garhwali strongly advocates that Harry Potter must be included in elementary education. If you want to rant about how unfair life is or want to share something awful or awesome that needs to be reported then feel free to drop her a line at niharikad@dubeat.com 


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