Admission to Delhi University has always been through a student’s Best of Four marks for most courses. This year, the University has released a notice on how students can go about calculating their Best of Four marks from their Class XII Board Exam results. The notice however, did not satisfactorily cover details of calculating the Best of Four marks for those who wish to take up courses like Bachelors in Management Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Best of Four marks can be broken down as (For courses wherein admission is done on the basis of Best of Four):
- One Language (Core/Elective/Functional)
- Subject in which admission is sought (Discipline I)
- Any two other academic/elective subjects (List of elective/academic subjects as per DU guidelines are given below)
Further guidelines for (A): One Language (Core/Elective/Functional)
1) In case a student has studied both elective and core in any languages, then the core language will be treated as language, while elective language can be considered as academic/elective subject.
2) For those who seek to study a language course, advantage of 2% in the Best of Four percentage may be given to those students who have studied the elective language. 2% disadvantage in the Best of Four percentage may be given to those who have studied functional language only. In case, a candidate has not studied the language at all and is seeking admission in Honours in that language, he/she may be given a disadvantage of 5% in Best of Four percentage.
However, for admission to Honours in English and Hindi, the student must have studied the respective language and must include it in the Best of Four calculation.
Further guidelines for (B): Subject in which admission is sought or Discipline I
The following Discipline I course options are provided by the University. These subjects are treated as academic or elective subjects during admissions. All other subjects are non electives/vocational.
|Biomedical Sciences||Mathematics||Statistics||Computer Science|
|Philosophy||Home Science##||Physical Education##||Sociology|
|Polymer Science||Music##||Punjabi||Social work|
1) In case a student hasn’t studied the subject he/she wants to take up as a Discipline I option in Class XII, a disadvantage of 2% may be imposed while calculating the Best of Four marks.
2) ** For Boards like CBSE that don’t offer Commerce as a subject, Accountancy will be treated as equivalent to Commerce.
3) ## If a student wishes to study Honours in Music, Home Science or Physical Education only then can they be used as academic/elective courses.
4) Business Studies and Biology can also be included as academic/elective subjects even though the University doesn’t offer Honours in Business Studies or Biology.
5) All the academic/elective subjects should have at least 70% as theory component, which does not include internal assessment or continuous evaluation. If a paper has more than 30% as non-theory, it will be considered a non elective subject for the purpose of Best of Four calculation.
Further guidelines for (C): Any two other academic/elective subjects
1) In case a student has not studied three academic/elective subjects, then a disadvantage of 10% of the maximum marks may be levied on each such non-elective subject(s) to be included for the calculation of Best of Four percentage.
2) In case a student has studied three academic/elective subjects but wishes to include the percentage of non-elective subject(s) for the calculation of Best of Four, then a disadvantage of 10% of the maximum marks may be levied on each such non-elective subject(s) to be included for the calculation of Best of Four percentage.
3) Those applying for Honours in Economics must include their Mathematics marks in the Best of Four percentage.
4) For Mathematical Sciences/Science courses, no changes have been made. However the subjects to be included for Basis of Selection (PCM/PCB/PCMB) must have at least 70% component of theory exams (theory exam does not include internal assessment/continuous evaluation etc.) in the qualifying exam otherwise a disadvantage of 10% of the maximum marks may be levied on each such subject.
Examples of calculation of Best of Four marks
|Preferred Discipline I option||Subjects and marks||Calculation of Best of Four||Best of Four marks|
|Honours in Commerce||Accounts (90), Business Studies (92), English (88) and Economics (94)||(A) English 88 + (B) Accounts 90 + C) Business studies 92 + Economics 94||91%|
|Honours in Commerce||Physics (96), Chemistry (92), English (90) and Mathematics (94)||English 90 + Physics 96 + Chemistry 92 + Maths 94 [2% will be deducted as the student has not studied the Discipline I option]||93-2 = 91%|
|Honours in English||Accounts (90), Business Studies (92), English (88) and Home Science (94)||English 88 + Accounts 90 + Business Studies 92 + Home Science (94-10=84)
[10 marks are deducted since Home Science is a non elective subject for all courses except Honours in Home Science]
|Honours in Commerce||Accounts (88), Entrepreneurship (92), English(90) and Web Designing (94)||English 90 + Accounts 88 + Entrepreneurship (92-10= 82) + Web Designing (94-10=84)
[10 marks are deducted since Entrepreneurship and Web Designing are non elective subjects]
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