With the opening of the admission portal for Undergraduate, Postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses on the website on 20th of June, one could observe numerous changes that the University of Delhi (DU) has brought about in its admission procedure, primarily as a result of the current pandemic situation. Despite the serious delay in beginning the registration process, the University has stuck by most of its previous admission criteria so far.
- Fully-Online Procedure: This year, the university doesn’t allow any means of offline admission for any applicant. All students must register via their online portal on http://www.du.ac.in and upload scanned documents for the application. “Applicants will be required to appear in person at the University of Delhi only at the very end of the admission process, for verification of certificates as per the schedule to be announced by the University/ College”, states the admission bulletin uploaded by the University.
- No Open House Sessions: The University conducts open house sessions every year to acquaint aspiring students with the admission procedure. In consequence to the current pandemic and to practice social distancing, DU will not be conducting the open house sessions. However, online sessions will be held.
- YouTube Auditions for Music Courses: This year, students applying for music courses at the University would have to upload their 7-minute audition videos on YouTube, marking it as “unlisted” (YouTube videos that are not for public viewing). This is in order to practice social distancing amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Shortlisted candidates will further have an online interview round.
- No ECA/Sports Trials: The University offers 5% reservation in each course for students applying under ECA/Sports quota. These seats are awarded on the basis of merit certificates and trials. However, this year, for the first time since 2011, the university has cancelled the trials and are awarding admissions to students solely on the basis of their certificates.
- ECA only for NSS & NCC: ECA quota is normally granted for 14 activities that are listed by the University every year. However, this year only National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) certificates will be accepted.
- Uploading Marks for CBSE Class 12th: Due to the delay in the announcement of results of CBSE class 12th board examination, the University will open a second window on its registration portal on the website for students to upload their marks, as and when declared.
- Caste Certificate Verification: Discrepancies in certificates of SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwD such as spelling errors or missing last names would be verified from other certificates instead of rejecting admission, as was the case during previous years.
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