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DU admission 2020: A Guide on How to Calculate Best of Four Marks

Many aspirants who seek admission to the University of Delhi are left puzzled when it comes to calculating “Best of four marks’. It is a strenuous task, after all. The complexity of List A and B and the rigidity of subjects is enough to confuse the aspirants.

DU Beat is here with an elaborative guide on how to calculate the best of four marks when applying to different courses in the varsity.

For B.A. Honours Courses

a) When applying for B.A. Honours courses, your merit will be determined based on one language subject and three best academic/elective subjects from List A and List B

b) Out of the three best academic/elective subjects from List A and List B, one must be the concerned subject in which the admission is sought. (if you didn’t have the subject you’re seeking admission to in your class 12 board examination then you’ll be entitled to a 2.5% reduction in your best of four marks)

c) When applying for B.A. Honours in Economics, The applicant must have studied and passed Mathematics at the qualifying examination for admission, otherwise, the candidate will be considered unfit.

List A: Language Subjects
Assamese Core/ Assamese Elective
Gujarati Core/ Gujarati Elective
Maithili Core/ Maithili Elective
Odia Core/ Odia Elective
Tamil Core/ Tamil Elective
Arabic Core/ Arabic Elective

Bengali Core/ Bengali Elective
Hindi Core/ Hindi Elective
Malayalam Core/ Malayalam Elective
Punjabi Core/ Punjabi Elective
Telugu Core/ Telugu Elective
French Core/ French Elective

Bodo Core/ Bodo Elective
Kannada Core/ Kannada Elective
Manipuri Core/ Manipuri Elective
Sanskrit Core/ Sanskrit Elective
Urdu Core/ Urdu Elective
German Core/ German Elective

Dogri Core/ Dogri Elective
Kashmiri Core/ Kashmiri Elective
Marathi Core/ Marathi Elective
Santhali Core/ Santhali Elective

Italian Core/ Italian Elective

English Core/English Elective
Konkani Core/Konkani Elective
Nepali Core/Nepali Elective
Sindhi Core/Sindhi Elective

Persian Core/Persian Elective

Spanish Core/ Spanish Elective

List B
(Elective Subjects)

Business Mathematics
Computer Science/ Computer Application/Informatics Practices
Biology/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry
Commerce/ Business Studies
Philosophy/ Logic and Philosophy
Home science

Psychology
Economics
Legal Studies
Political Science
Statistics

History
Anthropology
Mathematics
Sociology
Civics

Chemistry
Geography
Physics
Geology
Accountancy

d) For honours in language courses:

Advantage of 2% in the ‘Best Four’ percentage will be given to those applicants who have studied that particular elective language in their class 12.
In case, an applicant has not studied a language at qualifying exam and is seeking admission to Honours in that language (deduction of 5% will be imposed on ‘Best Four’ percentage.)
For admission to Honours in English and Hindi, the applicant must have studied and passed the respective language in the qualifying exam and should include respective language for calculation of ‘Best Four’ percentage. Otherwise, the aspirant will be deemed unfit for admission under the respective course.

e) For B.A. Honours in Journalism:

The merit shall be determined based on English language and three best academic/elective subjects as specified in List A and List B above.
Mass media will be treated as an academic subject for admission to this course.

Example 1 – If an applicant has scored: Accountancy (90), Business Studies (92), English Core (88) and Economics (94). Total marks are 90+92+88+94=364, Percentage is 91%. The effective percentage for B.A. (Hons.) English is 91%, Not eligible for B.A. (Hons.) Economics, B.A. (Hons.) Political Science is 91% – 2.5% = 88.5%.

Example 2 – If an applicant has scored: Accounts (90), Business Studies (92), English Core (88) and Home Science (94), Mathematics (85). Case1: Total marks are 90+92+88+94=364, Percentage is 91%. The effective percentage for B.A. (Hons.) Psychology is 91 – 2.5 = 88.5% The effective percentage for B.A. (Hons.) Economics is 91 – 2.5 = 88.5% The effective percentage for B.A. (Hons.) English is 91%

For B.Com. Honors/B.Com.

a) One Language from Part 1 of List C + three best subjects out of Part 2 of List C.
OR
One Language from Part 1 of List C + any combination of subjects out of Part 2 of List C, List B or any other subject (not listed either in List C or List B). In such a case, the deduction of marks from the aggregate percentage of ‘Best Four’ shall be as follows:

For every subject included from List B, a deduction of one per cent in the aggregate percentage of ‘Best Four’;
For every other subject (not listed either in List C or List B), a deduction of 2.5% per subject in the aggregate percentage of ‘Best Four’.

Note:

The applicant must have studied and passed Mathematics/Business Mathematics at the qualifying examination for admission to B. Com. (Hons.).
The computation of ‘best four’ subjects in the above framework should lead to an effective and unique ‘best four’ which would be higher than any other combination of ‘best four’ subjects.

LIST C1- List of Core Subjects for B.Com. (Hons.)/B.Com

PART 1 (Language)
PART 2 (Core Subjects)

English
Mathematics

Hindi
Accountancy

Business Studies / Commerce

Economics

Example 1 – If an applicant has scored: Accountancy (90), Business Studies (92), English Core (88) and Economics (94). Total marks are 90+92+88+94 = 364, Percentage is 91%. Not eligible for B.Com. (Hons.) The effective percentage for B.Com. is 91%

Example 2 – If an applicant has scored: Physics (96), Chemistry (92), English Core (90) and Mathematics (94). Total marks are 96+92+90+94 = 372, Percentage is 93%. The effective percentage for both B.Com. (Hons.) & B.Com. is = 93 – 2 x 1% = 90%

For B.A. Programme:

a) One Language (Core/Elective/Functional)

b) Any three elective subjects can be chosen. A deduction of up to 5% on ‘Best Four’ percentage may be imposed if there is a change of stream, which means either from Commerce stream to Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences or from Science stream to Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences.

c) One non-listed subject (i.e, a subject which is not included in List A and List B) can be included in the calculation of ‘Best Four’ without any deduction. But, If more than one non-listed subject is included for calculation of ‘Best Four’, a deduction of 2.5% each in ‘Best Four’ may be levied in addition to deduction due to change of stream, if any.

Example 1– If an applicant scored: History (88), English Core (92), Political Science (90) and Web Designing (96) Total marks are 88+92+90+96=366, Percentage is 91.5%. The effective Percentage for the B.A. programme is 91.5%

Example 2– If an applicant has scored in Accountancy (90), Business Studies (92), English Core (88) and Economics (94). Total marks are 90+92+88+94=364. The Percentage is 91%. The effective percentage for B.A. programme is 91% – 5%** = 86%

** is deduction due to change of stream

For Science Courses

a) The basis of selection for Mathematical Sciences,/Science/Home Science Courses remains unchanged

b) All the subjects to be included for the Basis of Selection (PCM/PCB/PCMB) must have at least 70% theory component of the examination. In case, the subject to be considered does not have 70% theory component and 30% practical component, then the marks of theory and practical only must be converted to 70% and 30%, respectively on a pro-rata basis. These new marks will then be considered for calculation of PCM/PCB etc.

Example 1– If an applicant has scored: Physics 90 (theory 50, practical 40; max. marks theory 60, practical 40), Chemistry 91(theory 52, practical 39; max. marks theory 60, practical 40), English (90) and Mathematics (95), Physical Education (92). Physics and Chemistry have 60% theory component and 40% practical marks. Pro rata marks in physics = 88.33% Pro rata marks in chemistry = 89.92% Therefore, Total marks in PCM are: 88.33+89.92+95=273.25=91.08% and PCME are: 88.3+89.92+95+90 = 363.25 = 90.81%.

Example 2– If an applicant has scored: Physics 88 (theory 45, IA 14, practical 29; max. marks theory 56, IA 14, practical 30), Chemistry 92 (theory 48, IA 14, practical 30; max. marks theory 56, IA 14, practical 30), English (90) and Biology 95 (theory 51, IA 14, practical 30; max. marks theory 56, IA 14, practical 30). Mathematics 92. Physics, Chemistry and Biology have less than 70% theory component and must be converted to 70:30. For Physics, it is 56.25+29 = 85.25; For chemistry, it is 60+30= 90; For biology, it is 63.75+30= 93.75. The PCB is 89.77% ; PCM is 89.19%

Other Guidelines:

Admission to B.A. (Hons.) Applied Psychology will be based on ‘Best Four’ percentage as in B.A. (Hons.) Psychology.
Admission to B.A. (Hons.) Social Work and B.A. (Hons.) Philosophy will be based on ‘Best Four’ percentage including one language and three academic/elective subjects as per the above procedure.

University may define any other relevant subjects as an academic/ elective for a particular Honours programme.

For admission to B.A. (Vocational) only, related vocational subjects may be treated at par with academic/elective subjects and up to two vocational subjects which are in relationship with the programme of study may be included for the calculation of ‘Best Four’.

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