admission 2016


The School of Open Learning, Delhi University has recently opened admissions for undergraduates for session 2016. Read below to find out more about the process and the changing trend of increase in SOL Admissions.
The School of Open Learning opened its undergraduate admissions, 2016 from 15th July, 2016. An array of documents have to be uploaded in case of online registration.

Guidelines for SOL UG Admissions- 2016-17
Guidelines for SOL UG Admissions- 2016-17
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SOL provides the following courses for under graduation:-
B.A. (Programme)
B.A. (Hons.) English
B.A. (Hons.) Pol. Sc.
B.Com. (Hons.)
The admissions close on 30th August, 2016.
The School of Open Learning is a pioneer institution in the field of distance learning. Lately, the institution has seen a rise in the number of applicants year after year. As per admission data, 49,000 students had applied online to SOL by 21st July, 2016 said a report in Times of India.
The increase in the number of applicants can be traced to a number of reasons. The first and foremost reason is how applicants wish to pursue other courses like C.A and/or prepare for IAS papers. Getting enrolled in SOL gives them more time prepare for these exams. SOL has also been attracting a lot of students with high percentages. This year four students with a perfect percentage of 100 have enrolled themselves to SOL.
The high rate of influx is also a reflection of soaring cutoffs in DU. With many students not being able to make it into DU; SOL is a good option for students who do not wish to compromise on their education or haven’t been able to make it to a college of their choice even with a good percentage. Many students in SOL have percentages ranging between 80%-95%.
Another important aspect is the financial aspect. The annual fee for undergraduate courses approximately Rs. 3,500, relatively cheaper in comparison to DU colleges who’s annual fees ranges from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 18,000.

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Akshara Srivastava
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With the Delhi University admissions having begun, millions of students with their hopeful hearts and fearful mind sit glued to their computer screens, switching from one college website to another just to get a hint of the life they’re soon going to lead. Whether having seen nightmares or frequent fantasies, driven over by excitement or drowning anxiety, these are just a few common symptoms of a perfectly normal (at least until then) DU aspirant.

However, after the release of a first few cut-offs, while it may seem that the worst is over (and for a larger part, it is) there will still be one grueling hell of a final ride expecting you to climb on and roll with the punches. Now you can either succumb to the inevitable waves of stress and make it a bouncy one or with our help, transform it into an enjoyable and memorable admission process.

The More, The Merrier

To ease yourself from the hassles of running around the photocopy place, never, EVER forget to bring extra copies of all your official documents ranging from birth certificates, Class 10th and 12th mark sheets to passing, migration, provisional and character certificates. Carry ample amount of passport sized photographs (black and white or coloured) with essential stationary items like blue and black ball-pens, pencils, erasers, glue stick, paper clips and stapler with enough pins. Speaking of more, you might just really have to ‘speak a lot more’ to each other or others, so recharge your cell phone with extra balance to prevent missing out on anything.

Eat, Drink, Burp, Repeat

The fact is- you won’t really be given any special treatment out of sympathy or fall into the arms of some hot, single guy behind you in a Karan Johar styled romantic movie pose. If you faint out of exhaustion from standing in the queue for a long time, chances are you’ll have to go right back at the end of it and waste a few more hours again. Save yourself some trouble and keep yourself hydrated at all times by carrying adequate bottles of cold water or small juice cartons. Apply world’s favorite stress buster and satisfy your cravings with some biscuits, fruits or packets of chips which you shouldn’t think twice to bring along as well.

Look Chillin’ Like the Sun’s Foe

Don’t go all dressy. You’ll get plenty of opportunities to reveal the fashionista in you once college begins. Wearing heavy clothes or too many accessories will only add on to the excessive heat in your body, all thanks to the high humidity. Beat the summer heat and look stunningly cool by wearing loose-fitting clothes or those made out of cotton fabrics with colourful scarves (for girls) and funky hats (for guys), paired with your exceptionally unique glares to show off your college swag!

Take an adult or your most jugaadu friend with you

No matter how much you deny it, you cannot survive this alone. Even if you do make it out alive, you’re not going to enjoy it one bit without having one of your most supportive parents or your coolest friend around. An adult not only brings you a sense of warmth and care but also, a unique sense of safety and the feeling that despite hurdles, everything will be alright. If not them, bring along your most fun friend to keep you entertained throughout the process and who’d know exactly how to get things done quickly and swiftly without letting you get into any sort of trouble.

Party toh banti hai, bro!

Who doesn’t get irritated while roaming around the college premises for hours, losing/asking directions after every few minutes and moving from one slow queue to another? This coupled with the scorching summer heat of Delhi would only end up making you more irritated at the smallest and meaningless of things. When this happens, remember to take a deep breath and relax. Acknowledge where you are- at one of the best Universities of the country. Stop cribbing and start enjoying while you’re at it. Try everything- from the refreshing Banta to flavorful Chuskis and college specialities ranging from yummy Chhole Bhature to spicy Chowmein in canteens. Explore the nearby markets by doing some affordable shopping from campus street vendors. Click some selfies and make some memories. Most importantly, celebrate your admission because you deserve it. Be proud of where you are and what you have achieved!

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Shagun Marwah

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In keeping with other years, the 2016 University of Delhi (DU) undergraduate admissions are also being met with an overwhelming response. As of June 8, the number of candidates registered with the varsity touched 2,05,710 with 1,05,482 of them completing both the application process and fee payment. According to university sources, the number of female and male applicants is 53,815 and 51,661 respectively. Six candidates from ‘others’ category and 533 from PWD category have also applied.

This is the first time that DU has taken its admission process completely online – starting from registration to seeking admission in a college after the cut-offs are announced. The university has also asked students to upload all relevant documents online this year. Even payment of college fees has to be done online through one of the various online options available on the UG admission portal. A student will need to visit the college only for confirmation of his/her admission and verification of documents.

In order to make the online process easier, DU has been organising open house sessions, uploading YouTube videos and setting up a call facility at the Dean of Students’ Welfare Office. Help-centres are set-up in 24 Colleges, in order to assist admission seekers with limited resources for online registration. Applicants can visit theses centres for getting assistance with the ongoing undergraduate admission process.

For assistance to those applying under the Persons with Disability (PwD) category, two centres at the Equal Opportunity Cell in North Campus and Joint Dean Students’ Welfare Office in South campus have been set up till the 19th of June.

The registration process will close on the 19th of June. Only 5 cut-off lists will be released this year, after which colleges will follow their own admission criterion based on the vacancy of seats. The First list will be released on the 27th of June, after which 4 subsequent lists will be released on the 1st, 7th, 12th and 16th of July respectively.

Swareena Gurung

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Every year the admission process of Delhi University (DU) gathers national attention due to its sky breaking cut offs. Over the years, the admission process has been made more accessible and easier but it still remains cumbersome. Every year after the cut offs are declared students have to go through various lengthy cut off spreadsheets which requires high attention for finding the intersection of the rows and columns to make sure which college they can get in. Once they get in the college, students want to know about the college surroundings.

After facing the similar problems during their admissions, a bunch of Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) alumnus came up with an innovative idea to build a platform which could solve these problems. They created a startup called “TNine Infotech” to make apps that can help students. Their recent release is an admission app called ‘DU & U’. Anurag Singh, a member of the startup said, “Streamlining the information flow regarding admissions into DU has been the main motive behind creating DU&U. We want to enhance the experience of studying at DU through some very cool insights of lively places around their favourite colleges”.

The app helps students to know about the location of their college and how to reach it. It even informs students about the colleges and the cut offs with just a few clicks. Students can find their expected colleges based on previous year cut offs. They can access the latest information related to admissions with just single click. The app also helps you to know the hot spots like eateries, parks or monuments around your college.

DU & U can be downloaded on the play store here.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bmu.tnine.campusfrienddu&hl=en

Srivedant Kar

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The first year of college usually goes in finding where you fit in, the second in cementing the bonds & friendships and the third goes in woes and worries about the future. Although some students take up the campus placements, majority of people prepare to pursue higher studies or to do professional courses. Whatever option they may choose, all of them go through a barrier, known commonly to every college-going, degree-seeking individual as ‘entrance test’. There are different types of entrance tests for different courses and institutions, all of them testing the candidate’s knowledge of a certain field. However, most of these exams have some common sections, which tests one’s general knowledge, English proficiency, etc. The following apps will come to your rescue, so that you don’t have to put too much effort for preparation of these sections:

1. Inshorts – News in 60 words


The title says it all. With one of the simplest user interface out there, Inshorts offers the users with the news in the most precise and accurate manner. The news articles are stacked and can be viewed one after another by swiping up. The concise nature of content in the app helps the user stay updated with everything going around the world without getting bored, which the reader feels when going through long articles. The reader can also cover news from various sectors without having to spend a lot of time going through each of them.

2. Slide


This is a news app. An average user locks and unlocks his/her phone at least 100-200 times a day. The app banks on this simple activity. The app displays news excerpt on the lock screen. The user has a choice to swipe left and read the whole article or swipe right to continue to the home screen. The title of the article and the news is visible, which in itself, is enough to convey most of the story. This app can also help you stay on top of worldly events. In addition, the app gives 5 paisa every time the user unlocks the screen irrespective of, whether the user opens the article or not.

3. Vocabulary.com


This app’s purpose is evident in its name itself. The app helps the user improve and expand their vocabulary through word games and quizzes, which are quite addictive. Gamification, the concept of imparting knowledge through games, has been effectively used in this app. The app also helps you prepare for different standardised tests like SAT, TOEFL, GRE etc. as users can chose which exam they want to prepare for. The app covers everything related to any word, from its origin to pronunciation to meaning.

4. GK Current Affair SSC-IBPS-IAS

GK Current Affair SSC-IBPS-IAS
GK Current Affair SSC-IBPS-IAS

This app is designed with a special focus on Indian entrance exams. It is a complete exam preparation app, which offers everything a candidate might need for the exam, they are preparing for. There is a forum section where user can post question about any doubts regarding any topic they are preparing or answer any doubt question on the forum. The app has complete study material for entrance exams, which include – e-books, question banks etc. The user can also take mock tests to check the level of their preparation.

Kavach Chandra

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Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) has received more than 20000 application for two of its flagship courses i.e. B.A (Hons.) in Humanities and Social Sciences and, B.Tech in IT and Mathematical Innovations. The admissions in these courses are secured through entrance test. Earlier, the entrance test used to be limited to the students of Delhi University; but from this year, University decided to do away with this limitation and open the courses for an all India entrance. The admission this year will be done on the basis of the all India entrance test.

The director of CIC Dr. Madan Mohan Chaturvedi said, “We invited applications from across India and there has been a tremendous response. For our two flagship courses, we received 20,796 applications this year.”

Last year, the course of B.A (Hons.) received nearly 800 applications while BTech course had received nearly 600 applications. This year the number of applicants has grown by 1275% for the course of B.A (Hons.). The nodal officer for the course Dr.Saleem Mir said, “It was expected that we might receive thousands of applications this time but crossing 10 k and touching 11,000 was a little more than expected, though, not surprising at all as the degree B.A (Hons.) at CIC is based on solid concept and is highly relevant in the current Indian scenario.”

He also accounted the innovative concept of the degree, the online registration and the pan India test centers have made it easy for the students of far states to appear for the exam as the reason for the surge.

The applicants can find the sample questions and the syllabus for the test in the CIC website. Students can have their queries related to admission answered in the facebook page of the Institute.

Srivedant Kar

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St. Stephen’s College also released their online application forms and admission guidelines today, along with the centralised online applications for all colleges of University of Delhi. Although St. Stephen’s College will be partaking in the centralised admission process with the applicants needing to fill in the common DU application first, the applicants will also have to fill a form separately meant exclusively for admission to SSC. We guide you through the entire admissions procedure:

Important Dates


June 1 Online Application will be made available
June 17 Online Application facility closes
June 18 Declaration of cut-offs
June 19 Publication of Interview Lists
June 20 Interviews begin


Online Application Form

1. St. Stephen’s College will make available the application form for admission to the college on the college website from June 1 onwards. The application procedure is strictly online.

2. Prospective candidates are also required to register with the University of Delhi, and the registration ID will have to be filled into the relevant slot of the college application form.

3. Applicants are required to register their email ID and log in to the college website for access to the application form.

4. Payment of fee for applications can be made online through net banking or credit/debit card.

(1) Application fee per course: Rs. 100

(2) Residence Application Fee: Rs. 200

(3) Sports Form: Rs. 250

5. Applicants belonging to the PwD (Persons with Disability) category need not make any payment for application.

6. Applicants may apply for more than one course by making additional payments for these.

7. All applicants must upload a copy of their class 12 mark sheet along with their application.

8. Candidates applying through sports quota should upload scanned copies of certificates of their highest representations in each of the past 3 years.

9. PwD candidates must either upload a scanned copy of their Disability Certificate before submitting their application or take a print out of the acknowledgement slip after submitting the form and mail/courier/submit the slip along with a copy of the Disability Certificate to the Tutor for Admissions, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi-110007.

10. The deadline for submission of online applications is June 17, 2016.

The form can be accessed here.

Requirements for Admission

Course Requirement for Admission
Bsc. (Hons) Chemistry Need to have done Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at the qualifying level (class 12). Aggregate of marks in Physics, Chemistry and Math to be used to decide cut off.
Bsc. (Hons) Physics Need to have done Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at the qualifying level. Aggregate of marks in Physics, Chemistry and Math to be used to decide cut off.
Bsc. Programme with Chemistry Need to have done Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at the qualifying level. Aggregate of marks in Physics, Chemistry and Math to be used to decide cut off.
Bsc. Programme with Computer Science Need to have done Computer Science/Informatics Practices or Chemistry in addition to Physics and Mathematics. Aggregate of marks in Physics,Chemistry and Computer Science/Informatics to be used to decide cut off.
Bsc. (Hons) Mathematics Need to have done Math in class 12. While calculating BFS, marks in Math must be included along with atleast one language. Those who have done only Business Mathematics will not be eligible for Mathematics Honours.
BA (Hons) Economics Need to have done Mathematics in class 12, with minimum prescribed marks in Math which will be notified. Math need not be included while calculating BFS. In case of foreign boards, candidates must have done a course in calculus.
BA (Hons) English Candidate should have prescribed marks in Core English/ Elective English. Preference will be given to those who have done Elective English/Literature in English.
BA (Hons) History, Philosophy, BA Programme BFS calculated will form basis for cut-off. Candidates need not have done History/ Philosophy in class 12.
BA (Hons) Sanskrit Need to have studied Sanskrit at least up to class 10, preferably up to class 12.

At least one language must be included while calculating the BFS. Students are also free to choose more than one language as part of their BFS.

The following subjects are not to be included while calculating BFS- Environmental Education, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Painting, Dance, Music, Physical Education, Home Science, Engineering Drawing and all other vocational subjects

Procedure for Admission

1. Composite merit will be calculated with the following weightage:

(1) Class 12 marks: 85% weightage

(2) Aptitude Test: 5% weightage

(3) Interview: 10% weightage

2. Applicants belonging to the PwD category are exempted from writing the Aptitude Test.

3. Candidates will be shortlisted based on their BFS after which they will be called for a short written aptitude test (30 minutes). This test will be followed by the interview. List of applicants shortlisted for interview will be released on June 19, after 4pm. Applicants called for interview must bring a print out of the call letter.

Aptitude Test:

The test will be conducted at 7:30am for candidates called for interview in the pre-lunch session and at 1:30pm for candidates called for interview in the post-lunch sessions.

Find a description of the aptitude tests for various courses here.


The interview will assess the candidate based on the following components-

(1) Academic: Candidate’s academic potential, suitability for subject chosen, beyond what is indicated by the marks.

(2) Co-curricular: Ability of the candidate to participate in the life of the college and its various societies and extra curricular activities.

(3) General Awareness and Sense of Values: Candidate’s personal outlook, motivation, interests, goals.*

*Note: Go over the prospectus for a general idea of the values and ideals that the college stands for. Understanding the rich history of the college is key to situating yourself within it, thereby giving you a more coherent idea about why you would want to be a part of St. Stephen’s College.

Further, keep in mind what you have written in the Statement of Purpose section of your application form.

Find the tentative interview schedule here.

Accommodation on campus with facilities for dining will be available to a limited extent for outstation candidates called for interviews along with their guardians. Candidates may apply for this facility by writing to [email protected]. Prescribed tariffs for food and lodging will have to be paid at the time of room allotment.

 Documents to be brought at the time of interview

1. 2 recent passport sized photographs

2. Printout of interview call letter

3. The following documents in original and one set of self-attested copies:

  • Certificate of Date of Birth (normally the Secondary School Certificate)
  • Mark sheet of the qualifying examination

4. For candidates belonging to the Christian category: Baptism certificate and letter of recommendation from the parish priest concerned.

5. For candidates belonging to the SC/ST category: SC/ST certificate issued by a competent authority.

6. For candidates from PwD category: Physical Disability Certificate

7. For candidates from foreign boards: Equivalence Certificate from AIU, only if the examination conducted by their board is not mentioned in the list of examinations regarded as equivalent to the CBSE class 12 examination.

 For more information about the common undergraduate admissions, read:

From dates to docs : Your complete guide to UG Admissions’16

DU Open Day 1: Important things to keep in mind during admission

Abhinaya Harigovind

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Gone are the days when students aspiring to gain admission in Delhi University had to settle for all regular undergraduate subjects found in majority of the colleges. This year, Delhi University has decided to give the dreams of such aspirants a greater push by introducing a range of 25 new courses in various colleges across the campus from the new academic session.

According to officials, more than 30 colleges had granted permission in February and approved of getting these courses started from the year 2016 itself. These courses will not only give students the flexibility to choose from a greater list of subjects but also give those who may not be able to score as high or as per the cut-offs, a much better chance of securing their place in the most desired university of India, due to increase in the number of seats in many colleges.

The new academic session that will begin from August 2016, will therefore give everyone something new to look forward to, in almost every college. For instance, Forensic Science (H), a subject that has never been offered before in the University of Delhi, will be introduced for the very first time in Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College to give students an opportunity to study a richer application of Science pertaining to criminal and civil laws.

Similarly, colleges that had earlier shunned certain subjects away, have now decided to begin these courses to retain an overall distribution of all subject streams which the students are passionate to pursue. The list of some of these newly offered courses in colleges include: Political Science (H) in St. Stephen’s College and Bharati College; History (H) in Bhagini Nivedita College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College and Aryabhatta College; Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) in Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce (SGGSCC), Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College and Ramanujan College; Maths (H) in Gargi College; Computer Science (H) in Sri Guru Nanak Dev (SGND) Khalsa College, Aryabhatta College, Shivaji College and SGTB Khalsa College; Chemistry (H) in Rajguru College of Applied Sciences; and a course of Mechanical Engineering in Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT).

Thus, with such an interesting stream of courses, Delhi University does not only provide a longer list of options for all eager aspirants but is also liable to get the current availability of 54,000 seats easily increased with an introduction of these courses in as many as 30 colleges across the campus. The admission process is most likely to begin from 25th May with its first cut-off list to be out by 22nd June, 2016.

DU Beat wishes everyone good luck!

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Shagun Marwah
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