Admission 2019


We help you debunk one of the most important yet fussy process of withdrawal during the University of Delhi (DU) admissions. 

  • It is extremely important to hold a seat in any one of the colleges: With the cut-off trends on a rise, we can never rely on the previous year’s lists, our marks, or any other factors. It becomes important to have a water-tight plan and a back-up. Students must always have a plan-B ready for their course or college. The first two cut-off lists will always be cruel but remember to apply with each list wherever you see your course or college of choice or back-up and secure a seat. With each list, as the cut-offs fall, you can move up on your priority list by withdrawing from the previous college and applying to the new one. Securing a seat also gives us a sense of relief and security.
  • Keep an eye on the cut-off lists and tally your best of four: If the college you took admission in after the first cut-off list is not near to what desired, keep a close eye on the successive lists that are released. As soon as the next list is out, analyse the next best option you have as per your preferences based on the course or college. Ensure your Best of Four (BoF) is properly calculated and the correct subjects from the subject list have been included. Make sure that you cross check the cut-off and other pre-requisites for your course by visiting the college or the DU website.
  • Be clear and swift with the cancellation procedure and refund:  Once certain of fulfilling the criteria, go to the web portal and cancel the admission from the dashboard. With this you will now have access to take admission, in accordance with the new cut-off list. Print the new form along with its copies to take admission in the new college. The refund will be updated in the ‘wallet’ section. A cancellation fee of INR 1000 will be deducted and this will be reflected in the ‘wallet’ section. It is important to note that only one cancellation is allowed per cut-off list. Ensure that you qualify for the cut-off in the college you wish to shift to by checking in person before you cancel your admission. Once cancelled, you cannot be re-admitted in the eventuality that you do not secure admission in the next college.
  • Collect original documents and head to the new college for admission: First, go to the college you are already admitted in and collect your original documents by showing the cancellation form and the new admission form. After this, head towards the new college and repeat the admission procedure with your application, original documents, photocopies, and three recent passport sized photographs. The admission fee will be automatically adjusted from the ‘wallet’ and you will only be required to pay the balance. If some amount is left, it will be refunded to the applicant’s account.

A step by step summary of the process:

1.Take admission in a college of preference from the cut off list. Eg. B.A. (Honours) Psychology, College C

2.When new cut-off list is released, choose a course and college and ensure you fulfill the criteria (calculation and subjects in BoF) before going to take admission. Eg. Visit College B to check cut-off and eligibility.

3.At home, cancel the previous admission and fill new form. Eg. For B.A. (Honours) Psychology at College B.

4.The fee will be adjusted on the Wallet and INR 1000 will be deducted.

5.Collect original documents from College C and head over to College B and repeat the admission procedure. The total number of cancellations allowed will be (n-1) where ‘n’ is the number of cut-off lists.

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Shivani Dadhwal

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Owing to the structural changes and multiple delays in the admission procedure for the new academic session has not been a smooth transition for aspirants.
After months of anticipation, aspirants’ wait is finally over.

As thousands of students anxiously check the college websites to check whether they meet the qualifying scores for their desired course, and excitedly look forward to joining the University of Delhi, we present to you the first official cut-off lists of the University.



Click here to view the complete cut-off list for Arts and Commerce Courses at DU.

Click here to view the complete cut-off list for Science Courses at DU.



Click here to view Shri Ram College of Commerce’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Hindu College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Lady Shri Ram College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Miranda House’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Hansraj College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Kirorimal College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Ramjas College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Gargi College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Jesus and Mary College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Shaheed Bhagat Singh College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Vivekananda College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Kalindi College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Shivaji College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Deshbandhu College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Ramanujan College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Bhagini Nivedita College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Satyawati College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view P.G.D.A.V. (M) College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Ram Lal Anand College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Acharya Narayan Dev College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Mata Sundri College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Zakir Husain Delhi (M) College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Aryabhatta College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Sri Aurobindo (E) College’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Keshav Mahavidyalaya’s first cut-off list.

Click here to view Dyal Singh (E) College’s first cut-off list.

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Presenting a detailed guide to applying to one of the most premier institutes in the country, St. Stephen’s College. 

University of Delhi (DU) admissions have begun and it is important for all DU aspirants to be able to understand the admission procedures. The admissions to all colleges in the university follow a similar pattern. However, this pattern differs in the case of semi-autonomous colleges . One of these colleges includes St. Stephen’s College. This Christian minority college has a slightly different form of admission for taking in students.

Applying to St. Stephen’s College is a double-layered process. The applicant must start by applying to the university, that is, going through the standard procedure of filling the university application. Once that has been completed, the applicant must then apply on St. Stephen’s admission’s portal. This portal can only be accessed with the applicant’s DU form number. After accessing the admission portal, the applicant must register at the portal using their DU form number. This is followed by a verification email sent by the college. Once verified, the applicant can proceed to the next stage. The application procedure is very simple and comprehensive. The admission form has various sections that need to be filled or completed in order to move to the next aspect of the form.

Given below are the various steps for the same:

  1. After the verification is done, the first page begins with the form requesting various kinds of personal informations like the name of the applicant, the father’s name, the mother’s name, their occupations etc. After filling all such details correctly we move on to the next page.
  2. The second page deals with various documents that are to be submitted by the applicant with respect to various kinds of reservations that the college has allotted for non-Christian applicants. These are divided into various categories that include SCs, STs, and OBCs. In case of Christian students, documents that declare their churches and denominations are to be submitted. All Christian students are to submit scanned copies of their baptism certificates along with a declaration from their parish Priest stating the authenticity of the Christian upbringing of the applicant. The applicant can also select multiple categories, if it applies to him or her.
  3. The third page deals with course selection. This page provides details for the various courses that the institution provides, and the subjects that need to be added for the same. After the applicant selects the subject or subjects he or she wishes to apply to, the applicant can proceed to the next page.
  4. The fourth page deals with various aspects of the applicant’s education qualifications. This space is meant for the applicants to put in details like the address of their school, the form of syllabus or the board that they followed, their school etc. The scanned copies of tenth and twelfth class mark sheets are to be uploaded here. Followed by whether their result has been declared or not. If the applicant chooses “Yes”, then four columns appear for the subjects. The applicant can also add more subjects. Based on the subject chosen, the site automatically calculates the best of four. For example: If the student chooses chemistry, then chemistry would be automatically added in the best of four.
  5. The fifth page deals with three questions. This page is a very important step in filling the form. It can also be said to be the most important because it deals with the applicant answering questions posed by the college. The answers play an important role in further selections. The first question deals with the goals, aspirations, and various interests of the applicant.
  6. This question is followed by the statement of purpose (SOP). This basically asks the applicant to state the reasons for choosing the subject they have applied for. The applicant must answer this question carefully. The last question is “Why St. Stephen’s College?”

These three questions are to be written within a word limit of 100 to 300 words.

Applications are filtered from here, based on the answers written by the applicants. Thus, it is important to write carefully with valid reasons for your arguments.

Once the SOPs have been filled, the payment has to be made for the form. The applicant has to pay 200 INR per course. If the applicant wants to apply for the residence facility, then another 350 rupees is to be paid. The residence facility is the hostel facility that the college provides for its students, who do not belong to Delhi or the NCR regions.

This is the basic format that is followed by the college for its admission process. Do not be worried about the SOPs ( Please take a copy of your SOPs as they might be needed for the interview that would follow).

A thorough background of your course and the college would be good pointers for a great SOP. DU Beat wishes good luck to all applicants applying to St. Stephen’s. May the odds be in your favour!

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Stephen Mathew

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Here’s a look at one of the most popular courses offered at the University of Delhi (DU). 


What is the course about?

With one of the highest cut-offs year after year, English Honours is one of the most popular and sought-after courses across DU colleges.

The curriculum spans over the entirety of the history of the subject, coming to modern times. English Honours doesn’t just cover English Literature, Proper; but has works of literature of various languages translated to English. A few of the core papers are Indian Classical Literature, British Poetry and Drama, British Romantic Literature, Women’s Writing and Postcolonial Literature. The electives, on the other hand, include Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, Partition Literature, Science Fiction and Detective Literature and multiple others.


What are some top colleges for this course?

English Honours is offered in more colleges than most other courses. Some of the most sought-after colleges, which also have had very high cut-offs include Lady Shri Ram College for Women, St Stephen’s College, Miranda House, Jesus and Mary College, Hindu College, Hansraj College, Ramjas College and Kamala Nehru College.


What are some good career options?

English Honours students have a variety of fields open to them ranging from creative writing, blogging and content writing, publishing, journalism, public relations, advertising, social media marketing and academia.

Some others also go on to choose fields like civil services or law.


Are there any notable alumni?

Because skills acquired in studying a course like English are so diverse, the course opens up many professional possibilities. Doubtless, many DU alumni who studied English have gone on to make a name for themselves and contribute to varied fields. Just a fraction of these include:

  • Anita Desai, Writer and academic
  • Ashok Lavasa, Election Commissioner of India and retired IAS officer
  • Barkha Dutt, Journalist
  • Urvashi Butalia, Writer
  • Vinod Dua, Journalist


What do students say about this course?

Haris Khan, an outgoing student of Ramjas College, says, “English honours teaches you not just the language but a worldview. It teaches you the subtle beauty and nuances of those who used the language to paint a picture of their reality, and most importantly of all it teaches you to do the same.”

The 2018 cut-off lists for different colleges can be viewed on http://www.du.ac.in/cut-off.html
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Prateek Pankaj 
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The University of Delhi (DU) has begun the online registrations for admission to various undergraduate (UG) courses. Here is a guide to help aspiring students. 

DU offers various UG courses in different colleges. The admission procedure for these colleges is common, except for St. Stephen’s College and Jesus and Mary College, which have a separate admission procedure. The admission portal for 2019 opened on 30th May. Following are the steps that are to be followed for the admission process:


Note: Applicants must apply only through the common application form for admission to the undergraduate programmes (both entrance and merit-based).


  • Registration

The students have to go the Admission Portal at https://du.ac.in and click on the link for ‘New Registration’. The students will then be asked to enter their Central Board of School Education (CBSE) – or any other board – roll number, email ID, and phone numbers which will be saved for further procedure and forms. This information cannot be changed further.

Pic 1 Admission Process

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  • Filling the form

The registration form is to be filled by students with extreme care and involves information regarding 9 different subparts.

InkedPic 2 Admission process_LI

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  • Personal – Personal information includes place of living, studying, etc. Family information and quota details are also to be filled.
  • Academic – The roll number and marks obtained in various subjects for respective boards are to be filled. Those who have not yet received their examination marks can just fill the board exam details and roll number.
  • Merit-Based – The applicant has to choose his/her favoured courses out of the plethora of merit-based courses offered by the University like B. Com, B.Sc. and B.A courses.
  • Entrance Based – DU offers the following courses in which admission is rewarded through entrance examination to be conducted by the National Testing Agency. The students will have to pay extra fees for each entrance-based test they apply for.
  1. A. (Honours) Business Economics [BA(H)BE]
  2. Bachelor of Management Studies [BMS]
  3. Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis) [BBA(FIA)]
  4. Tech. (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations) [BTech(IT&MI)]- CIC
  5. A. (Hons.) Humanities and Social Sciences [BA(H)HSS]- CIC
  6. Bachelor of Elementary Education [B.El.Ed]
  7. Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Health Education & Sports [BSc(PE, HE&S)]
  8. A. (Honours) Multimedia and Mass Communication [BA(H)MMC]
  9. Five Year Integrated Programme in Journalism [5YIPJ]
  10. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Percussion Music (Tabla/Pakhawaj)
  11. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Karnatak Music- Vocal/Instrumental (Veena/ Violin)
  12. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Hindustani MusicVocal/Instrumental (Sitar/Sarod/Guitar/Violin/Santoor)
  • Sports – Applicants seeking admission through Sports Quota can apply through a maximum of three sports. An additional fee of INR 100 is charged for admission through Sports Quota. The students can either seek admission through Super Category: Admission without Sports Trial which involves National representation in specified World Events or via Admission on the Basis of Sports Trial which involves 40 marks for certificates and 60 marks for trial performance.
  • ECA – Applicants seeking admission through Extra Curricular Activity (ECA) Quota have to upload only one best achievement certificate in their chosen category. Each student may register only through three ECA Categories. An additional fee of INR 100 is charged for registration through this category.
  • Uploads – This section is specifically for uploading several admissions related, academic and identity documents which include the following.
  1. Passport size photograph of the applicant (10-50 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format).
  2. Scanned signature of the applicant (10-50 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format).
  3. Self -Attested Class X certificate/marksheet containing Date of Birth (100-500 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format).
  4. Self -Attested Class XII Mark Sheet, if results have been announced. (In case the Marksheet has not been issued by the Board, a self-attested copy of the Marksheet downloaded from the respective Board’s website should be uploaded). (100-500 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format).
  5. SC/ST/PwD/CW/KM Certificate (in the name of the Applicant) issued by the competent authority (100-500 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format).
  6. OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Certificate (in the name of the applicant) issued on or after March 31, 2019. The OBC caste must be included in Central list issued by the Government of India. http://ncbc.nic.in. (100-500 kb for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format).
  7. EWS Certificate issued by Sub District Magistrate, certifying the applicant can claim reservation under this category, dated March 31, 2019, or later. (100-500 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format)
  8. Self-attested copies of Sports and/or ECA certificates. (100-500 kb in size per document for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format), if applying under these categories.
  • Preview – The applicants can see a final preview of their application herein and confirm all the filled details.
  • Payment – In this last section, the students can initiate the final payment post which their registration will be complete. The payment is as follows.


  1. Registration fee for merit-based courses for UR/OBC –  INR 250
  2. Registration fee for SC/ST/PwD/EWS INR – 100
  3. Additional registration fee for ECA/Sports INR – 100
  4. Additional registration fee for each entrance-based course for UR/OBC INR – 750
  5. Additional registration fee for each entrance-based course for SC/ST/PwD/EWS INR – 300

All the aspiring students are requested to check the Undergraduate Bulletin of Information available on the University website which provides in-depth knowledge about the admission process. The varsity is also conducting open sessions for the benefit of the students. The next sessions will take place on 3rd and 8th June at Conference Centre, Arts Faculty, North Campus.

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Sakshi Arora

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On 13th May 2019, in a meeting of Staff Council, John Varghese, the Principal of St. Stephen’s College announced that the interview panel for selection of students for admission will include a member of the Supreme Council (SC).

Admissions 2019 are around the corner and in the midst of all the preparation John Varghese, the Principal, St. Stephen’s College announced a decision increasing the involvement of Church of North India (CNI) in the admission process.

The SC of the college includes six members from CNI. The Chairperson of both the Governing Body (GB) and SC is the Bishop of Diocese of Delhi, CNI, Warris Masih, and the Member Secretary of both these committees is the Principal, Professor John Varghese. According to the statement released by the representatives of the GB, Nandita Narain (Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics), N.P. Ashley (Assistant Professor, Department of English), and Abhishek Singh (Assistant Professor, Department of Economics), this decision is directly against Clauses 4 and 5 of the College Constitution which read as follows:

  1. The SC of the college shall have the control of the religious and moral instruction of students of the college and of all matters affecting its religious character as a Christian College of the Church of North India; and, in addition, shall appoint, after proper advertisement, the Principal of the College who shall be a member of the CNI or of a church that is in communion with the CNI.
  2. The SC of the college shall have no jurisdiction over the administration of the college.

The statement also stated that all the teachers present at the meeting protested against the unilateral announcement. As stated by them, this decision is not only in violation of College Constitution but also the 1992 judgement of the Supreme Court of India that upheld the Minority status of the college according to which, the college was allowed to have “a separate admission process including an interview with 15% weightage only because the interviews were conducted solely by the teachers.” If this decision comes through, then it will be the first time that a non-academic person from outside the faculty of St. Stephen’s College will sit in the admission interviews.

The governing body has also called out a conflict of interest in the Principal bringing in another member of SC into the interview panel, as it is, the SC that selects the Principal, and will also take the decision about the renewal of his appointment for another term of five years.

On the other hand, Bishop Warris K Masih of CNI told the Indian Express, “It doesn’t matter if it has never happened before. The college belongs to us. The teacher representatives have no right to object.” When asked about the violation of College Constitution, he stated, “We just felt like that. We are concerned about the 50% Christian students; the other students will go as always.”

The aforementioned representatives of the Governing Body, in response to this decision, have called out for support from its students to participate in a protest on 17th May at 12:30 p.m. near the Main Portico in the Campus and demand its rollback. The statement also calls this decision ‘illegal and unacademic’ and according to them, this decision could compromise the integrity of the admission process.

Speaking to DU Beat, Sidharth Yadav, State Secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said, “The decision of including Fathers from Church (Members of the SC) to the admission committee is arbitrary and condemnable. This would weaken the secular fabric of the university. This is not only against the constitution of the college but also against the principles laid down in India’s constitution.” He further added that if the decision is not withdrawn, the ABVP would be forced to mobilise the student community to raise their voice against this autocratic decision.



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Sakshi Arora

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With early registration, de-linking of sports and ECA admissions, reduction in slack for stream change, and usage of CBSE’s database for mark sheet, the aspiring DU students could look forward to a much-simplified experience.

Delhi University (DU) will open the admission portal for the academic year 2019-20 on 15th April, which is much earlier than what was normative in previous years, when it started in the month of May. The registrations will close on May 7, giving the students a shorter duration for filling in their forms, thereby, perhaps limiting the number of applications.
In another novel step, the portal will be reopened on 20th May for students to update their marks and course, and make amends in case of any mistakes. This had been a long-standing demand of students, and previously too, the university had received many grievances about the same.
Rajeev Gupta, who is the chairman of the admission committee, and also the dean of students’ welfare, made public the schedule on Friday.
Besides, the varsity will also restrict the number of times applicants can change courses or colleges during the process of admissions. That number is not known at the moment, but there will be updates on the same soon. Allegedly, it was the principals throughout DU who suggested these changes for undergraduate admissions.
Earlier, on changing their stream, the students faced a five per cent deduction in their best-of-four. The university has now reduced it to only two per cent, making it much easier for students to get enrolled in the course of their choice.
Another much talked-about topic when it comes to admissions in DU is the Sports and Extra Curricular Activity (ECA) quotas. Here, the students who have sufficient skill and certificates for the same, give trials and are ranked accordingly to secure admissions in colleges. Up till now, these trials were a part of the main admission procedure and were linked to cut-offs to some extent, if not completely. Now, the admissions for Sports and ECA will be held separately and will be de-linked to the main procedure completely. The admissions to candidates under this section will begin on 20th May.
All the affiliated colleges, barring St. Stephen’s College and Jesus and Mary College have the combined admission process.
Another thing that DU is trying to do differently is to contact CBSE to use their database, so the colleges could get the students’ mark sheet directly, which would result in ending the practice of submitting the many certificates, and also any chance of forfeited documents.
Colleges will be required to include representatives from various categories such as SC, ST, OBC, EWS, northeast, in their grievance committees, the varsity said. With DU implementing the EWS quota, more seats are expected to be added this year.
With so many things to look at, DU Beat suggests all aspiring students to continually keep track of the changes that are being made, and update their documents accordingly. DU’s official website along with other media houses must be visited regularly for early information and updates. While filing the online admission form, double or triple checking all information will ensure that students don’t have to worry about correcting the information later. Gap year students must have an affidavit and a fresh character certificate ready. ECA and sports category aspirants must also keep checking their schedules and venues of trials.
Rest assured, it can be said that the admission process this year will be much smoother.
Maumil Mehraj
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