Admissions 2014


The Office of the Dean of Students Welfare is right in the middle of holding Open Days for young DU aspirants. With the 12th board result slated to be out on May 26th, DU is doing its part to help curb pre admission jitters and entertain as many queries as possible. An Open Day essentially comprises of a presentation on Delhi University and the admissions procedure, followed by a question answer session. Each day, 3 sessions- 1 hour long each- are held, addressed by the Dean of Students Welfare and the Deputy Dean, Mr. J M Khurana and Dr. Tuteja. The session is Open for everyone who wishes to attend including parents of the students. Here are some of the valuable inputs the first session had to reveal:

  • The central admissions form will be available online and offline from June 2 to June 16, 2014. The offline form is available at various admission centers spread cross Delhi. The North Zone includes- Daulat Ram College, Hans raj College and SGTB Khalsa College among others. The South Zone has A.R.S.D College, Gargi College and a few others. Admissions centres for East Delhi and West Delhi Zones are also in place.
  • The first cut off list comes out on June 24, following which the first round of admissions will start. The first admissions round completes on June 26.
  • The subsequent lists comes out post June 26, if any colleges have seats left.
  • At the time of admissions, the documents needed are:
  1. 10th board certificate and marksheet
  2. 12th board marksheet
  3. Transfer Certificate
  4. Character Certificate
  5. Category Certificate (if a student wishes to take admission from a reserved category, he will need a certificate IN HIS OWN NAME)

Also, Students who wish to pursue a stream other than the one they studied in the 12th grade can do so- From Science to Commerce to Arts. A 2% deduction will be done in their cumulative score for each new subject that they haven’t studies before. The reverse switching (i.e, from arts to commerce to science) is not allowed.

The session also included a presentation by Dr. Kaur and Dr. Shobha, faculty from Cluster Innovation Centre who talked about the unique courses being offered in their programs.

The session concluded with one on one interaction between the Deans and the students. Anyone who wanted to ask anything particular was personally answered.

The University will be holding Open for almost the nest ten days, the schedule of which can be found here:


Bachelor Of Management Studies, the only undergraduate management course offered by Delhi University, has been seeing quite a few changes in its admissions criteria. As per recent reports, the entrance exam, which was slated for cancellation, is back on.

With the course being only 1 year old, the admission criteria changed last year, when a group discussion round was removed from the criteria. Another change that was sought to be implemented this year was the abolition of the entrance exam, and having 12th grade percentage based cut offs for admissions. The proposal, however, faced vehement opposition, with the Principals of the 6 colleges offering this course along with the student body refuting the idea.

As per recent press release from the office of the Dean of Students Welfare, the entrance exam is back on, with an equal weightage being given to the test score and the board percentage. Whether the decision is final or is due for further deliberations is not certain yet. If the new proposal is finally implemented then the personal interview round for the final selection of students will be done away with.

Kritika Relan, a second year student from BMS is uncertain of the outcome. ‘The criteria has been shifting from one to the other. The whole point of a Personal Interview was to judge students holistically. Only having an entrance seems inadequate.’

Delhi University will be holding almost ten days of Open Day to give an opportunity to prospective students and their parents a chance to clarify any confusion and uncertainty regarding admissions, course and colleges.
The University has released a schedule of the Open Days.
The Open Day in North Campus will be organized from 21st-22nd and 26th-30th May in Conference Centre, North Campus, while two days have been allotted for SP Jain Centre in South Campus from 23rd-24th. The timings for the same are from 10:00 am to 1:00pm.

Date Venue Guests
21st May, 2014
Conference Centre, North Campus Prof. SudhishPachauri (Pro-Vice-Chancellor), Prof. J.M.Khurana (Dean Students’ Welfare), Prof. Ajay Kumar (Dean, Research & HOD, Math),  Dr. Jaswinder Singh (Principal, SGTB Khalsa College), Prof. Amitabha Mukherjee (HOD, Physics), Dr. V.K. Kwatra (Principal, Hansraj College), Dr. S.P. Aggarwal (Principal, Ramanujan College)
22nd May, 2014
Conference Centre
North Campus
Prof. Malashri Lal (Dean, Colleges), Dr. Neelima (HOD, Computer Science), Dr. Poonam Verma (Principal, SSCBS), Dr. Savithri Singh (Principal, ANDC),  Dr. B.Moitra Shroff (Principal, IP College), Dr. Sunil Sondhi (Principal, Maharaja Agrasen College), Prof T R Seshadri ( Physics)
23th May, 2014
SP Jain Centre
South Campus
Prof. Umesh Rai (Director, UDSC), Dr. I.S.Bakshi (Principal, Dyal Singh College), Dr. Hemlata Reddy (Principal, Venkateshwara College), Dr. Shashi Tyagi (Principal, Gargi College), Dr. Inderjeet Dagar (Principal, CVS), Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath (Principal, LSR)
24th May, 2014
SP Jain Centre
South Campus
Prof. Avinashi Kapoor (Joint Dean Students Welfare), Dr. Gyantosh Jha (Principal, ARSD College), Dr. Vijay Lakshmi Pandit (Principal, Rajdhani College), Dr. Ajay Arora (Principal, Deshbandhu College), Dr. Purabi  Saikia (Principal, Bhagini Nivedita College), Dr. Minoti  Chatterjee (Principal, Kamala Nehru College)
26rd May, 2014
Conference Centre
North Campus
Prof. Satwanti Kapoor (Proctor), Dr. Savithri Singh (Principal, ANDC), Dr. Shashi Nijhawan (Principal, Shivaji College),  Dr. Praduman Kumar (Principal, Hindu College), Dr. Manmohan Kaur (Principal, SGND Khalsa College), Prof Anupurani ( Physics)
27th May, 2014
Conference Centre
North Campus
 J.M.Khurana (Dean Students’ Welfare), Dr Anju Gupta (Director, NCWEB), Dr. P.K.Khurana (Principal, SBSC),  Dr. Kalpana Barara (Principal, Aditi Mahavidyala), Dr. Anula Maurya(Principal, Kalindi College)
28th May, 2014
Conference Centre
North Campus
Prof. J.P. Sharma (HOD, Commerce), Prof. Aditya Bhattacharya (HOD, Economics), Prof. Ramesh Gautam (Director, ILLL), Dr. P.C.Jain (Principal, SRCC), Prof. Rama Mathews (Dean, Education)
29th May, 2014
Conference Centre
North Campus
Prof.H. S.Prasad (Dean, Arts Faulty), Dr. J.B.Singh (Principal, SGGSCC), Dr. S.K. Garg (Principal, DDU College), Prof. M.M. Chaturvedi (Director, CIC), Prof. Sreemati Chakarbarti (HOD, East Asian Studies), Prof. C.S. Dubey (Director, COL),Prof. Anand Prakash (Dean, International)
30th May, 2014
Conference Centre
North Campus
Prof. S.C.Batla (HOD, Botany), Prof. Rashmi Joshi (HOD, SFUS), Dr. Pratibha Jolly (Principal, Miranda House), Dr. Aslam Parvaiz (Principal , Zakir Husain College), Prof. Uma Garg (Dean & HOD, Music Faculty)

In an attempt to increase sports participation at higher studies level, Delhi University’s Academic Council(AC) has introduced five percent quota under sports category from this year for postgraduate admissionsThe reservation will be imposed on all faculties barring medicine, engineering, technology and management studies. 

Even though the facility existed the prior year unawareness and unsystematic implementation created a lax in its enforcement. The system has been streamlined this year according to which students applying under sports category will have to sit for the entrance examination but there admission under this category will be determined by a trial and interview. 

Students who get admission under this category will have to practice their sport religiously after admission, failure to do so will lead to cancellation of the said admission. As told by DU Sports Council (DUSC) director Jitender S Naruka to Times of India, students of sports category should actively participate in the day-to-day training and practice of games, coaching programmes, camps, inter-college and inter-university tournaments, besides other meets approved by the DUSC.

The Council has also introduced methods of  examination in a bid to make it easier for the sportsperson to balance college and sports.An alternative method of assessment will be applied by the department or institute in case a sportsperson fails to sit for an in house examination on account of their participation in sport related activities. The marks for tutorials in the internal assessment scheme will also be given after consideration with DUSC.

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):

  1. One Language (Core/Elective/Functional)
  2. Subject in which admission is sought (Discipline I)
  3. 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.

Physics Chemistry Botany Geology
Zoology Anthropology Microbiology Biochemistry
Biomedical Sciences Mathematics Statistics Computer Science
Instrumentation Food Technology Psychology Electronics
English Hindi Sanskrit Arabic
Bengali Urdu Persian Commerce**
Economics Political Science History Geography
Philosophy Home Science## Physical Education## Sociology
Polymer Science Music## Punjabi Social work
French German Italian Spanish

Please note:
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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The admissions in St Stephen’s College for the academic session of 2014 will start on 2nd June 2014. The mode of applying is online. The last date for applying for the college is 16th June after which the cut-offs will be announced soon. The list of candidates shortlisted for the interview will be posted on 17th and 18th June, while the interviews will be conducted from 20th June to 5th July.

While the application fee for the general candidates is Rs. 50, it is free for the applicants with disabilities. Also, there will be a facilitation desk for the candidates with disabilities which will provide service from 2nd to 16th June, from 10 am to 1 pm.

As told to Times of India, Valson Thampu the principal of St. Stephen’s College said, “Like last year, the mode of application shall be limited to online facility. There will be no paper applications in order to make the admission process environment-friendly as well as convenient and economical for applicants.”

Just like last year, the humanities courses will have 6 seats available for the applicants who wish to take up Urdu as Discipline 2 option or as their optional language.

The helpline for queries related to admissions can be e-mailed at [email protected]. There is also a helpline number – 011-27662168.
Click for more information on Admissions 2014.

Update (20th May): Entrance exam for BMS will be held in 2014 as well. Read this article for further details.

Delhi University released another set of details regarding the admission process to be followed this year. As reported earlier, the University will be issuing only five cut offs for the General category, with the first cut off releasing on June 24. The application forms will be available both online and offline between June 2-16.

According to the latest information given by the officials, the colleges under DU cannot include any additional eligibility criteria this year, to ensure uniformity. This, however, does not apply to minority colleges like St. Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College. Up until last year, most colleges would impose additional requirements, especially for sought after courses. For example, students who wished to seek admission in Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) for Economics, needed a score of at least 70% in Mathematics in Class XII along with the necessary aggregate score mentioned in the cut off list.

Students who wish to study a subject they did not take up in Class XII, can do so but will lose 2% on their aggregate best of four marks. For the English and Hindi FYUP course, however, students must have studied the respective language in order to pursue them. Those who wish to do  Economics are required to have studied Mathematics in school.

Colleges will be allowed to set relaxation in their cut offs for girl students, which is a custom many colleges follow. Last year, colleges like Dyal Singh College and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College offered up to 3% relaxation for girl students applying for various Arts and Commerce.

Entrance exams that were earlier held for courses like Hindi Journalism have been done away with. They will now follow the same admission process as other courses in the University. An entrance exam will most likely be held only for  Bachelor of Management Studies, which comes under Faculty of Management Studies in DU and is offered by six colleges in the University. The dates for the same have not been finalised yet.

Apart from these, another newly introduced rule this year will allow students to include vocational subjects in their best of four marks. This comes as good news to many students, given that examination boards like CBSE provide a large number of vocational subjects like Microbiology, Horticulture and Consumer Behaviour. Students can even submit up to three such subjects in their score, though they will face a 10% reduction from the subject with the highest marks, among the vocational subjects included in the best of four aggregate.

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Delhi University has released its plans for the 2014 admission process. Quite a few changes have been made from last year. With only five cut off lists as compared to the ten lists released last year for the General category, undergraduate admissions at Delhi University for the 2014-15 session will start from June 2. The last date for applications is June 16. The University will release full details of the admission process on Wednesday. 

 Unlike last year, students will be allowed to choose their preference of colleges and there will be no cap on the colleges a candidate can choose. The first cutoff list, as well admissions will start from June 24. As told to Times of India, DU sources said there will be no entrance test for non-professional courses like English and admission will be based on the merit list.

 Admissions to general category candidates may end by July 10, the last day of admissions for the fifth cutoff or earlier based on availability of seats in colleges till the last list. The student is being given the usual three days under each cutoff list to complete the enrollment process in the college.

Candidates will be able to apply for admission both online and offline. There will be no sale of forms in individual colleges, except for those candidates applying under sports and extra curricular activities categories.

The process of admission into Bachelor of Management Studies program is still under work. The possibility of scrapping the usual entrance exam for the course had been reported earlier this year. A committee has been set up to come up with a decision to either maintain the earlier process of admission based on entrance exam, followed by a personal interview or to create a new one. The committee is likely to come up with details by the end of this week.

The ‘Open Day’ sessions will be organised from May 22- 30 in North campus and May 24- 25 in South campus. An Open Day can be visited by aspirant candidates and their parents to clear any uncertainty about the admission process, college and subjects.

Update: For details on more information released by the University for the admission season, click here.