Admissions 2016


Panic ensued when several DU colleges received an exorbitantly large number of applications, in the second phase of admissions, for the few seats that had not yet been filled after the fifth cut-off list had been released in the last week of July.

The Times of India reported that Hansraj College had received over 84,000 applications for the 50 seats that were yet to be filled last week. Ramjas College had 57,000 applications pouring in for 100 seats, with Lady Shri Ram College grappling with 1,800 applications for 6 vacant seats in the Psychology course.

Several colleges found themselves struggling to compile a merit list from among the thousands of aspirants. DU had provided colleges with a list of students and their best-of-four scores to facilitate the creation of a merit list. The colleges were to then prepare the merit list taking into consideration the number of vacant seats available. The problem aggravated when students who had already secured admission in a particular college applied to another when notified of the vacant seats, without withdrawing the admission they had initially taken. Students were earlier not allowed to apply for a vacant seat without cancelling the admission they had already taken. This rule was changed recently by the admissions committee.

Some colleges witnessed protests in response to the confusion. Protests by aspirants and their parents along with activists from NSUI, were witnessed at SGTB Khalsa College. The activists held protests in the college premises on 29th and 30th July. The parents and aspirants claimed that the Principal had agreed to admit the students to the college earlier, but now wasn’t agreeing to do so. “We were told that our children would get admission in this college. We have withdrawn admissions from other colleges. With no admission here, we now have nowhere else to go”, said a dejected parent. Most parents and aspirants wanted a written note from the college which would secure their admission, and wouldn’t leave them with nowhere else to go. The college maintains that there was no issue with the admission process as admission against vacant seats was completed as per the schedule notified by the University and the merit list was released on time. This was also conveyed to the Dean of Students’ Welfare, Delhi University.

At Aryabhatta College, parents were frustrated with the administration for the prolonged period of time required for attestation of documents. The college also had to deal with an excessive number of applications for a few seats, resulting in difficulty with the release of a second merit list to fill vacancies.

“Though there was a hiccup in the admission process initially with colleges receiving thousands of applications for a few seats, things have settled down now and vacancies have been filled,” said Prof. Nachiketa Singh, a member of the admissions committee.


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Akshara Srivastava
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Abhinaya Harigovind
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The centralisation of ECA trials at Delhi University this year has become a cause of concern for college cultural societies and a few applicants as well. Students have responded to the change in the process by starting petitions and Facebook pages against it. Several college cultural society student headshave already spoken out against the new rules and contacted us with their grievances too. We take a close look at the matter:

The procedure: What changed?

Before this year, there were no central forms for ECA applicants. The applicants had to apply to colleges they chose individually. This was followed by a shortlisting process, in which colleges and the cultural societies took into account the applicants’ marks as well as their certificates and past achievements. The shortlisted applicants then underwent trials, with the cultural society student and teacher members as the judging panel, on the basis of which final selections were done.

According to the administration, this led to a multiplicity of trials and wasn’t fair to the applicants, hence the decision to have just one round of centralised trials this year. The ECA applicants had to fill the same common form as the other merit-based applicants. According to the very recently issued schedule by the university, there are going to be preliminary trials at identified colleges post which a list of shortlisted candidates will be released on the Delhi University website. This will be followed by final trials and counseling of the selected students.

While the University may have good intentions behind the move, with what reducing the multiplicity of trials and wanting to reduce any personal bias as the judging panel will consist of people the applicants are likely to have had no contacts with, this move has not gone down well with the current DU cultural societies’ members.

Grievances of the Cultural Society heads

One of the major issues that the society heads have brought up is the ambiguity of the entire process. Until two days ago, there was no official notice from the University about the entire process or specification of any dates. Many feel that such a short notice for ECA trials makes it difficult for the outstation applicants to participate in them. The official university notification also came two days after the release of the first cutoff list, keeping ECA applicants anxiously waiting. The notification still says nothing about the dates for specific activities.

Till last year, student post-holders and teacher conveners for various activities were the ones judging the trials but will have no role to play in the process this year, which, according to them, is unfair to the applicant as well as the society. Since it is the student members who are at the heart of all the activities that take place in the DU cultural circuit, they have insights into the kind of specific attributes the applicants need to be judged on. The ‘expert’ judged appointed by the university for the task will lack this insight into the inner workings of a cultural society and the nuances of the circuit. The cultural society members also don’t understand how the university plans to take into account their specific needs when it comes to members they want in the society.

Chandni Jain, President of the Debating Society of Miranda House and a 2014 ECA applicant herself, explained that each college and each cultural society is different and will have different requirements and environments according to which they want to select members. Making a particular criterion applicable pan-DU is equivalent of taking away the ability of the societies to maintain their distinct personalities. Moreover, it also reduces the chances of an applicant to get through. “Certain activities like music are very subjective. I know people who are all excellent musicians but got rejected from some colleges and were accepted in others,” she says.

Sankalp Luthra, a member of the Debating Society of Kirori Mal College, was also in agreement about the harmful impact of the lack of independent college criteria and feels that a pan-University criterion will not just harm the societies but also the applicants as it reduces the variety of applicants that could possibly get admissions.

The multiplicity of trials in the previous years might have been rigorous but it also allowed the applicants to have multiple chances of getting into Delhi University. Many applicants tweaked and improved their performances over the number of trials they gave and eventually clinched admissions in good colleges. With the changed system of two levels of trials – preliminary and finals – the applicants will have just one chance to make it through the first level to the next, which is a definite cause of concern.

The fact that the current student members of the cultural societies, as well as the teachers, have been kept in the dark about the entire process and know nothing about the dates for their activities, the judgment criteria and other details is problematic as well, given that they are the ones who will eventually work with and help integrate the incoming members into the society and the DU cultural circuit.

With the ECA admission process set to begin in a few days, one can’t help but think about the possible repercussions of what could turn out to be an ill-thought move by the University, and the repercussions, as is clear from the grievances of the people at the very heart of DU’s cultural scene, could be manifold and would be as unfortunate as they could have been avoidable.

With inputs from Chandni Jain and Sankalp Luthra

Shubham Kaushik

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Several Delhi University colleges have begun releasing the second cut-off list for admissions 2016. There has not been a great decrease from the cut-offs released in the first list, with SRCC reducing the cut-off for B.Com (Hons.) only by 0.50%.  KMC and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College close admissions for courses like History (Hons.), without a second cut-off. The admission procedure under the second cut-off list begins tomorrow (5th July, 2016). Here are the DU colleges that have released their second list of cut-offs:


Shri Ram College of Commerce

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for SRCC


Kirori Mal College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for KMC


Daulat Ram College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Daulat Ram College

Maharaja Agrasen College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Maharaja Agrasen College


College of Vocational Studies

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for College of Vocational Studies


Vivekananda College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Vivekananda College


Ram Lal Anand College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Ram Lal Anand College


Shyama Prasad Mukherji College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Shyama Prasad Mukherji College


PGDAV College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for PGDAV College


Kalindi College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Kalindi College


Aryabhatta College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Aryabhatta College 


Shaheed Bhagat Singh College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Shaheed Bhagat Singh College


Zakir Husain College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Zakir Husain College


Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for SGND Khalsa College


Bharati College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Bharati College


Jesus and Mary College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for JMC


Miranda House

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Miranda House 


Ramjas College

Check out the cut-off link here: Second cut-off list for Ramjas 


Students who fulfil the cut-off requirements for the concerned college and course, must contact the specific college between 5th and 8th July, with all required documents (original/photo-copies), failing which their eligibility for admission will stand cancelled.

Take a look at the list of documents required for verification here. 

Wondering how to withdraw your admission from another DU college? Find a 5 step guide to withdrawal here. 


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Abhinaya Harigovind

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The first day of admissions at Delhi University started on a slow note across campuses. With this being the first year of DU undergraduate admissions going online, there was some understandable confusion about the procedure to be followed post the release of the first cut-off list. Unlike previous years when the entire process had to be done at the colleges, from the forms to the final applications, this year the aspirants were required to first log on to the UG admissions portal and generate the college specific form, based on whichever college/course they were eligible for. The only on-grounds element was the verification of the documents. A few unaware aspirants and their hassled parents were seen on college campuses in the morning, being informed about the procedure by college volunteers.

The chaos was compounded by the DU UG portal which was, as informed by several concerned aspirants, non-functional. “DU needs to take care of the technical aspects of such a large-scale admission process. When they announce something on the university website, we expect them to abide by it,” said a hassled outstation aspirant to our journalist in Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

Not being able to generate the form online and confused about the procedure, the number of aspirants at colleges was definitely lower than expected, especially for certain South Campus colleges like Kamala Nehru College.

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) had already expressed its non-cooperation with the admission process, which might have led to more issues. Teachers of several colleges were seen giving dharnas on campuses. Professor Dubey from Moti Lal Nehru College said, “We are not cooperating with the admissions process but at the same time, we’re not blocking it if the college authorities decide to go on with it with the help of the non-teaching staff… The point of our protests is to let parents and aspirants know that the recent UGC amendment doesn’t just affect teachers but also the quality of education in the university.”

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Shubham Kaushik 

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Delhi University colleges released the first cut-off list for undergraduate admissions. Amongst the highest setters of cutoffs are the usual culprits but also colleges like Kalindi College, with a cut-off of 98.50% for the general category for Economics and SGTB Khalsa College with a cut-off of 98.75% for general category for English.

You can check the combined cut-off list released by Delhi University here: Link for the first cut-off

Timings for morning colleges: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Timings for evening colleges: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sri Ram College of Commerce has released their first cutoff list for B.A (H) Economics and B.Com (H) courses. The highest eligibility criteria is for Economics – 98.25% for the General category.

Category B.Com (H) B.A (H) Economics
General 98 98.25
OBC 95.75 96.25
SC 93.50 95.50
ST 88.25 93
PWD – VH 90 93.75
PWD – HH 90 96
PWD – OH 92.25 96.75
Kashmiri Migrants 88.50 95.25

The college has directed candidates belonging to the General, OBC and SC categories seeking admission to B.Com (H) to report for admissions as per the following schedule dueing 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.:

Date General OBC SC
30.06.2016 98.25 and above 96 and above 95 and above
01.07.2016 98 and above 95.75 and above 93.5 and above
02.07.2016 All All All

Candidates belonging to other categories have been advised to contact personally for completing the admission formalities on any day between 30 June and 02 July between 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. with the prescribed documents.


Shubham Kaushik

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To add to every DU aspirant’s anticipation, a few colleges have started releasing their first cut-off list for admission to the Session 2016-19. The admission under first cut-off list is set to begin tomorrow i.e. on 30th June 2016 from 9 am onwards. The following colleges have released their first-cut off so far:

Kirori Mal College

Check out the cut-off link here: First Cut-Off list for KMC

Maharaja Agrasen College

Check out the cut-off link here: First Cut-Off list for Maharaja Agrasen College  

PGDAV College (Evening)

Check out the cut-off link here: First Cut-Off List for PGDAV College 

Shaheed Bhagat Singh (Day)

Check out the cut-off link here: First Cut-Off list for SBSC

Shyama Prasad Mukherji College

Check out the cut-off link here: First Cut-Off list for Shyama Prasad Mukherji College 

Vivekananda College

Check out the cut-off link here: First Cut-Off list for Vivekananda College 

Zakir Husain College (Morning)

Check out the cut-off link here: First Cut-off list for Zakir Husain College 

Miranda House

Check out the cut-off link here: First cut-off list for Miranda House

Jesus and Mary College

Check out the cut-off link here: First cut-off list for JMC

College of Vocational Studies

Check out the cut-off here: First cut-off list for CVS

Gargi College

Check out the cut-off here: First cut-off list for Gargi College

Ramjas College

Check out the cut-off here: First Cut-Off for Ramjas College 

Daulat Ram College

Check out the cut-off here: First Cut-Off for Daulat Ram College

Delhi College of Arts and Commerce

Check out the cut-off here: First Cut-off for Delhi College of Arts & Commerce

Janki Devi Memorial College 

Check out the cut-off here: First Cut-off for Janki Devi Memorial College

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa (SGND) College 

Check out the cut-off here: First Cut-off for SGND Khalsa College

Bharti College

Check out the cut-off here: First Cut-off for Bharti College

Deshbandhu College

Check out the cut-off here: First Cut-off for Deshbandhu College

All applicants to the specified courses, who are eligible according to the cut off marks given above, must contact the concerned college on June 30, July 01 & July 02 of 2016 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. along with their original documents and Photostat copies etc., failing which their eligibility for admission will stand automatically cancelled, and they will not be considered for admission after 02 June 2016.

You may take a look at the list of important documents to carry for admissions here. 

We wish you all the best for the admission process! 

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Riya Chhibber 

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With only a couple of days to go until the first cut-off list is out, you are probably a nervous ball of excitement and fear. You worked hard for your exams, attained excellent percentages, and are looking forward to starting a new phase of your life. Without crushing your dreams right away, here is the harsh truth – not all of you will make it to your dream college. This is not to say that you will not find a college that is equally fulfilling, possibly better suited to your personality, and a group of amazing friends. So when you expect to get into the college of your choice, but miss the cut-off by a hair’s breadth, here are 3 things you should repeat to yourself:

1. You are not a failure

It’s tempting to blame yourself for missing a cut-off by 0.5% (I say this from personal experience) but the reality is, sky-high cut-offs can throw anyone off-course. Could you have put in a tiny bit more effort and met that cut-off? Maybe. It is irrelevant. You could have always done better, could have always met another cut-off. Complaining about it will get you nowhere.

Pro tip: Sulk for a while. Get it out of your system. Then, take this opportunity to recognise your full potential and work towards achieving your goal. At the end of the day, your syllabus is the same and you have common exams. Continue to work hard in college.

2. Challenge yourself

When you know you have skills and talent, certain situations can be disappointing when they do not turn out as expected. This can lead to an intense fear of failure and can hinder you from truly challenging yourself to achieve new heights. It is natural to feel demotivated, but do not let this fear paralyse you. Get out of your comfort zone to make the best of your college experience by joining societies and applying to internships.

Pro tip: Start out easy. Apply to internships you know you have a good chance of getting. This will boost your morale and give you confidence. If still unsure, you can apply without telling any of your friends, so if you’re not selected, no one has to know. When it comes to societies, there’s no choice but to jump right in. It can be daunting, but on the bright side, no one knows you, so you can be whoever you want to be.

3. It’s all about you

When I was still in the sulking phase of my journey, one of my first ever college friends pointed out, “It’s we who make the college, not the college who makes us.” That statement still stands true, and is also the reason I am now able to write this article without crying (also the reason that friend is now one of my closest). Chances are that despite not being your first choice, your college will provide you with a plethora of activities to indulge in, excellent societies to be a part of, dedicated teachers to work with, and above all, the most supportive group of friends. Step back from the negativity and let yourself recognise and embrace the opportunities you now have.

Pro tip: Throw yourself out there. As cliched as it sounds, pursue what you want – audition for societies, sign up for new courses, strike up a conversation about Harry Potter with the pretty girl sitting behind you (and then become best friends). It will probably take you a couple of attempts to find that special group of people, and it isn’t always easy – like the time I rejected my now-best friend’s offer to hang out with her – but it is definitely worth it.

Once you make it through orientation, chances are, this is the college you will be attending for the next three years. It will become your home. With time, your Grade 12 percentages will fade off into mere numbers, and you will be surrounded by the activities and people of your college. It is up to you to take these experiences and make them your own. Not attending your dream college does not mean giving up on your dream. Be an active participant in the process of becoming the best version of yourself.

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Vineeta Rana

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More than 50 students were barred from taking fitness tests and trials on the very first day of Delhi University admissions under the sports quota. According to the students, they were informed that their sports certificates were not found eligible enough after being scanned.

Kaiser Rufai, the father of one such candidates told Hindustan Times, “We were never informed that we had been rejected. If the certificates were not correct then how were the forms accepted? The university should keep in mind that there are a lot of outstation candidates were going to turn up for the trials.” According to sources, this case has happened for the first time in DU. Anupam Manglik, another student from Pitampura said, “I wanted to appear for the football trials. I have all the required certificates, like my teammates. They were selected, while the list deemed me as ineligible.”

Following this incident, National Student Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest and also submitted an application to the sports officials.

The sports authorities, however, denied all the blame. They specified that the applicants were expected to check their online application dashboard, where results had been displayed. As told by C.S. Dubey, Director of DU sports council, over a phone call with our correspondent, “The admission system this time, has undergone various improvements and has exhibited total transparency. The online dashboard clearly mentions the certificate marks allotted to the respective candidates. Further, the certificates were analysed and verified thrice and proper time was provided for addressing grievances. Around 500 grievances have been addressed, out of a total of 10,000 applications. 4000 certificates also found to be invalid.”

Delhi University began with its fitness tests and trials on June 24. They will continue till July 2.

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Lovleen Kaur

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Over the years, off-campus colleges have been stealing the spotlight away from North and South Campus Colleges in various spheres of courses, infrastructure and cultural societies. Therefore, with each passing year, they have successfully attracted more and more Delhi University aspirants for admissions.

What’s causing this remarkable shift from the core campus? Let’s have a look!

1. Infrastructure

With sprawling campuses and well-developed infrastructure, off-campus colleges like Keshav Mahavidyalaya, the newly built Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, Maharaja Agarsen, Shaheed Sukhdev College for Business Studies are proven to be better than many core campus colleges. Dyal Singh College (M) recently also became the first college to be powered by solar energy. Off-campus colleges are thus, in a constant process of improving their infrastructure!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="735"] Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College[/caption]


2. Specialized Courses

Another reason for the shift are the specialised courses that off-campus colleges are known to offer. Institute of Home Economics (IHE) and Lady Irwin College are the only colleges that offer Home Science as an undergraduate course. Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences also offers many unique specialised courses on instruments, rarely found in any other colleges.

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3. NAAC grading

Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC) secured the second spot by getting a CGPA of 3.31 (Grade A) in The National Assessment and Accreditation Council’s (NAAC) evaluation. Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (3.16), Ramanujan College (3.06), Shivaji College (3.26), Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce (3.02), Keshav Mahavidyalaya (3.01), Bharati College (2.85) and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (2.63) were some of the off- campus colleges that too received good NAAC scores this year.

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 4. Cultural Societies

Misba – Western Dance Society, and I Vogue – The Fashion Society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce (SGGSC), won all the major competitions in Delhi University this fest season. Vayam – the dramatics society of Shivaji College, Glamoratti – The Fashion Society of Dyal Singh College (Morning), Zephyr – The Western Music Society of Kamala Nehru College and SGND Khalsa College’s folk dance societies are some of the best societies in Delhi University’s circuit.

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Nidhi Panchal

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