Admissions 2018


Getting merit-based admissions in Delhi University is the dream that every student in the country nurtures. The candidates and their parents heave sighs of relief once the formalities are finalised, and the acknowledgment slip is procured. But, that’s not what happened with Lariba Ashfaq Ahmed, an aspiring Literature student at Sri Venkateswara College.

It can be agreed that procuring admission in a reputed college can be a tricky business, but for Lariba, it turned out to be a nightmare altogether. On the last day of admissions in the 10th Cut-Off list, Lariba reached Venkateswara College, to inquire about the vacant seats in the Department of English, and procure one, if available. Subsequent to her arrival at the college, she happened to bump into a lady staff, Ms. Nidhi, who directed her to the Head of the Department, of English for clarifications and attaining information about the vacancies. Having obtained a nod of approval from the Head, Lariba rushed to Kamla Nehru College, (where she had already taken admission in a prior list), to cancel her admission and migrate to Venkateswara.

After the admission formalities were over, the college administration handed over an “acknowledgment slip”, bearing Roll Number- 21083 to her, which she accepted, preserved, and left for her home. But this was hardly any cause of rejoicing for her. As soon as she reached her home, she received a call on her mother’s phone, over which the caller alleged that there had been some issues with the verification of her documents, and hence, she should pay a visit to the college in the company of her father the next day.

Upon her visit to the college the next day, she was exposed to the cunning of the college administration. The college staff, somehow caught hold of the acknowledgment slip from her, and, having done that, slammed her documents on her face, stating that she couldn’t be admitted into the college.

This left the student in the doldrums. Having cancelled her admission in KNC and been cunningly struck off the rolls at Venkateswara, she had nowhere to go to. Even though she tried to procure legal help from the police, but all that she could get was the mere fulfillment of formalities. The PCR simply took her statement, making their evergreen promise to “Look into the matter and carry out a thorough investigation”. Meanwhile, the concoction of the administration staff at Venkateswara brought dark clouds over the candidate’s future.

However, Kamla Nehru College came to her timely aid. The college, considering her ordeal, gave her admission in the same cut-off, and the process was glitch and tension free. This entire chain of events brings to the limelight the disheartening treatment the candidates are exposed to at the hands of the unruly administration staff at colleges. Not only is their future played with, there’s no acceptance of the deed or an apology from the college’s end.

Interestingly, students at Venkateswara had remained oblivious to the incident, until an FB post and a YouTube video went viral. According to the students, the college has been manipulative enough to ensure that the incident doesn’t come out to the reach of the public spectrum, because they think that the college is already acquainted with the fact that the students are not in favor of the administration staff.

The students have shown a marked resentment against this agitating incident and expect a proper explanation and solution to such problems. Even though they request that their identities are kept hidden, their words will surely shine bright like the moon on the full moon night, through DU Beat.  Their thoughts are fraught with resilience and expect a concrete solution from the varsity’s end regarding behaviour of the administration staff, rather than the college’s end, because this is more or less the story of every college.

“If the candidate wasn’t eligible for admissions, why wasn’t she told that in the first place? Why did the college play with an innocent student’s career?”, said a student of Venkasteswara College, on anonymity..

“The problem is, the administrative staff does not care about the future of the students. They have a gala time in their A/C offices sipping tea, while the students suffer”, mentioned another student from the same college.

If things continue this way, the students are afraid that the college will lose the reputation that it enjoys, which shall pose serious detrimental effects to the interests of the students. This was more or less a case of infringement of the student’s right to education, and it must be looked at with profound gravity.


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Dearest Fresher’s

Savour this moment, as you stand in long queues, sweaty and hassled with the ongoing admissions process, because at this very second, as you make an important decision, will mark the beginning of a great adventure.

You are on the threshold of joining an institution which will introduce you to some of the brightest minds of our generation. Once you finally make it here, throw yourselves into the movements, music, theatrics, and magic of this Varsity and you’ll become the best possible version of you.

We wish we could quote Dumbledore and say, “Help will always be given at Hogwarts (read DU) to those who ask for it”. However, DU is not kind, these old-experienced walls believe in tough love. You will not necessarily get the best infrastructure or faculty, but it will provide you with opportunities to make the best of it. There will be problems, but there will also be protests against those problems. It will be your choice to pick a side which will make all the difference.

With almost a 100 colleges dotted in across National Capital Region, the University is a like a breathing-living spider web. It houses not just the future of this country but also it’s present. And at this moment it is welcoming you, another batch of thousands of stakeholders, into its vibrant universe.  Its sheer brilliance of talent and knowledge can be tempting and intimidating, but with a little patience and confidence you’ll fare well.

We hope these three years give you group hugs, jitters, breakdowns, laughter, and solace which, for the years to come, will translate into splendid stories and memories.

Good luck! We’ll see you around.


The DU Beat team

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After filling over 15,000 seats in the first round and completing a hassle free second round of admissions, the University of Delhi is all set to begin with the third leg of the admissions process.

Shri Ram College of Commerce, one of the leading colleges for Commerce in the country, has announced admissions closed for general category in the third cut-off list. Shaheed Bhagat Singh College was the first college to declare its third cut-off on its college website. From now, colleges have begun updating their respective individual websites. Follow this space for live updates! This article will be updated as and when a college uploads its list.

Click here to check the cut-off for Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.

Click here to check the cut-off for P.G.D.A.V. College (Eve).

Click here to check the cut-off for SRCC.

Click here to check the cut-off for Gargi College.

Click here to check the cut-off for Ramjas College.

Click here to check the cut-off for Satyawati College.

Click here to check the cut-off for JMC.

Click here to check the cut-off for Sri Aurobindo College (E).

Click here to check the cut-off for Kirori Mal College.

Click here to check the cut-off for Zakir Husain Delhi College.

Click here to check the cumulative cut-off for arts and humanities courses.

Click here to check the cumulative cut-off for science courses.

Click here to check the FIST cut-off for NCWEB.

The third cut-offs are in sync with the previous two cut-offs released for this academic year, as they appear to be more realistic than previous years.
Please Note – The Delhi Metro may be closed due to a strike on 30th June, 2018. Therefore, parents and students planning to go to seek admission across Delhi University colleges should look for alternatives for commuting.

The Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB), established in 1943 through an amendment in the Delhi University Act, is a special provision of the university through which female candidates can take examinations of the University with coaching on the weekends, without the requirement of attending regular classes. Degrees are granted for undergraduate and postgraduate courses through this system.

NCWEB only accepts female applicants residing in Delhi NCR and offers lectures only during the weekends and academic breaks. The non collegiate students are not authorized to enroll themselves in other full time courses. The board began functioning in September 1944 with three students. Currently, the enrollment is more than 24,000 as the board is able to accommodate only 20% of the applicants. The admission is granted on the basis of merit through declaration of cut-offs.

The first cut-off list for the admissions this year will be released on June 30. Rakesh Batra, teacher in-charge of NCWEB admissions at Hansraj College said, “We offer a total of 288 seats in two courses, B.A. Programme and B.Com. Programme. The response has been really good till now and all our seats get filled. The classes in Hansraj are conducted on Saturdays or during the vacations.”

Hemchand Jain, Vice Principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyay College said, “NCWEB was introduced to our college last year. We offer a total of 495 seats for two courses- B.A. Programme and B.Com. Programme. The enrolled students are performing really well and doing wonders since we have seen great results in this past year.” Since there is no classroom teaching, no written material is given. The students have to maintain a minimum of 66% to appear for the university examinations. There are 50 teaching days in a year and at the Undergraduate level, classes are held between  9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m with 6 periods in a day.

Anju, a second year student of B.A. Programme at Deen Dayal Upadhyay College said, “We have around 60 classes during the year and we have classes every Saturday and throughout December. The classes have been very fruitful for me and I am doing a course on makeup along with this.”

Professors of the Delhi University and affiliated colleges are deputed as guest faculty to teach the non collegiate students. The pass percentage is similar to that of regular students. The programme accepts students at a low cost and utilises existing infrastructure of educational institutions. Financial aid is provided to needy and deserving students for the academic year.

NCWEB provides library facility to all undergraduate students in their respective teaching centres and the postgraduate students can access the library at Arts Faculty Building, North Campus.

NCWEB offers the following courses:

  • M.A./M.Sc.Mathematics

  • M.A. in English

  • M.A. Hindi

  • M.A. History

  • M.A. Philosophy

  • M.A. Political Science

  • M.A. Bengali

  • M.A. Sanskrit

  • M.A. Urdu

  • M.A. Punjabi

  • M.A. Arabic

  • M.A. Persian


The following are the NCWEB teaching centres for undergraduate programmes:

  • Aditi Mahavidyalaya

  • Aryabhatta College

  • Bhagini Nivedita College

  • Bharti College

  • College Of Vocational Studies

  • Deen Dayal Upadhayay College

  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College

  • Hansraj College

  • J.D.M College

  • Jesus & Mary College

  • Kalindi College

  • Keshav Mahavidyalaya

  • Lakshmi Bai College

  • Maharaja Agrasen College

  • Maitreyi College

  • Mata Sundri College

  • Miranda House

  • Motilal Nehru College

  • P.G.D.A.V. College

  • Rajdhani College

  • Ramanujan College

  • Satyawati College

  • SGGSC of Commerce

  • SPM College

  • Sri Aurobindo College

  • Vivekananda College

Postgraduate classes are held at the Tutorial Building, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi, North Campus.

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The first NCWEB cut-off was released yesterday.

To download the cut-off click on –  NCWEB-1st cut-off

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The University of Delhi released its second cut off list on 25th of June for all courses of Arts, Commerce and Science stream.

Many students who withdrew their admission from previous colleges and came to Daulat Ram College were denied admission into their course of choice because they did not meet the prerequisite cut-off. Due to miscommunication and lack of awareness regarding the B.A. Programme course, many students assumed one cut-off to be applicable to all subject combinations.

A case of avoidable circumstances can be observed here. The cumulative cut-off list released by the University of Delhi is divided into two parts. While the first part comprises only of the cut-offs in the respective courses, the second part comprises certain remarks about these cut-offs. It tells about the colleges that are offering relaxation for girl candidates, the subjects that one should have studied till class 12th to apply for certain courses, etc.

The course B.A. Programme offers many combinations to the students, depending on the subjects taught in a particular college. However, the cut-offs for different combinations are different in many colleges. This information is only mentioned in the second part of the list, and is also available on the respective college’s website.

Unfortunately, a lot of aspiring candidates have skipped this part which has led to a lot of chaos and confusion. Students who withdrew their admission from previous colleges and came to Daulat Ram College had to face such this situation. Believing that the cut-off for the entire course was 91%, they tried to seek admission, only to find out that the said cut-off was just for some particular combinations.

Therefore, it is advised that the entire list is carefully checked before seeking admission in any college. The second part of the list is not supposed to be skimmed, but rather it is supposed to be read thoroughly. If a candidate doubts the cut-off or is even a little unaware of it, he/she should not hesitate to call up the college authorities or even visit the college campus if their calls are going unanswered.

A volunteer from Daulat Ram College who wished to remain anonymous was quoted saying, “Because the candidates did not clearly check all of the varied combination cut-offs a lot of confusion and chaos happened on the first day of admission, after the declaration of the second list.”


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With around 15,000 seats filled out of 65,000 and huge crowds observed in many University of Delhi colleges in the first cut-off list, all eyes are on the second cut-off list now. Given the turnout on 19th June, numbers suggest that seats for top courses in top colleges have almost filled, implying that many DU colleges may not come out with a second list only. Last year, DU colleges were able to fill only 2200 seats in the first round, which suggests that this year the cut-offs have been reasonably realistic.

Beginning now, DU colleges have begun releasing cut-off lists on their respective college websites. Watch out this space for live news; keep refreshing this article for timely updates.

Click here to check the second cut-off list for Vivekananda College.

Click here to check the second cut-off list for Satyawati College.

Click here to check the second cut-off list for Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.

Click here to check the second cut-off list for P.G.D.A.V. College.

Click here to check the second cut-off list for Bhagini Nivedita College.

Click here to check the second cut-off list for Maharaja Agrasen College.

Click here to check the second cut-off list for Sri Aurobindo College (Evening).

Click here to check the second cut-off list for SRCC.

Click here to check the second cut-off list for Satyawati College (Evening).

Click here to check the second cut-off list for Kirori Mal College.

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Our Indian education system’s school boards can be as temperamental as Simon Cowell’s manner of judging contestants at the X Factor: Whimsical and capricious. Acknowledging this anomaly, the University of Delhi (DU) allows scope for admission through the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) quota.

In which year did the Battle of Lepanto take place? Who was the first black footballer to play for England at any level? What is autarky? Who discovered the element polonium? Which actor was dubbed the Man of a Thousand Faces? Which tempo in music is slower – andante or adagio? If you wish to fight your way to the top of the ECA merit list for Quiz, you would need to know the answers to the aforementioned questions and much more.

In a phone call conversation with the DU Beat correspondent, Varun S., an ECA candidate who was admitted to DU through the ECA quota in 2015 said, “The ECA trials can be described as nerve-racking and competitive, to say the least.”


Rishabh Bora, who had appeared for the Quiz trials in 2017, claimed that he “completely unprepared” for the prelims of the ECA trials. In spite of that, when he found his name in the merit list of candidates shortlisted for the finals, he was ecstatic. Almost a year later, he recalls, “One of the questions asked in the prelims was: “Which US spy ship was captured by North Korea in 1968?” In an instant, I remembered flicking through an article in Reader’s Digest when I was a kid. It was about the USS Pueblo. That journey back to my childhood took place in a quarter of a second. And after that quarter had ended, I found myself back in the room with a dozen other quizzes. I remember the expression of wonder on the face of the quiz-master when I gave the answer. At that moment, I knew I had made it.”


1. Trials will be held at two levels: (i) Preliminary trials (ii) Final trials
2. The trials of both these levels shall be the conducted by an ECA Committee appointed by the University Admission Committee.
3. “Candidates will get a relaxation of only up to 15% in cut-offs if they apply for the ECA quota,” says Suchitra Gupta, Deputy Dean of Culture and Youth Affairs in DU.
This implies that not more than 15% relaxation in academic merit vis-à-vis unreserved category applicants (for the last relevant cut-off) may be given for admission to specific programmes. In simpler terms, if the cut-off for a particular course is 90%, then the ECA candidate will get a relaxation of upto 15%. This means, to be eligible for admission to a course whose last relevant cut-off was 90%, the candidate must have scored at least 75% in his qualifying examination.


1. In both preliminary and final rounds, questions are usually asked on topics such as history, sports, current affairs, arts, popular culture, business, science, literature, and politics.
2. The preliminary round may either consist of a written round or a verbal question and answer round. In case of the former, three kinds of questions are generally asked- (a) Multiple-choice questions (b) Generic questions (c) True/False statements
3. Late entry would lead to penalisation of the candidate.
4. The University ECA Admissions Committee is usually very strict with mobile phones not being allowed into the premises, and bags are also thoroughly checked.
5. Candidates are supposed to carry a writing board and a blue or a black pen.


As told to the DU Beat correspondent by Anukul Mishra, an ECA candidate of 2016, a fair number of questions come from the magazine ‘Competition Success Review’, especially the objective-type questions given on the last pages.
Many of the questions are also derived from the archives of the Bournvita Quiz and Samvidhan Quiz of the preceding years.
Read. Record. Recollect: These are the famous 3Rs of quizzing as laid down by Neil O’Brien. One has to read, whether on the iPad, smartphone, or the good old newspapers, magazines, books, and journals.
Take reference from the online resources available on the ‘Quiz Zone’ and Trivia.fyi. Many of the questions found in these sites overlap with the questions asked in the ECA trials.


1. The preliminary round for Quiz will be held on the 20th and 21st of June 2018, from 9 a.m., at Ram Lal Anand College. The preliminary rounds usually get over by 11:30 a.m. on the same day.
2. Following the prelims, the list of short-listed candidates for the final round will be notified on the university website. Final round will be held on 30th June.
3. In the final round, the applicants must carry all the relevant certificates in original (and a self-attested photocopy) for evaluation. The certificates will account for 25% of the total weight while the trials in the final round will account for 75% of the weightage.


1. The selected candidates will have to submit an Undertaking at the time of admission stating that the candidate will perform for the College for the entire period of the candidate‘s undergraduate programme of study. The college has a right to cancel their admissions if they violate the undertaking during their stay in college.
2. The candidates who are admitted through the Instrumental Category mostly get incorporated into the Quiz Societies of the colleges.
3. Candidates who secure admission through Category ‘Quiz’ in DU are almost always under immense pressure of performing well as their competitors come from a wide range of people, not confined to a particular age group. In other words, most quizzes held in the Delhi-NCR region receive participants from the age group of 17 to 71.
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The B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education) and LLB (Bachelor of Law) entrance examinations of the University of Delhi (DU) have come under condemnation as allegations of blatant cheating and maladministration of the examinations have been flagged.

The invigilators of the LLB examination, held on the 18th of June 2018, were allegedly lax in their invigilation, thereby giving liberty to the candidates to cheat. On the other hand, candidates who had appeared for the entrance exam for B. Ed on the same date claimed that the servers at the Ojas Institute of Management, the exam center in Rohini, had crashed.

As told by a DU graduate Ishan Patel, while the exam was slated to begin at 4 p.m. and end by 6 p.m., most candidates did not submit their papers until 8 p.m. This was seen as unfair to the candidates who had appeared for the same examination from other centers and had thus received relatively lesser time. However, these allegations were dismissed by an official at the institute who asserted, “There was no such problem at our end. It was a minor issue which was later resolved.”

Regarding these claims of mismanagement, complaints have been made to the DU administration by the General Secretary of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) Mahamedhaa Nagar.

In conversation with DU Beat, Mahamedhaa remarked, “I know of many candidates whose relatives were owners or shareholders of the institutes where the entrances were held. This offered favorable circumstances for candidates to indulge in illicit activities. I have also been informed of cases wherein the servers had stopped working and the candidates received only 45 minutes to write their papers. And when these students complained, they were told Tu Itna Intelligent Hota Toh 45 Minutes Mein Hi Kar Leta. (If you were intelligent enough, then you would have been able to complete the paper within 45 minutes itself.”

In the phone call conversation, Nagar added, “I do acknowledge that even when entrances are conducted in the university’s colleges, certain candidates manage to get the papers leaked. But then, those have been rare cases wherein the miscreants needed enormous resources and a lot of contacts. But now, when entrance exam centers are allotted to private institutes, the candidates are able to ‘buy’ the invigilators in just INR 10,000.”

Complaints of maladministration of the examination were also reported from the Babu Banarsi Das Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Ankit, a former student of Science at DU, had reached the center early to avoid any mishaps. However, the exam was delayed by almost an hour.

Expressing concern regarding the state of affairs, Midrash Mathew, the National Spokesperson of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), told the DU Beat correspondent, “A lot of things have gone wrong with the examination system. Instead of holding these entrances in private institutes, it would have been better had they been held in the colleges within the University. That would have provided a more conducive environment for the conduction of exams.”

To unearth how the DU administration was responding to these criticisms, the DU Beat correspondent called up the office of the Deputy Proctor of DU, situated opposite to the Department of Botany in North Campus. However, the countless calls and the innumerable emails went unanswered. Nevertheless, sources have noted a senior official working in the administrative quarters of DU as saying, “We have systems in place that would allow students to get clarity on their exams and we are further improving the systems.”

Notwithstanding the ambiguity of this statement, justice needs to be served to candidates whose futures have been trivialised by the incautious comportment of invigilators and examination centers of the LLB and B. Ed entrance examinations this year.

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St. Stephen’s college is the only Delhi University college to conduct interviews as part of its admission process. If you received a call letter and your interview is scheduled for the coming days, this article can help you ace it.

A member of the admissions interview panel at St.Stephen’s said, “The interview process for each subjects differs from others. Each department has a different interview panel. For science subjects, teachers look for students with an aptitude for science and related fields. For subjects like history, you look for students who are interested in the subject, who has read up on it a little beyond what the textbooks prescribe and shows an ability to read about political developments and comment interestingly on the texts one has read.”

Reminiscing her interview, Trishala Dutta, a 3rd year English honours student from St. Stephen’s says, “They asked me questions regarding the books I have read that had been part of my syllabus, earlier in school. I was questioned on the discourse of the texts, and my opinions on it.” The following pointers contain all the information you need to know:

1. Carry all the necessary documents: Those students who have already submitted their original documents to save a seat in another DU college can submit the photocopies of their documents. They might have to sign an undertaking that they will submit the originals within one month of admission, however, that only happens once the candidate has been selected after the interview round.

2. Read up on your course: Most often, college interviews are a test of your knowledge. So it is important not just to read to be well-informed about the course you are applying to, but also to ascertain the specific part of that course you are more interested in. For instance, if you are applying for a B.A. History (Honours) it is important to know what period, what kind of history you are more interested in. That will show the admission officers you have done your homework.

3. Make eye contact: Do not be nervous. Take the interview as a conversation you might have with your relatives on topics that you might have with someone whom you have met for the first time. It is ideal to make eye contact with the interviewers as it exudes confidence and sincerity.

4. Think before you speak: Often in our haste to answer questions, we stumble in between our sentences, using pause fillers like “umm” and “err” that will only make our thoughts look incoherent. Gather your thoughts and then answer.

5. Be yourself: Admissions officers have done thousands of interviews and can see through students quicker than psychologists. So, don’t tell them you live for the love of science unless you have a backyard science project to show them. It is better to be honest and truthful as lying in an interview can cost you heavily.

6. Prepare for the general questions: Here is a list of general questions that the interviewers normally ask students:
Why did you choose this course?
Why did you choose this college?
What are your passions, your hobbies and your interests?
What are three interesting things about you that I wouldn’t know from your application?
How do you intend to use your college education to achieve your future goals?

DU Beat wishes you all the luck for your interviews!


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For applicants applying under the ECA category, the best place to be informed is the University of Delhi website. However, admission into a college only depends upon the availability of seats in that particular college and is not subject to clearing the final trials.


Here are the general guidelines for the students applying under the Music (Vocal) category:

Indian Classical

Date: 17th – 18th June (Preliminary rounds)

2nd July (Final Round)

Time: According to alphabetical order (Preliminary rounds)

9 a.m. (Final Round)

Venue: Rajdhani College

  1. The time limit is up to 3 minutes per candidate.
  2. Tracks are not allowed.
  3. Accompaniment/accompanists are compulsory, however, not more than one accompanist per participant shall be allowed. Candidates can use electronic taanpura/shrutipeti.
  4. Candidate should come prepared with at least 3-4 numbers across different genres to showcase their talent.
  5. Film Songs are allowed.
  6. No time will be given for tuning the instrument. Candidate should ensure that the instruments are tuned at the beginning of the trial.

Western Classical

Date: 19th – 20th June (Preliminary rounds)

1st July (Final Round)

Time: According to alphabetical order (Preliminary rounds)

9 a.m. (Final Round)

Venue: Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (E)

1. The candidate should introduce the item in not more than 30 seconds.
2. Not more than one accompanying instrument shall be allowed.

3. Candidate can bring his/her own musical instrument.
4. The performance should not exceed 3 minutes.
5. No time will be given for tuning the instrument. Candidate should ensure that the instruments are tuned at the beginning of the trial.
Vocal Western Light
1. The candidate should introduce the item in not more than 30 seconds.
2. Candidate can bring his/her own musical instrument.
3. The performance should not exceed 3 minutes.
4. No time will be given for tuning the instrument. Candidate should ensure that the instruments are tuned at the beginning of the trial.
5. Candidate should preferably use an accompaniment and/ or bring along an accompanist, however, not more one accompanist per participant will be allowed.
6. Participant should come prepared with at least three songs of competitive nature,
which can showcase their talent.

Colleges offering Music (Vocal) ECA quota

Colleges offer ECA quotas in five categories under Music (Vocal): Indian Music (Classical, Light and Vocal) and Western (Classical and Light). The ECA committee for Admissions would consist of the Principal or the Principal nominee, two experts from eminent institutions like the Sangeet Natak Academy and the College Cultural Council convener or nominee.

This year, 51 colleges in Delhi University are offering such ECA quotas, including Sri Venkateswara College, RamJas College, Zakir Hussain Delhi College, Maitreyi College, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Gargi College, and Kamala Nehru College. The more comprehensive list is provided in the official Bulletin for Information for Admission to UG Programmes (2018-19).

The Trials

Trials include the two usual rounds of Prelims and Finals. The trials consist of single auditions of songs in the respective category. Santur Kundu, a first-year student at Ramjas College who got admission in the ECA quota of Indian Vocal says, “I gave my ECA trials in Kirori Mal College last year. Given the category, I was judged on the parameters of tone, composition, and clarity. One accompanist was allowed although no backup tracks were allowed. Apart from all the tension and dilemma I went through, it was a wonderful experience to be performing in front of such talented people. I ended up getting the 2nd rank with a total of 82 out of 100 and also getting admission into B.A. Economics (Honours) at Ramjas.”

Gaurav Sharma, an ECA student of the Western Vocal category from Ramjas College says, “Even though there was no official notice, it was pretty understood that the judges judged us on our tone, timber, an accuracy of notes, and overall feel of our performance. We could also be accompanied by an accompanist.”

Students do complain about the lack of clarity in the University website or even the official Bulletin of Information about the specific guidelines. “I was very unclear and I almost missed my prelim trials. Someone told me how it happens on the very last day and I went. Naturally, I was very nervous. However overall, it went pretty good,” says Gaurav Sharma.

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