St. Stephen’s College will soon begin the admission process, reportedly from 6th May. Unlike other colleges in the University of Delhi (DU), it has a long process for selection along with high cut offs.

The admission process in the University of Delhi (DU) for the cycle of 2019-2020 will begin with St. Stephen’s College releasing its prospectus, admission application, and residence forms on 6th May.

The college has a different admission procedure from other DU colleges. After clearing the cut-offs, students write an exam and then have an interview for their selection. In this, class 12 marks carry a weightage of 85%, the aptitude test carries 5% and the interview carries 10%. The college has 410 seats and offers 10 courses, including English, Computer Science, Urdu, and Persian, among others. It also has 40% seats reserved for Christians.

In the 2019 college rankings by the National Institute of Ranking Framework (NRIF), St. Stephen’s stood as the fourth best college on the list and third best college in Delhi. Given its prestigious name, the competition to get into one of the best colleges is also equally high, where the cut offs last year soared to a 98.5% for Economics and 98% for English for General category aspirants.

The college also releases separate cut-off lists for courses in Humanities, Commerce, and Science. As seen in last year’s cut offs, Commerce students have a relatively higher cut-off, sometimes by a margin of 2.5%.

In order to apply to DU, the students need to first register in the university admissions portal to generate a form number and ID, which they then use to apply to the different colleges. For the application to be valid, students also need to pay the admission fee. Jesus and Mary College also follows the same procedure for admissions.

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Shivani Dadhwal

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With the advent of a new year and semester, thousands of applicants rush to coaching centres for preparation help and counselling sessions. To ease out the process, DU Beat brings to you a guide to applying abroad.  

With the end of the 5th semester for the third-year students, it’s time to start looking at higher education opportunities, in India and outside. We, at DU Beat, bring to you a guide that can help one can track the plan and set in motion the application process to get in line for the opportunity to study at the best institutions.

1.Checking Educational Requirements

The first step is identifying the countries and institutions that one has access to. By that, I mean, focussing on colleges that accept applicants with 15 years of education or a three year undergrad degree. In brief, all major Ivy league and cream colleges of USA and Canada accept only 16 years of education as a minimum for application. Yet, it is advisable for candidates to mail the respective colleges to inquire, as some colleges are lax with this criterion in the presence of good work experience. On the other hand, almost all UK and EU colleges or Asia based colleges accept applicants with 15 years.

  1. Checking Cut- Off Marks

Another major criteria are cut-off marks that worry a lot of kids. Most colleges would ask for 2:1 minimum marks which is roughly 60% or 6.0 CGPA, while some (mostly ivy leagues) go up to 1:1 or 75% or 7.5 CGPA. Even if a candidate doesn’t have the minimum required marks or CGPA, one can still write to the college and ask for consideration with an adequate reasoning of how the marks don’t define one’s ability and aptitude correctly.

  1. Marking the Calendars

The next step is to make a list of programs that one wants to partake in and mark the opening and deadline dates for the applications. US applications generally open up in August whereas UK applications open in October. These dates are important as the sooner one applies, the higher are the chances for one to get admission. One should also check out the required exams list, these are extra exams that students from foreign countries are required to partake in and score a minimum amount. The general ones include: GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS, the latter two being English language exams. These exams happen all year round and can be taken at any sitting of choice. IELTS happen 4 times a month. These results can stay valid for over 2 years and 3 years in some cases as well, so an aspirant can take them before hand as well.

  1. Collecting Documents

The next step is to collect all the required documents, majorly the most important documents are:

  1. LOR (Letters of Recommendation) –

These are documents written by professors, employers, etc. in order to recommend an individual to a college for higher education. They are, thus, also divided into two: Academic and Work. The minimum number of LOR’s required is 2 and there is no maximum limit as such. Applicants should make sure that there LOR’s are personal and represent them properly.

  1. SOP (Statement of Purpose) –

An SOP (usually 1000 -1500 words) is an essay about the applicant, why the applicant is choosing the college and program, and what makes them suitable. Some colleges provide specific questions that need to be answered in the SOP and hence, the kids need to carefully go through the documents page of the application guidelines

  1. CV/Resume – A basic document detailing important information about the candidate along with the experience (jobs, education, extracurricular, etc.) of the candidate.
  2. College, 12th , and 10th grade mark sheet – An original copy of the official marksheets of these classes.
  3. Certificates and letter of acceptance from past jobs and internships


One should have these documents in hand during the application process. With the online application system, it is best to have their scanned copies too in .JPEG or .txt format. Most colleges also put limits on size of the file (i.e. 2MB).

With all of these things in hand, one can apply to colleges abroad easily. There are a lot of counselling organisations like ‘The Chopras’ or ‘IDP’ that help students with the process, but colleges usually prefer kids applying out of their own merit and will.


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Haris Khan

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The internet and mobile apps fuel a lot of things in our life- TV show binges, fangirling (-boying, – appropriate gender terms), random curious google searches. With the semester exams looming ahead (yeah I know, it’s that time already), we bring you 5 internet resources to fuel your study sessions instead:

1. Online Flash Cards:

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Image Credits: whsatic.com

Flash Cards are widely used by students to familiarize themselves with important definitions and concepts to accelerate revision and study sessions. They can be used for anything from vocabulary, to definitions of terms and compact flow-charts of processes to important graphs or figures. There are tons of online resources available to make and print your own flash cards. And if you’re not about the DIY life, you might just find flashcards made by students like yourself on platforms like studyblue.com! (web.colby.edu)


2. Studyblrs:

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Image Credits: tumblr.com

If your notes and messy and you cannot make sense of them but you lack inspiration to actually make notes you’d like to study from, studyblrs are what you’re looking for. They are basically tumblr blogs (hence, studyblr= study+tumblr) dedicated to pictures of very well organised notes, flashcards and stationary, which will make you want to pull out your sheets and highlighters and coloured pens to make neat and attractive notes, because hey, we all do store some importance in how things look, right? Go to tumblr.com/tagged/studyblr, be inundated with motivation and follow whichever blogs you like!

3. Apps like FocusON:

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Image Credits: GooglePlay

If you find yourself distracted by constant WhatsApp messages, Facebook and Instagram notifications and you lack the self-control to keep your phone aside, or desperately have to use your phone for looking up information, apps like FocusON would work well for you. FocusON lets you choose whatever apps and websites you want to block and then asks you to set a time-period for the block. And during that block, you won’t be shown any notifications from the said apps and, what’s more, if you try and open them, you’ll be treated to stuff like:

“Q- Where do Math teachers go on vacation?

A- To Times Square. Had a laugh? Now stop typing and get back to work”


4. Study Playlists:

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Image Credits: hercampus.com

When distracted and fidgety, listening to certain albums or playlists can be very therapeutic because they incentivize me to stay in place and to keep writing and making my notes. If you’re not doing something that requires immense concentration, like understanding a brand new concept (because obviously you missed the class), putting on a study playlist can be awesome. You can even time yourself through setting goals of completing a certain number of questions or getting through a certain number of pages in the course of one playlist. There are amazing study playlists of softer, just instruments based songs on 8tracks and YouTube. Better still, if that doesn’t work for you, make your own! As long as you don’t end up jamming instead of studying, everything works.

5. Youtube videos:

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Image Credits: iversity.org

Did you know that YouTube can be used for more than watching music videos and random viral videos? *gasps* Several YouTube channels have videos which will be able to give you an overview of certain topics of your syllabus, if not explain to you the entire thing. I find it helpful to watch a video of the concept before I delve into studying it, to give me an idea of what’s in store, especially if it’s a topic I missed in class. As an economics student, channels like ‘The Economics Detective’ or ‘Economics is fun’ prove to be helpful. You’ll even chance upon entire lectures by professors of different universities. So go on and type the name of that concept in the search bar and get learning!

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Shubham Kaushik

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For the past few months, a large number of apps have come up which offer money in the form of recharge, coupons and even cashbacks when someone uses them. Here is a list of such apps which you can use to save money:

1. mCent


This is one of the most magnanimous apps in this category. It offers high rewards for downloading new apps which are listed on the dashboard of the app. The money you get is mentioned along the apps. You can redeem the money in form of recharge on your mobile number or someone else’s number anytime. You can even earn through referrals. People have earned over Rs.500 a day!

2. Ladoo


This is yet another app like mCent but instead of just downloading apps, it offers you money for checking ads and completing the mentioned offers. The app doesn’t require any registration; merely completing the given offers can earn you recharge.

3. Crown It

Crown It
Crown It

This app is based on a very different concept and has garnered a lot of attention in the past few days. This 6 month old app gives you money for uploading pictures of bill from various food outlets where you eat. This is how it works: There are various outlets registered on the app. Minimum order amount and percentage of discount that you can get on the total order amount is mentioned along with the details of the outlet. The discount that you get is in form of “crowns”. Currently the conversion rate is 1 crown= Re.1. These crowns can be spent on recharges or on various vouchers. You can even donate your crowns to charities mentioned in the app. There’s one condition: the photo of the bill has to be uploaded from the location of the restaurant or café.

4. MagicPin


This app is similar to Crown It but puts a social spin on it. The way it works is that in addition to a picture of the bill, you have to upload a selfie with food from the outlet you’re at. The home screen of the app is a group chat like interface where various offers around your locality and selfies of users with food items keep coming. This is what you need to do: go to the venue, order food and click a selfie with the food. Post it on the main screen. Click the picture of the bill and get cash in your MagicPin wallet. The best part about MagicPin is that you can redeem the money earned by cashback on the food you’ve ordered. The discounts on the app are pretty good as well. They also have a WhatsApp number on which you can send your selfie and bill photo to get money or cashback.

5. TaskBucks


 This app is similar to Ladoo and mCent, i.e it offers money on downloading other apps. Along with that you can also earn money by completing various offers like surveys, quizzes etc. You can also get paid for visiting certain websites and sharing articles with your friends.

These five only scratch the surface of apps that make you money. There are a lot of similar apps out there offering money in the form of recharges, online shopping coupons or vouchers and many people are using combinations of these apps in such a way that they’re practically earning money off them. Use them wisely and let us know of more such apps!

Kavach Chandra

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Admission process for undergraduate courses at University of Delhi closed on the 15th June 2015. Varsity invited applications for around 54000 seats for the upcoming session of 2015-16 and application forms were accepted both online and offline. Total registrations received by students of all categories via both the modes were recorded at 291817. This data excludes the applicants for BMS/BBA/BBE and B.El.Ed. Programme.

Find out our report for the details on individual categories, here.

Office of Dean of Students’ Welfare released the compiled report for the statistics on Admission today on the 19th June 2015. According to the statistics, 122020 female candidates have applied in comparison to 169731 male students. ‘Other’ category for third gender students was introduced for the first time in undergraduate admission applications and 66 students have applied under the same.

For the percentage-wise statistics, around 36000 applicants have secured 90% or above in their Class 12 Board Examinations. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has given University of Delhi the maximum number of aspirants with the number standing at 218872. Other applicants are from ISC or other state boards like UP, Bihar, Rajasthan etc.

Find out the full statistics, here:

TotalApplications 291817
Total applicants(Female) 122020
Total applicants(Male) 169731
Total applicants (Other) 66
Gen 178419
OBC 68867
SC 37085
ST 6270
Pwd1 460
Pwd2 137
Pwd3 434

Top 10 choices for Course

CourseOpted Total
B.A(Hons)English 90331
B.Com 71505
B.Com(Hons.) 68866
B.Sc(Hons)Chemistry 66987
B.Sc(Hons)Mathematics 66586
B.A(Hons)Economics 63264
B.Sc(Hons)Physics 62585
B.A(Hons) PoliticalScience 56408
B.Sc(Hons) ComputerScience 50317
B.A(Hons)History 47088


Board Wise Applicants

Category Total
CBSE 218872
ISC(AllIndia) 8311
UP 8293
Bihar 12705
Haryana 3332
Rajasthan 26693
OpenSchool 3763
Other 9846
GrandTotal 291815


Year of Passing

PassingYear Total
2015 246548
2014 35146
2013 6753
Before2013 3337
GrandTotal 291784


Status of Result

ResultStatus Total
Passed 287279
Awaited 995
Compartment 3438
GrandTotal 291712



Percentage Wise Applicants

Percentage Range Total
0-45 8106
45.01-50 10101
50.01-55 15674
55.01-60 21403
60.01-65 28082
65.01-70 32580
70.01-75 35268
75.01-80 35195
80.01-85 35597
85.01-90 33791
90.01-95 28999
95.01-100 6850
Grand Total 291646


School-Wise Applicants

School Total
Government 93692
Public 123398
Govt. Aided 16328
Other 33411


Study Medium Wise Applicants

Study Medium Total
English 163098
Hindi 48660
Other 1384

Information Source: Dean of Students’ Welfare

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Iresh Gupta
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Admission process for undergraduate courses at University of Delhi closed yesterday, on the 15th June 2015. Application forms that were accepted both online and offline, declared the closure at 4 PM for the physical sale and midnight for the online submission.

Varsity invited applications for around 54000 seats for the upcoming session of 2015-16. Total registrations received by students of all categories via both online and offline mode were recorded at 3,20,799 making it an average of six student contenders for one seat at the University.

59602 offline applications were sold at eight centres across Delhi University whereas 17300 and 11848 applications were received for BMS/BBA/BBE and B.El.Ed. Programme respectively.

For the online process, 343471 signups were recorded out of which 232049 applicants completed the registration. Of these, 144340 applications were received under the GEN category, 57299 for the OBC category, 24716 for SC, 4988 for ST and 705 from Persons with Disabilities.

Applications have increased by 46418 applications this year with the last year record standing at 274381 registrations.

Details of applications received for undergraduate admissions 2015-16
Details of applications received for undergraduate admissions 2015-16

The registrations for admission to St Stephen’s college and Jesus and Mary College, which had separate admission process being minority institutions, also ended at midnight.

According to a report by IBN Live, the centralised fitness tests for sports admission will be conducted from June 18 to June 20 at the DU polo ground. The aspirants will get a certificate which will be valid for all the sports trials to be conducted by individual colleges.

The first cut-off for the admission process will be released on 25th June and the students will be admitted under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS).

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Information Source: Office, Dean of Students Welfare

Iresh Gupta
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University of Delhi began sale and receipt of the common pre-admission OMR forms on Friday, 5th June. The forms are available at 8 designated admission centres of the University. Last date to fill the form is 15th June. A candidate is required to fill the pre-admission form only once, either online or offline. Last week, the University began accepting online forms on its website.

DU deploys an ‘optical mark recognition’ type of form for applications. The form will have circles that the candidates will have to darken entirely with a pen. Care must be taken to ensure that the necessary circles are darkened completely but no excess ink should be used on the form.

The forms are available at the following centres:

1. ARSD College
2. Gargi College
3. PGDAV College
4. Dyal Singh College
5. S.G.T.B Khalsa College*
6. Rajdhani College
7. Shyam Lal College
8. Maharaja Agrasen College

*Added to the list later by DU in place of SGGS College of Commerce.

The following subject code chart should be used while filling the form:

Subject codes

The University has specified the following guidelines for filling of the application form:

  • The form can be bought from any of the centres and can be submitted at any of the centres. A candidate is not required to visit the same centre for both the purposes.
  • There are 2 forms: one for General/OBC categories and the other for SC/ST/PwD categories. A candidate must fill the correct form.
  • Only blue or black pen is to be used to fill the form.
  • The form, after filling, should be photocopied (both sides of the form on one sheet of paper, back to back). The photocopy is to be kept by the candidate as acknowledgement.
  • It must be ensured that the formed is not folded, crumpled or mutilated. No markings should be made on the form other than those required. The marks on the margin of the form are also not to be tampered with.
  • For PwD candidates: PwD 1: Blindness/low vision; PwD 2: Hearing impairment; PwD 3: Locomotor disability and Cerebral Palsy

For more information, visit: http://du.ac.in/du/uploads/Admissions/2015/ug/27-5-2015-ug.pdf

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Ishaan Gambhir

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The University of Delhi, as scheduled, began accepting online applications for admissions to undergraduate courses on Thursday, 28th May. The admissions portal can be accessed here: http://ug.du.ac.in/2015/index.php/site/login. A step-by-step textual guide is also available on the admissions portal under the tab “Steps to Apply”.

Online admissions will continue till 15th June. Aspirants also have the option to apply offline beginning 5th June at the University-designated centres.

While filling the online form, the following few guidelines should be kept in mind to ease your process of application:

1. The website has a reputation for being slow in the initial days of applications. If you are facing similar issues, the way out is giving it time and checking the website from time to time for improvement.

2. An aspirant is only allowed to fill one form, i.e. either online or offline. Thus, it is imperative that you fill out your application with extreme care.

3. Changes to your application are possible only before payment of registration fee is made. After payment, you will not be able to modify your application.

4. Upon entering the Board roll number, your subjects and their respective marks are filled by the system itself under normal circumstances.

5. Subject codes assigned by DU are as follows:

Subject codes
Source: www.du.ac.in

DU’s Info Centre
Ph: 155215, E-mail ID: [email protected]

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Ishaan Gambhir
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Right to Information Act was passed in the year 2005 to empower the Indian citizen. An act which can penetrate into any government file, any substantial data and take it out into public domain. But after almost 9 years since the act was passed, still not many know how to use it to incur information.

Whether it is any governmental organisation, rules of procedure to file an RTI are the same throughout.

Here are some initial pertinent points one should know before filing an RTI in context to the Delhi University.

  • An application for obtaining information under Right to Information Act, 2005 is required to be made to the Central Public Information Officer of University of Delhi.
  • The prescribed fees for filing an application is Rs. 10/- by way of cash against proper receipt or by way of bank demand draft or banker’s cheque or Indian Postal Order payable to the Registrar, University of Delhi at Delhi.
  • An Appeal can be preferred before a Registrar and 1st Appellate authority agaisnt the decision of Central Public Information Officer of the University.

The application is addressed to:

Public Information Officer

Deputy Registrar (Information), University of Delhi, Delhi (Presently Shri Jay Chanda)

The following steps / points may be noted to make an application under RTI Act:

  •  The person seeking information may apply on a plain paper giving particulars of information being sought and his/her correct address for communication.
  •  Separate applications for seeking information on different subjects are required.
  •  The application has to be accompanied with the prescribed fee (at present a fee of Rs. 10/-). The fee is payable with each application which is towards the cost of processing the request.
  •  The schedule of fees can be obtained from the Public Information Officer of the University of Delhi. For the time being the rates are as follows:-
    • Rs. 2/- per page of A-4 or A-5 size.
    • Actual cost for sizes bigger than A-4 or A-5.
    • In case of printed material, the printed copies could be had from the University sales counter/authorized sales agents on payment.
    • In case of photo copies, the rate would be Rs. 2/- per page.
    • If information is needed on a disk or floppy subject to availability of information in soft form, the fee will be Rs. 50/- per disk/floppy.
    • Admissible records may be allowed to be inspected on payment of Rs.150/- per hour or part thereof, before the date and time of inspection of the same.
  • A major portion of the information will be available from the University Calendars Volumes I & II, and other rules as applicable to the University from time to time and printed syllabi for various courses. Some of these are available on the website of the University.

NOTE: Confidential matters pertaining to examinations, paper setting, evaluation of scripts and consequent procedures, composition and proceedings of the selection committees and minutes of the University Court/EC/AC until these are printed, will remain confidential and not available in the public domain.