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Here’s all the information you might be looking for about the B.Com (Honours) course.

  • What is the course about?

B.Com (Honours) or Bachelor of Commerce is a highly demanded course, especially by commerce students. It trains students about various aspects of business and finance.

Some of the core papers offered by University of Delhi (DU) for this course are Financial Accounting, Business Law, Corporate Law, Income Tax Law and Practice, Auditing and Corporate Governance, etc. Among various others, the electives include Banking and Insurance, Fundamentals of Investment, International Business, and Corporate Tax Planning.

  • What are some top colleges for this course?

 Many DU colleges are famous for their B.Com courses. Among these are, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Hindu College, Hansraj College, Ramjas College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Jesus and Mary College, Sri Venkateswara College and SGTB Khalsa College.

  • What are some good career options?

 Students of B.Com (Honours) have multiple career options that they can pursue later on. A lot of the students go on to become Chartered Accountants (CA), or Company Secretaries (CS), or study M.Com or MBA. Many others take up banking jobs or become accountants, auditors or financial analysts and get employed in investment banking, mutual funds, legal firms, finance companies, and the public sector.

Many Indian and foreign institutes offer certifications that are considered highly valuable. Among these are Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and others.

Some go on to study law and get into the field of corporate law. Yet others can pursue civil services, academia or financial journalism. Hence, there is no dearth of options for a B.Com student.

  • Are there any notable alumni?

 A glimpse of the many famous people who studied B.Com Hons at Delhi University as youngsters include:

  • AK Sikri, Former Supreme Court Judge
  • Arun Jaitley, Former Union Minister and lawyer
  • S. Bassi, Former Commissioner of Police of Delhi
  • Naveen Jindal, Industrialist and former Member of Parliament
  • What do students say about this course?

 According to Aradhita Tuli, a first-year B.Com student at SRCC, “B.Com (Honours) is a course with a vast variety of subjects from business-related laws to taxation. It coincides with the syllabus prescribed for CA (exams). It has an interesting and understanding-based syllabus.”


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Here’s more insight on the course offered at the University of Delhi (DU).

  • What is the course about?

Another very popular course for students of humanities, Political Science is offered at some very prestigious colleges and is sought by some non-humanities students as well.

The curriculum includes various aspects of political theory, contemporary political processes, public policy, and others. With core papers like Political Process in India, Global Politics, Perspectives on Public Administration, Modern Political Philosophy, Indian Political Thought, and electives such as Feminism: Theory and Practice, India’s Foreign Policy in a Globalizing World, Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective and others, the course is a vast one encompassing elements of both theory and practice.

  • What are some top colleges for this course?

 Some of the best colleges that offer Political Science Honours are Hindu College, Miranda House, Ramjas College, Kirori Mal College, Sri Venkateswara College, Gargi College and so on.

  • What are some good career options?

 Similar to History Honours, many students opt for Political Science in their undergraduate studies to aim for civil services as it is considered a scoring paper and helps in the General Studies paper for UPSC.

Many students who wish to get involved in fields like politics, policymaking, international relations, law, journalism, social service, and academia also choose Political Science as their course.

  • Are there any notable alumni?

DU has produced some very popular and accomplished alumni in a variety of different professions. Many of them studied Political Science as undergraduate students. Following is a small glimpse of such notable alumni:

  1. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar and Nobel Laureate
  2. Indu Malhotra, Supreme Court Judge
  3. Meenakshi Gopinath, Political Scientist and Academic
  • What do students say about this course?

“I became more aware of my rights as a citizen, understood the functioning of various government institutions, learned what my constitution stands for and by doing so, got an insight regarding what democracy in my nation stands for, realised the significance of diplomatic relationships and international treaties, analyzed the methods and impacts of policy making and decision making”, says Nikita Bhatia, a first-year student at Jesus and Mary College about the impacts of this course.

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Read on to get more insight into the course of Economics Honours provided in the University of Delhi.

  • What is the course about?

B.A. (Hons.)  Economics is one of the most sought-after courses, in both exclusively commerce colleges and those that offer other courses as well. It boasts of some of the highest cut-offs each year.

In terms of its syllabus, the course includes various papers on Microeconomics,Macroeconomics, and others like Development Economics, Indian Economy, Introductory Econometrics, Mathematical Methods for Economics.

On the other hand, papers such as Political Economy, Applied Econometrics, Financial Economics, International Economics, Environmental Economics, and others form the diverse range of electives.
The course has a special requirement that applicants must include Mathematics as one of
their best of four subjects.

  • What are some top colleges for this course?

Some of the most prestigious colleges for the course include Shri Ram College of
Commerce, St Stephen’s College, Hansraj College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women,
Hindu College, and Miranda House.

  • What are some good career options?

Many students who opt for B.A. Economics (Hons.) go on to pursue higher studies in Economics or
apply for Masters in Business Administration . Some go into academia. Many students are placed successfully in consultancy firms or public sector undertakings.

A large number of Economics (Hons.) graduates are also hired as statisticians, financial
analysts and in fields of public policy, banking and financial services. Actuarial sciences are
also an emerging field open to Economics students.Other allied fields that students of Economics can pursue include corporate law and financial journalism. Some also appear for civil service examinations.

  • Are there any notable alumni?

The course boasts of a network of highly accomplished and notable alumni. Many of
them have gone on to occupy important positions in a wide range of fields and professions.
Some of these include-
1. Arun Shourie, Economist, Journalist and former Union Minister
2. Gita Gopinath, Economist and Academician
3.  Kaushik Basu, Economist
4. Naina Lal Kidwai, Former Group General Manager of HSBC India and Former
President of FICCI
5. Vinod Rai, Former CAG of India

The 2018 cut-off lists for different colleges can be viewed on http://www.du.ac.in/cut-off.html

With 90 colleges and 87 departments, the Delhi University (DU) provides a plethora of courses. Some of these are constantly in high demand by students. In this series, DU Beat looks at some of these courses.

B.A. (Honours) History

What is the course about?

A highly popular course, History Honours is constantly in demand across colleges.

Its curriculum covers various aspects of both Indian and world histories in with respect to chronology, with core papers including History of India, Social Formations and Cultural Patterns of the Ancient and Medieval World, Rise of the Modern West, History of Modern Europe among others. The electives including History of the USA, History of the USSR, Gender in Indian History, Modern Southeast Asia and so on.

What are some top colleges for this course?

History Honours is offered at many colleges. Some of the most sought after ones include St. Stephen’s College, Ramjas College, Hindu College, Hansraj College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Miranda House, among others.

What are some good career options?

Many students choose History as their undergraduate course with an aim to clear civil service examinations. History is considered a very important and scoring paper for the highly coveted Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams.

Others who are interested in the subject take it up to pursue museology, archaeology, academia and the like. Yet other options include law, journalism and media, art history, social service and policy making.

Are there any notable alumni?

Many former students who had studied History at DU have gone on to become accomplished personalities in multiple fields. Some of them include:

  • Atishi, Politician
  • Huma Qureshi, Actor
  • Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice of India
  • Ravish Kumar, Journalist
  • Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha MP and former diplomat

What do students say about this course?

According to Nandini Pillai, a first-year History Honours student at Hindu College, “If you’re keenly devoted to the subject, it is one of those subjects that will make you an excellent researcher. Considering how we live in an era of fake news, gaslighting, post-truth politics, the significance of the skills that history as a subject equips you with, has increased.”
Sharvi Maheshwari, an outgoing student of Miranda House says, “The way the course is structured not only teaches us about what happened at a certain point in time, but also makes us understand why it is relevant in today’s times. Furthermore, History Honours in DU is a veritable multi-disciplinary course which combines principles of Sociology, Political Science, etc., and has non-generic papers to make the study more holistic.” Maheshwari also adds that the faculty takes special care to organise field trips and is very informed in their subject.


The 2018 cut-off lists for different colleges can be viewed here: Cut-offs 2018


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


What is the course about?

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

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


What are some top colleges for this course?

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


What are some good career options?

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

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


Are there any notable alumni?

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

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


What do students say about this course?

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

The 2018 cut-off lists for different colleges can be viewed on http://www.du.ac.in/cut-off.html
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Trend of Previous Cut-Offs

In the previous year, the cut off for B.A.(Hons.) Sociology varied from 97% to 78.5%, while that for OBC fluctuated between 96% and 65%. The SC and ST had to face the cut off between 95 – 65 % and 96 – 67% respectively. The highest cut off in all the four categories was set by Indraprastha College for Women.

Core Papers

In the first 2 semesters, the students are taught 2 papers divided in two halves named, ‘Introduction to Sociology’ and ‘Sociology of India’.

In the third semester, there are again two core papers named ‘Sociology of Religion’ and ‘Economic Sociology’.
Followed by two compulsory course papers in the fourth semester, named, ‘Sociology of Kinship’ and ‘Political Sociology’. There is an option between ‘Environment and Society’ and ‘Sociology of Gender

In semesters 5 and 6 again, the core papers ‘Sociological Theories’, ‘Methods in Sociological Research’ and ‘Social Stratification’ are divided in parts one and two for the respective semesters. There is are optional papers named ‘Urban Sociology’ and ‘Industrial Sociology’ in semester five, but none in semester six.

Discipline Specific Electives(DSE)

In semesters 5th and 6th, the students are given an option between the papers Urban Sociology, Agrarian Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Work, Sociology of Health and Medicine, Indian Sociological Traditions, Visual Culture and Reading Ethnographies. They select one DSE for each semester that they study along with their core papers.
Skill Enhancement courses

There are two Skill Enhancement Papers in the 3rd and 4th semester. The course includes ‘Reading, Writing and Reasoning for Sociology’ and ‘Techniques of Ethnographic Film Making’

Colleges that offer B.A. Sociology (Honours)

8 colleges in Delhi University offer B.A. Sociology (Honours) as a course. This does not only show the lack of colleges offering the course but also the lack of co-ed colleges in the list below.

Hindu College
Janaki Devi Memorial Collage
Jesus and Mary College
Kamala Nehru College
Lady Shri Ram College
Maitreyi College
Miranda House
Sri Venkateswara College

Career Options
After a Bacholars’ degree in Sociology, one can pursue higher studies. However, if one wants to directly enter a profession, one can chose to become a
Guidance counselor, human resource representative, lawyer, management consultant, PR Specialist, media planner, policy analysts, market research analysts.

Skills Learnt

Sociology helps a student to get away from the societal norms to question all their thoughts and beliefs. The students begin to see the harmony and disturbance of an individual and in the society as a whole. They begin using reason and discretion rather than social obligations to take decisions.
“Sociology, when actually applied, has helped me see things without preconceived notions and preconceptions. One could say, it has to do away with judgement.” says Nehal, a sociology student from Miranda House “Coming from various backgrounds, in a place like Delhi, especially with the diversity of students and teachers that end up here, it’s easy to be quick to judge and form ideas about what a person is like based on looks alone. However, sociology actually urged me to let go of the stereotypes that I and many others had in mind. The beauty of Sociology is looking at things as if we were starting afresh. Distinguishing between diversities and seeing and treating them all equally.”
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Psychology Honors is a degree which allows you to find meaning everywhere. One can relate to these psychological theories, question them, and observe their relevance every day.

Did the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs kept you at the edge of your seat? Did Psycho change your life forever? Do you wish to help people struggling with mental health issues and emotional difficulties? If you wish to understand people, their conduct, and the relationships between them, Psychology might just be the right subject for you. “What pushed me to study this subject was The Psychosexual Theory by Sigmund Freud, though after gaining more knowledge I have a disagreement with this theory now”, says Ananya Tripathi, a second-year student from Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women.

The University of Delhi offers Honors in Psychology in many of its colleges like Aryabhatta College, Bharti College, Daulat Ram College, IP College for Women, Jesus and Mary College, Kamala Nehru College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Mata Sundri College for Women, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, and Zakir Husain Delhi College.

The previous year cut-off for general category students was 98.5% to 88.5%, for OBC it was 97% to 69%, for SC it was from 96.5% to 60% and for the ST it was 96.5% to 57%.

Psychology (H) covers many psychological and scientific principles. The core subjects under it include Introduction to Psychology, Statistical Methods for Psychological Research, Biopsychology, Psychology of Individual Differences, Development of Psychological Thought, Psychological Research, Social Psychology, Understanding Psychological Disorders, Applied Social Psychology, Understanding and Dealing with Psychological Disorders, Developmental Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Counseling Psychology.

Psychology helps you become wiser with words and develop your communication skills. It hones your listening skills which a lot of people lack. It makes you non-judgmental. It helps to develop empathy too. “Empathising just doesn’t mean understanding the other person but understanding it from the other person’s view, putting yourself in their place and understanding”, says Kaveri Sehgal from Jesus and Mary College. “You start understanding the dynamics of your relationships with others on a deeper level and try to avoid conflicts as much as possible”, adds Aditi Roy Choudhury, a third-year student from IP College for Women.

The future prospects of a Psychology graduate are tremendous and exciting. One can work as a counsellor in school/college. One can also venture into HR, research, advertising, market research, social work in NGOs. It offers students to become a psychotherapist, sports psychologist, fashion psychologist, a developmental psychologist, child psychologist, clinical psychologist, or chartered psychologist.

Overall, Psychology is a vivid subject, one must go to depths to develop interest. Once you start reading it, things would start making sense which would help to provide an explanation for a lot of things.

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Political Science helps one to develop a broad and deep understanding of the forces that shape law, society, the economy, international relations, and the politics of the future. It makes a strong foundation for students looking to pursue careers in public service.

Are you curious about how the government functions and how the society governs itself at all levels? Do you wish to study the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions and actions taken by groups of people? If you wish to know the culture and institutions that structure power and authority, Political Science might be the right subject for you.

University of Delhi offers honors in Political Science in many of its colleges like Aryabhatta College, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Bharati College, Daulat Ram College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Deshbandhu College,  Dyal Singh College, Gargi College, Hindu College, IP College for Women, Janki Devi Memorial College, Kalindi College, Kamala Nehru College, Kirori Mal College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Lakshmibai College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Maitreyi College, Mata Sundri College for Women, Miranda House, Motilal Nehru College, PGDAV College, Rajdhani College, Ram Lal Anand College, Ramanujan College, Ramjas College, Satyawati College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College,  Shivaji College, Shyam Lal College, Shyama Prasad Mukherji College for Women, Sri Aurobindo College, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College, Sri Venketeswara College, Vivekananda College, and Zakir Husain.

The previous year cut off for general category students was 99% to 80%, for OBC it was 96.25% to 76%, for SC it was from 95.5% to 74% and for ST it was 96% to 40.5%.

The core subjects that come under it are Understanding Political Theory, Constitutional Government and Democracy in India, Political Theory-Concepts and Debates, Political Process in India, Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics, Perspectives on Public Administration, Perspectives on International Relations and World History, Political Processes and Institutions in Comparative Perspective, Public Policy and Administration in India, Global Politics, Classical Political Philosophy, Indian Political Thought, Modern Political Philosophy.

Political Science graduates develop strong writing and research skills. They discover how to make convincing arguments by backing it up with facts. They hone their verbal and communication skills as they share their work with faculty and peers. “One thing that I have learnt is to deconstruct and be critical of everything”, says Shambhavi from Miranda House. “It helps to refine the analytical skills while exploring policy initiatives. Critical thinking is vital in evaluating the platforms of political parties”, adds Niharika from Miranda House.

The future career prospects of a political science graduate knows no bounds. One can join civil services, academia, journalism, diplomacy or law. One can also become a social activist or a policy research analyst. PR specialist, political analyst, and a political consultant are some of the other career options.

Political Science requires a lot of hard work and dedication but at the end of the day, it’s worth the effort.

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”
-Albert Einstein

Maths as a subject betters our understanding of the universe, opening up a wide arena of possibilities through its quantitative measures. The bachelor’s of Science degree of Mathematics Honors offered by the University of Delhi (DU) provides in-depth coverage of basic and advanced mathematics, equipping its students through its detailed course prescription.

If you are one not to shy away from a challenge, this course might be the right one for you. There are said to be two kinds of people in this world, those who can do maths and those who cannot. But fret not, as Maths Honours in Delhi University provides an opportunity for all kinds of students to pursue its Maths course. The syllabus is designed in such a manner that all one needs is a dedication for practice, making the course an interesting and fun learning experience.

  • Colleges offering Mathematics

University of Delhi offers B.Sc. Honors in Mathematics in many of its colleges like St. Stephens College, Sri Venkateswara College, Hansraj College, Ramjas College, Gargi College, Maitreyi College, Daulat Ram College, Dyal Singh College, Hindu College, IP College for Women, Janki Devi Memorial College, Kamala Nehru College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Lakshmi Bai College, Mata Sundri College for Women, Miranda House, Ramanujan, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College for Women, and Zakir Husain.

  • Previous Year Cut-offs

The previous year cut-off for general category students was 97.5% to 86.5% , for SC it was 94% to 71%, ST had 93% to 65%, and for OBC it was 96% to 81.5%. The 2016 cut-off for general category students was 98% to 89%, for SC it was 95% to 76%, ST had 92% to 71%, and for OBC it was 97% to 85%.

  • Core Subjects

The CBCS course for B.Sc. Mathematics Honours remains relevant to the way society and businesses function to date. The core subjects under, semester-wise, can be summed up in the table below:


Semester Core Subjects
1 Calculus, Algebra
2 Real Analysis, Differential Equations
3 Theory of Real functions, Group Theory-1, Multivariate Calculus
4 Partial Differential Equations, Riemann Integration & Series of functions, Ring Theory & Linear Algebra-1
5 Metric Spaces, Group Theory-2
6 Complex Analysis, Ring Theory and Linear Algebra-2
  • Career Options:

The options are limitless after a bachelor’s in Mathematics Honours. For higher studies, various prestigious institutes in India are at your disposal. Some options in India are, Indian School of Commerce, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, National Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Technology. Competitive exams like CAT (Common Admission Test), GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) are great options too specially for those planning to pursue their MBA or apply abroad for their higher education. Having a degree in Maths is of special advantage for students pursuing the honours course, making the maths sections of these exams more or less a breeze.

Career-wise, students have the options to work as Actuarial analysts, Chartered Accountants, Scientists (maths), Statisticians, financial managers, and in various positions in banks or Multi National Corporations. The course opens up a whole new world of both learning, as well as prospective careers for students with this particular degree. The world of maths is a fantastic one which will continue growing and evolving with the times to come, uncovering the mysteries of every day life and the universe, one equation at a time.


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