DU Admissions 2016


Alas! Finally your dream college has declared its much awaited cut-off and you are filled with utmost joy at the very thought of cancelling your admission at the college you previously admitted yourself into. Though we understand your elation regarding the same, you need to exercise caution and conscience while you plan to take a plunge into the withdrawal procedure.

1. It is always good to secure a seat

With DU always throwing a major blow at students with its high cut-offs each year, one doesn’t usually make the cut in the very first list (not for you, toppers!). It is therefore always advised to secure a seat in a college where you get your desired course and wait for the next cut-off patiently.

2. A tab on the announcement of the next cut-off list

It’s okay if you are currently admitted into a college whose name you can’t seem to recall or if it doesn’t have a happening abbreviation, you still have a chance to make it to a better college in the next list. Always keep a tab on the compiled list of cut-offs on the DU website so that you don’t miss out on any college.

3. Grab your running shoes, head to withdraw your documents

Take a deep breath and exercise rational behaviour. Before jumping in the air that you cleared the cut-off for a better college in the next list, ensure that you give a visit to that college once, confirm that you meet all the admission criteria there and only then head for the withdrawal of your documents in the college you were initially admitted to.

4. How to withdraw?

Let me explain this with an example. If in the first list you admitted yourself in Motilal Nehru College for a particular course, and in the second list you clear the cut-off for Hindu College, go to Motilal on the very first day of the second cut-off list and ask for all your documents that you submitted at the time of admission. Ensure that the college cancels your admission on their online platform so that the centralised online DU form enables you to see the other colleges you are eligible for.

5. No easy refunds, be ready to burn a hole in your pocket!

The colleges this year will not refund your fee on the spot, so keep extra money handy! After ensuring the cancellation of your admission, head to the college you cleared a cut-off in and repeat the admission frenzy from the beginning!


The admissions process for candidates under the category of extra-curricular activities (ECA) is all set to begin next week, with trials starting from 7th July. After the conclusion of trials on 13th July, the University will release a list of shortlisted candidates on 14th July. The final round of trials will then take place between 15th and 18th July. On 19th July, the online DU portal will display the final results. The next two days will see the verification of documents and admission counselling, which will take place at the respective colleges.


After the completion of verification and counseling on 20th and 21st July, the first list for ECA admissions will be released on 22nd July. Starting 23rd July, admissions will begin at each college and end on 25th July. A total of three lists will be released.

Once the candidate’s admission is approved, he/she is to log on to the online DU portal to pay the fees. The deadline for this is noon of the day after admission.

Note: If, after three lists, the college has vacant seats, it will put up a notice on its website and on college notice board itself. The admissions process shall then continue as before.


July 7-13:   ECA trials

July 14:   List of shortlisted candidates

July 15-18:   Final round of trials (and redressal of grievances)

July 19:   Final results of trials

July 20-21:   Verification of documents and counselling

July 22:   First admission list

July 23-25:   First round of admissions

July 26-27:   Verification of documents and counselling

July 28:   Second admission list

July 29-31:   Second round of admissions

August 1-2:   Verification of documents and counselling

August 3:   Third admission list

August 4-6:   Third round of admissions

Vineeta Rana

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As the Delhi University admissions approach, there’re a lot of questions and doubts that arise in every applicant’s mind. Solving the confusion regarding the most important aspect of admissions,  i.e the calculation of best of four subjects, here are few elaborative guidelines on the same.

The calculation of best of four percentages for various courses have been divided into three broad categories, namely B.A. (Hons.) courses, B.A. programme and B.com Programme courses and Science courses. Procedures for the same are listed below :

A. Guidelines for calculation of Best of Four subject percentages  for B.A. (Hons.) courses :

In this case, the best of four subjects should include:

1. One Language (Core/Elective/Functional)

(In case a candidate has studied both elective and core in any language(s), then the core language will be treated as language while elective language can be considered as an academic/elective subject)

2. The subject in which admission is sought

(If the subject in which the candidate is seeking admission in the Honours course is not included in the Best of Four, he/she is entitled to a disadvantage of 2.5%)

3. Any two other academic/elective subjects as per List A.

(If any subject not included in List A is considered while calculating the Best of Four by a candidate, he/she is entitled to a disadvantage of 2.5% for each subject considered which is not included in List A).

List A























Physical Education**


Computer Science


Political Science



Home science


List of academic/elective subjects to be included in the best of four subjects :

* Accountancy shall be considered equivalent to Commerce wherever any board (such as CBSE) is not offering Commerce as a subject.

# Music will be treated Academic/Elective only for Honours in Music.

**Physical Education will be treated Academic/Elective only for Honours in Physical Education.

Admissions to Honours in any Language Course:

1. An advantage of 2% in the Best of Four percentage may be given to those candidates who have studied the elective language for admission in that particular course.

2. A disadvantage of 5% in the Best of Four Percentage will be given to those candidates who haven’t studied the language they are opting for, as their honours course.

3. For admissions to Honours in English and Hindi, the candidate must have studied and passed the respective language in the qualifying exam and has to be included for calculation of Best of Four percentage.

B. Procedure of calculation of Best of Four Percentage for B.A. (Programme) and B.Com (Programme) Courses:

The following subjects have to be included in the calculation of the Best of Four percentage:

1. One Language (Elective/Core/Functional)

2. Any three elective subjects can be chosen.

(A disadvantage of upto 5% may be imposed on the Best of Four percentage in case of change of stream, which the college will have to notify beforehand by either uploading on their website or informing the University)

3. For admission to B.A. (Vocational) only, related vocational subjects may be treated at par with academic/elective subjects.

4. If a candidate opts for MIL (except Hindi) as a subject, an advantage of 10% may be given in Best of Four in those colleges where MIL is offered as a subject.

C. Admissions to Science Courses:

1. The basis of selection for Mathematical Sciences,/Science/Home Science Courses remains unchanged.

2. The subjects included for the basis of selection (PCM/PCB/PCMB) must have at least 70% component of theory exam (theory exam does not include internal assessment/continuous evaluation etc.) in the qualifying exam else a disadvantage of 10% shall be imposed on each subject.

Other guidelines:

For admission to B.A. (Hons.) Journalism, B.A. (Hons.) Applied Psychology and B.A. (Hons.) Hindi Patrakrita courses, the following guidelines will apply:

B.A. (Hons) course :

Guidelines to be followed of :

B.A. (Hons.) Journalism

B.A. (Hons.) English

B.A. (Hons.) Applied Psychology

B.A. (Hons.) Psychology

B.A. (Hons.) Hindi Patrakrita

B.A. (Hons.) Hindi

1. For admission to B.Com (Hons.), the Best of Four percentage should include one language (core/elective/functional), the subject Commerce (or Accountancy in case of boards that do not offer Commerce as a subject; eg., CBSE Board) and any other two elective subjects mentioned in the list A. The candidate should have studied and passed Maths at the qualifying level exam in order to be eligible for the admission to the course.

2. For admission to B.A. (Hons.) Social Work will be based on Best of Four Percentage including one language and three academic/elective subjects as per List A.

3. The subject ‘Informatics Practices’ will be equivalent to Computer Science for admission in B.Sc. (Hons.) Computer Science only.

4. For admission to B.A. (Hons.) Economics and Commerce courses, the candidates must have studied and passed Mathematics at qualifying exams.

5. The University may define any other relevant subjects as Academic/Elective for a particular Honours Course.

Few examples for calculation of best of four subject percentages for various courses :

Preferred course option Subject and Marks Calculation of Best of Four Best of Four Marks
Honors in Commerce Economics (95),Accountancy (98),Business Studies (94),Mathematics (92),English (95) (A) English (95) +(B) Accountancy (98) +(C) Economics (95) +(D) Business Studies (94)[Since Accountancy is considered in case of Commerce not being offered as a subject] 95.5%
Honours in Commerce Economics (92),Accountancy (92),Mathematics (98),English (90),Music (95) (A) English (90) +(B)Mathematics (98) +(C) Economics (92) +(D) Accountancy (92)[Music is considered Elective/Academic subject for Honours in Music only] 93%
Honours in Economics Mathematics (90),Physics (88),Chemistry (91),Economics (75),English (93) (A) English (93) +(B) Chemistry (91) +(C)Mathematics (90) +(D) Physics (88) 90.5% – 2.5% = 88%[Since the course in which admission is sought is not considered in the Best of Four percentage]
Honours in English English (88),Entrepreneurship (92)Accountancy (81),Economics (83),Web Designing (96) (A) English (88) +(B) Economics (83) +(C) Entrepreneurship (92) +(D) Web Designing (96) 89.75% – 2.5% – 2.5% = 84.75%[Since Entrepreneurship and Web Designing are not a part of the list of elective subjects mentioned in List A]

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Lovleen Kaur

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Every year Delhi University holds Open Days at different venues where the students aspiring for admission in the under-graduate courses can seek answers to their admission related queries.

The first day of the Open House of Admissions 2016 was held at the Conference Centre, North Campus where several students and parents were seen attending the event. The session was addressed by the Dean of Students’ Welfare, Mr. J M Khuran  and the Deputy Dean, Dr. Tuteja. 

Some important information revealed in the first session is presented as follows:

Online Application Process

This year, the central application for admissions is available on the web and has to be filled online. Even Admissions through various quotas like Extra Curricular Activities (ECA), Sports, and Kashmiri migrants is through the online portal.

Advisable to fill the form before the last date

The Dean of Students’ Wefare while addressing the audience today advised students and parents to not wait for the last date, i.e June 19th, to fill the form. Rather, it is safer to fill the form as earlier as possible.

Be patient, Do not fill Incorrect details

It was informed today that the form with incorrect details will be immediately rejected by the University and the concerned student will not be eligible for admission in undergraduate courses. Hence, it is advisable that students and parents are vigilant and patient while filling the form.

Change in the Kashmiri Migrant Quota

The quota for Kashmiri migrants which earlier could be invoked only by people based in Delhi and Jammu is now available for anyone across the nation with proper documents to support the claim.

ECA, Sports Quota

For ECA, the candidate has to submit the evidence in the form of participation/winning certificates in the concerned activity acquired the course of last three years (April 1, 2013 to 31 March 2016)

A candidate may apply for ECA or Sports quota, or even both of the quotas.

The Best of Four

For selection in Mathematical Sciences/ Science courses

On the basis of marks in P.C.M./ P.C.B. or P.C.M.B. ( P – Physics, C – Chemistry, B – Biology, M – Mathematics)

For selection in Humanities/Commerce courses

On the basis of ‘Best of Four’ Percentage which includes:-

i) One compulsory Language subject.

ii) the Discipline- 1 subject; subject in which admission is sought.

iii) Any two elective subjects, the status of elective subjects, defined as follows.

The following Discipline subjects must be treated as Academic/ Elective subjects for the purpose of undergraduate admissions. All other subjects offered by different boards may be treated as non-elective.


Please note:

The student who hasn’t studied the subject he wants to take up as Discipline , shall suffer a disadvantage of 2.5 percent.

“The session was very helpful for me and all my doubts about the admission process are more or less cleared. Though, I would have wanted the Faculty to brief the students about the courses which are fairly new like Bachelor in Financial Market (BFM). Such courses are not as popular as other Honours courses and thus the students require some guidance”, said Vidhi, a BFM aspirant.

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Nishita Agarwal

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Delhi University’s minority colleges such as St. Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College are all set to join the varsity’s centralised admission process this academic session. The move comes in response to a meeting held by a 24-member admission committee that recommended that all colleges under DU should participate in the centralised online registration process. These institutions, however, will continue with their own admission policy of selection of students despite having an alignment with centralised admission process.

“The student will have to first register on the DU website and then go to the website of these colleges and fill their form as well,” remarked Nachiketa Singh, a member of the admission committee while talking to a popular national daily.

As per this move, students will first have to fill the centralised UG admission form and then provide the registration number given by DU to proceed with the admission process in these individual colleges. The colleges will, however, continue to have a separate merit criteria under which they are free to issue their own cut-off lists.

Mata Sundari College for Women, Sri Guru Nanak Dev (SGND) Khalsa College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce -the three colleges run by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) which were granted minority status by the Delhi High Court last year, have also approached the varsity authorities to permit them to have independent admission process from the upcoming session.


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Riya Chhibber

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Kick-starting the much anticipated admission process, the University of Delhi is holding entrance based admissions for a selected bunch of undergraduate courses this year. With courses such as BMS, B.Tech and B.A (Hons) Multimedia and Mass Communication among others, having an entrance based admission, other courses will take in admissions on the basis of the standard ‘Best of Four’ parameter.

All the candidates seeking admission to those Undergraduate (UG) courses where admission is based only on entrance examination are required to register online. You must register on the UG portal with a valid email ID and other relevant details as mentioned in the form. You can take a look at the form here. 

The Undergraduate courses to which an applicant can apply through this online registration are as following:

I. Name of Institution and courses offered:

1. Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities : Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), B.A (Hons) Business Economics and Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis).

2. Cluster Innovation Centre:  B.Tech. (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations), B.A (Hons) Humanities and Social Sciences.

3. Central Institute of Education: Bachelors of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.)

4. Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences: Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Health Education & Sports: B.Sc. (P.E.,H.E. & S.)

5. Indraprastha College for Women: B.A (Hons) Multimedia and Mass Communication

While registrations have already begun, some important dates that the students must keep in mind are given below.

II. A list of important dates:

  • Start date for online Registration : 13th May 2016
  • Closing date for online Registration: 31st May 2016
  • *Dates for the conduct of the Entrance Examinations: 19th – 23rd June 2016
  • Announcement of Results of Entrance Examinations : On or before 4th July 2016

* For exact date of the Entrance Examination of individual Courses, candidates must visit the UG information portal here. 

Candidates must be abreast with all the details mentioned on the UG Portal’s Bulletin of Information and should keep the following material handy for upload during the filling of the online form.

III. Important documents 

i. Passport size photograph of the applicant (maximum size: 50kb; Formats: JPG/ JPEG/ PNG)

ii. Scanned signature of the applicant (maximum size: 50kb; Formats: JPG/ JPEG/ PNG)

iii. Self attested copy of Identity Proof of the applicant (maximum size: 50kb, Formats: JPG/ JPEG/ PNG).

(*Identity proof can be any one of the following documents: Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN card, Voter’s identity card, Passport or College identity card.)

iv. Self attested copy of Class 10th Certificate (maximum size: 100kb, Formats: JPG/ JPEG/ PNG/ PDF).

v. Self attested copy of Caste Certificate, if applicable (maximum size: 100kb, Formats: JPG/ JPEG/ PNG/ PDF).

The admission to the UG courses mentioned above will be done through two tier process, which will comprise of the written test followed by the Interview/Group Discussion of the short-listed candidates.

It is important to note that in case a candidate wishes to apply in more than one Course then the candidate will have to fill separate registration form for each Course. The same login details shall be valid for all the registration forms filled by the candidate. Candidate shall be required to pay separate registration fee for applying to each Course.

All hopeful applicants applying to courses, the admissions to which are based on an entrance test, must familiarise themselves with the Bulletin of Information that has been notified by the varsity.


Riya Chhibber

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University of Delhi has released the long-awaited guidelines and dates for Masters and Post-graduation admissions for the 2016-17 session and has decided to keep the entire registration process online. The rationale behind the move has been to facilitate easy access to students from all over the country and abroad. The online registration is also mandatory for those seeking admission to post graduate courses being offered at School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB). 

The registration is set to begin from 6.00 p.m., 28 April 2016 and will end on midnight, May 24, 2016. All admission seekers will need to register through the online PG Admissions Portal, and will be able to access all necessary documents and information like the admit card, centre allocation, results and venues of group discussions etc online as well. The entrance exams are likely to be held between June 19 and June 23, 2016.

For the first time, provisions have been made to conduct the entrances all across the country. The selected locations are Bengaluru, Nagpur, Delhi, Jammu, Varanasi and Kolkata. The format of the exam will be multiple choice questions and the duration of the exam will be 2 hours. In the case of certain foreign languages, including Persian, subjective questions will be asked and will need to be answered in the space given in the question booklet itself.

The registration fee is Rs. 500 for General and OBC applicants and Rs 250 for SC and ST applicants.

For entrance test dates, examination specifications and more, you may take a look at the University PG Information Portal here. 

Shubham Kaushik

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The criteria on the basis of which students are admitted to Delhi University under the sports quota is set to be altered. From this academic year onwards, colleges will hold trials for specific positions that the team is looking to fill. “If a college needs a wicketkeeper for its cricket team, a centre forward for its football team, or a goalkeeper for its hockey team, the selection will be focused on these positions,” a member of the admissions committee informed mediapersons. 

Five percents of the seats in all colleges are reserved under sports and extra-curriculars category. The 2016 admission season is all set to begin from May 25, with the first cut-off list expected on June 22. Over 3000 students seek admission into Delhi University through the sports category every year. For admissions through sports quota, three fitness tests are conducted by the University, after a college-level application has been filled by the students seeking admission. 

The University seeks to ensure a certain measure of transperancy in admissions through sports quota, by holding trials only for those positions that the college team is looking to fill. Colleges have been asked to submit their data by the end of this month, and confusion will be eliminated from the entire process, making it easier and less time-consuming, according to an official. Students will now be required to apply to specific colleges keeping in mind the requirement of each college team, thereby streamlining the process. 

The introduction of this measure may save students the time and energy that goes into applying at every college, since applicants will be made aware in advance of the open positions on college teams. However, this change in the procedure may cause sportspersons to feel that they are not being given the opportunity to showcase their skills at most colleges. Earlier, colleges would accomodate students with outstanding abilities irrespective of the position they played at. 

For information on admissions through sports quota in 2015, follow this link: https://dubeat.com/2015/05/admission-sports-quota-2015/

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk 

 Abhinaya Harigovind 

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As the new session inches closer and the admission procedure is about to begin, University of Delhi has introduced a few changes in the admission procedure for Post Graduate courses. The University will be opening five new admission centres outside Delhi for the convenience of outstation candidates. These centres will be conducting entrance exams and will be set up in Jammu, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Kolkata, and Nagpur.

The Admission process, along with submission of fees will also be conducted online, on the suggestion of an 18 member committee that formulates rules for Post Graduate admissions. The suggestions will be sent to the Vice Chancellor for approval.
DU has reserved 50% of the seats for direct admissions when the aspirants have graduated from DU. The remaining 50% seats will be filled through entrance tests and interviews.

The University will also be giving a cutoff relaxation to OBC aspirants. The cutoff will be upto 10% lower than the cutoff for students from the General category. It is also likely that the subjective entrance tests will be replaced by objective tests. The committee is thinking about replacing the subjective tests with multiple choice questions. This is to ensure transparency in the evaluation of these tests. 

The admission process is expected to begin towards the end of April and the registrations will be winded up by mid May. The Entrance tests will be held in the beginning of June.

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Akshara Srivastava

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With the new academic session about to arrive, the admission process in the University of Delhi is all set to undergo some major changes, as reported by the Press Trust of India. Every year there are a number of speculations about variations that are likely to take place, but the process majorly remains the same. However, as confirmed by the Admissions’ Committee to the PTI, the forthcoming session is going to see a lot of differences which are aimed at simplifying the process.

The committee’s first recommendation is to turn the entire procedure online. The varsity has tried to scrap off the offline filling of applications earlier as well, but thr changes could not be implemented. The arguments against the process going online are the concerns about the feasibility of the process for students and parents. Another suggested change is the collection of fee by a centralized system and the reduction in the number of cut-off lists from eight to five or six.

The University had constituted a 24-member committee, comprising of deans from faculties of various streams, along with nine college principals and members of the executive and academic councils, to decide upon the course of the process to be undertaken.

When asked about making the process online and the attempt to implement the same last year, a committee member told the PTI,“Even the UGC has given the go-ahead for the same and the process has been already tested so the admissions are likely to be completely online from this year,”.

“So far, with the offline admission system being in place, the application centers used to collect the fees. However, we are thinking of making it centralized this time. All the payments will be made by the candidates to the university which in turn will reimburse the respective colleges,” the member said. “Also, with seven to eight cut-off lists being announced every year, the process drags to the month of August, by when the classes have already begun. So the number of cut-offs are likely to be limited to five from this year onwards,” he added.

However, the move has not gone down well with the students. A delegation of students, including members of the Students Federation of India (SFI), met the Dean of Students’ Welfare in this regard after staging of a protest at the varsity’s Faculty of Arts.

“The number of applicants for Delhi University’s undergraduate seats keeps on increasing every year and limiting the admission process to online form will restrict access to a significant section of students coming from the resettlement colonies, JJ clusters and working class backgrounds who have limited access to Internet,” a student protester argued.

The final suggestions will be presented to the Vice Chancellor for final confirmation, but with the University admitting 54,000 Undergraduate students, it is yet to see how the process actually takes place this May.

Tanya Agarwal

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