ECA Admissions


Here is a guide for those applying through the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) Quota, the list of ECA’s offered by the Varsity, and the admission process.

The colleges across the University provide admission through the ECA Quota for admissions in different courses.

The applicants seeking admission under ECA category will have to register online on the Delhi University (DU) Admissions Portal. There will be an additional registration fee of INR 100 to apply under the ECA category. Applicants may register for a maximum of three ECA categories and have to upload only one best certificate they have earned in that field. The students don’t get more than 15% advantage academically, so they should choose the course accordingly. The ECA trials are held at two levels, and are conducted by the ECA Admissions Committee appointed by the University, whose decision remains final. For further information, refer to the Undergraduate (UG) Bulletin of Information uploaded on the admission portal, or click here: UG Admission Bulletin 2019-20

Following is the list of ECA activities offered by DU and the venues of their preliminary trials as uploaded by the University.


  1. Creative Writing (Hindi) – Ram Lal Anand College.
  2. Creative Writing (English) – Ram Lal Anand College.


  3. Indian Classical – Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College.
  4. Indian Folk – Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College.
  5. Western – Rajdhani College
  6. Choreography – Rajdhani College


  7. Debate (Hindi) – Kirori Mal College
  8. Debate (English) – Kirori Mal College


  9. Photography – Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College
  10. Film Making – Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College
  11. Animation – Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College


  12. Sketching & Painting – Atma Ram Sanatan Dharm College
  13. Sculpture – Atma Ram Sanatan Dharm College


  14. Indian (Classical and Light) – Kirori Mal College
  15. Western (Classical and Light) – Kirori Mal College


  16. Tabla – Kirori Mal College
  17. Mridangam – Kirori Mal College
  18. Dholak – Kirori Mal College
  19. Pakhawaj – Kirori Mal College
  20. Ghatam – Kirori Mal College
  21. Harmonium – Kirori Mal College
  22. Indian Flute – Kirori Mal College
  23. Sita – Kirori Mal College
  24. Indian Violin – Kirori Mal College
  25. Sarod – Kirori Mal College
  26. Santoor – Kirori Mal College


  27. Drums – Kirori Mal College
  28. Western Flute – Kirori Mal College
  29. Saxophone – Kirori Mal College
  30. Guitar (Lead) – Kirori Mal College
  31. Guitar (Bass) – Kirori Mal College
  32. Western Violin – Kirori Mal College
  33. Keyboard – Kirori Mal College

    34. THEATRE – Miranda House

    35. QUIZ – Lakshmi Bai College

    36. DIVINITY – Kamala Nehru College

    37. NCC – Ram Lal Anand College

    38. NSS – Sri Venkateswara College

    39. YOGA – Bharati College


    ECA List as given by DU's Website
    ECA List as given by DU’s Website

The details of ECA trial dates and college wise vacancies have not been released yet. Although, according to an article uploaded by India Today, the colleges under DU may increase the number of seats sanctioned under the ECA and Sports categories at the department level in case there is a higher demand, but without breaching the pre-existing 5% ceiling.

DU Beat will bring to you further details about the ECA trial dates and seat vacancy, stay updated.


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Sakshi Arora

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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.


Taran Gulati, an ECA candidate who was admitted to DU through the ECA category ‘Divinity for Minority Colleges’ in 2016 told DU Beat, “Since only a few colleges accept students through this category, not many apply for the same. Moreover, very few seats are available for this category.”

She added, “However, this doesn’t affect the standard of competition. There is considerable competition, and the preparation required is remarkable. This is because you have to be knowledgeable in the elemental aspects of Sikhism, as well as be skilled at cultural aspects such as reciting the Ragas or Gurbani.”


  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 score at least 75% in his qualifying examination.


  1. No accompanists will be allowed.
  2. The students should be prepared in the following:
  • Ragas and contributors of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • Teachings of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • ‘Nitnem Banis’
  • Concept of Haume, Naam, Langar, Sewa in Sikhism and the Sikh code of conduct
  • Historical Gurudwaras of Delhi and their history
  • ‘Ardaas’
  • Playing the instruments while reciting Gurbani
  1. An applicant being selected in the final list does not guarantee admission. Admission is subject to the availability of seats in a course and college.


Only 4 minority colleges admit students through this ECA category. The colleges are- Mata Sundri College, SGND Khalsa College, SGTB Khalsa College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce.


  1. Candidates must understand the essence of the ‘Nitnem Banis’ which is a collaboration of different banis that were designated to be read by sikhs. The ‘Nitnem Banis’ usually include the ‘Panj Bania’.
  2. Candidates may take reference from http://www.searchsikhism.com/concept-of-guru , which will provide them with comprehensive guidance in the key concepts of Sikhism
  3. The trials almost always have questions revolving around the historical ‘Gurudwaras’ of Delhi. To prepare on the same, candidates can take reference from https://www.worldgurudwaras.com/historical-gurudwaras/india/delhi


  1. The preliminary round will be held on the 14th and 15th of June 2018, from 9am, at Kamla Nehru College.
  2. Following this, the list of the short-listed candidates for final round will be notified on the university website.
  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 weightage while the trials in the final round will account for 75% of the weightage.


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.

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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak

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For applicants applying under the ECA category, the best place to be informed is the University website, college websites and college notice boards which will notify the number of seats available, the list of students selected from the ECA trials. 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.

General Guidelines

Here are the general guidelines for the students applying under the ECA category:

  1. The applicants are required to apply separately under the ECA category under the UG admissions portal for an additional fee of Rs. 100/ (per event).
  2. The applicants are required to upload only one certificate (preferably the highest achievement one) issued after May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2018 in each activity they wish to apply for as a proof of their involvement in the relevant activity.
  3. Trials will be held at two levels:
    (i) Preliminary trials
    (ii) Final trials.
    The dates for the same will be notified on the University and college websites as well as the college notice boards.
  4. The applicant shall be allowed to appear in the preliminary trials only once in an event.
  5. Not more than 15% concession/relaxation in academic merit vis-à-vis UR category applicants (for the last relevant cut-off) may be given for admission to specific programmes (subject to the minimum eligibility of the programme).
  6. Weightage in the final trials will be given to the trials and certificates in the following ratio: Trials: 75%, Certificates: 25%. The Certificates are verified by the ECA committee of the college.
  7. The applicant must secure at least 50% marks in the final trials (38 out of 75) to be eligible for the final list of selected candidates
  8. All students should carry a copy of their application registration form as well as their certificates which they would have to submit in the venue of the trials.
  9. The trials for admission under the ECA category shall be the conducted by an ECA committee (Admissions) appointed by the University Admission Committee.

Colleges offering NSS quota

17 colleges of the University are currently offering ECA quota under the  National Service Scheme (NSS) category such as Deshbandhu College, Miranda House, Satywati College, Kamala Nehru College, and Motilal Nehru College.

The trials

The two rounds of trials basically revolve around the social work applicants did in their schools. Garima, a 1st year Economics honours student at Miranda House who was an ECA quota applicant under NSS said, “In the first round, they ask you to pick a number of areas where you might have worked on for instance tree plantations, awareness drives, rallies etc. In the second round, they cross-reference your choices along with proofs that you must provide especially photographs. In addition, a panel of 6-7 judges also pose some general questions on the NSS motto, its symbol, its members, and its origins. In my ECA trials, held in Ram Lal Anand College, the DU coordinator for NSS was also present along with other evaluators.” Evaluators are basically looking for applicants with a strong drive towards working for social welfare.

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Sara Sohail

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In a change brought about in its admission based on sport quota, Delhi University has decided to scrap the cemtralised fitness test for sports from the upcoming academic session. The fitness test, from this year onwards, would be based on a specific sport and will be held along with the trials of the corresponding sport.
The previous policy, which used the 50-50 formula, giving equal weightage to trials and certificates has now been changed giving 60% weightage to the trials and 40% to the certificates.

According to a senior university official, changes are being made in the admission process of the sports quota in order to make the process more transparent.

“This year, four types of changes have been made, including the decision to do away with the centralised fitness test and conducting a game-based fitness test. This would allow us to judge the fitness parameters of the student in that particular game/sport. Secondly, the weightage of the sports trial marks and certificates has been increased to 60 and 40 per cent respectively,” he said.

Furthermore, the trial test is divided into three sub-categories: game specific fitness test, overall playing ability, and test of fundamental skills of a sportsperson.

Another major change that has been brought about is that it would be mandatory to score at least 30 per cent out of 60 per cent marks. Trials will include points for sports, fundamental skills, and playing abilities. However, nothing has been decided about the number of points to be awarded for each level yet. Till last year, it was mandatory to get at least 25 in the 50 per cent weightage of the trial.

The fourth change is that the category-wise sports certificate list would now be made available in a ‘drop down’ menu divided into nine heads. The aspirants will just have to choose/mark the category under which his/her sport certificate lies, and will have to upload the scanned copy of the same online. The university will also make the verification of the uploaded certificate online.

Source: The Asian Age

Aditya Narang

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

The procedure: What changed?

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

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

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

Grievances of the Cultural Society heads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With inputs from Chandni Jain and Sankalp Luthra

Shubham Kaushik

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