ECA quota


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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Every year, various colleges under the University of Delhi conduct admissions through the Extra Co-Curricular (ECA) quota, apart from the sports and merit-based admissions procedure. This is done as a step towards promoting significant skills outside the academic sphere. Candidates seeking admission through the ECA quota are, however, provided with a maximum relaxation of 15% in their Best of Four (BoF) calculations.

Students hoping to seek enrollment through the quota may now have a look at this year’s ECA trials/audition dates, as the University declared the schedule for the same recently on its website. The schedule is as follows:

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The activities included under the Quota for evaluation are:


Students may keep the schedule handy so as to plan their trial dates. For any further clarifications about admissions, reach us at [email protected] or [email protected].


Good Luck!



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Priyal Mahtta

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