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In an attempt to solve the annuala admissions chaos, University of Delhi (DU) has decided to form a separate branch to overlook the tedious admission process for a more organised admission session. 

Like the examination committee, DU has decided to organise and streamline the entire admission process. The decision has been taken in lieu of this year’s admission process which witnessed late cut-offs and multiple complaints. 

University of Delhi has an intake of lakhs of students from all over India accompanied by sky-high cut-offs. It becomes more imperative that the entire process is closely supervised.

Rasal Singh, member of the standing committee on the admissions for the session 2019-20 said, “Delhi University is India’s biggest and premier central University. Lakhs of students from all over India and abroad come here for admissions. We don’t have a dedicated and full-fledged admission branch for a consistent admission policy and its hassle-free implementation. The lack of it, hence, leads to unnecessary delays and makes it complicated too.” 

This session marked delayed admissions and incomplete procedure. There were many changes in the admission policy at the last minute that even led to the University being dragged to the court. After that, the policies framed had to be withdrawn; like Mathematics being compulsory to be counted in Best of Four to pursue B.A. (Honours) Economics from the University. 

The procedure for admission in the University includes formation of an admission committee usually consisting of members of the Dean of Students’ Welfare (DSW) office, college principals and teacher representatives from the colleges, nominated by the Vice Chancellor. Along with it, there is also an advisory committee, which overlooks the admission process.

Each year, there is a new set of officials appointed for carrying out the process of admission, which is unstable, therefore a stable body is needed. 

The University conducts admissions for the undergraduate programmes in 63 colleges, postgraduate admissions in over 50 departments, and also M. Phil and PhD admissions. That means even if the undergraduate admissions wrap up before July, the post graduate and PhD admissions go all year round. Like right now, the admissions for postgraduate and PhD courses is still going on. 

Rasal Singh also added, “The M. Phil/ PhD admissions are still ongoing, so in the University, the admission is almost a year-long process. Hence, having a branch to exclusively deal with it is very much required.”

The admission process is likely to be headed by the Dean and other officials. However, the date for functionality and formation of the admission body hasn’t been announced.

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Chhavi Bahmba

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With the admissions to MPhil and PhD courses in Delhi University having begun, here’s an easy guide to help you navigate through the procedure.


The Delhi University has begun the admission procedure for students seeking admission in its MPhil and PhD courses. In a nutshell, the admission procedure for MPhil/PhD programmes is a three-step process comprising online registration followed by an entrance exam and then an interview.

Online Registration

All aspirants seeking admission to the MPhil/PhD programme are to register through the online admission portal of the University, which will remain open till 17 June 2019. This is a common web portal for centralized registration of applicants.

By clicking on the ‘New User Registration’ button, the applicants can open the ‘Login Details’ wherein they need to furnish their personal details. Following this, applicants need to confirm their registration by clicking on the link sent to their registered email ID. The applicants need to re-login to the portal and submit the following documents:

  • Passport size photograph
  • Scanned signature
  • Identity proof, which includes Aadhaar Card, Voter’s ID, PAN Card, Passport, Driving License, Ration Card

After furnishing all the necessary documents, the applicant can proceed to pay the application fee through net banking, credit card, debit card or UPI. The application fee for ‘Categories under Reservation’ is Rs 300 per course and for ‘UR (unreserved) and OBC’ is Rs 700 per course. The same amounts also respectively apply to these categories as registration fee for the written exam.

Following this, the applicants must choose the MPhil or PhD programme for which they wish to apply. The applicant can then proceed with the application by clicking ‘Apply’ and move on to provide educational details. PhD aspirants with approved scholarships/fellowships shall also provide details of the financial support to pursue the course.

The applicants also have to submit their ‘Research Proposal’, in case the course to which admission is being sought requires it. In this, the applicants need to provide the following details:

  • Proposed theme and scope of research
  • Major writings in the field in which the MPhil/PhD is being sought. Any original contributions in the field of proposed research should also be mentioned.
  • Primary sources/field work, methodology, hypothesis/research, questions and issues in the proposed field of interest, in about 2500 words
  • Any past research experience or publications
  • Additional information

The applicants may write “Not applicable” in the above fields even if the ‘Research Proposal’ is not mandatory for their chosen programme as it is not possible to proceed further if the above fields are left blank. Alternatively, the applicants may still provide these details even if they are not mandatory for their programme.

After providing the complete details, the applicants can proceed to making the fee payment by clicking ‘Pay Fee’.

A separate registration form for each programme is needed if a candidate wishes to apply to more than one programme, irrespective of whether they are in the same or different departments. The same login details would apply to all forms. However, each form requires a separate payment.

Entrance Exam

The University has provided for 18 exam centres in cities across the country, which can be selected by the applicant while filling the form. These include Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Ranchi, Trivandrum and Varanasi.

There shall be a two hour common exam for both MPhil and PhD programmes. A candidate can apply to both programmes offered by the departments by selecting the courses in their form. The syllabi for the exam of each course is the corresponding Master’s syllabus of Delhi University or as given on the department’s website.

The candidates are required to bring with them their admit card, a passport size photograph, any one of the Identity Proofs issued by the Government of India, Persons with Disability (PwD) certificate if the candidate is claiming relaxation under PwD category.

The University website will also make available the information for the display of the ‘Answer Key’ of the questions to give the students an opportunity to challenge the Key.

A 50 percent score in the exam is required to be shortlisted for the interview. The syllabus for the exam contains 50 percent questions on research aptitude/methodology and the rest subject-specific questions.


Candidates shortlisted after the exam would be called for the interview, the list for which shall be made available on the admission portal. In cases of departments that require the ‘Research Proposal’, the candidate is to bring a copy of the Proposal at the time of the interview.

Certain departments may opt for a different mode of evaluation than the interview; some departments may take a second test prior to the interview.

Announcement of Results

The results of the entrance exam and the interview shall be made available on the University website; information regarding the subsequent lists of selected candidates shall be notified on the admission portal. The selected candidates can then contact the department to furnish the necessary documents and secure their admission in the programme of their choosing.


A common eligibility criterion for all MPhil and PhD courses is a that the applicant must have a Master’s degree or a professional degree, such as MTech, LLM, MD or MS degree, in the same subject or subjects allied to the department to which admission is being desired, with a minimum aggregate of 55 percent marks, or an equivalent degree obtained from a foreign educational institution.

The eligibility criterion provides for a 5 percent relaxation in the minimum marks required for admission in cases of candidates belonging to the reserved categories.

Other Information

Candidates belonging to reserved categories, who figure in the merit list of unreserved candidates, are entitled to be considered for admission under the unreserved category.

Whether the ‘Research Proposal’ is required or not for the MPhil and PhD programmes can be viewed respectively in the Annexure IV and Annexure V attached in the ‘Bulletin of Information’, which can be accessed from the www.du.ac.in.

Annexure VI and Annexure VII of the Bulletin respectively mention the specific eligibility criteria for the MPhil and PhD programmes of different departments. Annexure IX provides information about the major areas of research in various departments.

Annexure XI gives a list of candidates who can appear directly for the interview, bypassing the entrance exam, if they fulfil certain qualifications and meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

All other information can be accessed through the University website.


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Prateek Pankaj
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Sooner or later, everyone comes across the decision of choosing what to do after graduation. More often than not, this decision is heavily exhausting and lengthy. Despite all it’s vices, it’s a crucial decision for every college-goer. We underline a list of steps every college student inadvertently ends up doing in the process.

Being a graduate is considered far from enough to be deemed as “well-qualified” in today’s time, as a master’s degree has become imperative. And one would agree that making the decision regarding the Master’s degree is a struggle. A very painful one indeed.
There are some things that seem destined to happen during the planning process. It all starts with the realization of – “what after college?” Our smooth-sailing lives are struck with a dead-end with the end of college. It seems as if a time bomb that is ticking slowly with every passing day is all ready to go off, if we don’t come up with a way to diffuse it i.e. decide upon our post-graduation plan. The mental chaos thus created leads to a series of similar reactions.

We start off with “The Explorer” phase. This phase is marked by endless searching of courses over the internet. All the colleges and scholarships available are looked upon and shortlisted for further processing. Not only this, there is a simultaneous intake of inputs from the seniors and family members who tend to give their expertise on the subject. A pool of information is collected from various “sources” to ensure that we don’t miss out on anything. Here is where things get worse.

The bulk of information collected starts confusing us. Firmly deciding upon one plan is has the probability of 0 i.e a non-happening event. All the options appear both- tantalizing and risk-taking to us. Adding to the misery are the conflicting pieces of advice we are bombarded by all the people around us. This is the moment when doubt starts seeping into our brains. All the efforts to collect the information? seems to have gone in vain due to our inability to yield conclusions out of it. The entire agenda seems to diminish by now. This is “The Retarding” phase.

After all the havoc we go through, there comes a time when we give up on everything we have done till now. Everything that we had done with regard to the concocting the perfect plan for future becomes meaningless. We contemplate; where did we go wrong? Or, what loopholes are left to be covered? But we fail to come up with an answer. The problem is that even when we have everything, we seem to have nothing. Colleges, courses, scholarships, and all the other necessary things to look upon have all been thoroughly checked. How we wish all that data could help us to fulfill our purpose. Hence, we officially reach the “I Give Up” phase.

Only if life were so easy. After we recover from this setback, we understand the fact that doing post-graduation is important, nevertheless. The painful part is we find ourselves at the same point where we began. Confused, nervous, and unsure. What’s devastatingly true at the same time is that we lack the intial enthusiasm we displayed. We go forth with all this doubt and frustration, hoping to find the answer before that time bomb explodes. Some dare to repeat the cycle. Some leave it out of eventual frustration. Whether one can agree upon their master’s degree or not, everyone can certainly agree that planning for post-graduation is a painstaking task.


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Karan Singhania
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Delhi University recently released admission forms for its post graduation programmes. In addition, according to some new rules – marks which were only considered an important chore for the undergraduate courses in Delhi University, have suddenly gained importance.

A notification dated 31st January states, “All faculties and departments except the Faculties/Departments offering Inter-disciplinary or professional courses are to earmark 50% of the total intake to be filled by direct admission of the students of the Delhi University”. This new development which is effective from the academic session 2014-2015 brings a new bonus for the students completing their graduation from Delhi University as 50% of the seats are now reserved for them on the basis of marks scored in their BA course.

For students coming from other universities, that is, the rest of the 50%, there is to be conducted an entrance exam and/or interview. However, that does not mean that students of Delhi University who fail to fit the marks criteria won’t get admission, they can still give the entrance exam as before, so long as their marks in their B.A. course fill the required criteria.

Other details for the admission process in the notification are that all registrations are to be done online for which a common web portal has been created by the University starting from 10th March 2014 to 18th April 2014 (postponed according to a new notification dated 28th February) and the dates for entrance tests for the concerned courses would be held in between 1st June 2014 to 30th June 2014, the details of which will be available department wise.


The limitation to this new and sudden decision by the University is that this direct admission is subject to availability of seats which would be given to the first lot with the best marks. Now, students passing out this year and aiming for M.A. who until now did not take their B.A. marks quite seriously are finding themselves in a tight spot.

Courses that are offering this reservation are – Economics, Geography, History, Political Science and Sociology while others like Social Work, Japanese, East Asian Studies and Life Long Learning and Extension will be conducting their entrance examinations. Details of these examinations will be posted on the DU website (ww.du.ac.in) when decided by the departments.

The links to the notifications are http://goo.gl/s8thoV and http://goo.gl/yc3WG2