school of learning


Within alternate modes of education, the University of Delhi offers ten different courses from the School of Open Learning for graduation and post-graduation. SOL will start the online admissions procedure for five undergraduate courses from 1st June for the session 2017-18.  Admissions open from July for undergraduate courses and from August for postgraduate courses. The undergraduate degrees include B.A. (Prog.), B.A. Political Science (Hons.), B.A. English (Hons.), B.Com (Hons.), and B.Com (Prog.). Students are required to make an application for admission to the courses offered by the School in the prescribed Enrolment-Cum-Admission form. The application form will be available on its website along with the prospectus. While the last date for application is July 31st, students can apply after paying a penalty fee of Rs. 100 till August 31st and Rs. 200 till September 15th.

The fees at SOL for students residing in India is lower than other colleges in the varsity offering regular courses. The minimal payment structure ensures that students from all financial backgrounds get a chance to pursue higher studies in the course of their choice. The annual fees for general category students enrolling for B.A. (Prog.) is Rs. 3430, Rs. 3530 for B.A. (Hons.) English and B.Com (Prog.), Rs. 3630 for B.A. (Hons.) Political Science, and Rs. 3830 for B.Com (Hons.). The fees are lower for reserved categories. H.C. Pokhriyal, Executive Director of SOL, said approximately 1.4 lakh students had enrolled in the five undergraduate courses last year.

The institute offers video lectures and access to the library, both online and offline. Most of the study materials can be accessed on its website. SOL does not have a cut-off list like regular colleges and the eligibility criterion for students is lower. The highest eligibility criterion in 2016 was for B.A. (Hons.) English at 65% aggregate, with at least 75% in English Core or 65% in English Elective or Functional English. The eligibility for the rest of the courses was 60% or below. The new prospectus will carry all the details regarding eligibility and guidelines for the admission process.

Eligibility Criteria for University of Delhi Correspondence Courses 2017

1) B.A. (Prog.) & B.Com (Prog.)

  • Minimum Eligibility Criteria: Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (Class XII) of the Central Board of Secondary Education, or an examination recognised as equivalent thereto, or Pre-University Examination of an Indian university recognised by the University of Delhi, or Intermediate Examination of an Indian university board, or an examination recognised as equivalent thereto.
  • Specific Requirements: Passed with 40% or above in any of the examinations.

2) B.A. (Hons.) English

  • Minimum Eligibility Criteria: At least 60% marks in aggregate in the Senior School Certificate Examination, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, or an examination recognised as equivalent to the above.
  • Specific RequirementsCandidates securing 70% marks in the English Core Language in Class XII and 60% in aggregate will be eligible for direct admission, or candidates securing 60% marks in English Elective and 60% in aggregate will be eligible for direct admission.

3) B.A (Hons.) Political Science

  • Minimum Eligibility CriteriaAt least 45% in the aggregate with Political Science in any of the examinations recognised by the University of Delhi.
  • Specific Requirements: Candidates securing 60% marks in the aggregate without Political Science in Class XII will be eligible for direct admission in Political Science (Honours) first year.
  • Candidates securing 45% in aggregate with Political Science as one of their subjects will be eligible for direct admission.

4) B.Com (Hons.)

  • Minimum Eligibility Criteria: 55% Aggregate, or 60% Aggregate of the vocational/technical stream with commerce.
  • Specific Requirements: The number of seats in Business Data Processing (Subsidiary) for B.Com (Hons.) is limited and admission will be on the basis of merit.

5) B.Com (Hons.) Optional Computer – Paper VI C

  • Practical Paper VI C: Option will be given on the basis of merit. This paper may or may not be allowed without practical.


  • SC/ST – Minimum passing marks in any one of the qualifying examinations
  • OBC – 10% of minimum eligibility marks prescribed for the general category students
  • PwD – 5% relaxation in minimum eligibility marks prescribed for the general category students


Feature Image Credits: School of Open Learning, University of Delhi

Radhika Boruah
[email protected]