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For the first time in two years, Delhi University has decided to revert back to its traditional methods of Sports and ECA quota admissions. Here’s the new (old) procedure.

Traditionally, Delhi University has always offered prospective students a chance to use their extracurricular skills to boost their chances of admission to one of the most sought after universities in the country. This procedure involved a panel that judged a combination of students’ merit certificates and trial performances to determine the grace marks that the student would receive during cutoff season.

Since the arrival of COVID-19 back in 2020, the varsity chose to rely solely on the judgement of merit certificates as the lockdown and social distancing measures made in person trials impossible. However, this year, the varsity has finally brought back offline trials as a way to judge students as well.

Seats will be offered on the basis of combined ECA merit, which will be calculated by taking 25% of the highest program-specific CUET percentage score of all the programmes in which the candidate has applied, and 75% of the highest ECA score obtained from all the categories in which the applicant has been considered,” – Haneet Gandhi, Dean of Admissions

Candidates who have represented the country on an international level, including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games or the World Cup are classified as Category A candidates. These candidates shall be granted admission without sports trials.

Any other candidates under the sports quota will be required to participate in sports trials conducted by the university. There are a total of 28 sports recognised for the supernumerary sports quota and you can find the full list here.


The procedure is straightforward and largely similar to the one for the admissions process through CUET.

  • Visit ugadmission.uod.ac.in and fill the application form.
  • Candidates can apply for a maximum of three sports.
  • Upload self-attested copies of upto a maximum of 3 Merit/Participation Sports Certificates of the preceding five years between 1st April 2017 to 30th June 2022.
  • Candidates are then required to upload the following necessary documents and review the submitted information.
  • Select the programs you wish to apply for. The university recommends that candidates choose the maximum number of programs that they fulfil the program-specific eligibility for.
  • Confirm program specific CUET merit score.
  • Select your program+college combination preferences. Once again, the university recommends that the candidates choose the maximum number of combinations.
  • Confirm preferences.

Not all colleges offer the same amount of seats for all sports. It is advised that candidates check if their preferred college makes reservations for their sports here.

75% of the weightage for admissions will be given to in person trial performances and 25% to a combination of merit certificates.

For full guidelines: see Section 21.2, page 43 of this document.

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Siddharth Kumar

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The University of Delhi has various colleges providing a number of different sports through which students can grab a seat (sports quota). With upcoming sports trials for those who seek this sports quota, the varsity will open its gates for students to show their mettle in their respective sports. Here we will introduce the most sought-after sports in Delhi University.


  1. Archery


For all the toxophilites, this sport is not only about using a bow and arrow and taking an aim but is a competitive sport that requires skill, precision, focus, control and determination. The various colleges of the varsity aim to hone these skills in the students and provide them with opportunities to take it further.


  1. Athletics

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It comprises of various track and field events which include various competitions in running, jumping, throwing and walking events. Delhi University boasts of one of a kind training provided in athletics with almost 39 colleges providing seats for students.


  1. Badminton


With its history rooted in India, when British Army Officers learned a competitive sport called poona and brought it to England, badminton has come a long way and evolved into a highly competitive sport. It is a lawn game which requires a lightweight racket and a shuttlecock.


  1. Basketball


A team sport comprising of five players on each side, basketball is known for its speed, skill, shots, manoeuvres, etc. It has gained rapid popularity and become one of the world’s most viewed sport. Delhi University holds various tournaments and allows maximum participation of students so as to hone their skills.


  1. Boxing

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This sport consists of two people matched in the same weight and ability landing blows with their fists at each other and simultaneously avoiding the punches of the opponents. The boxer wears a padded glove and whoever outscores the opponent or renders him incapable of continuing wins the match.


  1. Cricket

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Comprising of two competing sides of 11 players each, cricket is the most loved sport in the Indian sub-continent. It is observed with an unmatched fervour. This game requires a bat and ball, two sets of three wickets and an umpire to monitor the game.


  1. Football

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It is a team sport where the competing teams try to control the ball and score points by putting it in the opposition’s goalpost. The ball is handled using any part of the body except for the arms and hands. The team that scores most goals wins.


  1. Hockey


Field hockey involves competing for sides using a distinguished hockey stick to manoeuvre the ball or puck into the opponent’s goal. Only a goalkeeper is allowed to use his body to stop the ball whereas the other players have to strictly use the hockey stick.


  1. Volleyball


With six players on each side, players use their hands to volley the ball back and forth over a high net. Whoever allows the ball to touch their court concedes a point to the opposite team. It can be played both indoor and outdoor and requires a minimum of equipment.


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Antriksha Pathania
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University of Delhi (DU) took the decision to increase the number of seats under the sports quota without exceeding the 5 percent limit in the intake. This was only applicable to extra curricular activities (ECA) quota till last year, and now has been extended to the sports quota as well.

In a meeting held last week, the varsity decided to increase the number of seats, in case there was an increase in demand of said quota at the department level.

This gives colleges complete freedom to decide the increase in the number of seats for either sports quota or ECA category. They can allot particular number of seats according to the demands and needs of the college.

An official was quoted by The Asian Age as, “Usually, it is seen that the students in the sports and ECA categories opt for humanities and social sciences programmes, rather than science, since they feel they may not be able to cope with the pressure in the latter. So, in case there are no admissions under the sports and ECA categories in the science department, the vacant seats can be transferred to another department where there is greater demand, but without breaching the total number at the college level.”

In the situation where the seats allotted under the categories in the departments are vacant, then the college can shift these vacant seats to other departments, where the demand is more. Hence ensuring that the students fill all the vacant seats, and the demand for a particular course is also met. This step also ensures that the five percent cap of intake is not breached by the colleges.

According to a circular issued by the authorities, “However, in case of greater demand in a particular course, up to a maximum of double the number of seats sanctioned under the ECA and sports categories in the said course may be admitted by a college, subject to the overall ceiling of five percent.”

Rasal Singh, member of the DU Academic Council, assured that this move would pave way for only the deserving students to get admission in the university.

Lavanya Ratauri, a football sports quota student said, “This move allows more flexibility for authorities to allot the number of seats but also at the same time it should consider the demands of the student. I hope this move gives students more liberty to take only that course which they want.”

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Antriksha Pathania
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Come January, and you’d mysteriously find the basketball ground refurbished and gentrified with new forward-looking basketball paraphernalia, something that you couldn’t get the sports department to do since months. Come January, and you’d find the most avant-garde gadgetry in the gym with goods and chattels that you had no idea even existed. Come January, and you’d find the worn-out and frayed tennis balls being replaced by newer, winsome looking ones.

Ask me what’s so special about January. The sports quota entrants of colleges across the University of Delhi (DU) would have a uniform answer: Tournament Season. January for a sports quota entrant is like the Regina George of the average American high school, it screams ‘high maintenance’ and ‘flashy’. In the first month of the year, these sports quota entrants are given optimum treatment, for they have to win tournaments and bring laurels to their college. Once the tournament season is over, these entrants go back to being the proletariat, being swindled and hoodwinked by the class of bourgeoisie, the college administration.

If I were to give you an unorthodox analogy, I would compare inter-college rivalry and contention with today’s National media channels vying for TRP ratings. Just like the prime-time news channels have abandoned all pretense of neutrality, becoming the drum beaters of a state narrative aimed at its laid out propaganda, even colleges try to win tournaments by hook or by crook. As a result, we have Motilal College taking in swimmers even when they don’t have a swimming pool, we have the Centre of Vocational Studies (CVS) taking in entrants for badminton even when they don’t have a proper badminton court, and we have Rajdhani College taking in recruits for gymnastics even when they don’t have a gym.

The question being flagged by thousands of sports quota candidates of DU is, why do these colleges accept these students when they can’t provide them with the requisite facilities? Arjun, a footballer from Kirori Mal College, asserted, “Our college is in a crisis when it comes to sports.” Speaking about the poor maintenance of the college football field, he commented, “When we go for practice, it feels like we’re in a beach, there’s so much sand and so little grass. The gym is functioning, but the equipments are in a pathetic condition.” Disclosing certain anomalies in the administration, he added, “The college is supposed to allocate a certain amount of fund for sports facilities, but it gets siphoned off before it can reach us.”Alleging a gross under a provision of facilitates, he observed, “While a team of footballers at least requires 10 to 14 footballs, we are provided with only two to three.”

 Lizza Talukdar, a swimmer from Motilal Nehru College, has had a strenuous experience which costed her a significant amount of money. Due to the absence of a gym and a swimming pool in her college, she had to spend INR 5,000 every month to practice in private gyms and swimming pools. Jahnavi, a tennis player from Miranda House, through a phone call conversation with the DU Beat correspondent, elucidated on the sanitation facilities in her college. A lack of proper hygienics in a girls college can be an authentic torment, for the use of a better term. While her college has no showers or washroom in the gym, she admitted to sneaking into the hostel to take a bath after practice. Her teammate, Isha, complained about the lack of maintainance of the tennis court and said, “As our court is surrounded by foliage, the leaves fall on the ground. Because the surface gets packed with leaves, we slip and end up hurting ourselves.”

Vibhan, a handball player from Rajdhani College, revealed that one of the grave problems that he and his team members face in summers is the absence of a water cooler near their practice grounds. As an outcome, the team has to go to the college time and again to get water. This might sound like a juvenile argument to make. However, for a sportsperson who has to spend hours toiling on the field and battling with the scorching heat, even this anomaly is a grave deceit on part of the college. Eshita from CVS shed light on the negligent attitude of the college administration as she discerned, “While shuttles are decreed to be given to badminton players, we are often provided equipment of unsatisfactory quality.”

Come admission season, the sports quota aspirants would compete with each other to grab the coveted seats in the University of Delhi. Providing them anything less than the best facilities would be deceiving them, beguiling them into a trap. When they have to devote three years of their academic lives to play for the college then don’t they deserve a certain amount of accountability from the colleges?


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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak
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Delhi University has released its schedule for the sports trials for admissions session 2017-18. The trials are conducted every year to admit students to different courses and colleges on the basis of Sports Quota. The trials are going to start from 27th June onwards. Here is a complete list of the games, their trial date and time and the venue for the trials.

If you are one of the applicants, you need to bring a printed copy of your undergraduate form along with you when you appear for trials. Furthermore, applicants of some particular sports are requested to bring their own equipment. The release also forbid the entry of parents inside the venues of the trials.

While the University has the provision of admitting applicants who have represented the country at International level, other applicants who do not satisfy this criteria would have to appear for the trials. In past years, students of the University have gone forward to win medals at national and international levels. The University has produced several sports stars like Gautam Gambhir, Ajay Jadeja and many more.

Schedule for Sports trails
Schedule for Sports trials
Schedule for sports trails
Schedule for sports trials
Schedule for Sports trails
Schedule for Sports trials
Equipment required for sports
Equipment required for sports

You can download the PDF version of the same here.

The new season will start from 20th July onwards. The trials carry 60% of the total weightage while the certificates account for 40% of the total score. Candidates combined score would be used to calculate the overall merit list on the basis of which candidates would be offered admissions in various courses in various colleges.


Srivedant Kar
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Conforming to their distinctive admissions procedure from the centralised admissions process of the University of Delhi, St. Stephen’s College and Jesus and Mary College, on Sunday, announced the ECA and Sports trials schedule for the undergraduate admissions for the session 2017-18.

According to the schedule on its website, St. Stephen’s College shall be verifying the documents of the applicants from Wednesday (June 14th) to Friday (June 16th) this week.  Here’s a run-down of the process for the trials conducted under Sports quota:

  • The trials of all the listed sports will begin from the 18th of this month and will be conducted till June 25th.
  • While most of the trials will be held in the college itself, those of cricket and swimming will be held at different venues.
  • Save for shooting and swimming, all the trials will be conducted separately for men and women.
  • The trials for swimming, basketball, football, and cricket will be held from 7 a.m. onwards, and the same for squash will start at 2 p.m.
  • The selected candidates will be appearing for the interview round on the July 5th from 9 a.m. onwards.


The Sports trials at Jesus and Mary College are scheduled to begin this Wednesday (June 14th) and continue until Saturday (June 17th). Other details mentioned on the website include:

  • The candidates will have to bring their original documents; including the provisional marks-sheets, along with the JMC admission slip.
  • The applicants will have to carry their own equipment.
  • Trials will begin at 7.30 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday.
  • The comprehensive schedule for the trials is as follows:

    Image Credits: Jesus and Mary College
    Image Credits: Jesus and Mary College

The college website also mentions that the ECA trials are scheduled to be held on the 15th and 16th of June. The form numbers of the selected candidates will be uploaded on the website on the evening of June 13th, 2017. You can access the website here.



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Nikhil Kumar

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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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More than 50 students were barred from taking fitness tests and trials on the very first day of Delhi University admissions under the sports quota. According to the students, they were informed that their sports certificates were not found eligible enough after being scanned.

Kaiser Rufai, the father of one such candidates told Hindustan Times, “We were never informed that we had been rejected. If the certificates were not correct then how were the forms accepted? The university should keep in mind that there are a lot of outstation candidates were going to turn up for the trials.” According to sources, this case has happened for the first time in DU. Anupam Manglik, another student from Pitampura said, “I wanted to appear for the football trials. I have all the required certificates, like my teammates. They were selected, while the list deemed me as ineligible.”

Following this incident, National Student Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest and also submitted an application to the sports officials.

The sports authorities, however, denied all the blame. They specified that the applicants were expected to check their online application dashboard, where results had been displayed. As told by C.S. Dubey, Director of DU sports council, over a phone call with our correspondent, “The admission system this time, has undergone various improvements and has exhibited total transparency. The online dashboard clearly mentions the certificate marks allotted to the respective candidates. Further, the certificates were analysed and verified thrice and proper time was provided for addressing grievances. Around 500 grievances have been addressed, out of a total of 10,000 applications. 4000 certificates also found to be invalid.”

Delhi University began with its fitness tests and trials on June 24. They will continue till July 2.

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Lovleen Kaur

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University of Delhi (DU) is famous for its high cut-offs but, meeting cut-offs is not the only way to secure admission. DU not only admits meritorious students but, physically proficient individuals as well. Hence, to promote and nurture country’s sportspersons, DU provides Sports Quota in its admissions in Undergraduate Programme.

The University has notified each and every college to display on their websites and notice boards information regarding the number of seats under Sports Quota along with the positions/events for various Sports/Games that sportspersons will be tried for. This information has been provided well in-advance of the beginning of the regular UG admission procedure. The issue and receipt of applications/forms will be done from 1st June to 19th June, 2016. It is important for aspirants to fill the college-level form before appearing for the fitness tests and fitness trials. Given below are the important pointers for the admission under Sports Quota!

1. The registration of candidates seeking admission under Sports category is through the same UG admission portal.

2. In the Sports section, the applicant needs to mention if the application is to be considered under Sport’s Category. The applicant can opt to apply for more than one sport if the applicant is eligible. The applicant needs to save the details and continues to choose the next sport, if applicable, or else proceed to the next section.

3. Self attested copy of Sport Certificate(s) for last three years (The level of distinction of certificates will be determined from 1st April, 2013 to 31st March, 2016.) to be uploaded with the application form.

4. Registration Fee for Sports Quota is Rs. 100/- (Additional, Non-refundable).

5. The Colleges will be conducting video-graphed Fitness Test and Sports Trials for a specific Sport/Game identified by Delhi University Sports Council (DUSC). The candidates should keep checking the notifications issued by the colleges and University on their Website for the specific date and time of the trials and tests. The image below indicates the Fitness Test details:

6. If a candidate has opted for more than one Sports/Game and has qualified the Fitness Test in a particular college must be issued a Fitness Certificate by the college concerned in the given format. This certificate will be accepted by the other colleges.

NOTE: It is essential for the candidate to qualify any one of the following Fitness Test items for consideration of admission in Archery, Chess and Shooting, and any two of the following Fitness Test items for consideration of admission in other Games/Sports as per the standards laid down by the University.

Fitness Test

7. Maximum 50 Marks are for Sports Trials which include skill test, game performance test, game specific fitness, and fundamentals of the game / sport etc. Out of which minimum 25 marks are required to be obtained by the candidate in the Sports Trials to be eligible for admission on the basis of Sports. The image below indicates the marking criteria of certificates:

Marking certificate

8. Evaluation and Marking of sports certificates and screening of application shall be done by the technical hands of Sports Admission Committee of the college.

9. The candidate should have been active in the sport recognized by IOA and AIU for the past three years. Preference will be given to sports in which Inter-College and Inter-University Events are held.

10. If the candidate clears the trials, his/her name will be displayed on the college website for three days to address any grievances, after which the student will be required to submit an undertaking on judicial stamp paper of Rs.100/- declaring that he/she shall play for the University during the course of their undergraduate study.

Super Category: Direct Admission without Sports Trials

The sportspersons who have participated/represented the country in the following competitions skip all the sports trial and test steps and are directly admitted to any college they apply to.

  • Olympic Games by International Olympic Committee
  • World Championships under International Sports Federations (IOA and / or MYAS recognized / affiliated Games)
  • Asian Games by Olympic Council of Asia
  • Asian Championships under International Sports Federations (IOA and / or MYAS recognized / affiliated Games)
  • Commonwealth Games, S.A.F. Games and Afro-Asian Games(IOA and / or MYAS recognized / affiliated Games)
  • Paralympic Games (IOC/IOA and / or MYAS recognized / affiliated Games)

For more information, check the following links: http://ug.du.ac.in/site_files/UG_Bulletin.pdfhttp://www.ug.du.ac.in/app2/

Nidhi Panchal 

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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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