sports quota


Every year more than 3,000 students seek admission in the University of Delhi through sports quota. Sports quota is an admission procedure available for those students who define excellence in their sport and represent the college granting them admission in various tournaments in the university as well as outside.

Recently, the University expressed concern over students who are admitted via sports quota disagreeing to represent their colleges in inter or intra university events and concentrate more on the National or International games. The University of Delhi’s officials have asked the colleges to cancel admissions of those students who are disagreeing to represent their colleges in these events. The Sports Council of DU hs sent a letter to all colleges for the same.

Sources reported that the cut-off for these candidates is usually 20-30% lesser than the others and there is even a relaxation in the attendance for these candidates. It becomes a matter of fraudulent actions if they aren’t playing for their college in the University events.

Sidhant R. Seth

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Delhi University incorporates students who are not just academically excellent, but also physically proficient. To nurture and encourage the sportspersons of the nation, the University provides a Sports Quota in its admissions to its undergraduate programme. Given below is a quick summary of the things you need to know about these trials and tests.

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 by 27th May 2015. 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 28th May to 15th June. It is important for aspirants to fill the college-level form before appearing for the fitness tests and fitness trials.

Super Category

The sportspersons who have participated/represented the country in the following competitions are not subject to any trials and are infact admitted to any college they apply to.

  • Olympic Games
  • World Championships
  • Asian Games
  • Asian Championships
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Paralympic Games

Admission Procedure

1. Fitness Tests conducted by Delhi University

Three fitness tests will be conducted by DU as a preliminary examination for subsequent marking of Sports Certificates and Trials. The tests will be video-graphed and will judge one’s endurance, strength and speed. The fitness tests will be conducted in the University Polo grounds, from 18th June to 20th June, 9am onwards and the results of which will be displayed on the DU website on 22nd June 2015.

Test #1: Standing broad jump

Test #2: 1000mts. run/walk

Test #3: 50mts. dash

Note: For archery, chess and shooting, it is essential for a candidate to pass in at least one of the above mentioned tests to be able to give college trials. For other sports including cricket, football and basketball, a candidate is required to pass in at least two of the above menti0ned tests.

2. Sports Trials conducted by colleges

The colleges will hold trials for various sports 23rd June 2015 onwards which too will be video-graphed. The trials will hold a total of 50 marks. Minimum 18 marks out of 50 are necessary for admission to the college. The trials will be assessed on the basis of skill test, game performance test, game specific fitness, fundamentals of the sport etc. Each sportsperson will also be awarded marks out of 50 for their sports certificates. The image below indicates the marking criteria of certificates:



 Source: www.du.ac.in


Colleges set their own schedules for sports trials. Aspirants are prompted to keep checking the websites of their desired colleges for information. They may also dial or visit colleges for information. Some of the colleges that have notified their guidelines are online are:

St.Stephens College: http://www.ststephens.edu/admissions/sports.htm

Hindu College: http://www.hinducollege.org/sports_notice.asp

Moti Lal Nehru College: http://www.mlncdu.ac.in/pdf/Sports_Criteria_for_Admissions.pdf


Documents Required

The candidate should submit self-attested copies of all the certificates along with the application/form. 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. 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.

Japji Kaur, a National level gymnast from IP College says, “It is very highly beneficial if one has a recommendation letter from a well-known sports personality of their field or their coach. Also, personal interview is where you can either move a step ahead in getting selected or simply be cleared out of the trial. Be absolutely sure in your answers and show your dedication towards your sport and the college you are trying for. Your certificates must show consistent participation in the sport or there is a good chance you won’t be selected even if you have a medal.”


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Ayesha Sareen

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In an attempt to increase sports participation at higher studies level, Delhi University’s Academic Council(AC) has introduced five percent quota under sports category from this year for postgraduate admissionsThe reservation will be imposed on all faculties barring medicine, engineering, technology and management studies. 

Even though the facility existed the prior year unawareness and unsystematic implementation created a lax in its enforcement. The system has been streamlined this year according to which students applying under sports category will have to sit for the entrance examination but there admission under this category will be determined by a trial and interview. 

Students who get admission under this category will have to practice their sport religiously after admission, failure to do so will lead to cancellation of the said admission. As told by DU Sports Council (DUSC) director Jitender S Naruka to Times of India, students of sports category should actively participate in the day-to-day training and practice of games, coaching programmes, camps, inter-college and inter-university tournaments, besides other meets approved by the DUSC.

The Council has also introduced methods of  examination in a bid to make it easier for the sportsperson to balance college and sports.An alternative method of assessment will be applied by the department or institute in case a sportsperson fails to sit for an in house examination on account of their participation in sport related activities. The marks for tutorials in the internal assessment scheme will also be given after consideration with DUSC.