Withdrawal procedure


We help you debunk one of the most important yet fussy process of withdrawal during the University of Delhi (DU) admissions. 

  • It is extremely important to hold a seat in any one of the colleges: With the cut-off trends on a rise, we can never rely on the previous year’s lists, our marks, or any other factors. It becomes important to have a water-tight plan and a back-up. Students must always have a plan-B ready for their course or college. The first two cut-off lists will always be cruel but remember to apply with each list wherever you see your course or college of choice or back-up and secure a seat. With each list, as the cut-offs fall, you can move up on your priority list by withdrawing from the previous college and applying to the new one. Securing a seat also gives us a sense of relief and security.
  • Keep an eye on the cut-off lists and tally your best of four: If the college you took admission in after the first cut-off list is not near to what desired, keep a close eye on the successive lists that are released. As soon as the next list is out, analyse the next best option you have as per your preferences based on the course or college. Ensure your Best of Four (BoF) is properly calculated and the correct subjects from the subject list have been included. Make sure that you cross check the cut-off and other pre-requisites for your course by visiting the college or the DU website.
  • Be clear and swift with the cancellation procedure and refund:  Once certain of fulfilling the criteria, go to the web portal and cancel the admission from the dashboard. With this you will now have access to take admission, in accordance with the new cut-off list. Print the new form along with its copies to take admission in the new college. The refund will be updated in the ‘wallet’ section. A cancellation fee of INR 1000 will be deducted and this will be reflected in the ‘wallet’ section. It is important to note that only one cancellation is allowed per cut-off list. Ensure that you qualify for the cut-off in the college you wish to shift to by checking in person before you cancel your admission. Once cancelled, you cannot be re-admitted in the eventuality that you do not secure admission in the next college.
  • Collect original documents and head to the new college for admission: First, go to the college you are already admitted in and collect your original documents by showing the cancellation form and the new admission form. After this, head towards the new college and repeat the admission procedure with your application, original documents, photocopies, and three recent passport sized photographs. The admission fee will be automatically adjusted from the ‘wallet’ and you will only be required to pay the balance. If some amount is left, it will be refunded to the applicant’s account.

A step by step summary of the process:

1.Take admission in a college of preference from the cut off list. Eg. B.A. (Honours) Psychology, College C

2.When new cut-off list is released, choose a course and college and ensure you fulfill the criteria (calculation and subjects in BoF) before going to take admission. Eg. Visit College B to check cut-off and eligibility.

3.At home, cancel the previous admission and fill new form. Eg. For B.A. (Honours) Psychology at College B.

4.The fee will be adjusted on the Wallet and INR 1000 will be deducted.

5.Collect original documents from College C and head over to College B and repeat the admission procedure. The total number of cancellations allowed will be (n-1) where ‘n’ is the number of cut-off lists.

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Shivani Dadhwal

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In the course of saving seats and subsequently moving to better opportunities with the drop in cut-offs, here is a much-needed withdrawal procedure guide.

1. Confirm with the college that your best of four matches: Some colleges and courses have different criteria for calculation of best of four percentage. Check and confirm with the college that your best of four calculation is in accordance with their guidelines before cancellation.

2. Fill the withdrawal form online: The Delhi University online portal provides a form where you have to specify the college and course you are withdrawing your admission form.  Note: It is advisable to visit the college you are withdrawing admission from on the 1st day of the cut-off so that you have the other day to secure your Collection of documents and admission in another college.

3. Collection of documents and admission in another college cancellation: Visit the college where you took admission. Submit the copy of the cancellation form and pay the cancellation fee of INR 500. Ensure that the college cancels your admission on their online platform.

4. Fresh Admission: Go to the new college and fulfill all the formalities that you completed during your previous admission. Make sure you have a copy of the previous fee receipt with you. The Admission fee will be adjusted automatically and you will only have to pay the balance fee. In case the new fee is lesser than the paid fee then the extra fee will be refunded.

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Alas! Finally your dream college has declared its much awaited cut-off and you are filled with utmost joy at the very thought of cancelling your admission at the college you previously admitted yourself into. Though we understand your elation regarding the same, you need to exercise caution and conscience while you plan to take a plunge into the withdrawal procedure.

1. It is always good to secure a seat

With DU always throwing a major blow at students with its high cut-offs each year, one doesn’t usually make the cut in the very first list (not for you, toppers!). It is therefore always advised to secure a seat in a college where you get your desired course and wait for the next cut-off patiently.

2. A tab on the announcement of the next cut-off list

It’s okay if you are currently admitted into a college whose name you can’t seem to recall or if it doesn’t have a happening abbreviation, you still have a chance to make it to a better college in the next list. Always keep a tab on the compiled list of cut-offs on the DU website so that you don’t miss out on any college.

3. Grab your running shoes, head to withdraw your documents

Take a deep breath and exercise rational behaviour. Before jumping in the air that you cleared the cut-off for a better college in the next list, ensure that you give a visit to that college once, confirm that you meet all the admission criteria there and only then head for the withdrawal of your documents in the college you were initially admitted to.

4. How to withdraw?

Let me explain this with an example. If in the first list you admitted yourself in Motilal Nehru College for a particular course, and in the second list you clear the cut-off for Hindu College, go to Motilal on the very first day of the second cut-off list and ask for all your documents that you submitted at the time of admission. Ensure that the college cancels your admission on their online platform so that the centralised online DU form enables you to see the other colleges you are eligible for.

5. No easy refunds, be ready to burn a hole in your pocket!

The colleges this year will not refund your fee on the spot, so keep extra money handy! After ensuring the cancellation of your admission, head to the college you cleared a cut-off in and repeat the admission frenzy from the beginning!