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Getting into University of Delhi

The undergraduate programs in the colleges of University of Delhi are the most sought-after courses in the country. The online registration for the same for the academic session 2017-18 has been opened on 22nd May 2017. It will close at 5pm, 12th June 2017. And there is no offline registration process this year. Last year’s experience was that the website slows down of the last day! Therefore is advisable to complete the registration before 12th June. The First cutoff will be declared on 20th June and the admission on the basis of first cut-off will be done on 20th to 22nd June. The students have to be physically present in the college for admission. 

The basis of cutoff for humanities is 'best four subjects' including one language (marks in Physical education is not considered). If a student wants to take admission into a course which s/he has not studied in 12th then 2.5% marks from the best four is deducted. For example, Suman has studied Physics, Chemistry, Maths, English and Biology in 12th and Suman wants to take admission in BA(H) Political science, then 2.5% marks from her best four aggregate will be deducted. Studying Mathematics in 12th is mandatory for taking admission in BA(H)-Economics and B.Com(H). 

For cut-off in sciences, only Physics, Chemistry and Maths (PCM) marks are considered for BSc(H) - Physics, Chemistry & Electronics and  BSc(Prog) Computer science and BSc (Physical Science). Marks of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) are taken into account for calculating the cutoff for BSc(H)- Zoology, Botany & Microbiology and BSc(Life Sciences). Additionally, the student has to score 50% marks in English. 

Documents mandatory for admission are – original copies of - (1) 12th Mark sheet, (2) Provisional pass certificate/ School leaving certificate, (3) 10th certificate (for date of birth), (4) Latest character certificate (usually included Provisional pass certificate), (5) Migration certificate, (6) Caste Certificate (ST, SC, OBC-non creamy layer), (7) few copies of passport photos. The student has to submit the original copies along with 1 or two copies of photocopy of each document. One may withdraw the original documents afterwards by citing valid reasons.  

Regarding the choices colleges and course, it is always advisable to take admission in the course of interest irrespective of the college. Suppose, Suman wants to take BA(H) Political Science and Suman wants to join Kirori Mal College but due to cut-off constraints, she makes into BA(H) Political Science in Zakir Hussain College and BA(H) History in Kirori Mal College. It is advisable to take BA(H) Political science in Zakir Hussain College rather than BA(H) History in Kirori Mal College, though Zakir Hussain College is not her first choice.

Usually the second cut-off comes down for many courses in most colleges but it is always safer to take admission in the first cutoff itself if the situation mention above arises. One can easily cancel the admission to shift to another college in later cutoffs (second onwards). But one has to keep in mind that the admission charge (roughly Rs.12,000) is refunded only after a delay of about 1 month.

Finally, which college to choose? The NAAC accreditation and NIRF ranking may help one but one must realize that they are quantification of qualitative aspects and, in fact, a great number of colleges did not apply for NIRF. If I was to take admission this year, I would have the following colleges in mind (sequentially) – Lady Sri Ram College (Women), Sri Ram College of Commerce, Kirori Mal College, Hindu college, St Stephans, Hansraj College, Venkateswara College, Ramjas College, Miranda House (Women), Indrapastha College (Women), SGTB Khalsa College, Daulat Ram College (Women), Gargi College (Women, SC), Kamla Nehru College (Women), Acharya Narender Dev College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Dyal Singh College.     

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