Delhi University: Though Popular Yet Difficult To Get Admission To!

May 31, 2021

Delhi University: Though Popular Yet Difficult To Get Admission To!

The University of Delhi or the Delhi University (DU) is listed among the country’s most prestigious educational institutions. Ever since it was established in 1922, it has grown into one of India’s largest universities with more than 86 departments, 16 faculties and 132,435 total number of regular students which includes 114, 494 undergraduates and 17,941 postgraduates. The university also extends its affiliation to 85 colleges and 5 other institutes spread all across Delhi. As per the NIRF 2020 Rankings, DU is ranked 11 and 18 best universities in India under ‘University’ and ‘Overall’ category. DU admission to various UG, PG and doctorate programmes is based on both merit and entrance-based. The courses that are offered based on merit are BA, BA (Honours), BSc, BSc (Honours), BCom, BCom (Hons) and the courses based on entrance exams are BTech, BBA, BBM, BEIEd etc. The exams are conducted in the month of May every year.


DU is highly selective and it is considered very difficult and competitive in regards to secure admissions in DU. The following procedures for taking admissions and filling up of forms are available on the official website. Admissions done on a merit basis for courses offered in the University depends on the best of four aggregate obtained by the applicant in the 10+2 level board examination. Entrance exams that generally take place are: Delhi University Entrance Test, Delhi University Joint Admission test or Delhi University LLB Entrance Exam and a Personal Interview (PI). Admission to MPhil and Phd programmes are based on scores obtained in the university-based entrance test, followed by a Personal Interview (PI). UGC NET/ CSIR NET qualified candidates are exempted from the entrance test and called directly for the PI round.


The DU Cut off 2020 states the minimum score at which the different affiliated colleges will grant admission to the candidates for various UG programmes offered by them. Surveying the last three academic years, most colleges have witnessed a jump in all the four cutoffs released for different courses. Last year 2020, over 3.5 lakh students have applied for 70, 000 DU seats and majority of them are from the CBSE board. The releasing of merit lists have also come down to five cutoff lists and one special /spot merit list. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, candidates will be given four days to complete the process of online admission.


The university has a Central Placement Cell (CPC) which strives to get students placed in well-established and reputed organisations, corporations and much more. As per the reports, in the placement session of 2019-20, 90% of the students registered with the CPC got placed in prestigious organizations across the country and abroad.


Scholarships like AIPGS, National Scholarship (Zoology), UPGS, National Scholarship (Economics), DSE Merit (Economics) can be availed by the students of DU. These scholarships provided to students are essentially very helpful for them to pursue higher studies.

Thousands of young people travel from their respective home states to the Capital- with a mission to claim a seat in the Delhi University. The difficulty lies in getting admission which seems to be a tough and a challenging part for many students. Armed with their sky-high leaving percentages, making their home to Delhi is not an easy one. There are often glitches in the admission processes held, especially for students belonging from state education boards, there exists language and cultural gaps, accommodation problems, and even at times, general unfamiliarity with the city takes away all such processes far from letting it smoothly happen.

There have been experiences cited where students despite scoring great marks in their 10+2 level board examinations had faced severe problems in taking admission to Delhi University. As a result, many such aspirants simply haven't taken admission to DU.

By Tunisha Banerjee

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