The University of Delhi is the hub of quality education. Since the registration process for DU 2019 admissions is underway, various students across the country are applying to DU colleges for undergraduate courses. While applying to the colleges, few questions come into the mind of students, particularly regarding criteria of selecting the colleges, which courses to apply for, application forms, dates, cut off lists, final selection, etc.
CollegeDekho is here to guide you through these queries to smoothen the process of college and course selection.
This article comprises a checklist that a student should follow to plan an organised admission seeking process. Find the important points to be taken care of below.
1. Area of Interest
Understand your area of interest in which you want to pursue your graduation depending upon your stream.
For example, a student with a commerce background can look for economics, language specialisation, general courses, etc. On the other hand, a student with a science background can go for courses in specialisations depending upon their future plans which may be focussed on the teaching field, research work, or master degree in science.
Before applying to any college, do thorough research on different colleges and courses offered by them.
During college research, a student can look for the following points:
- College reputation
- Placement offers
- Average placement packages
- Sports facilities
- Extra-Curricular activities
- Educational conferences and seminars
- Faculty members
- Personal development and growth opportunities
The colleges under Delhi University offer various courses under different streams of Science, Commerce, Arts, etc.
For example, a science student can go for traditional B.Sc. courses like B.Sc. (PCM/ Physics/ Chemistry/ Zoology/ Maths/ Botany) or professional B.Sc. courses like B.Sc. (Agriculture/ Electronics/ Animation/ Food Technology/ Psychology/ Nutrition etc.)
Courses offered for Commerce and Arts students are B.Com (Pass), B.Com (Hons), B.A. (Programme), B.A. (Tourism), B.A. (Hons) in Economics/ Psychology/ Sociology/ English/ Journalism etc.
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3. Apply on Time
Application forms are available online. A centralised form is available for almost all the colleges. However few colleges have their individual form which needs to be filled on the individual college website. Application form of Jesus & Mary College (JMC) and St. Stephen's College has to be filled on the college website individually. Closing dates should be given considerable attention. For regular updates, stay tuned to CollegeDekho.
4. Back-up Plan
It is good to aspire for heights but at the same time a student must keep a backup plan in case reality does not match expectations. Apply for as many colleges and additional courses as you can.
Centralised forms provide ease of application in today's time. A student can apply to all major colleges on these forms so that he/she does not have to face any regret after the cut off lists are out. With cut-throat competition prevalent, it cannot be predicted as to what the accurate cut-off will be like. Hence, it is a safe option for students to pick as many colleges as possible.
5. Be Proactive
Be on your toes during the release of cut off lists. Changing the colleges due to new cut off lists can be a task as you will then need to withdraw your admission from the previously chosen college and then register for a new one.
For instance, fluctuations in different cut-off lists for the previous years 2015 and 2016 can be observed below:
|Course||1st Cut off 2016||1st Cut off 2015|
|B.Com (Hons)||99.25 - 92.00||96.25 - 89.50|
|BA (H) English||98.75 - 90.00||96.5 - 87.00|
|BA (H) Economics||98.25 - 92.00||97.5 - 92.00|
|Course||2nd Cut off 2016||2nd Cut off 2015|
|B.Com (Hons)||97.75 - 91.00||97.50 - 88.00|
|BA (H) English||97.50 - 90.75||97.75 - 90.00|
|BA (H) Economics||97.75 - 94.00||97.75 - 91.00|
A student can prioritize between the choice to choose a college or the course. Sometimes one can get the preferred course but not the best college that you aim for. In that case, in my opinion, one should go for the course because that will add value to your knowledge in the long run.
However, if the student is indifferent towards the courses, he may pick any college that suits his/her other requirements such as placements, faculty, clubs, and committees.
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Applying to colleges and choosing a suitable college is a process containing a series of steps. A student should plan his/her admission process with utmost care. It proves to be an advantage if the student is aware of his requirements beforehand.
For more updates about the admission process and cut off lists, stay tuned with CollegeDekho.