Delhi University (DU) Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh on Tuesday launched the university’s admission policy under the Common University Entrance Test (CUET), which sets out which subjects require students to sit at the entrance to access various courses.
Singh also said that as the university moves from a cut-off-based system to a merit list, colleges would gain 30 percent more students based on their seats, in the event of dropout or withdrawal. Sports and extracurricular activities (ECA) for which trials had been halted due to the Covid pandemic will also resume, he said. However, certificates also qualify for the same along with the CUET score.
Dean Admissions Haneet Gandhi said there would be three sections of CUET 2022 in which the first section is divided into two parts. It consists of 13 languages in the first part and 20 languages in the second part. “It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in at least one language for admission into the University of Delhi, from both parts together,” she said.
“The second part of the entrance exam consists of 27 domain-specific topics. The third part is based on general knowledge that will be for BA program admission only,” she said.
For admission to most RUG study programmes, a candidate must choose at least three subjects from the second part, which is divided into two parts.
Gandhi said most B.Sc programs would be calculated based on physics, chemistry, mathematics or biology. However, 30 percentage points in any language in CUET should also be achieved as a qualifying criterion.
“For admission to the Bachelor of Arts, a candidate must appear in the admission test in one of the languages of Section One and in three subjects of the other Section. Merit is calculated based on the candidate’s grades in the same subject and language,” says Gandhi.
“For BA (Hons) Economics, it is compulsory for the candidates to take the test in Mathematics for CUET. The merit for this is calculated based on the grades obtained in the chosen language, mathematics and any two subjects,” she said.
For admission to language programs, CUET allows candidates to choose one language or take a test in another language. However, preference will be given to those that appear in the respective language.
Yogesh Singh said that a candidate can appear for CUET in up to six subjects, one of which must be a language subject. The best score will be considered for admission.
“For admission through Sports and Extracurricular Activities (ECA), a candidate must appear along with the CUET for a performance-based test. Merit for this will be made based on the combined score of CUET (25%) and performance-based test (75%),” he said.
Singh said that from now on, applicants only need to register on the National Testing Agency website that conducts CUET, after which they may need to register on the DU website for centralized e-counselling. The DU admission portal – www.admission.uod.ac.in – will go live tomorrow with all the information bulletin and chatbots for help.
When asked about the admission process once the exam is taken, Singh said, “Students will be given the option to fill in their college preference on the DU website, based on which colleges are allocated. Colleges will have nothing to say; it is determined by students. In the second round of counseling, we will give students the opportunity to review their preferences, depending on their score, in case they don’t get their preferred lectures,” he said.
In the event that multiple students with the same CUET score compete for places, a tie-breaker formula has been devised to decide which student will be admitted.
Singh said the admission process would take 2-3 months, and unlike previous years when admission was significantly delayed due to Covid, this year the delay would be no more than 7-10 days.