Everything you need to know about joining Delhi University
ADMISSION FUNDAS With Delhi University (DU) starting its admission process from today, here’s the lowdown on entrance tests, quotas for sports, ECA, eligibility criteria and new programmes
READY FOR TESTS? A number of tests are going to be held by various institutes. A joint admission test will be conducted for the bachelor of management studies programme in six colleges. Applicants will have to clear an entrance test for bachelor of business administration (financial investment analysis) at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. Admission to the BA ( hons) business economics at 10 colleges will also be through an entrance test.
The Cluster I nnovation Centre will hold tests for BTech information technology and mathematical innovations, BA (hons) humanities and social sciences programmes. The entrance test by the Central Institute of Education is for admission to about 400 seats in eight colleges in the bachelor of elementary education programme. The Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences will also hold an entrance test for its bachelor of science in physical education, health education and sports programme.
The test at Indraprastha College for Women will be held for 52 seats in BA (hons) multimedia and mass commu- nication course. All these will be conducted between June 19 and 23. SPORTS AND ECA QUOTA Rules for admission t o DU will be similar to last year. Admissions through sports and ECA quota will also be through online centralised registration on the university portal. Giving details, Prof Nachiketa Singh, member, DU admissions com- mittee, says, “A student has to fill up the centralised form where a separate link or page will be available for sports and ECA categories. The student has to fill up and upload all relevant documents on the centralised f or m. Five per cent subject-wise reservation of seats will be earmarked for ECA category but not less than 15% below the cut-off mark for general students. Sports trials and fitness tests will be done in a cluster of colleges, so that the students don’t have to undergo same tests and trials repeatedly.” However, there will be a change in weightage given to performance in trials and academic performance.
Dr Bharat Singh, who is also a member of the DU admissions committee, says, “For admissions under the ECA quota, 75% weightage will be given to performance in the trials and 25% to certificates. In case of admissions through sports quota, this weightage will be 50- 50. A candidate, however, will have to score 50% in trials to be eligible for admission.” ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA As far as additional eligibility criteria by colleges is concerned, Dr Bharat Singh says there will be a 2.5% penalty in marks for candidates changing streams while applying to colleges.
H o w e v e r, says Prof Nachiketa Singh, “There cannot be any additional criteria other than the approved norms by the university. No college can have any such additional criteria except the minority colleges. The committee has recommended that colleges applying f or relaxation i n marks may offer 1% concession to girl candidates. This will be for all the courses in a given college. But it will not be available as a matter of fact to all the colleges. Very few colleges have applied for such concessions and most have been given permission on the basis of the data they provided on their previous year’s record.” Earlier, up to 5% relaxation was given to girl candidates. The introduction of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) as the sole entrance test by amending the Indian Medical Council Act and Dentists Act has granted statutory status to the test. For 2016 admissions, only state governments have the option of either filling up the seats at state government institutions or filling up state government quota of seats for UG (MBBS and BDS courses only) through NEET or their own test. However, this applies only to the NEET UG.
Private universities, deemed universities, private medical and dental colleges cannot conduct their test for admissions and it is binding on them to fill up all their seats through NEET only, including the management quota seats.
NEET PG is for entry to the MD/MS courses, which will be conducted in December 2016. NEET PG (MDS) is for entry to postgraduate-level dental courses. WILL ALL STATES PARTICIPATE? According to Prof (Dr) Bipin Batra, executive director, National Board of Examinations, it is binding and obligatory for all the states to participate in NEETPG. A decision to this effect will be taken soon. “Our prior experience on conducting the NEET, All India Postgraduate Medical Entrance Exam, and dealing with the state governments, universities, deemed universities and other institutions will be valuable in execution of NEET PG.” This test and NEET Super Specialty will be conducted by NBE. WHY NEET PG SCORES ARE IMPORTANT NEET PG scores will be an essential requirement for admission to MD/MS courses in institutions controlled by state governments, universities, deemed universities and medical colleges/institutions.
NEET has been introduced with the idea of a common medical exam for admission to UG/ PG courses. Institutions such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, will, however, continue to conduct their own UG and PG exams. Will this defeat the purpose of NEET PG?
“NEET as a methodology for entrance has been introduced by an amendment to the Indian Medical Council Act and Dentists Act and, accordingly, the scores of NEET-PG will be valid for institutions under state government, universities, and deemed universities which fall in the ambit of these Acts. However, there are institutions such as AIIMS, PGIMER and JIPMER, which are statutory and have their own Act. These institutions will continue to be covered by their own rules and regulations unless and until the governing councils for these institutions decide to adopt NEET as a methodology for entrance test. The participation of these institutions in NEET will open up the gateway for admissions to candidates across the country. I am sure that over a period of time they would also participate in NEET,” says Prof (Dr) Batra. ADMISSION CRITERIA AFTER NEET PG The admission criteria after NEET PG will be based on the merit list prepared by the respective counselling conducting bodies such as state governments, universities, deemed universities and private institutions.
“Each counselling conducting body or institution will determine its own merit list based on the eligibility criteria which may include domicile, minority status etc and the seats will be allocated strictly as per merit in compliance with the regulations framed for the purpose. NEET will help determine merit based on a common uniform and high standard examination while the counselling conducting bodies are free to draw their merit list from among the pool of candidates who have qualified the NEET,” he adds.
A completely paperless admissions process has been implemented this year.