University of Delhi or commonly referred to as DU is one of the first educational institutions in India to be granted the status of ‘Institute of Eminence’. Delhi University is a collegiate research university primarily located in New Delhi. Established in 1992, DU began with just 03 colleges, 02 faculties and 750 students. But today, Delhi University has become India's largest institution for higher studies in the northern region with more than 90 affiliated colleges, 15 faculties and 16 Departments.
Delhi University ranks at #8 as per NIRF 2020 rankings, while Outlook I-Care ranked Delhi University at #1 among Top 25 Central Universities of India. Check: Delhi University Ranking for more details. On February 27, Delhi University conducted its 97th Convocation Ceremony online amid Covid-19 pandemic. With this virtual event, DU became the first institution in the country to award “Digital Degree” to its 1,78,719 students.
Delhi University Quick Facts:
- DU's Departments like Chemistry, Geology, Zoology, Sociology and History have been awarded with the status of Centres of Advanced Studies.
- The university is scattered across New Delhi on different campuses, the biggest being the North Campus and South Campus. The vice-president of India is the acting chancellor of the University of Delhi.
- There are 240 courses available at Delhi University for undergraduate (UG) and post-graduate (PG). Apart from these the university also offers 70 post-graduate degrees and MPhil in about 28 subjects. Check: DU Top Courses
- Delhi University also offers 90+ Certificate courses and 28 Diplomas. There are 15 Advanced Diplomas offered in various languages.
Check: Q&A about DU
All admissions at Delhi University depend upon the choice of course. If an applicant chooses BBA or BBS courses they will have to appear for an entrance exam. But if applicants opt for courses like BA (H) or B.Sc (H) or B.Com (H) then appllcants can apply through their scores in class XII depending upon the Delhi University Cutoff which is commonly released for all courses, college wise. PG admissions at Delhi University are both entrance and merit based. If applicants are able to score 60% and above they at graduation level, they are eligible to apply through merit. Others can apply through the entrance mode.
Delhi University Highlights
|Established | Type||1922 | Central University|
|Recognized by||AICTE and UGC|
|Accredited by||NAAC Grade A+|
|Ranked by||NIRF, India Today, Outlook, The Time Engineering, QS, US News, etc.|
|Courses offered||UG, PG, and Ph.D.|
|Basic admission criteria||Merit and Entrance-based|
University entrance exam
|DU JAT / DUET / B.Ed Entrance / DU LLB|
|Application mode | Fee||Online | INR 750|
|Facilities||Library, Placement, Scholarship, Hostel, Guest House, Health Center, etc.|
|Top recruiters||Hero Honda, Maruti Suzuki, Samsung, Gail, KPMG, Tata Power, Hindustan Times, etc.|
|Official Website | Contact||http://www.du.ac.in/du/ | 27667853|
Delhi University Rankings
The table below summarises the rankings of Delhi University for the year 2020 and 2021:
|NIRF||18||India Rankings 2020|
|Outlook I-Care||1||Top 25 Central Universities in India|
|QS Global World Rankings University Rankings||474||ranked 474th out of 1002 in World rankings|
|Times Higher Education World University Rankings||601-800||ranked in the 601-800 out of 1397 in World category rankings|
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Delhi University Courses Offered
University of Delhi offers discipline courses in a variety of fields at UG, PG, M.Phil., and Ph.D. degree level. It offers both General and honors courses in Arts, Science, and Commerce streams. In UG programs, BBM, BBE, BA (Hons.) English, B.Com. (Hons.), BA (Hons.) Political Science is some of the popular courses for which the cut off often goes very high. Some of the major courses offered by the university are given below:
|BA||Duration: 3 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in 10+2 in any discipline
Subjects: Vocational Studies, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Hindi Patrakarita, and Journalism.
Selection Criteria: Merit-based
|B.Com||Duration: 3 years
Eligibility: 50% aggregate marks in 10+2 in Commerce stream
Selection criteria: Merit-basis
|M.Com||Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in B.Com
Selection criteria: Entrance-based
|MBA||Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in Graduation
Specializations: Business-Economics, International Business, and HRD
Selection criteria: CAT/ GAT + GD + PI
|MCA||Duration: 3 years
Eligibility: 60% marks in Graduation
Selection criteria: Entrance exam and Personal Interview
|MA||Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in Graduation
Subjects: Political Science, History, English, Hindi, Philosophy, Psychology, Economics, Mathematics, Social Work, East Asian Studies, Bengali, Comparative Indian Literature, Punjabi, Sociology, Geography, Persian, Environmental Studies, Buddhist Studies, French, French/ German/ Hispanic/ Italian Studies, Arabic, German, Japanese, Linguistics, Russian Studies, Statistics, Tamil, and Urdu
Selection criteria: Entrance-based
|B.Tech||Duration: 4 years
Eligibility: 10+2 in Science stream
Selection criteria: Entrance-based
|M.Tech||Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in B.Tech in relevant subject
Specializations: Engineering Management, Vlsi Design & Embedded System, Information System, Manufacturing Processes & Automation Engineering, Polymer Nano Technology, Production Engineering, Chemical Synthesis & Process Technologies, Cad/ Cam, Signal Processing, Microwave Electronics, Nano Science & Technology, and Nuclear Science & Technology
Selection criteria: GATE exam score
|B.Sc (Hons.)||Duration: 3 years
Eligibility: 50% aggregate marks in 10+2 in Science stream
Subjects: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Zoology, Statistics, Botany, Food Technology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Geology, Biological Science, Home Science, Electronics, Anthropology, Instrumentation, and Polymer Science
Selection Criteria: Merit-based
|M.Sc||Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% aggregate marks in B.Sc in a relevant subject
Subjects: Chemistry, Microbiology, Mathematics, Zoology, Computer Science, Physics, Nutrition & Food Processing, Genetics, Botany, Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Environmental Studies & Resource Management, Geology, Biochemistry, Statistics, Operational Research, Anthropology, Human Development & Child Counselling, Electronics, Biochemistry, Food Nutrition, Physical Education, Biomedical Science, Informatics, Resource Management & Design Application, Fabric & Apparel Designing, Library & Information Science, and Development Communication & Extension.
|B.Ed||Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in Master’s
Selection criteria: Entrance-test
|M.Ed||Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in B.Ed or equivalent degree
Selection criteria: Entrance-test
Delhi University Admissions
DU offers UG, PG, M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses in various disciplines. The admission process for all the degree programs is conducted separately.
The DU UG admission offered at the university is based on merit. The University invites application in online mode from prospective candidates by the end of the month of May. The beginning of the application process for UG courses at DU coincides with the declaration of 10+2 examination results by CBSE. After the application process is over, the university releases a cut off score for separate colleges and courses. There are certain courses such as BBM, BBS, etc. for which colleges affiliated with DU conduct entrance exams.
The admission to PG courses at DU is both merit-based and through entrance exams. The schedule for PG admission is declared separately by the respective departments on the university website. On the other hand, admission to M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses are entirely based on the performance in an entrance test and interview conducted by the respective department of DU. Mentioned below are the basic eligibility requirements for registration in the courses offered by the University:
|Undergraduate||Intermediate graduate from a recognized board|
|Postgraduate||Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline with 50% marks|
|M.Phil||Master’s degree in relevant discipline with 55% marks|
|Ph.D.||Master’s degree with 55% marks in relevant discipline|
How to Apply for Delhi University Admissions?
All applications are accepted online via DU Portal. The applicants have to correctly submit their applications through DU UG Portal if applying for UG admissions or DU PG Portal if applying for PG courses. There is a separate portal for M.Phil and PhD applications as well. The applicants can follow the common steps of procedure:
- Applicants must log on to the website and choose the correct portal.
- Register with an email id and mobile number.
- Upon receiving the credentials on the given email id, applicants can access the application form.
- They will have to fill in their educational, personal and other mandatory details.
- Choose the course option(s) carefully and submit with application fees and scanned copies of documents.
- In case of PG / M.Phil / PhD admissions, it is advised that applicants opt for both entrance and merit option for admission.
- Applicants must use one email id per application. The applicant will have to register again if applying for more than one courses.
- It is necessary to keep a copy of the application form for future reference.
Check: DU Admissions
Delhi University Entrance Exams
DU conducts entrance exams for admission to UG, PG, M.Phil., and Ph.D. degree programs. The entrance exam for some selected UG courses is conducted by colleges respectively. The table below throws light on the entrance exams conducted by Delhi University for admissions:
|Courses||Entrance Conducted by Delhi University|
|BMS / BBA (FIA) / BA (H) Business Economics||DU JAT|
|LLB||DU LLB Entrance|
|BA (H) Humanities & Social Sciences||DUET|
|B.Ed||DU B.Ed Entrance Exam|
|B.El.Ed||DU B.El.Ed Entrance Exam|
|MA / M.Sc / M.Com / M.Phil / PhD||DUET (PG)|
The entrance test for PG courses is conducted by respective departments of the University. The entrance exam for PG courses is generally held at the DU North campus. The entrance exam consists of both objective and subjective type questions. The maximum marks for the entrance test are 100. The merit list for the entrance exam is prepared on the basis of marks scored in the entrance exam and qualifying examination.
The entrance test for M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs are conducted by the respective departments. The test is subjective in nature and tests a candidate’s ability to understand and analyze concepts related to their subject.
Delhi University Cutoff
After the application process is over for UG courses, the University releases its cut off list. Cut off is the minimum percentage required to take admission in a particular course, in a particular college. The University declares subsequent cut off lists until all the seats are filled in the affiliated colleges.
DU cut off is affected by certain factors such as a number of applicants in a year and the highest percentage scored by students in the qualifying exam. The university allows relaxation in cut off marks to women candidates, reserved category candidates, and to those who apply under the ECA quota.
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Delhi University Scholarship
Listed below are the scholarships/ financial help provided by the University to needy and meritorious students:
|UG Scholarships||PG Scholarships||Departmental Scholarships|
|Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Endowment Book-Grant||Delhi University & All-India Postgraduate scholarships||Madan Mohan Memorial Scholarship|
|Sh. Prem Prakash Award||His Holiness and Pope Scholarship||Dr. G.S. Sarin Scholarship|
|Shri Uggersain Memorial Education Endowment Book-Grant||-||Dr. N.C Kapoor Memorial Scholarship|
|Ganga Sant Book-Grant||-||Prof. HC Gaur Scholarship|
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Delhi University FAQs
Ques. What are the best courses available at Delhi University?
Ans. Amongst a range of courses, DU's chemistry, geology, zoology, sociology and history departments have been awarded the status of Centres of Advanced Studies. In addition, a number of the university's departments receive grants under the Special Assistance Programme of the UGC, for their outstanding academic works.
Ques. What are the specialisations offered by Delhi University for BA courses?
Ans. DU offers a range of specialisations under its BA programme. They are Vocational Studies, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Hindi Patrakarita, and Journalism.
Ques. What is the eligibility criteria for admission to Delhi University?
Ans. The basic eligibility criteria for admissions to DU are -
- Undergraduate - Intermediate graduate from a recognized board
- Postgraduate - Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline with 50% marks
- M.Phil - Master’s degree in relevant discipline with 55% marks
- Ph.D. - Master’s degree with 55% marks in relevant discipline
Ques. Are there any entrance exams for Delhi University admissions?
Ans. Yes, DU conducts entrance exams for admission to PG, M.Phil., and Ph.D. degree programs. The entrance exam for some selected UG courses is conducted by colleges respectively. The entrance test for PG courses is conducted by respective departments of the University.
Ques. Are there any scholarships available for students at UG level at DU?
Ans. The following are scholarships offered to UG students -
- Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Endowment Book-Grant
- Sh. Prem Prakash Award
- Shri Uggersain Memorial Education Endowment Book-Grant
- Ganga Sant Book-Grant
Ques. Are there any scholarships for PG students at DU?
Ans. Yes, the following scholarships are available for PG students -
- Delhi University & All-India Postgraduate scholarships
- His Holiness and Pope Scholarship
Ques. How does one get admission into the undergraduate Management courses at DU & its affiliated colleges?
Ans. Candidates are required to appear for the DU JAT exam for admission in undergraduate management programs in colleges affiliated with DU. The exam is conducted by NTA on behalf of University of Delhi.
Ques. Can a student change their subject during the course of study or after completing the first year?
Ans. No, once a student is admitted to a particular subject, they can change their subject only before the last date of admission provided seats are available and they meet the requisite cut off.
Ques. Who are the recruiters at DU?
Ans. Maruti Suzuki, Samsung, Reliance, HCL, KPMG, GAIL, Hindustan Times are some of the recruiters of Delhi University.
Ques. Will, there be any relaxation offered to women candidates?
Ans. Relaxation for women candidates varies from college to college and even from course to course. However, the upper limit has been fixed at 3%.
Ques. Can I get a fee concession? What is the procedure for fee concession?
Ans. Yes, there is a provision for fee concession in most colleges but only after admission. You may contact the college for details.
Ques. What is the admission criteria for BA (Economics) at DU?
Ans. BA (Economics) at DU requires minimum eligibility of 60% aggregate at 10+2 level in four subjects including English, Mathematics, and the other two subjects. Admission to the course is based on marks obtained by the student in Joint Admission Test (JAT), Group Discussion, and Personal Interview.
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Ques. I made an error in my online registration form. Do I need to register again using different email-id?
Ans. Don’t register again with different mail-id. Log in to the same account again and through the “Edit” option (at the end of each session/ page) rectify your error.
Ques. What colleges under Delhi University offer Graduate Certificate in Law?
Ans. Some of the best colleges under Univerity of Delhi that offer Graduate Certificate in Law are:
Ques. What documents are required on the day of DU JAT counseling?
Ans. Documents required at the time of DU JAT counseling are:
- 10+2 marks sheet
- 10+2 passing certificate
- Character Certificate
- Category Certificate
- Admit Card of Entrance Exam
- 8 Passport Size Photograph
- Age Certificate
Ques. Who are some of the famous alumni of Delhi University?
Ans. Some of the famous alumni of DU are:
- Subramanian Swamy: Member of Rajya Sabha, Politician, Economist, and a Statistician.
- Sheila Dikshit: Served as the CM of Delhi for 15 years.
- Arun Jaitley: He was one of the best Indian politicians, and Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs from 2014-2019 time period.
- Shashi Tharoor: Currently working as a Lok Sabha member. He is also a Politician, Writer, and a Former international diplomat.
Ques. How many hostels does DU have?
Ans. DU has a total of 20 hostels, namely:
- Rajiv Gandhi Hostel for Girls
- Under Graduate Hostel for Girls
- Ambedkar-Ganguly Students House for Women
- D.S. Kothari Hostel
- Gwyer Hall
- International Student's House
- International Students House for Women
- Jubilee Hall
- Mansarover Hostel
- Meghdoot Hostel
- North Eastern Students House for Women
- Post-Graduate Men's Hostel
- University Hostel for Women
- V.K.R.V. Rao Hostel
- WUS University Hostel
- Centre Institute of Education Hostel
- Department of Social Work Hostel
- Aravali Hostel
- Geetanjali Hostel
- Saramati Post Graduate Men's Hostel
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