University of Delhi (DU) is one of the first educational institutions to be granted the status of Institute of Eminence. DU is a collegiate research university located in New Delhi. As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and affiliated colleges. On February 27, Delhi University conducted its 97th Convocation ceremony. The convocation ceremony was held partially online due to the 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. 

Established in 1992, consisting of three colleges, two faculties, and 750 students at its founding, the University of Delhi has since become India's largest institution of higher learning and among the largest in the north region. 

Currently, DU has more than 90 affiliated colleges and four other institutions under it. 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. 

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. 

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There are 240 courses available at the university for undergraduate (UG) and post-graduate (PG). UG Courses includes Management Studies, Education, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, etc. Apart from these the university also offers 70 post-graduate degrees and MPhil in about 28 subjects. In addition to these, it offers 90+ Certificate courses and 28 Diplomas. There are 15 Advanced Diplomas offered in various languages. 

DU takes admission for UG on the basis of scores secured in the senior secondary examination, whereas for the admission of PG admission the admission will be either merit based or the admission will be made on the basis of the entrance examination conducted by the university.

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University of Delhi (DU) 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 
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

University of Delhi (DU) Ranking in 2020

Ranking Agency Rank Category
NIRF 18 India Rankings 2020
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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University of Delhi (DU) Courses

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:

Courses Details
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
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B.Com Duration: 3 years
Eligibility: 50% aggregate marks in 10+2 in Commerce stream
Selection criteria: Merit-basis
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M.Com Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in B.Com
Selection criteria: Entrance-based
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MBA Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in Graduation
Specializations: Business-Economics, International Business, and HRD
Selection criteria: CAT/ GAT + GD + PI
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MCA Duration: 3 years
Eligibility: 60% marks in Graduation
Selection criteria: Entrance exam and Personal Interview
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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B.Ed Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in Master’s 
Selection criteria: Entrance-test
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M.Ed Duration: 2 years
Eligibility: 50% marks in B.Ed or equivalent degree
Selection criteria: Entrance-test
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University of Delhi (DU) Admission Process

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. 

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Eligibility Criteria

Mentioned below are the basic eligibility requirements for registration in the courses offered by the University:

Course Type Eligibility
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

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University of Delhi (DU) Entrance Exam

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. 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.

University of Delhi (DU) 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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University of Delhi (DU) 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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University of Delhi (DU) FAQs

Ques. What are the best courses available at DU? 

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 DU 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 DU? 

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 DU 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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