Cut-offs will be used by Delhi University to accept students

Authorities at Delhi University stated on Saturday that admissions to its undergraduate programmes for the academic year 2021-22 will be based on merit cut-offs, as in prior years. Registration for UG courses will begin on August 2nd, and applications will be accepted through August 31st.From registration to fee payment, the admissions procedure will be entirely online, as it was last year. This year, there are around 70,000 undergraduate seats and 20,000 postgraduate seats available.

DU had previously stated that it would most likely use a cut-off list for admissions, but that it was “committed to implementing” the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) if it were to commence this year. This year’s CUCET has been ruled out.

“Admissions to undergraduate merit-based programmes will be based on cut-offs as in previous years,” Rajeev Gupta, Chairperson, Admissions, said at a news conference on Saturday. To avoid over- and under-admissions, the admissions office is working with college principals on mechanisms for deciding cut-offs.”According to him, the CBSE’s change in evaluation criteria is unlikely to cause a delay in the publication of DU’s cut-offs because their process “would remain the same.”

Because the pandemic prevented the holding of Class XII Board exams, CBSE will calculate scores using a 40:30:30 ratio for students’ performance in classes XII, XI, and X, respectively. Registration for postgraduate programmes and DU Entrance Test (DUET)-based courses, which will be conducted by the National Testing Agency, will commence on July 26 and end on August 21, according to Acting Vice-Chancellor P C Joshi. Admissions for MPhil and PhD programmes will run concurrently.

“The University has also decided that registration fees for merit-based and entrance-based admissions will remain unchanged. UG admissions will be centralised and handled through a single registration/application process. For admissions, all departments/colleges will use the same registration-cum-application form, and candidates will not be required to fill out any additional forms,” he stated.

Admissions to sports and extracurricular activities (ECA) will be handled entirely online, and will be based on certificates rather than trials, as they were last year. “This year, though, there is a small difference. Applicants had the option of uploading their certificates for the previous three years until last year. “Certificates from the previous four years (May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2021) will be valid this time,” Gupta said. Acting Vice Chancellor Joshi stated that the university is working hard to make the admissions process “smooth and painless” for students. The university intends to make the admissions website more interactive as part of this effort.

Sanjeev Singh, a member of the admission committee, said all relevant information will be updated as soon as possible on the admission website.

“Computer-based help desks in the form of chat bots and emails will also be available 24×7 to answer queries of candidates,” he said.

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