DU Admissions: Where sky is the limit for cut-offs
Apratim Chatterjee, 14 Jun 2016, #DU

Tina Dabi, a graduate in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) of Delhi University who topped UPSC Civil Services 2015 Examination is all praise for her alma mater. “LSR helped me in improving my debating skills. It was here where I was offered the opportunity to be Vice Speaker and endowed with oratory skills,” shares the UPSC CSE 2015 AIR 1 whose aim in life is to be a change-maker.

This is not the first time that the 94-year-old University has produced mercurial candidates. Ira Singhal, of Netaji Shubhash Institute of Technology affiliated to DU, was the UPSC topper in 2014. The University boasts of teachers like Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, and its alumni list includes superstar Amitabh Bachchan, political bigwigs like Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, firebrand leader Mayawati to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, to name a few. No wonder hundreds of thousands of applicants flock to its famous colleges like St. Stephen’s College, Miranda House, Hindu College, LSR and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).

Every year, over 4 lakh candidates apply for DU admissions, and the majority of applications are for popular courses like B.A. (Hons) English, B.Com, B.Com (Hons), BSc (Hons) Maths, B.A. (Hons) Economics and BSc (Hons) Computer Science. However, admission is not easy as cut-offs to some of the popular courses in prestigious colleges touch even 100%.

With as many as 16 faculties and 86 departments in 77 affiliated colleges, spread over North and South campuses, Delhi University offers admissions in 75 undergraduate courses (3-year) for as many as 54,000 seats.

Programmes offered

Faculty of Arts – DU offers admissions in 34 programmes including B.A. Vocational Studies; B.Ed. Special Education MR, and B.P.Ed.

Faculty of Science – As many as 35 programmes are offered by the Science faculty including B.Sc. (Honours) Polymer Science, B.Sc. (MT) Radiography, B.Sc (PEHES) and B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry. Other programmes are BSc/BSc (Hons) Home Science, B.Sc (Hons.) Biomedical Science, B.Sc Mathematical Sciences, and BSc Physical Science.

Faculty of Commerce – Aspirants can go for programmes including B.Com; B.Com (Hons) which are very much in demand in the market.

Apart from the above courses, Delhi  University also offers 44 specialized programmes including BA Programme (Compulsory and Language) in different languages like Arabic, Benagli, Hindi, Urdu. Other programmes include Bachelor of Arts Programme (Discipline Courses) in Buddhist Studies. Besides there are also programmes like BA (Discipline Course) in Operational Research; BA Programme (Discipline Course) in Home Science; Food Technology; Apparel Design & Construction; Family and Child Welfare; Nutrition & Health Education.

Some Other DU Courses

Other popular courses are Bachelor of Business Studies; Bachelor of Elementary Education; Bachelor of Financial & Investment Analysis and BFA Fine Arts.

Am I eligible for DU admission?

  1. For B.Com, candidates need aggregate 40% marks in the qualifying examination while it is 45% for B.Com (Hons). The same criterion applies to BA/BA (Vocational).

  2. Candidates for BA (Hons) in Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Bengali need 45% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination. Candidates securing 40% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in the subject concerned are also eligible for admissions to the relevant Honours Programme.

  3. An aggregate of 45% marks in the qualifying examination is required for those applying for BA (Hons.) in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

  4. For the above, the merit shall be determined on the basis of one language and three best elective subjects.

  5. For science subjects the minimum eligibility condition for admission is 55% or more marks in aggregate of 3 subjects or four as mentioned and one compulsory language (i.e. English) with 50%. Selection will be made on the basis of marks in aggregate of 3 Science subjects as mentioned for each Honours course.

  6. To apply for Mathematics and Statistics the minimum requirement is 50% marks in Maths and an aggregate of 45% marks in the qualifying examination.

  7. For Computer Science, candidates should have secured 60% or more marks in Mathematics; 55% or more marks in aggregate of four subjects including Mathematics, one language and two other subjects listed.

‘Best of Four Subjects’ concept

Delhi University follows ‘Best of four subjects’ policy while calculating cut-off marks for undergraduate admissions. The Best of Four subjects need to include the following:

I.  One language (Core/Elective/Functional)

II. One subject in which admission is sought – A candidate needs to include the subject in Best of Four for the Honours programme in which admission is being sought, otherwise a disadvantage of 2.5% will be applicable to the calculation of Best of Four percentage.

III.  Any two other academic/elective subjects as per List A – If a candidate doesn’t include the subject as enlisted in List A, then a disadvantage of 2.5% will be imposed to the Best of Four calculated.

Disciplines offered by the University of Delhi for admissions to the three-year undergraduate programmes must be treated as Academic/Elective subjects. All the disciplines subjects must have at least 70%component of theory and 30% component of practical. Theory component doesn’t include internal assessments or continuous evaluation (See Table).

Elective subjects





Commerce #

Computer Science









Home Science



Music *



Physical Education *


Political Science










# Accountancy will be considered equivalent to Commerce wherever the examination board does not offer Commerce as a subject.

*Music and Physical Education will be treated as academic/elective only for Honours in Music and Physical Education, respectively.

Cut-offs for admission

Going by last year’s cut-offs, the range for B.A. (Hons.) English, B.Com, B.Sc (Hons.) Maths, B.Sc (Hons.) Chemistry, B.A. (Hons.) Economics is from 95% to 98.25%, depending on the college where you apply and the course. Delhi University, this year will be announcing as many as five cutoffs for admissions. After the announcement of these five admission cutoffs, each college will be releasing a merit list notifying the status of vacant seats in each programme and then shall offer admissions to the pre-registered DU 2016 applicants who apply against these vacant seats.

Sports and ECA quota

DU also offers admissions in UG programmes through Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) quota. The sports disciplines include team sports like cricket, basketball, football and also individual items like yoga, chess and athletics. The number of seats under sports quota will be limited to 5% of the total seats on offer in individual colleges.


Girls’ Quota

Delhi University also offers relaxation in cut-off marks to girl applicants for the undergraduate admissions. All courses in most of the colleges have girls’ quota while in some colleges it is restricted to certain disciplines. The relaxation percentage varies from 2 to 3%. 

Must Read –

DU 2016 Application Form Guide

DU Admission FAQs

How to calculate Best of Four

DU 2016 Cutoff

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I have completed my BSc with mathematical sciences (G), from DU two years back.. Can I apply for MA philosophy or MA politics

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

Eligibility Criteria - M.A. Philosophy (entrance and merit based)

Masters in Philosophy (entrance)
B.A. from a recognized University of India
50% marks or above or equivalent grade

Masters in Philosophy (merit)
B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from DU
50% marks or above or equivalent grade

Eligibility Criteria - M.A. Political Science (entrance and merit based)

Masters in Political Science (entrance)
B.A. program / B.A. (Hons) / B.A. Pass from the University of Delhi or any other Universities recognized as equivalent to DU
50% marks in aggregate
Graduate from (Science/commerce/Engineering) from DU or any other
Universities recognized as equivalent to DU.
60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade

Masters in Political Science (merit based)
B.A. (Hons) Political Science from DU


I hope this helps

If I want to get admission in BSC honours in mathematics in Delhi University on the basis of percentage scored in class 12th , then what all subjects can I register for the calculation of percentage to be written in Merit list ? Can I register with Mathematics, computer and chemistry ?

Apurv 16th Oct, 2019

Hello Anurag, Yes these three subjects are fine but you need to add one more subject in order to complete the best of four percentage. The rule is that you need one subject related to the course you are applying for, one language course(most of the students have english) and other two courses you can select as any two subjects with maximum marks.


Can I get admission in Delhi University for doing B.Tech on the basis of percentage scored in class 12th or it is compulsory to give entrance examination ?

Apurv 16th Oct, 2019

Hello Anurag, No, you can't get admission in BTech course only on the basis of 12th class marks. Giving the entrance test is compulsory. Giving entrance test is compulsory for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Management Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - FIA
  • B.A. (Hons) - Business Economics
  • B. Tech. - (IT&M)
  • B.A. (Hons) - Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Bachelors of Elementary Education (B.El. Ed.)
  • B.Sc. in Physical Education, Health Education & Sports
  • B.A. (Hons) – MMC
  • B.A. (Hons) – Music

Presently , Im in class 12th with Maths Stream. I have scored 81% in class 10th from ICSE board. Now what should I do after class 12th if I dont want to apply for JEE. What should be my preferences in getting admission in a good government college for doing B.Tech especially in Delhi University ?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 16th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

If you are aiming for doing Btech, then your only choice is to give JEE exam as it is the only option you have. So I suggest you should fill up the form for JEE. It is going to be conducted in January 22, 2019. The next attempt will be in April, 2020. The complete details are here:


If you are aiming for some other course, do let me know in the comments. I'll help you out.

Thank you.


du mea Direct admission ho sakta hai

VIPIN KUMAR 17th Oct, 2019
First off all du is the government University as well as reputed University ,
And in du admission on basic of either compitive exam else 12th % so there is no direct admission possible in du .
If you have Secord good marks automatically you will.get the admission.
Good luck
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