Why all that hustle to get into Delhi University is worth it.

The moment the board exams get over, the students breathes in the sigh of relief. Thereafter the most tedious work of applying to the universities and colleges to pursue the graduation begins. Then the inevitable results are announced. And for all those who have planned to be part of the prestigious Delhi University, soon comes the time to turn into anxious jitters as everyone gets ready to face the onslaught of decimal point cut-off numbers. Welcome to the admissions agony in Delhi University, 2017. University of Delhi is the most preferred university by students every year. Lakhs of aspirants struggle to get in, fighting for that one extra mark to wear the ‘DU’ tag around their neck.

Only those who have gone through or will be going through it know what it is really like. In the scorching summers of North India, students standing in long queues to deposit the documents and fee to secure a seat in any of the college of Delhi University.

From Monday, May 22, 2017 the varsity will commence the online registration for all its undergraduate courses except nine courses for which the admission will be based on the entrance exam. Getting high marks is not the only way to get into Delhi University, with the varsity’s sky rocketing cut offs which are increasing every year.

university of delhiEvery year lakhs of students apply for around 54,000 seats across all the colleges affiliated to the Delhi University for an undergraduate degree alone. The high number of applicants is the fundamental reason behind the high DU cutoffs. The harsh truth is: only 21% of the candidates who have applied will get a seat. In all probability, students with average marks also must have applied for this year’s qualifying exam.

To begin with, there are always certain colleges with a good reputation and ranking. They are also quite popular among students and parents and have the opportunity to choose the crème da le crème. Eventually, Delhi University has added many feathers on its hat by proving its mettle in front of several ranking systems. The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance, released on March 8, lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects. The University of Delhi has risen two places for development studies, and provides one of India’s four top-50 finishes across the 46 tables – one more than last year. In Arts and Humanities subject category, DU is placed in 210th position with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 247th position. In Social sciences, DU and JNU are in Top 400.

ACADEMICS – The University has grown into one of the largest universities in India. At present, there are 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and 5 other recognised institutes spread all over the city, with 132435 regular students (UG: 114494, PG:17941) and 261169 students (UG:258831, PG:2338) in non-formal education programme.

TOP COLLEGES – Delhi University has some of the best colleges in India for science, commerce and arts stream. These colleges are not only the best in the university, but are also ranked among the top colleges in the country. Best Colleges of Delhi University include St Stephen’s, Lady Shri Ram, Hindu College, Miranda House, Ramjas College, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Hans Raj College, Kirori Mal College, Venkatesawara College and the list goes on and on.

DU CULTURAL FEST – The Delhi University fest season is something that most of the student look forward to throughout the year. From the wide array of cultural competitions to the lively celeb performances, different people look out for fests for different reasons.

CELEBRITIES VISIT – There is no doubt that, each year, Delhi University attracts acclaimed personalities from across the various fields. In the year 2016-17, the varsity witnessed the visit of an array of journalists, social activists, politicians, comedians, business tycoons and Bollywood actors.

DU ELECTIONS – Delhi University has a Students’ Union (DUSU) and a Teachers’ Association (DUTA). Election time can get a little ugly (euphemism used) and also violent (forgot to use it here). With the constant rallies and strikes, the overall atmosphere of the campus becomes unpleasant and often unsafe. Above all, every student here learns to protest, if not how to ace a test!

Chole Bhature, Tom Uncle ki Maggi aur Cutting Chai (there’s no ‘etc’) – Delhi University is famous for its aforementioned delicacies and that’s pretty much all, period. There are a couple of other joints to visit and experiment but if you stop to ask someone, they’d tell you that before you go anywhere else to eat, you must try Tom Uncle Ki Maggi.

With so many feathers on its cap, Delhi University justifies its desirability. The University has a lot to offer to its student. But, because of the high cut-off, getting in this university is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to get a seat in the Delhi University. But, as the saying goes, “Nothing worth having comes easy”. So, keep working hard and you will reach your dream college and dream career!


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