Your Complete Guide to Delhi University Admission 2018!


The time has come for the most coveted race – admission in Delhi University. Yes, it’s nothing short of a ‘race’ because every year, the competition only gets tougher, and the cut-offs higher. Last year Delhi University saw a whopping 2.2 lakh applicants competing for just 56,000 seats! So, now you can imagine what the scenario really is.

Delhi University – consistently one of the top ranking educational institutions in India and Asia – has some of the most eminent colleges under its umbrella. Although students from around the country dream of getting admission in the Delhi University, only a select few make it to the end. Granted that the admission process can be overwhelming and challenging, but that does not mean you should give up all hopes!

To make the process easier for all you aspiring youngsters out there,  we have crafted out a detailed DU admission guide for you!


Key Takeaways: A Peek Into The Most Important Information

  • The DU 2018 Registration for UG courses will commence on 11th May 2018.
  • Unlike last year, this year the admission process will be common for both merit-based and entrance-based courses.
  • The applications for entrance-based courses will be entertained till the third week of May, whereas those of the merit-based will be open till June.
  • This year, DU has organized pre-admission counseling for students to walk them through the admissions process beforehand.
  • DU has also introduced a 5-year course in Journalism this year.
  • Entrance exams will be held for nine courses:
  • B.A (Hons.) Business Economics (B.B.E)
  • B.A (Hons.) Humanities and Social Sciences (Introduced in 2017)
  • B.A – Financial Investment Analysis (B.FIA)
  • B.A (Hons.) Multimedia and Mass Communication (B.M.M.C)
  • B.A (Hons.) Music
  • Bachelor of Management Studies (B.M.S)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed)
  • BSc. Physical Education, Health Education & Sports (B.Sc PE, HE & S)
  • B.Tech Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations

Since DU has been trying to streamline the registration process for enhanced convenience, the admission process is set to commence a little later than it usually does, that is in the second week of May.

So, here’s the timeline for Delhi University Admission 2018:

UG Admission (through entrance exam):

Events Dates
Online Registration Begins 11th May 2018
Online Registration Closes 4th week of May 2018
Entrance Exam 3rd week of June – 4th week of June 2018
Result Announcement 1st week of July 2018

UG Admission (based on merit of qualifying exam):

Events Dates
Online Registration Begins 1st week of June 2018
Online Registration Closes 4th week of June 2018
First cutoff list release 4th week of June 2018
Second cutoff list release 1st week of July 2018
Third cutoff list release 2nd week of July 2018
Fourth cutoff list release 2nd week of July 2018
Commencement of classes 3rd week of July 2018
Closing date of admission 2nd week of August 2018

How To Go About The Admission Process?


Now that you know all the tidbits about the DU admission process, it’s time to go through the most vital steps in the admission process.

  1. Scrutinize the cut-off list and assess where you’ll fit in best

The moment the first cut-off list is declared, you can get a fairly good idea about which courses and colleges you can root for. Take your time to carefully assess which will be the best match for you and narrow down your choices to a select few.

  1. Visit the college of your choice and grab your seat!

As is the rule, after the cut-off list is declared, you will have only three days to take admission in your preferred choice of college. And since the seats are limited, you have got to get there fast!

When you visit the college, you must have the following essentials with you:

  • Printouts of your registration form
  • Original and self-attested copies of your documents.

After the college authorities verify your certificates and other documents, they will update the same in the centralized online portal. Once this is completed, you will have to pay the first year college fee on the online portal itself.

  1. Submit the payment receipt to your college

As the final step of the admission process, you have to submit a printout of the payment receipt along with passport size photos to your college.

Entrance-Based Courses: Things To Keep In Mind

When it comes to entrance-based courses, the process is a little different, that is, instead of relying on the cut-off, you have to appear for an entrance exam. You can get admission only after you clear the entrance exam for the respective courses. Once you steer clear of the entrance exams, you will have to attend a counseling session where you’ll be allotted a college based on your rank in the exam.

After this, the rest of the admission process is the same. However, if you really want to nail it, here’s some useful advice for you:

  • Since you cannot alter your choices later on, we suggest you opt for all the courses suited for you, irrespective of whether or not you want them. This will be a sort of safety net for you.
  • Apply to all the colleges where you meet the cut-off percentage. Since the first cut-off list is shortly followed by the second and third, you can easily withdraw your admission from a college in case you find a better option in the succeeding cut-off lists.
  • Always, always make sure to keep EXTRA photocopies of your documents and also additional copies of PP photographs. You do not want to be refused admission just because you didn’t have enough copies of your essentials, right?

The Ultimate Checklist For DU Admission

Since the online registration process has already begun, we hope you’ve registered yourself on the centralized DU Admissions Portal. However, some colleges like Jesus & Mary College and St. Stephen’s are not on this portal, and you will have to access the registration forms through their individual websites.

While registering in the online admissions portal, you will have to submit self-attested copies of the following documents:

  • Class 10th board examination Pass Certificate and Marksheet
  • Class 12th Pass Certificate and Marksheet
  • Recent PP photograph
  • Scanned copy of your signature
  • Character Certificate (class 12th)
  • Transfer Certificate (class 12th)
  • Migration certificate from board/university (only for students who passed their class 12th from outside of Delhi)

How To Calculate Your Best-of-Four

Calculating your best-of-four score accurately is very, very important. We’re aware that it can get a bit tricky and confusing, but it isn’t that tough once you know the exact process.

Here’s a complete and comprehensive guide to choosing your best-of-four subjects for your UG course.

Expected Cut-off Percentages For 2018

The cut-off lists of DU is no less than a nightmare for students. With each passing year, the cut-off percentages only keep soaring higher and higher up. In fact, in the past few years, some courses have even witnessed a 100% cut-off! (Yes, it’s that tough!)

But, all’s not lost yet!

Since twenty-three state and national boards have unanimously agreed to do away with their marks moderation policy, we can expect a slight relief in the cut-offs this year. However, this is just an action in progress and the truth remains to be seen!

You can check out the previous year cut-offs here.

How To Choose The Right College

Often, it so happens that many students make it to the cut-off percentages of not one, but several colleges under DU. Yes, surprising as it may seem, but it does happen. Choosing from an array of choices can get your head spiraling in no time. So, what do you do then?

In such a situation you have to focus on the various aspects of the colleges you’ve been shortlisted for such as faculty, extracurriculars, placements, college environment, and so on. Also, a major criteria here will be your choice of course. Since all the colleges do not offer the same courses, you can choose the college that offers your first preferred choice of course.

These factors will certainly make it easier for you to narrow down your choices and help you choose a college that’ll best suit your interests.

We hope this guide helps answer all your queries regarding admissions in the prestigious Delhi University. Here’s wishing good luck to all the talented young minds who seek to make it to Delhi University this year!

Shriya Garg

I'm a thaasophobic bibliophile. And I really like big words. Running the final lap of the CA race. A proud DU grad, currently trying to prove that a career in writing can exist! Author of two published books, with a third one on the way.

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  1. My self P.Suchi smitha I applied in du ug course in BA Economics (honours), my percentage in 12th 96.63, I got eligibility in all collages in 1st cutoff. Because of I have OBC certificate, but I am unable to attend 1st cutoff, I prepared to attend 2nd cutoff, what we do please give me any suggestion.

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