This Article consists of FAQs about the new admission process by Delhi University from an interview by the Vice-Chancellor of DU.
What is the reason behind Delhi University not issuing a proper admission calendar?
Due to the uncertainty in the results, the admission calendar was not released. With the announcement of results, a calendar will be made after the registration process is completed so the exact number of aspirants is known.
Students are also confused about their preferences as there are many combinations. Then a mid-entry will be opened which is a new system and will take time to stabilize.
When will the mid-entry window be opened? Will there be only one opportunity?
After the second round of seat allotment, mid-entry will be conducted. Only one opportunity will be given. But if more requests pour in, it might be opened again. The main motto is to not compromise merit.
Do you think that students require some kind of counselling?
Yes, we have been planning workshops and an adequate number of help desks for students. Colleges have also been directed to constitute a group of teachers to help the students. The teachers will entertain the queries of the students.
Why is the period of registration so long?
Due to the uncertainty in the declaration of the results, the period of registration is kept long. It takes at least 5 days to get the data from NTA and the result. After this, we would process it from our end.
Will DU be preparing a merit list this year?
The merit list can be prepared only after raw scores are released by the NTA.
Will DU prepare centralized merit list for all programs?
Yes, we have grouped the programs with the same eligibility criteria. Programs which require CUET scores in the same field can have a common merit list.
Are colleges involved in this? Will DU release the merit list and aid colleges with the allotment?
DU will allot seats after which the students will go to their respective colleges. They will check their documents, deposit the fee and confirm the seat. Allotments will be done based on an algorithm on the preferences indicated by the applicant.
Will this centralized process be very hectic because earlier the colleges took over after students completed their registration?
This would pose difficulty for the students as they will have to run from one college to another. The seats will be allotted as per their aspirations and choices. Thus, they will have to only go to the designated college to confirm their seat. If the students are not interested, they will have to fill in the upgrade choice and wait for the next round of counselling.
How many rounds of allotment will be needed?
At least four rounds of allotment will be required. However, if there is a need, then five to six rounds are also an option. This will also depend on the admission to NEET and JEE as students shift.
What is the biggest challenge faced?
The biggest challenge is the students\’ selection of preferences. If they do it carefully, it would be good for them. However, if they take this casually, it will result in a problematic scenario. This will lead to chaos once the seats are allotted.
This year, DU will admit 20% extra students in the unreserved and OBC categories and 30% in the SC/ST category. Won\’t this result in the problem of over admission?
This step has been taken to ensure that there are no vacancies because of withdrawals later on. Thus, after filling of the seats completely, there won\’t be another round until further vacancies occur. The vacancy will always occur even in better colleges.
There are also very detailed tie-breaker for admissions. Are a lot of ties anticipated?
This will be done through an algorithm and thus, we have to give all the data. This will not be done manually.
Do you think that the academic calendar will be brought into sync?
Next year, there won\’t be any summer vacations for the first year students. Thus, the academic session will be on time.
When must the CUET be held next year?
Two exams must be conducted – one exam two weeks before the CBSE exam and one just after the CBSE exam.
Does the MCQ format of CUET work accordingly?
This format removes subjectivity. However, if some better system comes by, we are ready to accept.
Do you think that the number of choices offered under CUET must be reduced?
It will limit the opportunities for the students. Technology will support the students. After the completion of the process, there will be a thorough analysis. This will help in identifying the weaker areas and rebuild the whole system.
What are the mistakes in CUET this year?
The main problem was technology failures. In some places, technical people were not aware and the centres were casual.
Why are postgraduate admissions delayed?
The entrance exam will most probably start on September 26.
Will DU join CUET for PG programs next year? Why hasn\’t DU joined PG admissions this year?
It is in process. But the decision is not entirely confirmed. Moreover, we have been busy with undergraduate this year and did not have time to think of PG.
DU was supposed to introduce B.Tech. programs this year. What is the status?
The file is with the Ministry of Finance right now for approval. After its approval, we can start it after one or two months. We are not ruling anything out but we will not start anything without approval.