That securing admission in Delhi University is tough, is an established fact. With cut offs touching 100%, students fight, figuratively of course, to get a seat. Students from commerce, science, arts/humanities are all equally jittery when it comes to Delhi University Admissions.
Until now DU admission to most undergraduate courses is on basis of class 12 marks. Students from across India apply for admission soon after board exam results are announced. Each college releases cut offs. While seats in some colleges like JMC get filled within five cut off lists, most others take out around ten or eleven cut off lists.
DU admission cut offs were steep last year as well. SRCC set its first cut off or B.Com (Hons) at 97.75%. Cut off for B.Com (hons) was 95% at Sri Aurobindo, 96.5% at Daulat Ram (96% for B.Com), 97.5% at Hans Raj, 96.5% at Ramjas. Now reports suggest that DU is considering holding entrance exams for B.Com admissions.
There was a meeting on Monday where reports have cited personnel/s from admission body suggest that Delhi University is considering entrance exams for all courses, not only commerce. However, commerce could be the stream to start with.
Entrance exam will likely be introduced first for BCom, BCom (hons) and Economics (hons). A number of discussions will be done first, numerous factors will have to be considered before such a bold step is finalized. The norm is that DU constitutes an admission committee at the start of admission session which every year before the start of admission session. This body then proposes, discusses process and changes to admission. If there are any changes, they first need to get approved by competent authorities including the academic council, executive council, vice-chancellor.
If DU B.Com Entrance Exam is held, then almost one-third of students getting admission in the University of Delhi will come under its radar. National level exam conducting bodies will be roped in to assist with the actual exam conducting process.
An entrance exam for BCom, BCom (hons) and Economics (hons) admissions in DU will have its pros as well as cons.
To start with, it will break away the mountain like pressure on students to score absurdly high score in board exams. It is also a known fact that marking process in different boards are varied. Some board students do get an advantage over others.
In some state boards, marking of board exam papers is such that scoring above 90% becomes really tough. Students from state boards where getting high percentage is tough ultimately find it difficult to get admission in Delhi University.
On the other hand, there are some state boards where numerous students score above 95%, giving them an advantage in admission to Delhi University.
Moreover, it is extremely disheartening to see a student with more than 99% marks not getting a college of choice for a few decimals of percentages. An entrance exam can give students from all over India a common platform to compete for seats in DU.
The other side of the coin, with disadvantages of having DU entrance exam, is that it will add another exam to the list of exams an average sixteen or seventeen-year-old has to give. Moreover, the logistical concerns that a university has to face for an entrance exam are massive. As per statistics, last year around 2,20,000 students or more had submitted application form for DU admissions. DU will have to set up centres in at several major cities in India to make sure that students from everywhere get an opportunity to compete.
The biggest question however at the moment is whether the DU B.Com Entrance Exam will be held for admission to academic session 2018-19 or 2019-20. If it is going to be implemented in 2018-19 session then students need to start preparing. Details such as DU B.Com Entrance Exam date, syllabus, pattern will be critical pieces of information for aspirants. A final word from Delhi University will only clear up the matter.
Delhi University already holds entrance exams for admission to certain programs
Admission to Delhi University BA (Hons), Business Economics, BMS, BBA (FIA) programs are through DU undergraduate entrance exam. This exam takes place in the month of July. It contains questions on quantitative ability, reasoning and analytical ability, general english, business and general awareness. 65% weightage is given to entrance exam score and 35% to qualifying exam scores.
Cluster Innovation Centre (DU CIC) also holds entrance exam for admission to B.Tech and BA (Hons) admissions. This exam also takes place in the month of July. Herein, entrance exam for B.Tech assesses skills in mathematics, reasoning, analytical abilities. Entrance exam for BA Hons tests abilities in general awareness, current affairs, general knowledge, communication skills, logical reasoning, analyitical ability.
Department of Education, University of Delhi, earlier known as CIE also holds entrance exams for B.Ed, M.Ed and B.El.Ed.
Last year Delhi University launched its School of Journalism. It is offering a five year integrated course in Journalism. Students will graduate from it with Bachelor of Journalism (BJ) and Master of Journalism (MJ). An entrance exam was successfully held for DU DSJ admissions. It is likely to happen for this session also.
Views and opinions are invited on this matter. Should there be an entrance exam for admission to Delhi University B.Com? Or should admission be only through class 12 percentage? Share your thoughts in comments below.