Now that the various colleges under Delhi University (DU) have started releasing the DU First Cutoff 2018 the race for DU Admission 2018 has begun. This year St Stephen’s College is the first college among the rest to release its first cutoff for DU admissions 2018. Last year, Shri Ram College of Commerce was the first college to announce the DU cutoff on June 23. Approximately 2.9 lakh students have applied to various courses being offered by the 65 colleges affiliated to the university. The total number of undergraduate seats is approximately 55,000, according to DU officials.

The DU First Cut Off 2018 and other cutoff lists are decided on the basis of best four subjects. Although, number of seats also play a major role in the process. Students may have scored higher marks in a particular subject but sometimes including that subject in the “best four” could lead to a deduction by up to 2.5 percentage points. For admission to Honours in any language programme, an advantage of 2% in the ‘best four’ will be given to those applicants who have studied that particular elective language in the qualifying examination.


On the other hand, if an applicant has not studied a language in a qualifying examination, and is seeking admission to Honours in that language (except English and Hindi) a deduction of 5% will be imposed on ‘best four’.

However, the process of calculating best four for admission in arts/humanities are a bit different than that of other programmes. The university’s admission guidelines say that merit shall be determined on the basis of one language and three best academic/elective subjects.

Out of three academic/elective subject chosen, one must be the subject in which the admission is sought, failing which a deduction of 2.5% will be imposed on the calculated ‘best four’ percentage. For example, if a student is applying for B.A.(Hons.) in history and if the student has not studied history in Class XII then 2.5% will be deducted from the score.

For admission into B.A. (Hons.) in economics, applicants must have studied and passed mathematics at the qualifying exam for admission.

After The Declaration of DU First Cutoff List

Document verification will be carried out from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m in morning colleges and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in evening colleges.

Once the University declares the cut-off, the candidates must check that he/she satisfies the cut-off of course and college where he/she would like to take the admission. Then by logging in to the admission portal and selecting the appropriate Course and College, candidates have to generate the Admission application form. Thereafter candidate has to visit the college selected for admission with a set of original documents and self-attested photocopies of the documents.

Once the respective colleges verify the admission process, candidates will have to pay fees using the online admission portal of Delhi University.

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