By Manasvi Gupta
Delhi University has decided to admit 30 per cent “extra students” in the SC/ST category and 20 per cent under unreserved and OBC categories to fill the maximum seats in undergraduate courses in the first round of counselling this year, as per Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh.
“In order to fill the maximum seats in the first round itself in UR (unreserved) and OBC (other backward classes) categories, we will take 20 per cent extra admissions and in the SC/ST category, 30 per cent extra admission will be done,” Vice Chancellor said.
“With this, maximum students will get their choice (of course and college) in the first round as every year, seats in the SC/ST category remain vacant. This will also help in filling the reserved seats early on,” he added.
The DU VC explained the process of counselling at the varsity. He informed that the students will fill in their preferences on the Delhi University admission portal and in case two students have the same CUET score, and choose the same college and course as first preference, then their class 12 board marks will be preferred.
He also informed that in case of a tie between two students, the scores of the best of three subjects will be compared. If the best three are also the same, then the best four, and so on.
“If by chance marks for the best five subjects are also the same, in that case, age will act as a tie-breaker. The older applicant will get the seat,” he added.
The less number of SC/ST students enrolling in the DU has been a cause of concern for the authorities for quite some time now, following which the DU vice-chancellor constituted an eight-member committee to examine the issue early this year.
This year, admission to 70,000 seats in the undergraduate programmes across several colleges of DU will be offered through the new Common University Entrance Test (CUET). Till last year, the university granted admission based on the class 12 scores of students.
The CUET-UG 2022 will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) from July 15 to August 10, and according to NTA, around 14,90,000 candidates will be sitting in the exam.