The University of Delhi, despite its fair share of controversies, remains the premier university of the country. Every year, lakhs of students across the country aspire to get admission in DU.

What makes Delhi University special is that it is a Central University, which makes it culturally diverse. Here, you will see students from all parts of the country, which helps in getting the right kind of exposure, thus facilitating the overall personality development of a student.

However, despite it being a Central University, there is a majority of NCR-based students in DU. While that is partly down to the sky-high cutoffs, obviously, but there are thousands of students outside Delhi, who fail to get admission only because of lack of awareness.

The dream of studying in Delhi University often remains just a dream, and that is not because it is unattainable, trust me, it’s not, but because the students are unaware.

Thus, this article is written to help the outstation students get things sorted. I’ll take you through a step-by-step process on how to enroll yourself in your dream university or in simpler terms, ‘How to get admission in DU?’

Step 1 – Research

CBSE conducted its class XII Economics re-examination on 25th April and with that came an end to a gruelling examination season.

For most of you, however, it has been more than a month since your examinations were over. After a well-deserved break, it’s time to wake up and get yourselves aware and up-to-date.

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Start your research now

Start researching on various colleges in Delhi University and the courses that they offer. Before you set an eye on any college, choose a course that you wish to study.

Choosing a course is an important step.

  • Take help of your seniors who may be already studying in the University. Pester them with all kinds of questions that you may have.
  • Join admissions-related forums on different social media platforms.
  • Bookmark the official website of DU ( and other DU-related websites that offer reliable information.
  • Make sure to regularly check out these websites so that you do not miss out on any important information.

I’ll suggest you to choose a maximum of three to four courses that you wish to study and then take a look at the cutoffs for those courses across various colleges for the last four to five years.

Observe the cutoff trend, and how they change with every list.

Step 2 – Filling The Application Form

There is an application form that you have to fill to become eligible for admission in Delhi University.

It is free-of-cost and will be available on the official website of Delhi University. This year, it is expected to be out by the second week of May.

There is usually a two to four week window to fill the form. However, to avoid any last-minute hassle, make sure to fill the form as soon as it is out.

Once you fill the form, you are given a login ID and password. Make sure you keep it saved with you for future use.

This year, the admission registration portal for nine-entrance based professional courses has been integrated with the centralized admission portal, so you don’t have to fill the form twice.

Also Read: DU Admissions 2018: Improved Changes Bring Fresh Hopes to DU Aspirants

Step 3 – Waiting For The Cutoffs

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Cutoffs at Delhi University are known to be sky-high

Once you are done with the application form, take a breather, because the next step is going to be intense and will take a lot from you.

And while you relax, prepare a file of documents that will be required during the admission process. The list of documents required, as per the official website, is as follows:

  1. Class 10th Board Examination Certificate
  2. Class 10th Marksheet
  3. Class 12th Marksheet
  4. Class 12th Provisional/Original Certificate
  5. Recent Character Certificate
  6. Transfer Certificate from college as well as Migration Certificate from Board/University are required from those students who have passed senior secondary exam from outside Delhi
  7. At least two passport size self-attested photographs

Make sure you have the original copy of all these documents along with at least two sets of self-attested photocopies.

Disclaimer: This is a list of documents that were required last year, that is, 2017. The list may be updated by the University, so do take note of that.

Once your results are out, check how the best-four percentage is calculated and make sure you calculate your own according to the course you choose. Get it verified by your seniors.

Every year, the University releases an admission-related bulletin. Make sure to read that thoroughly at least thrice.

The University releases a schedule according to which the cutoff lists are released. Do ensure to sync your calendars with that. Also, reach Delhi a day before the first list is released and get a good night’s sleep, because the next day may be very hectic.

Step 4 – After the cutoffs are released

Perhaps the most dreaded day, after the result day, of course, is the day when the first list of cutoffs is released.

Don’t get disappointed if you don’t make it to your dream college in the first list. Trust me, very few students make it to their dream colleges in the very first list.

If you are one of those fortunate ones (yayyy), run. But before you do, login to the admission portal, select the college and course and get a printout of the admission form.

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The admission process may take as long as a day

Now run to the college, the cutoff of which you cleared, with your documents. You’ll mostly find volunteers in each college who will be there to help you out. Take their help and get your documents verified.

The college will retain your documents to avoid multiple admissions. Once the admission is approved by the college, you will be required to log in to the portal and make the online fee payment, after which your admission is confirmed.

Although the admission isn’t on ‘first come-first serve’ basis, it is always safe to get it done on day one.

If you haven’t cleared the cutoff, don’t lose hope. The University releases as many as twelve lists every year, so you should make it through in one of those.

Try and stay in Delhi as long as cutoffs are being released. If it is not possible to stay for that long, at least make sure you are in Delhi a day before a list is released.

It’s going to be a long and hectic process, but trust me, it is all worth it. Once you are done, take a break and enjoy your time at home, because the next few months are going to be nothing less than a roller-coaster ride and you will miss home.

So this is it from our ‘How to get admission in DU’ guide.

Hope you all make it to your dream colleges!

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