Pari Jain’s (name changed) hopes are pinned on the basketball trials that she has appeared for in several colleges. With a score of 82% and stellar performances at state-level basketball tournaments to her credit, Jain hopes to study English at Delhi University.
The varsity sets aside 5% seats in each course for extra-curricular activities (ECA) and sports admissions. However, unlike the ECA admissions which permits 15% relaxation in cut-offs, there is no such cap for admissions under the sports quota.
Instead, 25% will be allotted to the candidate’s performance and achievements in the particular sport over the last three years and 75% to on-field trial.
“While 5% of seats are set aside in each course for sports and ECA admissions, there is no cap on the cut-off relaxation given to aspirants under the sports quota.
We will look at the track record and performances during trials,” said a senior DU official.
This year, DU has made the fitness tests for the sports quota more structured, with candidates having to clear the sports trials in two stages: preliminary and final.
However, the fitness tests will require them to clear two out of three tests on strength, endurance and speed.
While the strength test will require them to go through a standing broad jump, the endurance test will involve a 1,000m run or walk and the speed test — a 50 metres dash.