Close to 50 % of applications received by Delhi University for undergraduate courses this year are from students from Delhi, followed by applications from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
This year, for the first time, the number of applications to undergraduate courses has also seen a dip. A total of 2,50,914 applications were received by the university for the 54,000 seats in 63 colleges this year, as compared to last year’s 2,91,819 applications.
On Wednesday — the last day to apply to DU — a total of 2,50,220 applicants completed the online registration process, including payment of registration fee on June 22 by 5 pm.
“Delhi tops the list of states from where we receive the maximum number of applications. We received a total of 1,24,940 applications from Delhi followed by UP with 50,246 and Haryana with 33,766. Within Delhi, south Delhi topped the chart for maximum number with 21,284 applications,” Delhi University said in a statement.
DU received nearly 700 applications after 5 pm till Wednesday midnight, but there was no state-wise break-up available for these applications. “There was a jump of around 700 applications but it won’t make much differences and Delhi remains the state from where most applications came,” said an official.
Even though this year 3.60 lakh applicants had registered at the DU admission portal, only 2.50 lakh applicants paid the fees. Only those who pay the fees are considered as applicants by the university. In 2014, the university had received 2.75 lakh applications.
This dip in applications, students and teachers said, may be attributed to the admission process going completely online. Till last year, along with the online application there used to be a centre where the students could fill offline forms.
A college principal, on condition of anonymity, said: “This time applications needed to be submitted online and students had to upload certificates. Maybe some aspirants from rural areas did not manage to fill up their forms.”
Some college principals also said that higher cost of living standards in the capital might have deterred outstation students from applying.