With Delhi University introducing an undergraduate structure radically different from what existed till last year, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.
Hindustan Times helps aspirants ease into what may be the most trying time of their lives so far.
Myth: University will decide which college a student goes to.
Reality: The application forms this year have been changed. The students will apply only to a course. Their application will reach all colleges that offer the course.
According to vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh, this will give students an opportunity to take admission in a college even if they have missed out on applying to a particular college.
“The form this year will contain only the course preference and the student’s marks. This data will reach colleges which have those courses. They will then use the data to declare cutoffs. If the student meets the cut-offs, he is eligible for admission in the course in that college,” Singh said.
Myth: Admissions will be done through entrance tests.
Reality: The admission process is almost the same as last year. Colleges will bring out cut-off lists based on Class 12 results and number of applications each course gets.
The student will take admission in a discipline of her choice, as was done last year. Entrance tests may be held for courses such as Journalism, English and business courses (BBE, BBS and BFIA).
Myth: All students will study the same course till second year.
Reality: Students will be admitted to the course of their choice. While some courses, called the foundation courses, will be the same in the first two years, students will be allowed to choose their majors at the time of admission.
Every student who takes admission will be allowed to go up to the level of honours. Students will also get to choose a second discipline after the first year.
It will be up to the college to decide how students are assigned the second discipline. In all probability, this will be done through a merit list.
Students will also have multiple exit options — they can chose to leave after two years and get an associate baccalaureate degree; after three years, they will get a baccalaureate degree and those who leave after three years will get a baccalaureate with honours degree.
Myth: No student will be failed and all will get a degree.
Reality: While it is true that no student will be held back, if you fail all subjects, you won’t get a degree. To get a degree after the second or third year, you need to score at least 45%.
For an honours’ degree, the aggregate at the end of four years will have to be 50%.