Students who have applied to Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University and cleared the hurdle of written test and interview, must now keep a copy of their final year marksheets ready for scrutiny.
Failing this, students stand a strong chance at being disqualified, even if they have secured admission in a course of their choice.
Aspirants have to mandatorily furnish either the marksheet of the university previously attended or a confidential marksheet, in order to secure the seat completely.
A confidential marksheet is supplied by the University attended by the student directly to the university where the student has applied, as a substitute for the physical marksheet.
"Students have to necessarily furnish a proof of marks - which may either be the physical marksheet or a confidential marksheet - in order to secure admission. We provide a grace period to students within which they can furnish a hard copy of the marksheet, failing which, their candidature will stand cancelled," said Simi Malhotra, media coordinator, Jamia Millia Islamia University.
While the hidden clause here is the 'confidential marksheet' - that few students have heard of - the University has laid down strict norms for students applying for admission.
Aspirants are to get in touch with the University they have graduated from, and request their University's office to send a statement of marks directly to the admissions office of the university they are applying to.
"The confidential marksheet can be obtained by contacting the office of the University directly," added Malhotra.
Students, however, feel the rule is unfair.
"Some public universities issue hard copies of marksheets only by mid-September and they seldom send out copies of confidential marksheets at the request of students," said Ismaeel Khan (name changed), an applicant.