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Stumped by application form

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2013 02:44 IST
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Parts of the Delhi University application form have stumped a large number of applicants, it has emerged. The applicants have little idea about what to fill out in spaces marked subject code or certificate number.

As the second week of form sales and submission starts, HT tells aspirants about the common mistakes to avoid on the application form.

Using Correction fluid on application form
A large number of aspirants, on making a mistake in the OMR form, either try to erase it or use the white correction fluid. Varsity officials warn them against its use. Since the OMR form is read by a computer and not by the officials, the bubbles should be clearly marked. A practice form is provided in the admission brochure as well as at the DU website.

Those filling in forms should practice on this before filling out the final form. Also, marking the paper form with a pencil before finally filing the bubbles is a good idea.

Subject codes
The forms, both online and offline, have the options for filling in subject codes. While the Central Board for Secondary Education has a section for a Class 12 mark sheet with an option for subject codes, the codes aspirants fill in on the university forms are separate. There are provided in the online as well as the paper brochure.

“The most common question students ask is about the subject code to be filled in when entering Class 12 marks on the form. They are confused because CBSE has three digit codes for subjects and the form has space for two digits. The codes have to be filled according to the DU admission brochure,” said Dinesh Varshney, deputy dean, students’ welfare, south campus.

Choice of subjects
In the new OMR form, applicants only have to fill in the choice of course and not college. While the university has provided a list of colleges that come under it, applicants do not have to tick or circle any of these colleges. All applications will reach those colleges that teach the course opted for.

There are 34 courses in the OMR form and an applicant has the freedom to mark each one as an option. All options can be marked on the same form.

Category box
The form also has a box for category that requires the filling in of a certificate number. While students from the OBC, SC, ST and persons with disability category have to fill in their certificate number in this box, those from the general category have to leave it empty.

Best-of-four subjects
The form gives an aspirant the option of filling in the marks in five subjects in Class 12 even as the colleges require either the best of three or best of four marks. Aspirants should fill in all five subjects they have studied. They can later calculate their best of four at the time of admission. If an aspirant has six subjects, it is their choice to which one they want to leave out but marks in a language should always be added.

Course Profile:
Bachelor with Honours - Chemistry
Chemistry has become one of the leading subjects in the pure sciences to be offered by Delhi University. It provides the students a firm platform to begin exploring the composition and structure of matter.

The honours syllabus is a fine balance of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, integrated with related fields like physics, mathematics and computer applications.

In the first year, students are introduced to subjects ranging from inorganic chemistry to organic chemistry, physical chemistry, mathematics, physics and environmental chemistry along with practical applications for the subjects.

Students study a higher level of all the aforementioned papers, along with computers and their application to chemistry/entrepreneurship and small businesses. The theoretical background is also bolstered by practical applications to the same, which provides students with an all-round exposure to the finer nuances of the subject.

Students are also made to study two papers each of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry along with practicals for all six papers.