Making it to a course and college of your choice is looking tough, but if you are talented enough there is a good chance that you will be able to crack the code.
The high cut-offs this year have pushed a large number of students to apply for a seat under the extra curricular activities (ECA) quota. Most colleges have seen a higher turnout as compared to the last year. "The response is certainty better than the last year. Maybe it is because of the high cut-offs but we are getting more students this year for the ECA quota," said VK Kwatra, principal, Hansraj College.
In other colleges as well, the interest in the ECA category is quite high. At Hindu College, a large number of students turned up on day one to fill the ECA forms. "We usually get around 1,000 applications everyday. Since we don’t shortlist students on the basis of certificates, all students give trials. Hence the competition is very tough," said Anju Srivastava, media coordinator, Hindu College.
Colleges are, under the Delhi University rules, allowed to reserve up to 5%seats for students who want to apply under the ECA category. While most colleges require students to present some school-level certificates, talent is the key when it comes to getting admission.
"Students should possess some sort of certificates or should be affiliated to professional institutes or gurus so that we know they are serious about what they do. These students have to later take care of societies and events," said Kwatra.
While many students think ECA is an easy way to get admission where you want, the competition is very tough.
"Since there are limited numbers of seats, the student should bank upon ECA to get admission only if she/he is genuinely talented. The competition in this area is tougher than in regular admissions," he added.
Hansraj holds up to five auditions for short-listed candidates. Students are usually adjudged by guest judges who are experts in their fields. In this filed as well, courses such as BCom (Hons) and economics (honours) are the most sought after.
With the introduction of the semester system this year in all undergraduate courses, teachers suspect that selected students will have to be very hardworking to make sure they can juggle both studies and extra curricular activities.
"We have always got a good mix of students from the ECA category but this year they will have to be more cautious," said Geetesh Nirban, media coordinator, Kamla Nehru College.