The calculation of best of four subjects in Delhi University is done by taking into account one language plus three best subjects studied and passed in Class 12. Dr Bharat Singh, member, DU academic council and standing committee on admissions, says, “A penalty of 2.5% is imposed for honours courses for each subject not studied or included in the best four. For BA, BCom, the penalty is maximum of 5% in case of stream change.
Dr P Hemlatha Reddy, principal, Sri Venkateswara College, says, “As eligibility is the same for each subject across the university, calculating best of four will be same for all colleges. However, whether the student is able to meet the cut-off of the college of his or her choice depends on what percentage he/ she has scored.”
You must keep in mind a number of factors while calculating your best four percentage. For admission to honours courses in any language, advantage of 2% in the best four percentage may be given to those who have studied that particular elective language.
In case you have studied both elective and core in a language, then the core language subject will be treated as language, while elective language will be considered as academic/elective subject.
In case, you have not studied a language at qualifying exam and are seeking admission to honours in that language (except for honours in English and Hindi), deduction of 5% will be imposed on best of four percentage.
Admission to BA (hons) applied psychology will be based on best four percentage as in BA (hons) psychology. Admission to BA (hons) social work and BA (hons) philosophy will be based on best of four percentage, including one language and three academic/elective subjects.
Business mathematics will be treated as equivalent to mathematics for admission to BCom (hons)/ BCom. Accountancy/ business studies/commerce will be treated at par with academic/elective subjects.
Studying and passing math at the qualifying exam for admission to BA (hons) in economics and commerce is must. Admission to BA (hons) Hindi Patrakarita and BA (hons) journalism will be based on best four percentage as in BA (hons) Hindi and BA (hons) English, respectively.
The subject informatics practices will be equivalent to computer science for admission to BSc (hons) computer science only. Biology/ biotechnology and business studies will also be treated as academic/ elective subjects. Mass media studies will be treated as an academic subject for admission to BA (hons) journalism (Hindi or English).