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Delhi University: dos and don’ts

At DU’s open house session, most of the queries were about the English honours entrance exam, CATE reports Vimal Chander Joshi

education Updated: May 19, 2010 09:14 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Next week lakhs of students will scurry to get one of the 54,000 seats on offer at the University of Delhi. It was, therefore, not surprising to see anxious parents and their wards line up to attend the university’s open house session. Dr Deepak Pental, vice chancellor, addressed the second day of the open house session on Sunday where he extolled the virtues of an all-round development. “I suggest all of you read books beyond your curriculum. That will make you smarter than others. It’s important to read (on a range of subjects like) politics, business, commerce and develop a general awareness of the world,” said Dr Pental.

As expected, the maximum queries were for the English honours Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE), which has become one of the most popular programmes in the university. (especially among female students).

Some of the questions asked at the session were:

Can the common admission form also be used for application to the BA (English) programme?
The 17 colleges, which use the CATE score, will take admission only through the entrance test and the common admission form can’t be used for the purpose. For other colleges, you can use the common admission form.

What kind of questions are asked in CATE?
You are expected to have knowledge of literature. You can be asked about the latest book by Salman Rushdie, Booker Prize winners etc. You can be asked to write an essay on the last book you read.

Where can I get the CATE form?
Unlike last year when the form was available only at the Arts faculty, this year the CATE form will be available at all the 17 colleges that accept the CATE score. Before you go there, don’t forget to get a demand draft worth Rs 300 made by the State Bank of India in favour of the Registrar, University of Delhi.

I am a commerce student (or a science student). I wish to apply for BA (English). What percentage will be deducted for the purpose of computing best of four?
There is no uniform rule for that. It varies from one college to other. But we would suggest that you take admission in one of the colleges that accept the CATE score. This would nullify your decrease in percentage. (For CATE, your score should be at least 60 per cent in the best of four and at least 60 per cent in English).

Would the cut-off list be put on the website?
The first cut off list will be out on June 22 and yes, it will be put up on DU’s website.

If I don’t make the cut in the college of my choice in the first list, what should I do? Shall I wait for the second list in the same college, or is it advisable to secure a seat in some other college?
One must try to secure a seat immediately after the first list is declared. For that you must pay the fees and deposit your documents in the college X (where you have taken admission after the first list). After the admission, your documents will be returned, which you can use for the purpose of admission in other colleges after the second or third list.

In case you withdraw the admission, your fee is also returned after a small amount from it has been deducted.

Is it better to do BSc (physics/ chemistry/ botany/zoology) from DU rather than a BE/BTech?
If you have got admission in a third tier engineering college, then BSc scores over an engineering degree. That’s because this will help you save one year and in some cases also prepare you for the industry. Many of our students who graduate in chemistry or industrial chemistry or computer science get placements in big corporate houses.

Do students get jobs through campus placements?
Yes, Delhi University has a Central Placement Cell (CPC) through which 732 students from 53 college got jobs in different companies this year.

The science department has other programmes such as life sciences and physical sciences. Are they better than the conventional physics/ chemistry/ zoology programmes?


One should give preference to an honours course if one plans to pursue a PG course in the future. One can get direct admission to an MSc course if one has secured 60 per cent marks in an honours programme.



But non-honours students must clear an entrance test, even if they have a score of 75 per cent marks in BSc.

Forms available at

North
.
Office of the Dean Students’ Welfare, Main Campus, 22766709
. Kirorimal College, Main Campus, 27667861
. Faculty of Arts, Main Campus, 27667981
. Swami Shradhanand College, Alipur 27207533

South
.
Office of the Deputy Dean Students’ Welfare, 24119832
South Delhi Campus, Benito Juarez Marg
. Deshbandhu College, Kalkaji, 26439565
. A.R.S.D. College, Dhaula Kuan, 24111390
. Gargi College, Siri Fort Road, 26494544
. P.G.D.A.V. College, Nehru Nagar, Ring Road, 29832092
. College of Vocational Studies, Sheikh Sarai, 29258544

East
.
Shyam Lal College, Shahdara, 22324086
. Vivekananda College, 22150100
. Maharaja Agrasen College, Mayur Vihar, Phase - I, 22714333

West
. Rajdhani College, Raja Garden, 25930752
. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, 25224499, Punjabi Bagh (West)

Central
. Zakir Husain College, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, 23233420

Important dates
Sale of forms May 28 - June 11
First cut off list June 22
Second cut off list June 26
Third cut off list July 1

CATE forms available between May 20 - 31
CATE will be held on June 9