Students who opt for modern Indian languages (MIL) as a subject, while applying for a BCom or BA programme in Delhi University, will get up to 10% additional marks. The marks will be calculated on the basis of the highest marks in four out of the five subjects.
However, students will get the advantage only in those colleges where MIL is offered as a subject. The languages offered in DU are Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, Telegu and Bengali.
“This could be advantageous for students who change their stream. Students, who change stream, face a disadvantage of up to 5% that varies from college to college. So they could compensate by taking any of the modern Indian languages,” said one of the teachers.
The other advantage that students opting for a BA/BCom programme are getting in DU this year is that they can include one vocational subject in the four subjects. Till last year adding a vocational subject would mean a deduction of 2.5 %.
Moreover, students having studied an elective language will also get an advantage. Those applying for English (hons) and Hindi (hons) will get an additional 2% marks.
There are very few boards in the country that give students choice to take elective language. Most students generally opt for core English /Hindi.
“If students have studied elective and are opting for any language honours, it will help them more while studying further. That is why DU gives them advantage,”said a DU official.
The university has so far received 1,66,830 applications. Out of the total, 83,965 applications are by women, 82,856 men and nine in the other category.
The last date of application is June 19 and the first cutoff list will be declared on June 27.