DU won’t deduct marks of students from state boards

  • Heena Kausar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2016 23:25 IST
Student volunteers explaining admission-related queries to aspirants at Delhi University. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)

Delhi University aspirants, who didn’t study in a school affiliated to the CBSE, have something to cheer about this year. The university has decided not to deduct marks from the aggregate score of applicants, who have studied subjects that have a practical component of more than 30%.

Till last year DU deducted 10 marks or 2.5% from the score of these applicants. Some state boards allot 60 marks for theory and 40 for practical. Despite scoring well, students from these boards were at a disadvantage while applying to DU.

University officials said marks would be adjusted accordingly in such cases. “The four subjects that students choose to calculate their score must each have at least 70% theory component. If that is not the case, then the marks for theory and practical will be adjusted in a 70:30 ratio,” said the university admission guidelines.

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Students from the science stream and those having studied vocational subjects will benefit the most by the new rule, an official said. “Now marks will be calculated on pro rata basis,” said officials.

Last year, students from certain state boards protested on campus against the decision to cut 2.5% marks or 10 marks from subjects that did not have the theory and practical components in a ratio of 70:30.

The application process started on Wednesday. Admissions are online this year. Applicants can fill forms, pay registration fee and select the college online.

The first cutoff list will be out on June 27. Based on this list, the students can take admission till June 30. The second cutoff list will be out on July 1. This year the university is releasing only five cutoff lists.

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