Aspirants to St Stephen’s College will have to sit for a half-an-hour written test along with the personal interview this year.
The decision was taken at a meeting called by principal Valson Thampu on Thursday.
The details of the new rule will be mentioned in the college prospectus as well. The written test will be allotted a certain portion of the 15 marks that is kept for the personal interview.
The remaining 85 marks are allotted to the best of four percentage secured by students in their class 12 board examinations.
Each department of the college will be free to form its own set of questions for the test.
The college offers honours course in Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Chemistry along with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (Bsc) pass course.
The college had once earlier conducted a written test for English and Economics. However, it only happened for one admission session and discontinued thereafter.
The question test paper given to the morning and the afternoon session would also be different. The department can decide and have been asked to provide suggestions on the format and question of the test.
The test paper would also be evaluated by separate faculty, the one who would conduct the interview will not be allowed to evaluate the test paper.
According to a source, some teachers opposed the idea on how and what questions could be asked for subjects like History and English.
“I think having a test is good...then it will be objective and decisions cannot be taken arbitrarily,” said Nandita Narain, Mathematics teacher in the college.
St Stephen’s College is a part of Delhi University, but being a minority college it can form its own guidelines and admission criteria. It has a separate application form as it doesn’t accepts the common admission form of the DU.