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DU has set up 15 information centres, in North, South, East, West and Central Delhi. So go to the one closest to your home. Swaha Sahoo tells more.
Hindustan Times | By Swaha Sahoo, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2008 12:47 PM IST

Today many of you will visit Delhi University (DU) information centres to collect the centralised common pre-admission form. But if you think one has to travel all the way to North Campus to buy the form, then think again. DU has set up 15 information centres, in North, South, East, West and Central Delhi. So go to the one closest to your home

Some more suggestions
1: Buy OMR form, then go home
Having bought the form, go home. It’s not necessary to fill it on the spot. "Applicants should be patient and not rush to fill the form. These are Optimal Mark Reader (OMR) forms and should be filled carefully. We advise students to buy the form, go home and read the information bulletin thoroughly before filling it," said SK Vij, Dean Students’ Welfare.

Going to DU? Checklist before you leave home

* Carry pages 3, 4 and 5 of today’s Hindustan Times. P4 contains a map of DU colleges with Metro train routes. P5 carries the full list of DU information centres where you can buy the admission form.

* Carry lots of water; wear comfortable clothes and footwear; carry a big bag to carry all your stuff.

* Carry a folder to organise your forms, papers and photographs.

* Carry enough cash.

* Forms cost anywhere between Rs 10 and Rs 50. College prospectus costs between Rs 50 and Rs 150. So if you plan to do 10 colleges a day, carry at least Rs 1,000 for forms and more for food and commuting.

* Don’t worry too much about food, as there are eateries all around campus.

1. Form is on sale from June 2-16. And a student will be allowed to buy two forms at a time.
2. You can apply to 51 courses at 63 colleges by filling one OMR form.

Those applying under sports/ECA quota have to apply to individual colleges. Students who want to apply for courses that have entrance tests should also apply on separate forms available with colleges. Applications for a hostel seat should be made separately.

2: Make a round of colleges
Before you go home, make a round of colleges. "Applicants can buy college prospectus for more information on college infrastructure, faculty, hostel facility and activities. However, filling up the OMR form is enough as far as admission is concerned," said GS Tuteja, Deputy DWS.

3: Beware of touts
Buy the OMR form only from DU’s admission information centres and not from individuals. Touts often roam outside such centres promising students admission into preferred colleges. "If anyone comes across such persons they should immediately inform the authorities," said Vij.

SCs/STs and the physically challenged
There are separate centres and admission forms for applicants under the SC/ST and physically challenged category. An information booklet with ‘Frequently asked Questions’, ‘Checklist’ and ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ would be made available to SC/ST applicants.

OBC applicants
There are no separate forms for OBC candidates. They have to fill the OMR form and mention their OBC certificate number and fill the circle ‘OBC Non-Creamy’.

Important: How to fill the form
The most important fact to keep in mind is not to hurry while filling the form. Fill the OMR form only with a blue or a black ballpoint pen and not a pencil.

Students have to darken the circles corresponding to the college and course of their choice. A computer can read the markings on the form. Students should begin by first filling in the characters of their name on top of the form.

Vij said students should first practice filling the complementary form attached in the bulletin before filling the original OMR form. "In case somebody makes a mistake, they should not try to erase it. They should use a fresh application form," says Vij.

Students should also carry a photocopy of the filled form with them, which will be stamped in receipt of the application at the information centres at the time of submission.

"The form has two sides and we want students to get both sides photocopied on one paper. Moreover, applicants should not smudge the form in any way. There is a magnetic strip on the right hand side of the form that should not be tampered with," Vij advised students.

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