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Are you getting your form right?

After all, this would be the deciding factor for their admission to the 2006 batch.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 02:35 IST
Sidhartha Roy
Sidhartha Roy

Following a large number of errors by students while filling the newly introduced pre-admission form, DU officials have advised students to be extra careful while jotting information. After all, this would be the deciding factor for their admission to the 2006 batch.

When you fill DU’s new pre-admission form in OMR format, any small mistake like overwriting or not marking a field could lead to your application being rejected. The university is receiving many forms that are incomplete or have some error or the other.

“Students have done trivial mistakes like leaving fields unmarked or darkening the wrong fields. It is not possible to check each form manually for mistakes and such forms would be rejected,” said A.K. Vardhan, Deputy Dean Student’s Welfare. “That is why students should be more careful while filling the form,” he said.

Though Vardhan said the number of forms with errors they have received is not large, a reality check at the Gargi College proved otherwise. Gargi is one of the 16 centres established by Delhi University across the city that will sell and accept the pre-admission forms.

Almost every third student who had queued up at the line to submit their application had to go back to remove errors. “Almost 35-40% of the forms that we have received since morning had some error or other. We asked the students to remove them and come again, otherwise their applications would be rejected by the university,” said an official manning the counter.

“People are also using gel pens though only ball point blue and black pens are allowed,” he said.

Manav Sharma, a student, was turned away twice as his form was not filled properly.

“I missed to darken the field of the name of my school board the first time and the second time I did not mention my year of passing. The fields are so small, I got puzzled and missed some,” he said. Third time proved lucky for him and his form was submitted.

Not many were that lucky. “I had overwritten on the form and also darkened two wrong fields, I had to buy another form and fill it,” said Sanjay Kumar, a parent.

“This form is very risky, a small mistake means that my daughter’s application would be rejected,” he said.

Many people are still confused about whether to just fill the pre admission form or also fill the individual college forms. “The common form has a column for St. Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College but I was told they do not accept this form. How would I know if any other college follows the same system,” Kumar said.

The errors are happening despite students being given a specimen form to practice. The form is required to be filled without detaching the carbonless copy. The copy is detached, stamped and returned to the student as acknowledgement at the time of submission. However, many are also writing on the carbon copy.

“Most students do not write on a hard surface and the carbonless copy do not register an imprint. That is why we have now allowed them to write on the carbonless copy also,” Vardhan said.

First Published: Jun 07, 2006 02:35 IST