Delhi University asks NTA to conduct entrance tests for its admissions

This year a lot of speculations have surrounded the admission process for one of the most sought after universities which is DU. It is likely that the Delhi University will be conducting an entrance test for the admission to the undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes offered by the different colleges affiliated to the university. Affirming the same, sources from the National Testing Agency (NTA) has revealed that they have asked the university to give them the terms and conditions to be followed for the test and other necessary details.

The National Testing Agency has under it the conducting authority of the country’s top and most prominent entrance examinations which include NEET and JEE Main. Recently, the agency also took over the conducting authority for Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Test. After conducting the JNU entrance test from May 27 to 30, 2019, the entrance examination for Delhi University will be the second central university for which the agency will be conducting a computer-based entrance examination for its 2019-20 admission procedure.

Delhi University officials add that the university will consider taking the National Testing Agency’s assistance for Delhi University’s admission process.

Although the university has failed twice in an attempt to conduct an entrance test for the admission process, the university hopes that this decision will prove beneficial for the students applying to the university and the university officials. In the year 2017, the university proposed the introduction of online entrance test but this was rebuked by student groups which pointed out that it would not be reasonable to conduct the entrance exam in a short notice.

In the previous year, however, the admission committee and the advisory committee of the university collectively stated that the entrance examination will prove as a barrier to utilizing a private agency to conduct the test.

The university presently conducts entrance test for a few of the courses including nine undergraduate programmes and all the postgraduate programmes. The university conducts the admissions to the remaining programmes based on merit secured by candidates in their qualifying class 12 examinations with the best of four formula used to calculate the marks or the cutoff list.

Changes implemented for the year 2019-20

The university is set to increase the fees for this year’s application form. Candidates applying who belong to the general category will have to submit an application fee of Rs. 250/- while the reserve category candidates will have to pay an application fee of Rs. 150/-

The university is also set to introduce the use of ‘Online Marks Calculator’ and a ‘correction Window’ as part of this year’s admission process. The university in case of the ‘Correction Window’ has plans to charge a candidate for each correction made during the process. The university also plans to introduce a 24*7 dashboard displaying the cutoffs and the number of vacant seats in each of the affiliated colleges of the university which will be available to the candidates.

Delhi University officials also hope that they will be able to commence the admission process sooner this year continuing the university’s tradition of being the country’s most sought after university by candidates. The university officials have also stated that they are trying to make the admission process more student-friendly. Proposals to be incorporated will be making the admissions system more systematic and effective.

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