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Relaxations/Concessions in Admission

(a)             Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

The minimum eligibility requirement for the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe candidates will be that they must have passed the qualifying school/ degree examination. Provided that the minimum eligibility for admission to post-graduate courses be the minimum pass marks of the qualifying examination concerned of the University of Delhi. In the case of Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe candidates who have passed the last qualifying examination from other Universities, they should have secured at least the same percentage of pass marks at the qualifying examination as prescribed for the equivalent examination of Delhi University for purposes of admission to the Post-graduate course of this University.

Where the admission is based on screening/ written test the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe candidates would also be required to take the test but their merit list will be drawn separately and permitted as per the reservation quota.

(b)             Other Backward Classes

The OBC candidates shall be given a relaxation in the minimum eligibility in the qualifying examination and in the minimum eligibility in the admission/ entrance test to the extent of 10% of the minimum eligibility marks prescribed for the General Category candidates. For example, if the minimum eligibility for admission to a course is 50% for the General category candidates, the minimum eligibility for the OBCs would be 45% i.e. (50% less 10% of 50%).

All those OBC candidates who meet the minimum eligibility marks in the qualifying examination and the minimum eligibility marks in the entrance test shall be eligible for admission in the order of their merit, keeping in view the availability of seats reserved for them.

The OBC candidates who belong to the ‘Non-Creamy Layer’ and whose castes appear in the Central List of the OBCs only shall be eligible to be considered for admission under the OBC Category.

(c)           Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

The PWD candidates with not less than 40% disability shall be given a relaxation in the minimum eligibility in the qualifying examination and the minimum eligibility in the admission/ entrance test to the extent of 5%.

(d)             Children/ Widows of the eligible Armed Forces Personnel (CW)

A concession of 5% marks in the minimum eligibility requirements in the qualifying examination.

(e)      The candidates belonging to the SC, ST and PWD categories shall be charged the admission form/entrance examination fee at concessional rates.


(a)        Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe/ Other Backward Classes

Reservation of seats in admission to various under-graduate and post-graduate courses, including the M.Phil. programme, shall be in the following manner:

Scheduled Caste                = 15% of total intake in each course

Scheduled Tribe                 = 7 ½ % of total intake in each course

              Other Backward Classes    = 27% of total intake in each course

The seats reserved for the SC/ST shall be filled by the SC/ST candidates only. However, in the case of non-availability of the eligible candidates the reserved seats may be interchanged between the SC and St. If still any seat remains unfilled, the same shall be left vacant.


If the seats reserved for the OBCs remain vacant, the said seats shall be filled with OBC students. Only if OBC candidates possessing the minimum eligibility marks are not available then the vacant OBC seats shall be converted into General Category seats in accordance with the admission schedule notified by the University.


(b)        Supernumerary seats:


(i)         Persons With Disabilities (PWD) = 5% of total intake. 1% each for the persons with low vision or blindness, hearing impaired and loco motor disability or cerebral palsy (interchangeable in case of non-availability of candidates in the sub-categories.) If sufficient candidates are not available in a sub-category then candidates from other sub-categories shall be considered in their place.

                 Ordinarily the number of seats reserved would be 1 for 33; 2 for 67 and 3 for 100 and so on. However the Department may round off the number of reserved seats to the next higher level, if the number of calculated seats falls more than half way between two levels, e.g. for 54 seats the number of reserved seats would be 1.62, which may be rounded off to 2 though it may appear to be 4% quota.


·                   The candidates shall fill separate forms prescribed by the Department in duplicate. Both copies should be clearly marked for category of reservation. The Department shall send one copy of the form registration to the Dean, Students Welfare office. However. If the candidate desires, they may submit forms at the office of the Dean, Students’ Welfare which shall arrange to dispatch the forms to Colleges/ Departments where the candidate wish to seek admission. The forms must have attached the Certificate of Physical Disability issued by the Chief Medical Officer of a district/civil surgeon or any Government Hospital authorized to issue such certificates.


·                 The Department shall notify the Dean Students’ Welfare about dates of tests/interview (wherever applicable) so that these applicants can be informed accordingly. The Dean Students’ Welfare would notify these dates on the notice board and also post the same on the Delhi University website.


·                  In all courses, separate merit lists will be made for disabled candidates under 3% PWD quota. All those having 40% and above disability shall be eligible to be considered for drawing up the merit list on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination/entrance test.

·                 No College/Department/ Faculty/Institution of the University shall refuse admission to any disabled candidate who is otherwise eligible, subject to mandatory 3%PWD quota.

·                The candidates shall be offered provisional admission subject to verification of their medical certificates. The medical certificates submitted by the candidates for admission shall be verified by the University/ College/ Department from the concerned issuing authorities.


·                  Grievances regarding admissions under PWD should be reported to the Dean of Student’s Welfare (DSW).


·                 The DSW will arrange for professional counseling of students with disabilities to enable them to decide about courses keeping in view their aptitude, disability, and future career prospects.



(ii)        Children/ Widows of the eligible Armed Forces Personnel (CW category) = 5% of the seats in each course.


As per the guidelines approved by the Academic Council, admission of candidates belonging to CW categories have to be made in the following order of priorities:


I.                 Widows/Wards of Defence personnel killed in action;

II.                Wards of serving personnel and sex-servicemen disabled in action;


III.              Widows/ Wards of Defence personnel who died in peace time with death attributable to military service;

IV.              Wards of Defence personnel disabled in peace time with disability attributable to the military service; and

V.              Wards of Ex-servicemen personnel and serving personnel including personnel of police forces who are in receipt of Gallantry Awards;

Category V (Gallantry Awards) include: Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal, Maha Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Vir Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena, Nau Sena, vayu sena Medal, mention-in – Dispatches, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry, Police Medal for Gallantry.


Authorities competent to issue certificates under CW category:


·         Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board, Delhi


·         Secretary, Rajya/Zila Sainik Board


·         Officer-in charge, Record Office


·         1st Class Stipendiary Magistrate


·        Ministry of Home Affairs (for Police personnel in receipt of  Gallantry Awards)



(iii)       Foreign nationals = 5% seats in the first year of each course.



The foreign national seeking admission in the University/ its colleges shall have to get themselves registered with the Foreign Students Registry in compliance with the schedule notified by the FSR. No Foreign students will be admitted directly by the Department/ Colleges.



(iv)       Sports/ECA Persons = upto 5% of total intake in each course

Admission under these categories shall be made in accordance with the guidelines issued by the University from time to time.


The merit list for the General category seats will comprise of all the candidates in the order of merit. No one will be excluded from the same. In other words, it will also include SC/ST/OBC candidates if they come in the general merit. A candidate cannot be excluded from the general category merit list just because he belongs to SC/ST/OBC. Such a candidate is entitled to be considered under the general category as well as under the reserved category. Admission to open category seats will be strictly in order of merit without excluding SC/ST/OBC candidates. Candidates with physical disabilities who are able to secure admission in the general category will not be counted in the 3% quota for PWD.

As per A.C. Resolution 40 dated 24/04/1997, no student of the University shall be permitted to pursue two degree courses simultaneously either from the University of Delhi or from another University except the part time diplomas/certificates of the University of Delhi.

The colleges/Departments shall get the relevant certificates submitted for availing the benefit of reservation verified from the issuing authorities.

Contact Information

Telephone: 91(0)11 27667858
Address: Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, 
University of Delhi (North Campus)
Delhi - 110007

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