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Reservation in DU

The University of Delhi is one of the prestigious universities when it comes to the content and quality of education in India. All the students across the country want to get admission in this University. But taking admission in this University shall be easy if you belong to a reserved category in DU. Read the entire article to know about reservation in DU.

Below are the points that will help you know about the benefits you can avail if you belong to the reserved category. Also, refer for more info.

Criteria for reservation in DU. :

1. AGE

As per Ordinance I of the University, there is no minimum age bar for admission to the under-graduate and post-graduate courses in the University and its colleges except in the courses where the respective regulatory bodies (such as MCI, AICTE, etc.) have prescribed the minimum age requirement in their regulations for admission under reservation in DU.

2. RELAXATIONS/CONCESSIONS for reservation in DU

(a)  Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

Ref: AC Resolution No. 88 dated 14/06/1983; EC Resolution No. 157 dated 24/12/2001

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 had 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 for quota in Delhi University for purposes of admission to the Post-graduate course for reservation in DU.

That where the admission is based on screening/written test, both for under-graduate and post-graduate courses, the Scheduled Caste/Tribe candidates would also be required to take the test but their merit list will be drawn separately.

However, for admission to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. Programmes, the SC/ST candidates shall be given 5% relaxation in the minimum eligibility marks as offered under reservation in DU

(b)  Other Backward Classes

Ref: Notification No. Aca.I/2012-13/OBC/588 dated 11/04/2012

The OBC candidates shall be given a relaxation in the minimum eligibility in the qualifying examination and the minimum eligibility (if any) in the admission entrance test to the extent of 10% of the minimum eligibility marks prescribed for the General Category candidates for quota in DU. 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 for reservation in DU in the qualifying examination and the minimum
eligibility marks  (if any) in the entrance test shall be eligible for admission in the order of their merit, keeping in view the availability of seats reserved for quota in DU 

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 for reservation in DU


(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 for quota in DU (if any) in the admission entrance test to the extent of 5% as for reservation in DU

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

A concession of 5% marks in the minimum eligibility requirements in the qualifying examinations for admission under quota in DU.

(e) The candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and Persons with Physical Disability shall be charged the admission form/entrance examination fee at concessional rates under reservation in DU.


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

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

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 for reservation in DU for admission. However, in the case of non-availability of the eligible candidates the reserved seats may be interchanged between the SC & ST.  If still, any seat remains unfilled, the same shall be left vacant.

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The seats under quota in DU for the OBCs shall be filled with the OBC candidates only. Only if OBC candidates possessing the minimum eligibility marks are not available in the OBC category then the vacant OBC seats shall be converted into General Category seats under reservation in DU per the admission schedule notified by the University.

(b) Supernumerary seats:

(i)     Persons with Disabilities (PWD) quota in DU =3% of total intake (1% each for the persons with low vision or blindness, hearing impaired and locomotor disability or cerebral palsy (interchangeable in case of non-availability of candidates in the sub-categories).

(ii)   Children/Widows of the eligible Armed Forces Personnel reservation in DU

(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 for quota in DU.

  1. Widows/Wards of Defense personnel killed in action for reservation in DU.
  2. Wards of serving personnel and ex-servicemen disabled in action;

III. Widows/Wards of Defense personnel who died in peacetime with death attributable to military service for quota in DU

  1. Wards of Defense personnel disabled in peacetime with disability attributable to the military service; and
  2. Wards of Ex-servicemen personnel and serving personnel including personnel of police forces who receive Gallantry Awards for admission under quota in DU

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-Despatches, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry, Police Medal for Gallantry.

Authorities Competent to issue educational concession certificates under CW category reservation in DU

  • Secretary, Kendriya, Sainik Board, Delhi
  • Secretary, RajyaZilaSainik Board
  • Officer-in-Charge, Records Office
  • 1stclass Stipendiary Magistrate
  • Ministry of Home Affairs (for Police personnel in receipt of Gallantry Awards) for quota in DU

(iii) Foreign Nationals=5% seats in each course in Departments/ Colleges for admission under reservation in DU

(iv) Sports/Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA)

a) For undergraduate courses:

Sports/ECA Persons=upto 5% of total intake in each undergraduate course may be offered to the candidates based on Sports and ECA following the guidelines issued by the University from time to time for admission under quota in DU.

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  1. I am a ST category student seeking admission for Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics Honors. I have 78 % in the Class XII Board Exam result. Am I eligible for admission ?


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