DU admission 2021 to begin from August 2; Know how Delhi University calculates cutoff

The cut-off of Delhi University is calculated on the basis of the “Best of four” marks in the Class 12 exam.

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Team Careers360 | Jul 20, 2021 - 2:17 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The University of Delhi on Saturday announced the DU admission process for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and clarified that the admissions to UG programmes this year will be based on the Class 12th examination marks.

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The University of Delhi will start Delhi University 2021 admission process for undergraduate programmes from August 2, onwards. The last date for filling the DU admission form 2021 is August 31. The first DU cut-off 2021 will be announced between September 7 and 10.

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Delhi University officials in the recent press conference said that the admissions to UG merit-based programmes will be based on DU cut-off calculated as per past years practice.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the month of June devised evaluation criteria for Class 12 results. As per the CBSE Class 12 evaluation criteria, the 40 % marks will be based on pre boards, mid-term exams and unit tests. 30% marks will be based on Class 11th final exam marks and the remaining 30% from best of three of Class 10 marks.

The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the other boards have also devised their own assessment criteria for Class 12 results.

Last year, the Delhi University cut-offs were calculated by taking the best of four marks in the qualifying exam. DU aspirants can check below the process of “Best of four” calculations followed by the Delhi University to prepare the cut-off percentage of various Delhi University colleges.

DU’s best of four marks

Now that it is clear that the Delhi University admissions process is going to be similar to previous years, the DU aspirants must understand the concept of the DU’s “Best of four” calculation, which is the single most important factor for admissions to UG programmes.

Delhi University calculates the best of four marks by considering the aggregate percentage of four subjects in which the candidates scored the highest marks in the Class 12 exam. These four subjects include one language subject, one relevant subject and two subjects from list A.

List A (Elective Subject)





Commerce/Business Studies

Computer Science/Computer Applications/Informatics Practices






Legal Studies

Business Mathematics


Home Science

Political Science




Philosophy/Logic and Philosophy

Best of four calculations for BA Hons

Candidates have to choose three subjects and one language subject. If the subject does not belong to list A, a deduction of 2.5% will be done on the best of four calculations. Students opting for the BA Hons Economics programme must have studied mathematics as one of the subjects in Class 12. There is no specific elective subject for BA Hons Social Work and BA Hons Philosophy.

Best of four calculations for BCom Hons

The basic composition of the subjects remains the same, with two electives, one language and one relevant subject. The subject combination must include one language and three subjects among Accountancy, Mathematics, Economics, Business Studies or Commerce. A deduction of 1% is done in case of selection of some other subject. The applicants must have studied Mathematics or Business Mathematics as one of the subjects in Class 12.

Best of four calculations for BA programme

The applicants need to choose two subjects from the combinations offered by various colleges. Last year, the university had withdrawn its policy to deduct 5% marks for students who wish to change their stream to apply for the BA programme. One non-listed subject can be included by the candidates without any deduction in Best of four marks.

Best of four calculations for BSc Hons

The best of four marks calculation will be done based on a language subject, one relevant subject and two other elective subjects from List A. For BSc Computer Science Hons, the applicants who have not studied Mathematics as one of the subjects in Class 12 will have a disadvantage of 2% marks.

For admissions to programmes offered by faculty of sciences, faculty of interdisciplinary and applied sciences, the merit will be calculated based on the aggregate percentage in PCM (physics, chemistry and mathematics) or PCB ( physics, chemistry and biology/ biotechnology/ biochemistry) depending upon the applied programme.

Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC) announced that the proposed CUCET exam 2021 will not be held this year. The CUCET examination was envisaged as per the recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020, to make a common entrance test for admission to central universities, including the University of Delhi.

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