Delhi University will hold postgraduate admissions through the Common University Entrance Test in the next academic year. Last month, the Academic Council of the university passed a proposal to change the admission pattern for postgraduate programmes as well.
Under the existing system, 50 percent of admissions are done directly from students who did their bachelor’s degrees from the university based on merit in their qualifying examinations. The change in the admission pattern of postgraduate programmes was proposed by a 10-member committee. The remaining 50 percent of seats are currently filled based on candidates’ ranks in the DU postgraduate entrance test.
“The Executive Council has approved to recommend PG admissions through the CUET Exam with half of the seats remaining under merit-based admission for students of DU.
The committee had suggested that the admission to all postgraduate courses will be carried out through a single exam mechanism where a Common University Entrance Test (CUET-PG) will be conducted by the National Testing Agency as is done for other Central Universities with effect from the Academic Session 2023-24 for all categories who wish to seek admission in the university.
Separate merit lists will be prepared for the candidates who clear the CUET-PG and those belonging to the other categories. While preparing the merit list, priority will be given to a category of candidates who used to appear in the DU entrance test.
“While preparing the Merit List, priority will be defined as follows: The erstwhile category of candidates who used to seek admissions through the Postgraduate Entrance Test will comprise the first 50 percent of the seats and will include the candidates who qualify in this Common University Entrance Test depending upon his/her eligibility for appearing in the test under this category.
The remaining 50 percent of the seats will be filled by the erstwhile category of candidates who used to seek admission by obtaining an eligible bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi.
A total of 66 universities, including central, state, and private universities, had opted for the CUET PG exam for admissions. Delhi University was among the universities that have opted out of this entrance test and are conducting admissions to the PG courses as per the existing process.