Delhi University (DU) organised its first-ever ‘Open Day’ session for postgraduate applicants on Friday, where students could interact with officials to get their queries answered. A similar event will be organised on Saturday mainly for MPhil/PhD students, officials said.
“This is the first time that we are having such a counselling event for postgraduate and MPhil/PhD students. It is usually done for undergraduate students. We had around 100 students attending Friday’s event. Most of them were MA applicants,” said Amrita Bajaj, the deputy dean of students’ welfare.
Two sessions — from 10am to 11.30am and noon to 1.30pm — were organised on Friday. A similar schedule would be followed for Saturday.
“One of the main questions we faced today was whether students can opt for more than one course while filling out a form. The answer is yes, they can fill as many courses as they want in a single form,” Bajaj said.
Officials said the other common question students had was what would happen if they were tied over marks with another applicant for the same seat.
“If two students have the same score in the entrance exam, we first check who has the higher score in their qualifying degree,” said Ashutosh Bhardwaj, the officer on special duty for admissions.
According to the bulletin of information for postgraduate students, if the score from the final year of graduation are also the same, then the “candidate having higher percentage in the examination prior to final year of graduation and so on,” would be offered the seat. The next preference is given to the student with the highest score in the five subjects of class 12 (including one language).
“The same tie-breaking criteria… will be adopted in the merit-based admission (which is for DU graduates),” reads the information bulletin.