Looking beyond DU: Ambedkar University



The percentage we score in our class 12 board exams pretty much seals our fate. People judge us firstly on the basis of our scores, then the kind of college we choose, or get. Don’t be taken in by statements like “North Campus is the best!” or “DU mein admission matlab life set”. Delhi University is known more for how difficult it is to get a seat in its colleges rather than how good the colleges are themselves. Cutoffs increase every year. St Stephen’s College on Saturday announced the first cut-off list for the 2016-17 academic session with the highest requirement being for English honours at 99 per cent, even as the institution saw a dip in the number of applications this year.

No doubt most of you studied extremely hard, aiming to secure a seat in your desired courses in the college you want. But the class 12 percentage in no way guarantees that you are a genius. Or if you aren’t able to get admission in a “popular” college, that you are dumb. DU students pride themselves on its name, but the mere certificate won’t land you in a well-paying job, if you don’t have skills. A good college/university name raises expectations, but doesn’t lower the need to be talented.

There are some equally good universities apart from Delhi University for students who scored on the lower side in class 12. Some of them are even the first-choice for many students, like Ambedkar University.

Ambedkar University
Credits: Hindustan Times

WHERE: Lothian Road, Near Old Delhi Railway Station, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110006


Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, or in short Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) was established by the Government of the NCT of Delhi. The University began functioning in August 2008. AUD reserves 85 per cent seats for NCT candidates as it is a state university. It had received 15,561 applications last year for its undergraduate programmes, 65 per cent more than the previous year. Online applications will continue till 24th June, 2016.

COURSES OFFERED: BA Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences & Humanities

Students can exit the undergraduate programme with a three-year BA honours with a major in one subject or can study further and obtain a four year dual-degree with a major in two subjects. Psychology is the much-preferred course, the faculty said to be among the best.

LAST YEAR CUTOFFS: English:- 89-94%, Psychology:- 91.5-96.5%, History:- 77-82% (All for NCT students- Cutoffs are higher for outside NCT students)

WEBSITE: aud.ac.in


Other options available are: Jamia Millia Islamia, GGSIPU and Amity University.

All the best!


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