DU Admissions 2017: How to Calculate ‘Best of 4’

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The Admission race to DU has officially heated up as Class 12 Board Results get declared. Once the registration forms are filled, the colleges will release the first cut-off on 20 June. To assess whether you can get into a course, and whether you have made it to a college, you need to calculate the Best of 4 subjects. However, doing this can be tricky and teeming with different combinations.

Here is a guideline to show you how to calculate the best of 4 subjects percentage for different courses:

The merit shall be determined on the basis of one language and three academic/elective subjects

For a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Course,

Your best of 4 subjects should include:

1. One language (Core or Elective or Functional).

A candidate has to choose the core language as language while the elective language can be treated as a separate subject.

2. The subject for which the candidate is applying.

If the subject chosen is not included in the Best of Four, the candidate will get a disadvantage of 2.5 percent

3. Two other subjects from List A

What is List A?
List A includes disciples that are offered by the varsity for admission to its undergraduate programs. The subjects must have 70% theory component and 30% practical component.
List A has the following subjects:

Bengali, Botany, Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Economics, English, French, German, Hindi, History, Home Science, Italian, Legal Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Music, Persian, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Punjabi, psychology, Sanskrit, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Urdu, Zoology, Biotechnology, Business Studies. 

Important Notes:

  • Accountancy will be treated as equivalent to Commerce where Commerce was not offered as a subject to candidate in school.
  • Music will be treated as an academic or elective subject only for Honours courses in Music.

If the chosen subject is not included in List A, the candidate will face a disadvantage of 2.5 per cent.

If you are applying for a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Course,

One language from part 1 of C1 + 3 best subjects from C1 part 2


One language from part 1 of C1 + any combination of subjects from C1 part 2, List C2 or any other subject not listed in these two lists. The deduction from aggregate percentage of best 4 would be as follows:

For every subject included from list C2, a deduction of 1% from the aggregate.

List C1

Part 1: language: English, Hindi

Part 2: Mathematics, Accountancy, Business Studies/Commerce, Economics

List C2

Botany, Biology/Biotechnology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Geography, Geology, History, Home Science, legal Sudies,  Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology, Business Mathematics. 

For BCom Hons, Mathematics is a compulsory subject that the candidate should have studied and passed. For BCom programme, Mathematics is not compulsory to have been studied.

If you are applying for a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Course,

The process and criteria for admissions in BSc courses, including mathematical sciences, core science or home science courses, have remained unchanged since last year.

The candidate must have scored at least 70 per cent component of theory examination (excluding internal assessment or continuous evaluation) in the science subjects including all combinations– PCM, PCB and PCMB. if the subject under consideration did not have a 70% theory and 30% practical component then such ratio will be adjusted on pro rata basis and the new marks will then be considered for PCB/PCM etc

If you are applying for Mathematical Sciences,

These include BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science

1. One language

2. Mathematics

2. Any 2 elective subjects from List A (Scroll above to see).

If you are applying for Bachelor of Arts (Programme)

Your best of 4 subjects should include:

1. One language (Core or Elective or Functional).

2. Any three elective subjects from List A (Scroll above to see).

In case of a change of stream, the college will have to notify the university and a disadvantage of upto 5 per cent may be imposed on the candidate.

3. One non-listed subject can be included in calculation of Best Four without any deduction

Here are some more important points you must know:

  • The admission procedure for BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Applied Psychology and BA (Hons) Hindi Patrakrita courses is similar to the guidelines for admission in BA (Hons) English, BA (Hons) Psychology and BA (Hons) Hindi, respectively
  • For admission to BA (Hons) in Social Work and BA (Hons) Philosophy, the candidate must include one language and three academic or elective subjects from List A
  • The subject of Informatics Practices is equivalent to Computer Science for admission in BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • For admission to BA(Hons) Vocational only, related vocational subjects may be treated at par with academic/elective subjects and up to two vocational subjects related to the programme of study may be included for calculation of Best 4
  • In case the applicant has studied both elective and core languages, the core subject will be treated as language and the elective language can be considered as academic/elective subject
  • For language (Hons), there’s an advantage of 2% if a person has studied that Elective language, and a disadvantage of 5% if a person hasn’t qualified this language to which s/he is applying (except English and Hindi which need students to have passed these languages and add to Best of 4)
  • The candidate must have passed Mathematics in the qualifying examinations to seek admission to BA (Hons) Economics and Commerce courses.

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