DU Admissions 2017: ECA Quota Admissions

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Bidding to promote holistic campuses, Constituent colleges of the University of Delhi (DU) reserves 5% seats in every course for students with proficiency in Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA).


The ECA Quota includes the following activities:

  • Dance (Indian Classical/Indian Folk/Western/Choreography)
  • Music- Vocal (Indian Vocal-Classical, Light and Folk; and Wester- Classical and Light)
  • Music-Instrumental (Indian and Wester Instrumental
  • Debate (English and Hindi)
  • Dramatics
  • Creative Writing (English and Hindi)
  •  Fine Arts
  • Quizzing
  • National Service Scheme (NSS)
  • National Cadet Corps (NCC)
  • Divinity (Only at select minority colleges as Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, and Mata Sundri College)

The Rule

Candidates applying through the ECA Quota are entitled to a maximum 15% relaxation.

Last year, in an unprecedented move, the varsity decided to centralise the entire application procedure and the trials. Applicants are now to opt for “ECA Category” in the online centralised form itself. The ECA Option can be opted on the 5th section/sub-page.  Opt the activity, and upload ONE self-attested certificate of the highest achievement in that activity, issued after May 22, 2014 to May 21, 2017. Example, a National-level winning certificate in Dance. This shall be a proof of their engagement in the activity.

The application fee for ECA Applications is Rs.100 in addition to charges for (UR/OBC/SC/ST/PwD) registrations.

Trials and selection

The trials are held at two stages: Preliminary and Finals (upon qualifying). It shall be noted that the list of applicants (eligible for the trials), shall be put up on the university portal, following screening of the authenticity of the certificates. The centralised system implies that the Preliminary and Final trials shall be held at one venue, and would be notified in the eligibility list.

Take note, certificates carry 25%, while the trials entail 75% weightage. The applicants are required to present all their winning, participation and training certificates related to the activity of the last three years at the final trials.


The University received nearly 8,300 applicants under ECA Quota under various activities the previous year.

The trials are judged by experts from National School of Drama, , Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts and Indian Council for Cultural Relations College of Art, experts from the University fraternity and other prominent centres of cultural learning. College cultural convenors and nominees might as well be present.

Probability of seeking admission under the ECA Category depends more on the trials than the certificates. The certificates shall be assessed only upon qualifying for final trials. In a recent bulletin, the university asked students to carry all the original certificates pertaining to their expertise in the activity for evaluation at the final trials. Its imperative that applicants pay due attention to the trials, that is the decider.

The bulletin also states, candidates are to score at least 50% in the final trials (i.e, 38 out of 75) to be eligible for the final trials.

The entire process shall be convened by the central ECA Admission committee. The committee shall put enlist the candidates for admissions under the ECA category, along with marks awarded for certificates and trials on the University website after the final trials.

The applicants would have three days to voice their grievances, if any. All the grievances shall be resolved within three days. The candidates are to file grievances with the Central Grievance committee or the College grievance committee.

The applicants are then to register at the college complying to the notified schedule.

The Merit list of candidates for admissions under the ECA Category along with their courses shall be notified at the respective College Website, Notice board and the University Website.

Any fake certificate found by the ECA Admission Committee, would lead to an FIR against the applicant.

Tip:  Again! Carry lots of Water! and yes. For Dance and Instrumental Music, please tune your instruments and be in your dance attires/costumes before coming to trials. From home itself! 
Might just wreck your nerves! 

And Best of Luck! Kill it!

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