Till Day 12 of the sale of forms for under-graduate courses on Thursday, Delhi University had sold 179,873 pre-admission forms while 122,896 candidates had submitted them.

The number of seats on offer in DU in the first year including seats in the reserved category is 54,000. While there are over 6,000 seats in the evening colleges, the remaining constitute morning college seats.

Deputy Dean Students' Welfare Dr. Gurpreet Singh Tuteja said: “The morning colleges on the North Campus are usually the first preference followed by the South Campus. People then opt for evening colleges and also the School of Open Learning and the Non-Collegiate Women's Education Board.”

“Many students opt for open learning or enrol in NCWEB voluntarily as them may have other obligations such as work,” he added.

Till last year any student who had passed Class XII could take admission in DU's School of Open Learning which has no official cap on the number of admissions. Due to increase in the eligibility criteria to 40 per cent for B.A. and B.Com programmes in SoL, not all can take admission this year. The NCWEB offers nearly 6,000 seats in its B.A. and B.Com courses.

According to the CBSE Class XII results, 169,477 candidates passed from the Delhi region. Since DU is well-regarded as an academic institution, students from all over the country flock to the university.

In view of the immense demand for seats and limited intake , students can consider enrolling in Jamia Millia Islamia which has close to 7,000 seats at the under-graduate level and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University which has 18,000 seats.

Then there is Jamia Hamdard University. One can also choose to enrol in Indira Gandhi National Open University for distance learning.

These days, however, students are consciously opting for career-oriented vocational courses. Many students take the joint entrance test to the Indian Institutes of Technology, the Common Law Admission Test, the All India Engineering/Architecture entrance, the examination conducted by the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology and other such tests.

Capitalising on the popularity for such courses and in a bid to meet the student demand, a host of private institutes have also mushroomed around the Capital which provide courses in management, law, aviation, medicine, engineering, hospitality, tourism, fashion designing, language skills, interior decoration and architecture.

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