The CPI (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation-affiliated All-India Students' Association (AISA) is the strongest. They have three posts in the current union; in the previous election they made a clean sweep of all four posts.

The SFI-JNU, who now call themselves the Democratic Students' Federation is not affiliated to any political organisation and occupy the top post in the union. Until last year, the members were part of the CPI (M) Students’ Federation of India. They were expelled for publicly disapproving of CPI (M)’s decision to back Pranab Mukherjee for President.

The NSUI and ABVP perform poorly here, with the election game being played differently.

Sometimes independent candidates manage to perform well.

Surprisingly, the SFI, previously the undisputed winners before losing the 2008 elections, performed badly as many of its original members were expelled. The presidential candidate came ninth.

Elections in this university were not permitted by the Supreme Court in 2008 for breaking the rules based on the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations. In 2012, it was lifted, with some relaxations in the recommendations.