Parul Sharma

As against 5,500 applications last year, the University has received 7,000 for admission this year

NEW DELHI: The number of students who have applied for admission to B.A. (Honours) Business Economics (BBE) course of Delhi University has gone up this year.

As against 5,500 applications submitted last year for a total of 400 seats, the University has received about 7,000 applications for 450 seats in the upcoming academic year beginning July 16. The number of seats has been increased in the wake of the quota for students from the Other Backward Classes.

While there are ten colleges -- Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Maharaja Agrasen College, College of Vocational Studies, Shivaji College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Ram Lal Anand College (evening), Lakshmi Bai College, Gargi College and S.G.T.B. Khalsa College – offering the course, the competition for a seat keeps getting tough. The admission to these colleges is done on the basis of a common entrance test conducted by the Department of Business Economics.

“As the number of applications this year was more than the last session, we have set up 16 centres for the entrance exam that are spread across the city to avoid any inconvenience to students,” said Lalit Kumar, coordinator of the admissions for BBE.

The 120-mark entrance test to be held today (Sunday) will evaluate students in Maths, Logical Reasoning, English and General Knowledge. A merit list will be drawn up on the basis of equal weightage (50 per cent each) for the candidates’ performance in the exam and their best four marks in Class XII. Later the students will be called for counselling to decide which of the ten colleges they would want to get into.

“B.B.E. is an applied course of Economics. The subjects like Industrial Economics and Environmental Economics that we teach are quite unique. The course content makes it very attractive to the industry. There are good job prospects for those who do this course. Also, BBE and MBA and BBE and M.A. (Economics) are good combinations,” Mr. Kumar said.