DU Admissions 2022: How are ECA marks calculated? Answers to all frequently asked questions

Delhi University (DU) has conducted a series of public awareness webinars to explain the CUET-based admission process in the university. The third day of the webinar was about admissions under numerical quota of extracurricular activities.

The panel asked the aspirants to constantly refer to the DU website and check details such as the dates and timings of the reports and the venue of the tests after the end of Phase 2. Post-test queries will not be entertained.

Here’s everything you need to know about admissions using the ECA fee:

1. What activities does DU consider for admission under the ECA quota?

ECA admissions are available in 14 categories: Creative Writing, Dance, Debate, Digital Media, Fine Arts, Music (Vocal), Music (Instrumental: Indian), Music (Instrumental: Western), Theatre, Quiz, NCC, NSS and, yoga, along with various subcategories. Divinity as ECA applies only to Sikh minority colleges.

2. How are ECA grades calculated?

The CEM (Combined ECA Merit Score) of the candidate will be taken into account. It will be calculated on the following basis: a sum of 25 percent of the highest program-specific CUET percentile score and 75 percent of the highest ECA score obtained from the ECA categories for which they are being considered. For all categories except NCC and NSS, 60 marks will be based on physical tests and 15 marks will be awarded as per certificates.

The qualification criteria will be objective and the candidates will be scored in front of the jury. Candidates must endorse the marks awarded based on the certificate qualification in the presence of the assessment team during the tests. No later complaint will be entertained regarding the marking of certificates except in NCC and NSS categories.

3. Are the tests compulsory for all candidates?

Physical tests will be conducted for all categories except NCC and NSS and uploaded certificates should be carried for offline tests. No new certificates will be issued.

4. How many categories can a candidate submit to?

Candidates can apply for maximum 3 categories of ECA but admission will be granted in only one category. Candidates are requested to check ECA seat matrix for college and availability of ECA categories in colleges before filling preferences. Students are advised not to waste their preferences.

5. What is the certificate evaluation criteria for 12 categories except for NCC and NSS?

For each ECA category for which candidates apply, they must upload a maximum of five best certificates issued between 1 April 2017 and 30 June 2022, of which the 3 best certificates for proofreading. The 15 points awarded to the certificates will be based on the candidate’s performance under four different criteria. The list of maximum marks that can be achieved is mentioned based on each criterion:

a) Participation/prizes in contests

b) Training/exams

c) Workshops

d) Performance/published works/exhibition (public)

YouTube uploads and other paid activities that have not been rated will not count as public performance.

In the absence of clearly specified details as mentioned in the guidelines, the lowest level and duration will be considered, and will be considered as a group activity. And in the light of the pandemic, certificates of online activities for these specific years will be taken into account.

6. What are the certificate evaluation criteria for NCC and NSS?

The 75 marks awarded by NCC will be based on the candidate’s performance under five different criteria: regular activities, exams, camps, special camps and participation in the RD/PM/CM concentration.

Similarly, for NSS, the five different criteria are regular activities, working hours for regular social activities, national camps, any special camp, pre-RD camp/state camp based on special activities/Covid activities camp -19 of more than three weeks.

7. How will seats be allocated?

a) The allocation of places will be based on the CEM degrees of the candidate, given that he must have obtained at least 30 points out of 75 in the given ECA category.

b) Preferences of combinations of programs and universities selected by the candidate.

c) The availability of places in the ECA category chosen at a university.

d) On allotment of a seat in any round of ECA, candidates must accept the allotment in order to be considered for upgradation. The procedure for freezing/updating the seat will be as per the allocation policies of the university.

8. What about the tiebreaker situation?

In the event of a tie, except for NCC and NSS where two or more candidates may have the same CEM score, the following measures will be taken:

a) Preference will be given to candidates with a higher score in the physical test of the particular category/subcategory of the ECA.

b) Preference will be given to candidates with a higher score in the best certificate.

c) Preference will be given to applicants with a higher score in the second best certificate, and then in the third best certificate, the fourth best certificate and finally in the fifth best certificate.

d) Preference will be given to candidates with a date of birth earlier than that indicated in the class X certificate.

e) If the tie continues, all these candidates will be taken into account.

f) For NCC and NSS, the tie breaking rules of letter b) mentioned above will be taken into account.

9. Can I apply for the ECA without certificates?

Yes, you can apply for the ECA without certificates, even if you have never attended school, as 60 points are awarded based on physical tests. This, however, does not apply to NCC and NSS where certificates are compulsory and carry a score of 75 marks.

10. What if your NSS certificates are not signed?

“It is clearly specified that all these things will not count towards your certificates. They have to be validated in the appropriate scheme in which they are issued by your respective program officer or the fields,” said Dr Deepti Taneja.

11. If you have opted for the ECA category, will you be able to opt for the Common Merit List?

“These are supernumerary categories. These do not interfere with regular assignments. If you are allocated a seat in regular applications, you will be considered in ECA and sports alike, subject to any conditions there may be,” said Prof Haneet Gandhi, Dean of Admissions at the University from delhi

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