NEW DELHI: More students from the other backward class (OBC) category will be eligible to apply for admission to Delhi University this academic year. Implementing a 2011 Supreme Court order, the University shall now provide 10% relaxation on the minimum eligibility criteria to OBC candidates. This would be applicable to undergraduate and postgraduate courses from the 2012-13 session.
In a recent notification, the University stated that OBC candidates shall be given relaxation on the minimum eligibility in the qualifying criteria and in the minimum eligibility for the admission entrance test (if any) to the extent of 10% of the minimum eligibility prescribed for general candidates. For example, if the minimum eligibility for admission to a certain course is 50% for the general category, then the minimum eligibility criteria for OBC students would be 45%.
The University reserves 27% of its 54,000 seats for OBC candidates at the undergraduate level. Till last year, OBC applicants got 10% relaxation on the final cutoff for general candidates.
Many feel this would ensure that less number of OBC seats go vacant this year. "Earlier inspite of the 10% relaxation from that of the minimum cut-off for the general candidatesOBC seats used to remain vacant. But with the relaxation now linked to the minimum eligibility, we can go even lower and the seats are not likely to go vacant. Also more OBC candidates will be able to apply," said the principal of a women's college, who did not want to be named. "For example, this year even if the last cut-off for say BA programme in a particular college for general candidates is 60%, the OBC cut-off may go even lower than 50%.
University officials said the university stated that all OBC candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria marks in the qualifying examination or the minimum eligibility marks in the entrance shall be eligible for admission in the order of their merit. In cases where no OBC candidates secure the minimum eligibility marks, the vacant OBC seats shall be converted to general category seats.