Everything About DU Quota System

Vinod Sharma updated on : 14 Jun 2018

DU quota system is a provision of reservation for special categories. Know everything about DU quota system and admission process under reservation in the article below.

Everything You'd Know about the DU Quota System

DU quota system is not for Delhi students but for the students from other parts of India, who also belong to certain backward classes or have performed well in extra currriculur activities. To ensure that every deserving student gets admission at this Central University, the DU quota system has been decided for SC, St, OBC, wards of armed forces, Kashmiri migrants, physically challenged and sports students. The Delhi University or DU is a central university that pays due recognition to the country’s diversity. As it is important to pay attention to students from these categories, the DU quota system ensures to reserve a specific percentage of seats in its colleges for students from varied categories like OBC, SC, ST, and Physically Challenged. Following are the quota details candidates seeking admission at DU may need to know for all categories.

Delhi University Quota List

Let us start by providing you with a tabulated summary of DU quota system for all categories.

S. No.

Student Category

Percentage of Seat Reservation


Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)



Other Backward Classes (OBC)



Persons with Disability (PwD)



Foreign Students



Armed Forces



Kashmiri Migrants

Up to 5%



Up to 5%

ECA Quota List Out

Under the ECA, DU is expected to have five rounds of admission, first cycle for which started from July 11. Delhi University released final merit list for students applying for admission under Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) quota on July 8. Under DU UG admission 2017, 1,100 students got their names in merit list for 12 different colleges. 

DU Quota System - Detailed Information

Just having knowledge of the total percentage of seats reserved for different categories in DU colleges under the DU quota system is not enough. To ensure that you have proper knowledge of all the categories and application process under them, here are further details you need to know.  Some of the category students are also offered a relaxation in the minimum marks required to be eligible for admission in academic programmes.

  • SC/ST Quota: With SC/ST students having a reservation of 22.5% in total, they will also be given a relaxation of 5% in minimum marks. It is mandatory for all colleges to fill the seats reserved for this category. Based on the medium of instruction, no category student can be denied admission. Our of 22.5% reservation, 15% is available for SC students, while 7.5% for ST students. If some students receive admission in open merit, they will not be a part of this category reservation.
  • OBC Quota: With a reservation of 27%, OBC students also get a relaxation of 10% in minimum marks. Colleges have to fill all the seats under OBC category too. Based on the medium of instruction, no category student can be denied admission.
  • PwD Quota: Under the DU quota system, students with a minimum of 40% disability get the benefit of 3% seats reserved for them. However, they must have a disability certificate that meets the below-mentioned requirements. PwD students can also get the advantage of concessional fee or fee waivers, based on university terms and conditions.

S. No.

Disability Certification Requirements


The certificate should not be older than 5 years.


The certificate should have a legible stamp, indicating doctors’ names and designations.


The certificate should have signatures of 3 doctors from the board and should be countersigned by the medical superintendent or CMO while having a stamp under their sign.


The certificate should contain the candidate’s photo.


The certificate should clearly mention the diagnostic details.

  • Foreign Students Quota: Such candidates have a reservation of 5% seats under the DU quota system. They must apply directly to the university’s Foreign Students Advisor, according to the admission rules for this category.
  • Armed Forces Quota: The DU quota system for the widows or children of Armed Forces and Paramilitary personnel is 5%. The following happenings with Armed Forces personnel make their widows or children eligible for this admission quota:

o   During a hostile situation, they were killed or became disabled

o   On duty, they died or became disabled

o   They have received a gallantry award

  • Kashmiri Migrants Quota: Wards of Kashmiri migrants have a reservation of up to 5% course wise per the DU quota system. They also have a relaxation of maximum 10% marks, which is only applicable in the last cut-off set for General category by a specific college. The cut-off may vary by college. Wards of Kashmiri migrants will need to provide a certificate of registration as Kashmiri migrants, issued by the divisional commissioner or relief commissioner.
  • Delhi University Sports Quota: Every DU college reserves a maximum of 5% seats under the sports plus ECA (extracurricular activities) quota. The university offers 11 categories of ECA under which candidates can give trials. Expert committees judge candidates at these ECA or sports trials while evaluating their fundamental skills and overall abilities in a domain. Candidates need to score at least 50% marks in trials to be eligible for admission.

For selection under the sports category, 40% weightage is given to certificates (from last three years only), while 60% weightage is given to trials. For some sports events listed by the DU, even direct admission is offered to candidates who have represented the country in those events. The university releases its sports trials schedule every year under the DU quota system. For 2017 admissions, the university has decided not to take any fitness test or qualifying test for sports trials. However, it will have a fitness test that is sport-specific. Thus, any candidate can now go for trials.

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