A Comprehensive Guide to Delhi University SOL

Nitin Rao updated on : 05 Jun 2017

Here is a sneak peak of Delhi University SOL, UG and PG courses offered by DU SOL 2017, DU SOL Admissions 2017 and other related information about DU SOL.

All About Delhi University SOL

What is DU SOL?

Delhi University SOL is the university’s School of Open Learning, which is a part of its Campus of Open Learning. The School of Open Learning was previously known as the School of Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education, and it was established in the year 1962. Being the pioneer in the field of distance education, SOL offers high-quality distance education or correspondence courses to all those students who either do not get admission into a desired regular course at DU or not able to attend a regular academic programme due to some personal or professional reasons.

The Highlights of DU SOL

·         Admission Norms: Admissions in the academic courses at Delhi University SOL are governed by the university rules and regulations. Even the examination is conducted by DU and students receive degrees from the University of Delhi. The enrolment is done at both the North Campus and South Campus of SOL.

·         Course Quality: Students at SOL study according to the same course syllabus that is followed for the university’s regular courses. The school provides several undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the streams of Commerce and Arts and Humanities. For the benefit of students, SOL gives them full access to its well-stocked library.

·         System of Imparting Education: The medium of instruction at Delhi University SOL is through the best of printed course materials that are sent to every enrolled student. To support this, the school conducts Personal Contact Programmes (PCPs) at multiple study centres. Students can even interact with esteemed guest faculty at such PCPs. Otherwise, on a routine basis, students can seek support from an expert faculty member who is always present at the SOL main campus to solve their queries and guide them through studies. Thus, it is a flexible distance learning system to gain vocational skills and higher education.

·         System of Examinations: For a three-year undergraduate course, SOL conducts year-end examinations at the end of each year. For a two-year postgraduate course, SOL conducts year-end examinations at the end of each year. The current year’s exams start in May, and the SOL Date Sheet 2017 has been announced.

Courses Offered by DU SOL 2017

Delhi University SOL offers several distance-learning courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Following are the details of available courses and the general eligibility criteria for admission in these courses:

S. No.

Courses Available at SOL

Eligibility Criteria


SOL Undergraduate Courses


B.A. or Bachelor of Arts

·         Passed class 12th (10+2) from CBSE or an equivalent exam

·         A minimum of 50% marks in the qualifying exam (relaxation available per category rules, as well as available courses and seats for a particular year)


B.A. (Honours) English


B.A. (Honours) Political Science


B.Com. or Bachelor of Commerce


B.Com. (Honours)


SOL Postgraduate Courses


M.A. or Master of Arts (M.A.) Hindi

·         Passed graduation exam (10+2+3) from DU or an equivalent exam

·         A minimum of 50% marks in the qualifying exam (relaxation available per category rules, as well as available courses and seats for a particular year)


M.A. Sanskrit


M.A. History


M.A. Political Science


M.Com. or Master of Commerce

Please note that there may be specific eligibility criteria for any of the above-mentioned courses that students must check in the official prospectus before applying for admission.

Admission 2017-2018 at SOL

·         Important Dates: Every year, Delhi University SOL conducts its admission procedure during the month of June or July for undergraduate courses and August or September for postgraduate courses. The same will be applicable to the current year session 2017-2018.

·         Application Submission: Students who want to take admission in distance learning courses at UG or PG levels can apply online by registering on the SOL website. They will have to fill in the required details, upload the necessary documents, and pay the applicable fee to complete their application.

·         SOL accepts applications in the online mode only. While there is an offline application submission option at North Campus, it is strictly open only in NHE, FSR, PwD, and BPL cases.

·         Admission Process: DU allows admission in SOL undergraduate courses on the basis of merit and meeting the eligibility criteria. However, some postgraduate course admission will be made on the basis of an entrance exam.

Other Courses Available at DU SOL 2017

Apart from the UG and PG Courses, Delhi University SOL offers some short-term, technical training or professional programmes. The University, in collaboration with an industry partner, will award a certificate to students who complete these courses and industrial internship that is part of these courses. Some of these certificate courses are Software Application Development, Medical Transcription, Travel and Tourism, Mass Communication, Photography, Soft Skills, and Web Design and Animation for interactive media.

Course Conduction and Examination Process at DU SOL

·         The Span of Courses: While an undergraduate course at SOL is of three-year duration, the maximum time span given to complete it is six years or five years. The B.A. and B.Com courses have a time span of 3-6 years, while the B.A. (H) and B.Com (H) courses have a time span of 3-5 years. Similarly, all postgraduate courses have a time span of 2-4 years, counted from the date of admission of a student. Read on to know more about the SOL date sheet 2017and year-end exams for these courses.

·         Year-End Exam Dates: While the UG/ PG courses are conducted through correspondence, their year-end exams are held at the declared centres in Delhi (most likely) during the months of May and June. Exams for 2017 have begun in May, and the school has already provided the SOL 2017 Date Sheet to enrolled students. Students can also check the SOL Date Sheet 2017on the SOL website.

·         Other Exam Details: Students in the expired course span are not allowed to take the exam. The medium of the exam is usually both English and Hindi (with few exceptions). Students are sent all the exam-related materials like SOL Date Sheet, admission ticket, and exam admission form through correspondence. They also need to pre-fill and submit the exam form with the requisite fee by the dates given to them in order to appear in the year-end exam. 

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