Look Beyond DU And Explore Other Universities Located in Delhi

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 11 Jul 2017

Didn’t get admission in Delhi University? Don't worry, you still have options to fulfill your dream of studying in Delhi. Check out other Universities in Delhi where you can apply to pursue undergraduate courses!


Getting admission in a Delhi University college is a dream harboured by lakhs of students every year. But the rising cut-offs, increasing number of applications and the limited number of seats have left many students wondering about the options they have in case they don’t get admission in DU. In 2017, around 2.2 lakh candidates applied for 54,000 seats in DU colleges. The huge gap between the availability of the seats and the number of applications makes it clear that not all the candidates get admission in DU colleges in different campuses.

But those who couldn't secure a seat in Delhi University college don't need to be upset. Apart from the University of Delhi, there are several other premier Universities like the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) and the BR Ambedkar University that offer several undergraduate courses to students. So the students who couldn't get their name in any of the DU cut-off list 2017 can apply for admission at the universities given here. 

Below is a list of popular Universities in Delhi other than DU that students can consider for pursuing higher education after completing 10+2.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

Recognised world over, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is a popular educational institution located in the heart of South Delhi that offers many undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes. The University is renowned for its Arts and Commerce courses as well as language-based courses offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Candidates must note that JNU’s entrance examination is a prerequisite for admission, unlike DU where students usually get admission basis their marks in class 12th.

Jawaharlal Nehru University has tie-ups with various foreign Universities and Institutions. According to the University’s website, the University has academic collaborations with universities and institutions in 48 countries. JNU is also exploring possibilities to increase the number of countries in this list.

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI)

Established in 1920, the varsity offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Arts, Commerce and Science courses. It also offers programmes in Engineering, Dentistry Law, Mass Communication, Media Studies, Indian Ocean studies, Arabic Studies, etc. at both UG and PG Level.

Not only this, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has various Distance Learning programmes for students under Centre for Distance and Open Learning (CDOL). Some of the programmes are MA English, MA Hindi, MA Sociology, MA History, MA Human Resource Management, MA Public Administration, MA Political Science, Masters in Commerce (M.Com), MA Education, Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and BBA.

Jamia Milla Islamia provides admission through entrance examinations and does not follow a cut-off system. The University has a beautiful campus, an extremely qualified faculty, and a well-connected placement cell.

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU)

With a mission to provide market-oriented professional education to students in India, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University was established in the year 1998. While the University is offering education at various study centres and affiliated institutes across the city, the main campus is located in Dwarka. Also known as IP University, it has a range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. There are about 22,000 seats on offer and students get admission through a Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted every year by IP University.

With more than 20 undergraduate courses on offer, IP University is quite popular among students looking for options after Class 12th. GGSIPU offers education in the faculties of Journalism & Mass Communication, Physiotherapy, Law, Nursing, Education, Pharmacy, Management, Architecture, Medicine, Technology and Engineering. Some of the undergraduate courses offered by colleges affiliated to the University include B.Tech, B.Arch, BBA, BCA, Bachelor of Fashion & Apparel Design, Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication, Bachelor of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Bachelor of Law, etc.

Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD)

Established in 2007, Ambedkar University Delhi is another option available to students beyond the Delhi University. AUD’s main campus is located at Kashmere Gate in north Delhi and the University recently added a new campus at Karampura in West Delhi.

AUD also follows cut-off system like DU and offers admission on the basis of the calculation of Best of Four subjects (BFS) marks. However, it is easier to get admission in AUD because the cut-offs here are generally lower as compared to DU.

The University offers seven undergraduate programmes including BA Honours with a Major in Economics, BA Honours with a Major in English, BA Honours with a Major in History, BA Honours with a Major in Mathematics, BA Honours with a Major in Psychology, BA Honours with a Major in Sociology and BA Honours with a Major in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).

AUD has added 200 more seats to the existing 245 seats. It has 85% reservation for students living in the National Capital Territory. The university also has plans to add two more campuses in Rohini and Dheerpur by the year 2020.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers education through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. Established in 1985, the University started by offering two courses (Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education) and had a strength of 4,528 students.

Today, over 3 million students in India and other countries are being educated through the University’s 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 regional centers, around 2,667 learner support centres, and 29 overseas partner institutions.

Those who are looking for options in higher education can look at IGNOU, which boasts of about 228 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes. The high-quality teaching, innovation and industry-oriented programmes offered at the University are reasons behind its popularity and demand. Some of the courses offered at IGNOU include Law, Engineering, Journalism and New Media Studies, Foreign Languages and Management, among others. 

While these are just some of the popular Central Universities where you can apply, there are multiple private Universities like Amity University, Sharda University, etc. that offer education to students in different disciplines. The only takeaway here is that not getting admission in DU does not mean the end of the world. It only means that you must go out there and explore other Universities to fulfill your educational aspirations. Just keep your eyes, ears, and options open!

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