Online vs Offline Application: Delhi University

Gauri Sahni updated on : 08 Jul 2015

As a country constantly facing a battle between modernity and tradition, here is our take on the Online versus Offline Application System of DU

Every student wanting to gain admission in any college of the University of Delhi must fill a centralized form released by DU itself. This form is then shown in every individual college when the student goes to seek admission after the Cut-Offs are declared. Delhi University traditionally functioned only on an offline centralized application system only where candidates would have to go to any of the Colleges and buy the offline form to apply to the university. In its recent trend towards modernization, DU has switched majority of its central application to the Internet while keeping the offline system in place. Here’s our take on the Online v/s Offline Application System followed by DU



What is the Online Application System?

The Online Application System started a few years ago. A student can now apply to DU by filling the central form online on the university website. Certain colleges like JMC and St. Stephen’s have moved their entire application system online.

How it actually works

Usually, towards the end of May, Delhi University releases the centralized application forms for all students. The form is available on the official website of Delhi University (click here). A student must fill out all his/her details and finish the application procedure with online payment of the application fee. A printout of this online application is required during the admission process. ECA and Sports Quota forms have to be taken physically from each college.

For Colleges like Jesus & Mary College and St. Stephen’s, they only have an online application. A student must fill out all his/her details and finish the application procedure with online payment of the application fee. This form is inclusive of the ECA and Sports Quota application as well.

Important Dates

  • Form: Last week of May
  • Last Date of Submission: Mid June

For St. Stephens and JMC

  • Form: First week of June
  • Last Date of Submission: Third week of June

Cost of Online Form

  • General and Other Backward Classes (OBC) Category: Rs. 100
  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe and Person with Disability (PwD): Rs. 50



What is the Offline Application System?

The application form is the same both for online and offline applications. The offline forms are available at the assigned locations in DU’s South and Off Campus colleges. In 2015, there were 8 offline centers made in institutes like Gargi College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Dyal Singh College, ARSD, Rajdhani College, Shyam Lal College, PGDAV and Shri Guru Gobind Singh College.

How it actually works

The students are required to the collect the forms physically from the designated venues. The offline application is an Optical Marked Recognition (OMR) form, which needs to be filled and submitted at the same place as where it is collected.

Important Dates

  • Forms: First week of June (Released a few days after the Online)
  • Last Date of Submission: Mid June.

Cost of Offline Form

  • General and Other Backward Classes (OBC) Category: Rs. 100
  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe and Person with Disability (PwD): Rs. 50

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  • Convenience: Online applications are highly convenient for students across the country, as they can be filled anytime and from anywhere in the world, in a relaxed environment where they can research about the colleges and courses. ECA applications are still completely offline and have to be collected individually from colleges.
  • Accessibility: Offline applications are convenient to Delhi residents and those without constant access to internet and netbanking facilities. Online application however caters to a much larger audience spanning across a much larger geographical area. Online application also opens a few days before offline.
  • Efficiency: Online applications are relatively faster and easier, without the whole stress of standing in the queues or slogging it out in the heat. However, often offline applications may be a preferred choice for a lot of people since the DU website often slows down and gets stuck due to over trafficking.
  • Environment Friendliness: Online applications are more complementary to the environment around us, as it discourages wastage of paper and other stationary. Offline application often results in bulk misuse of valuable resources.



DU has made outright efforts to encourage Online Application, with its setting of limited offline application centers. Personally, Online Applications are my preferred choice due to its overall modern appeal and benefits outweighing its disadvantages. However, it is true that Delhi University receives applications from a wide variety of students from across the nation, out of which a large population does use the offline application system. Hence, it is evident that both the online and offline application system will be used hand in hand by the authorities for at least the next few years. Do let us know what is your preferred choice by answering the poll below!


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