Humanities Courses in Demand at Delhi University


Humanities courses have once again garnered the distinction as the most sought-after programs by students seeking admission in DU closely followed by BA (Hons) English program.

The University concluded, after an extension, the online application process on the 22nd of June 2019 for undergraduate courses. This year saw a total of 3,67,895 registrations on the University’s admission portal, with 2,58,388 students completing their application process with fee payment

From among the 2.5 lakh applicants, the maximum number of applications was received for BA (Hons) English followed by BA (Hons) Political Science, and B.A. Programme respectively. In terms of numbers, 1,42,979 students have applied for admission to BA English (Hons), 1,30,240 have applied for BA (Hons) Political Science, and 1,25,519 have applied for the BA Programme. The BA (Hons) Economics was the fourth most popular course this year with 1,24,538 applications.

Until last year, a student with 50 percent marks in Mathematics could apply for BA (Hons) in Economics, but this year mathematics was made mandatory for ‘Best of Four’, which meant it had to be part of the top four subjects, the aggregate of which was to be considered for admission. The University was in hot waters this year over its changed criteria for admission to BA (Hons) Economics. The Delhi High Court, after listening to the plea from students, had ordered the University to admit students based on last year’s criteria and extend the application date to accommodate students affected by the decision.

The BA (Hons) History was the fifth most popular course among applicants this year, drawing 1,20,590 applications. The courses that procured spot 6 to stop 9 were as follows – BA (Hons) Psychology, BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Sociology and BA (Hons) Geography. B.Com round up the top ten popular courses in Delhi University this year with 1,06,549 applications and was the only non-humanities course among the list.

Among states and Union Territories, 1,11,433 applications have been received from students from the national capital, followed by 49,009 applications from Uttar Pradesh and 34,501 from Haryana respectively.

About Delhi University

Founded in 1922, the University of Delhi (DU) is currently one of the largest institutions of higher learning in India. The university offers numerous Undergraduate, Postgraduate, M.Phil and Doctoral courses in various specializations to students. The university is accredited (Grade ‘A’) by NAAC and also 5 Departments of the university namely Chemistry, Geology, Zoology, Sociology, and History have been awarded the status of the Centres of Advanced Studies.

Being one of the premier universities of the country, DU has become the role model and trendsetter for other universities. The University has around 80 Departments with 7,00,000 students in the university over the decades.


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