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Delhi University ECA Quota

Updated on: Feb 13, 2013
Delhi University's Sports Quota and ECA Quota generates huge interest among students each year. Both these quota focus on the inherent talent of the students rather than just academic achievements.  ECA Quota stands for Extra Curricular Activity Quota. This quota is meant for students who are genuinely talented in the field of music, dance or other extra curricular activities.

Such students may not have a very high percentage marks in class 12th but they can still get enrolled in a college of their choice. It has been observed that the courses offered through ECA quota are few but the demand is still high. The students applying for admission through the ECA quota may have to submit a letter of recommendation attested by the Principal of the school last attended providing a detailed explanation of the activities the student took part in.

Delhi University colleges are allowed to reserve upto 5% of their seats under the ECA quota. For admission through ECA in DU Admission 2012-2013 candidates need to apply on separate forms of individual colleges. DU Admission 2012-2013 ECA trials will be conducted by individual colleges. Usually, the college does not provide any accompaniments or instruments. Hence, if the candidates want to participate, they must make their own arrangements. 

With the ever-soaring cut offs, each year more students are seeking admissions through the ECA (Extra Curricular Activity) Quota. As only 5% is reserved for the ECA quota and the number of students pitching for seats is high, the competition is very stiff. Generally, colleges conduct upto 5 rounds of interview to filter the most deserving candidates in order to offer a seat through ECA quota.

Those who apply under the ECA category usually go through auditions that are conducted by a panel of experts from within the college and, at times, from outside as well.

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Admissions Under DU ECA Quota 2012

Candidates who are seeking admission under ECA Quota must have to register themselves at the respective colleges.  Trials will be held at two levels:
  • Preliminary Trials
  • Final Trials
The date/s for the Preliminary / Final trials shall be notified and displayed on the college website and also displayed on the college notice board well in advance. The candidate who wish to avail the benefit of any participating / winning certificate must submit evidence of having participated in the concerned activity during the last three years.

Due weightage will be given to the certificates of winners/participants at International, National, State, Zonal, and School level and trials as follows:
  • Weightage to be given to certificates: 25%
  • Weightage to be given to trials: 75%
All candidates will be allowed to appear at the preliminary level only once in an event. If a candidate wants to appear in the preliminary round for more than one activity, preconditions would remain the same. The list of shortlisted candidates for final trials will be notified on the college website and also it will be displayed on the notice board of the college. Not more than 15% concession in academic merit vis-a-vis general category candidates must be given for admission to specific courses (subject to minimum eligibility of the course).

The trials  for admission under ECA category will be conducted by the ECA Admission Committee and its decision shall be final. The ECA Admission Committee shall comprise of the following:

a. The ECA Admission Committee will be nominated by the Staff Council of the college
b. At least two experts would be invited from outside in the selection process. The experts may be drawn from the following:
  • National School of Drama
  • Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts
  • Faculty of Music & Fine Arts
  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations
  • College of Art
  • Sangeet Nataak Academy
  • Sahitya Kala Parishad
  • All India Radio/ Doordarshan("A" Grade Artists)
  • Kathak Kendra
  • Experts from University fraternity in areas of their expertise
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