DU Admissions 2022: How are ECA marks calculated? Answers to all FAQs

Delhi University (DU) has conducted a series of public awareness webinars to explain the CUET-based admissions process at the university. Day 3 of the webinar was about Admission to the Extracurricular Activities Number Quota.

The panel urged prospective candidates to keep checking the DU website and to check details such as reporting dates and times and the location of the exams after the end of Phase 2. Inquiries after the exams will not be answered.

Here is everything you need to know about approvals via the ECA quota:

1. What activities are considered by DU for admission under the ECA quota?

ECA admissions are available in 14 categories: Creative Writing, Dance, Debate, Digital Media, Visual Arts, Music (Vocal), Music (Instrumental: Indian), Music (Instrumental: Western), Theater, Quizzes, NCC, NSS and, Yoga, along with several subcategories. Divinity as an ECA only applies to Sikh minority colleges.

2. How are ECA marks calculated?

The candidate’s CEM (Combined ECA Merit Score) will be taken into account. It is calculated on the following basis: a summation of 25 percent of the highest program-specific CUET percentage score and 75 percent of the highest ECA score achieved from the ECA categories for which they are being considered. For all categories except NCC and NSS, 60 points are awarded based on physical exams and 15 points based on certificates

The evaluation criteria are objective and the candidates are evaluated in front of the jury. Candidates must countersign the marks awarded based on the certificate assessment in the presence of the assessment team during the exams. Later, no complaints are made regarding the marking of the certificates, except in the NCC and NSS categories.

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3. Are studies compulsory for all candidates?

Physical exams are conducted for all categories except NCC and NSS and the uploaded certificates must be brought for the offline exams. No new certificates will be issued.

4. For how many categories can a candidate apply?

Candidates can apply for a maximum of 3 ECA categories, but admission will only be granted in one category. Candidates are asked to review the college-related ECA seating matrix and the availability of ECA categories at the colleges before filling out the preferences. Students are advised not to waste their likes.

5. What are the certificate evaluation criteria for 12 categories other than NCC and NSS?

For each ECA category candidates apply for, they must upload a maximum of the 5 best certificates issued between April 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2022, of which the top 3 certificates will be considered for the evaluation. The 15 points awarded for certificates are based on the candidate’s performance under four different criteria. The list of the maximum marks that can be achieved is given for each criterion:

a) Participation/prizes in competitions

b) training/examinations

c) workshops

d) performance/publication/exhibition (public)

YouTube uploads and other paid activities that are not rated do not count as public appearances.

In the absence of clearly specified details, as mentioned in the guidelines, the lowest level and duration will be considered and counted as a group activity. And in view of the pandemic, certificates for online activities are taken into account for those specific years.

6. What are the certificate evaluation criteria for NCC and NSS?

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The 75 points awarded for NCC are based on the candidate’s performance under five different criteria: regular activities, exams, camps, special camps and participation in RD/PM/CM rally.

Similarly, the five different criteria for NSS are regular activities, working hours for regular social activities, national camps, all special camps, pre-RD camps/special activity-based state camps/Covid-19 activity camps of more than three weeks.

7. How are seats allocated?

a) Seats will be allocated on the basis of the candidate’s CEM ranks, provided they have achieved at least 30 out of 75 points in the relevant ECA category.

b) Preferences for the combination of courses and universities chosen by the candidate.

c) The availability of places in the chosen ECA category in a college.

d) After being assigned a seat in an ECA round, candidates must accept the assignment in order to be considered for upgrading. The procedure for freezing/upgrading the seat is based on the university’s allocation guidelines.

8. What about the tiebreak situation?

In the event of a crucial situation, except at NCC and NSS where two or more candidates may have the same CEM score, the following actions will be taken:

a) Candidates with higher grades in the physical exam of the relevant ECA category/subcategory will be given preference.

b) Candidates with a higher score on the best report card will be preferred.

c) Candidates with a higher score on the second best report card, then on the third best report card, then on the fourth best report card and finally on the fifth best report card will be preferred.

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d) Candidates with an earlier date of birth as indicated on the class X transcript will be given preference.

e) If the tie persists, all such candidates will be considered.

f) For NCC and NSS, the tie-breaking rules mentioned in point (b) above will be taken into account.

9. Can you apply for ECA without certificates?

Yes, you are free to apply for ECA without credentials even if you have never attended school as 60 points are awarded based on physical exams. However, this does not apply to the NCC and NSS, where certificates are mandatory and are awarded 75 points.

10. What if your NSS certificates are not signed?

“It is clearly stated that none of these things count towards your certificates. They need to be validated in the correct scheme in which they are issued by your respective program officer or the camps,” said Dr. Deepti Taneja.

11. If you have chosen the ECA category, do you come under the Common Merit List?

“These are redundant categories. These do not interfere with the regular allocation. If you are allocated a place in the regular applications, you will be considered equally in ECA and Sport, subject to any conditions applicable there,” said Prof Haneet Gandhi, Dean of Admissions at Delhi University.

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