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The University strictly adheres to Central Government Policies in matters of Reservation and Relaxation, and in order to avail the same under EWS / OBC / SC / ST quota a candidate has to produce a valid certificate issued by any of the following authorities:

❖ District Magistrate / Additional District Magistrate / Collector / Deputy Commissioner / Additional Deputy Commissioner / Deputy Collector / 1st class Stipendiary Magistrate / City Magistrate / Sub-Divisional Magistrate / Taluka Magistrate / Executive Magistrate / Extra Assistant Commissioner.
❖ Chief Presidency Magistrate / Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate / Presidency Magistrate.
❖ Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar.
❖ Sub-Divisional Officer of the area where the Candidate and / or his family normally resides.
❖ Administrator / Secretary to the Administrator / Development Officer (Lakshadweep Islands).
❖ The candidates must note that the EWS / OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) / SC / ST Certificate from any other person / authority shall not be accepted in any case.
❖ If the candidate belongs to OBC / SC or ST category, candidate‘s Caste / Tribe must be listed in the appropriate Govt. of India Schedule. The Caste Certificate should clearly state: (a) Name of his / her Caste / Tribe (b) whether candidate belongs to OBC / SC or ST (c) District and the State or Union Territory of candidate‘s usual place of residence, and (d) the appropriate Govt. of India Schedule under which his / her Caste / Tribe is approved as OBC / SC / ST.
❖ If the candidates do not have updated valid EWS / OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) / SC or ST Caste / Tribe certificate at the time of Registration, the candidate may upload the acknowledgement slip of application for the certificate. However, at the time of admission, the candidate will have to produce his / her recent / valid original EWS / OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) / SC / ST certificate.
Under no circumstance further time to submit recent/ valid required certificate will be given.
❖ However, if a/an EWS / OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) / SC / ST candidate seeks admission under some other category (for example: PwBD / CW etc.) the candidate should satisfy the minimum eligibility requirement for that particular category.
❖ Those EWS / OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) / SC / ST candidates who get admission in merit under Unreserved (UR) list shall not be counted in the reserved quota.

It is a statutory obligation on the part of Departments / Colleges to fill all seats reserved for EWS/ OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) / SC / ST applicants. The Departments / Colleges shall not refuse admission to any OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) / SC / ST applicants on the basis of their deficiency in the medium of instruction, and the Department / Colleges may arrange remedial classes, utilizing UGC grant for the same.

8.1 Reservation for Schedule Caste (SC) / Schedule Tribe (ST) Applicants

22½% of the total number of seats are reserved for applicants belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (15% for Scheduled Caste and 7½% for Scheduled Tribes, interchangeable, if necessary).

The Minimum Eligibility requirement for the SC / ST applicants will be the Minimum Pass Marks in the respective/equivalent Qualifying Examination of the University of Delhi.

Where the Admission is based on Entrance Test, the SC / ST applicants will have to appear for the Test, however, their Merit List will be drawn separately or as provided for the program applied for.

Relaxation to the extent of 5% in the Minimum Marks shall be given to the applicants belonging to SC and ST category to determine their Minimum Cut-off and Merit for Admission to a program wherever applicable.

In case, after giving 5% relaxation, the reserved seats still remain vacant, further relaxation would be given to the extent

required in order to fill up all the reserved seats (AC Resolution A88, 14.6.1983; EC Resolution 157, 24121.2001).

The seats reserved for the SC / ST shall be filled by the SC / ST candidates only. However, in the case of the non-availability of the eligible candidates, the reserved seats may be interchanged between the SC & ST only. If any seat still remains unfilled, the same shall be left vacant.

8.2  Reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) Applicants

27% of the total number of seats are reserved for applicants belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the Govt. of India List.

The OBC applicants shall be given a relaxation both in the Minimum Eligibility in the Qualifying Examination as well as in the Minimum Eligibility (if any) in the Entrance Test to the extent of 10% of the Minimum Eligibility Marks prescribed for the Unreserved Category (UR) applicants. For example, if the Minimum Eligibility for admission to a program for the UR Category applicants is 50%, the Minimum Eligibility for the OBC applicants will be 45%.

The certificate must mention the non-creamy layer status of the applicant (Non-creamy layer status issued by an authority mentioned in DOPT Office Memorandum no. 36012/22/93- Estt. (SCT) dated 15.11.1993).

The OBC applicants who belong to the ‘Non-Creamy Layer‘ and whose caste appears in the Central List of the OBCs (notified by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the recommendations of the National Commission for Backward Classes available at the website backward classes/index.html.), shall be eligible to be considered for admission under the OBC category (Validity period of OBC Certificate in respect of non-creamy layer status of the applicants as per DOPT Office Memorandum No. 36036/2/2013-Estt. (Res-I) dated 31 March 2016). The validity of the non-creamy layer certificate shall be for the financial year 2021-2022 (for assessment year ending on 31st Mar, 2021), issued after 31st March 2021.

If the applicant does not have the OBC non-creamy layer certificate of the latest the financial year 2021-2022 at the time of registration, the applicant may upload the previously issued (older) OBC non-creamy layer certificate or the acknowledgment slip of the OBC non-creamy layer certificate application. However, at the time of admission, the applicant must produce the recent financial year‘s (2021-22) (for assessment year ending on 31st Mar, 2021) OBC non-creamy layer certificate, issued by the same competent authority. This additional certificate must have a reference of his / her already issued original caste certificate.

8.3 Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) Applicants

Admission of Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) Candidates will be as per the University of Delhi notifications / DOPT order. The University Departments / Centers / Colleges have reserved 10 % seats for admission for the same from the Academic Year, 2020-21. The eligibility of such candidates will be decided on the basis of fulfilling criteria prescribed in the above notifications.


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