How to Calculate Best of Four – DU UG Admissions

As the Delhi University admissions approach, there’re a lot of questions and doubts that arise in every applicant’s mind. Solving the confusion regarding the most important aspect of admissions,  i.e the calculation of best of four subjects, here are few elaborative guidelines on the same.

The calculation of best of four percentages for various courses have been divided into three broad categories, namely B.A. (Hons.) courses, B.A. programme and B.com Programme courses and Science courses. Procedures for the same are listed below :

A. Guidelines for calculation of Best of Four subject percentages  for B.A. (Hons.) courses :

In this case, the best of four subjects should include:

1. One Language (Core/Elective/Functional)

(In case a candidate has studied both elective and core in any language(s), then the core language will be treated as language while elective language can be considered as an academic/elective subject)

2. The subject in which admission is sought

(If the subject in which the candidate is seeking admission in the Honours course is not included in the Best of Four, he/she is entitled to a disadvantage of 2.5%)

3. Any two other academic/elective subjects as per List A.

(If any subject not included in List A is considered while calculating the Best of Four by a candidate, he/she is entitled to a disadvantage of 2.5% for each subject considered which is not included in List A).

List A

Physics

English

Italian

Punjabi

Arabic

French

Mathematics

Sanskrit

Bengali

Geography

Music#

Sociology

Botany

Geology

Persian

Spanish

Chemistry

German

Philosophy

Statistics

Commerce*

Hindi

Physical Education**

Urdu

Computer Science

History

Political Science

Zoology

Economics

Home science

Psychology

List of academic/elective subjects to be included in the best of four subjects :

* Accountancy shall be considered equivalent to Commerce wherever any board (such as CBSE) is not offering Commerce as a subject.

# Music will be treated Academic/Elective only for Honours in Music.

**Physical Education will be treated Academic/Elective only for Honours in Physical Education.

Admissions to Honours in any Language Course:

1. An advantage of 2% in the Best of Four percentage may be given to those candidates who have studied the elective language for admission in that particular course.

2. A disadvantage of 5% in the Best of Four Percentage will be given to those candidates who haven’t studied the language they are opting for, as their honours course.

3. For admissions to Honours in English and Hindi, the candidate must have studied and passed the respective language in the qualifying exam and has to be included for calculation of Best of Four percentage.

B. Procedure of calculation of Best of Four Percentage for B.A. (Programme) and B.Com (Programme) Courses:

The following subjects have to be included in the calculation of the Best of Four percentage:

1. One Language (Elective/Core/Functional)

2. Any three elective subjects can be chosen.

(A disadvantage of upto 5% may be imposed on the Best of Four percentage in case of change of stream, which the college will have to notify beforehand by either uploading on their website or informing the University)

3. For admission to B.A. (Vocational) only, related vocational subjects may be treated at par with academic/elective subjects.

4. If a candidate opts for MIL (except Hindi) as a subject, an advantage of 10% may be given in Best of Four in those colleges where MIL is offered as a subject.

C. Admissions to Science Courses:

1. The basis of selection for Mathematical Sciences,/Science/Home Science Courses remains unchanged.

2. The subjects included for the basis of selection (PCM/PCB/PCMB) must have at least 70% component of theory exam (theory exam does not include internal assessment/continuous evaluation etc.) in the qualifying exam else a disadvantage of 10% shall be imposed on each subject.

Other guidelines:

For admission to B.A. (Hons.) Journalism, B.A. (Hons.) Applied Psychology and B.A. (Hons.) Hindi Patrakrita courses, the following guidelines will apply:

B.A. (Hons) course :

Guidelines to be followed of :

B.A. (Hons.) Journalism

B.A. (Hons.) English

B.A. (Hons.) Applied Psychology

B.A. (Hons.) Psychology

B.A. (Hons.) Hindi Patrakrita

B.A. (Hons.) Hindi

1. For admission to B.Com (Hons.), the Best of Four percentage should include one language (core/elective/functional), the subject Commerce (or Accountancy in case of boards that do not offer Commerce as a subject; eg., CBSE Board) and any other two elective subjects mentioned in the list A. The candidate should have studied and passed Maths at the qualifying level exam in order to be eligible for the admission to the course.

2. For admission to B.A. (Hons.) Social Work will be based on Best of Four Percentage including one language and three academic/elective subjects as per List A.

3. The subject ‘Informatics Practices’ will be equivalent to Computer Science for admission in B.Sc. (Hons.) Computer Science only.

4. For admission to B.A. (Hons.) Economics and Commerce courses, the candidates must have studied and passed Mathematics at qualifying exams.

5. The University may define any other relevant subjects as Academic/Elective for a particular Honours Course.

Few examples for calculation of best of four subject percentages for various courses :

Preferred course option Subject and Marks Calculation of Best of Four Best of Four Marks
Honors in Commerce Economics (95),Accountancy (98),Business Studies (94),Mathematics (92),English (95) (A) English (95) +(B) Accountancy (98) +(C) Economics (95) +(D) Business Studies (94)[Since Accountancy is considered in case of Commerce not being offered as a subject] 95.5%
Honours in Commerce Economics (92),Accountancy (92),Mathematics (98),English (90),Music (95) (A) English (90) +(B)Mathematics (98) +(C) Economics (92) +(D) Accountancy (92)[Music is considered Elective/Academic subject for Honours in Music only] 93%
Honours in Economics Mathematics (90),Physics (88),Chemistry (91),Economics (75),English (93) (A) English (93) +(B) Chemistry (91) +(C)Mathematics (90) +(D) Physics (88) 90.5% – 2.5% = 88%[Since the course in which admission is sought is not considered in the Best of Four percentage]
Honours in English English (88),Entrepreneurship (92)Accountancy (81),Economics (83),Web Designing (96) (A) English (88) +(B) Economics (83) +(C) Entrepreneurship (92) +(D) Web Designing (96) 89.75% – 2.5% – 2.5% = 84.75%[Since Entrepreneurship and Web Designing are not a part of the list of elective subjects mentioned in List A]

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