University of Delhi
Course Details



M.A. (Social Work)

Scheme of Grading Semester
Duration 4 Semester
Eligibility Admission to the Department of Social Work is open to both men and women having completed a Bachelor's Degree programme of 3 years duration from a recognized University. The eligibility criteria for admissions to the year 2011 – 12 are as follows: a) Any person with a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 year) in any discipline with minimum 55% marks from recognized university is eligible to apply. b) B.A. (H) Social Work student with a minimum of 50% marks from a recognized University are eligible to apply. c) Those candidates who are appearing in the final year examination of the Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply subject to the qualification listed above. d) Candidates belonging to SC/ST shall be eligible as per Delhi University rules to pass with the minimum marks. e) PWD candidates shall be allowed 5% relaxation in the eligibility requirement. Before applying for admission, the candidate should ensure that the minimum eligibility requirements are met and that he/she has attained the age of twenty years on or before the first day of October of the year in which admission is sought. Candidates whose result for the qualifying examination is awaited may also apply provisionally. They must submit a copy of their result latest by August 31, 2012 failing which the offer of admission shall stand cancelled.

Selection Procedure:

Entrance Test shall be held at the University of Delhi (North Campus). All candidates (except foreign students) are required to appear for a written test and secure a minimum of 40% marks to qualify for Group Discussion and Personal Interview. If required numbers of candidates are not able to secure qualifying marks, the Admission committee may take appropriate decision in this regard.
The medium of examination is English and the test paper is designed to assess the aptitude of the candidate to work as human service professional. We at the Department of Social Work strive to arrive at the creative abilities of students, and discern their imaginative skills and capacities to engage with issues and concerns arriving out of the critical realities around them. In designing the test, we take every care that a student must be able to perceive it as a process to explore and examine the way he or she inhabits, sees and thinks about the world.The questions posed in the examination are set with the hope that they stay with the candidates beyond the course of the selection process.
There is no prescribed syllabus or format for the admission test. The following broad areas are, however, included in the written test:

Analytical ability, written communication skills and language comprehension.

Awareness and comprehension of contemporary social-political and economic realities.

The duration of the test is two and half hours. Only the first 350 candidates from out of the merit list of written test shall be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The list of candidates who have qualified the written test shall be displayed on the Notice Board as well as uploaded on the website of the University on Thursday, 28th June, 2012. The Group discussion and Personal Interview shall be held from 29th June to 3rd July 2012.

Group Discussion (15% weightage)

The purpose of Group Discussion is to determine the ability for effective communication while retaining the team spirit and also to assess the ability of the candidate to contribute and conceptualise ideas through meaningful group discussion.

Personal Interview (25% weightage)

The purpose of the Personal Interview before a panel of experts is to find out the level of interest and aptitude of aspirants for social work. Candidates are also interviewed on the basis of the detailed autobiographical sketch provided by them in their application forms.

To qualify for admission, the candidates are required to secure a minimum of 40% marks separately in the Written Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Display of List

The merit list will be prepared category wise after adding marks obtained in the Written Test(60%), Group Discussion (15%) and Personal Interview (25%). If there are more than two candidates at last point of merit list, the name of both candidates will be included.

The list of selected candidates accordingly shall be displayed on the notice board on Thursday, 5th July, 2012. The candidates are advised to check the result from the Department of Social Work within the stipulated time frame.
Disputes, if any, arising out of or relating to any matter whatsoever concerning the process of admissions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent court in Delhi only.

Seats and Reservation

The total number of seats for the M.A Programme is 85. As per Government of India directives, there is reservation under the following categories.The breakup of seats of different categories is given below:

Total General SC ST OBC CW* Deputed/Sponsored* PH*
85 43 13 06 23 02 03 02

*Note: As per university rules, the seats for PH, CW and Deputed/sponsored categories will be supernumerary

Foreign Nationals

Foreign students seeking admission to the course are required to apply directly to the Foreign Students Advisor, Foreign Students Registry, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, and Delhi 110007. The University will confirm the admission of foreign students after they clear the medical test within a month of their admission. A medical certificate to this effect must be submitted to the Department office. The candidates sponsored by the Government of Nepal and Bhutan for admission to MA Social Work shall be given 5% relaxation in the minimum eligibility requirement.


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