Points to note if taking a decision for Admission in DU SOL:

Delhi University, School of Open Learning is denoted by SOL. In the school of open learning, it’s not compulsory for students to attend classes regularly like the students of DU. Students of SOL have a choice if they want to attend classes or not that are held on every weekend at the centers allotted to them. DU SOL is a great option for the students who do not get admission in a regular course or university due to some reason.

You will get to know the pros and cons of studying in DU SOL, which you should consider if you wish to take admission under the same.

These points should make it clear why or why not a student should go for higher education in DU SOL? –


  1. Rights of available time – unlike the students of regular degrees in DU who are busy attending classes, revision tests and attempting exams, students of SOL can spend the available time to do fruitful tasks like getting admitted in any diploma or professional programs such as CS, CA and attempting Competitive Assessments like Banking, IIT, Defence etc. Usually, people who aspire to be a part of government jobs select distance mode of education so that they can side by side prepare well for competitive exams.
  2. Appraisal of self– Students who pursue their education in distance mode are self-dependent as they have to prepare for their exams and assignments on their own. In case of doubts or queries, they can visit the allotted study centers but when it comes to completing their syllabus they are on their own, this also helps them in increasing their knowledge and skills
  3. focusing on developing skills – students can be a part of additional courses like vocational studies or language courses to develop skills. These skills help us to can be Students who can take admission in vocational courses or language courses to develop additional skills. These additional skills will increase employment opportunities and ensure a good future.

In-class study/studying on your own

  • no attendance issues – 75% attendance is compulsory for those who are a part of regular degree courses but those studying in SOL have no such compulsion. It’s not necessary for them to take weekly classes also.
  • No semester wise exams – SOL conducts examinations every year and not semester wise like the regular DU students.
  • value of a degree is the same as that of a regular degree – while applying for a job it doesn’t matter if the student has a regular degree or has completed his course in a distance education college. They are selected on the basis of their experience, skills, and credentials as well as academic performance.

Provision of Scholarships in March 2019

  • Don’t waste a year after 12th if you get low scores, join SOL- The cut-off which needs to be fulfilled for a regular degree course at Delhi University annually goes to a very high level because of a number of applicants.


  1. No college regularly – unlike regular degree course students, students of SOL who are a part of distance education are not able to take part in college fests, annual events or other happenings.
  2. lack of regular mentors – the students of SOL do not get to attend regular classes by faculties at the college like regular DU students, so they are dependent on their own self to prepare their course.
  3. Improper career guidance – SOL students lack proper guidance and steps to become successful and achieve goals because they are not able to attend regular classes which bring discipline in a student’s life, these students are occupied in preparing for competitive papers or doing part-time jobs.

Courses of NIOS, their Admission dates, and exam dates

  • Lack of Interactive Skills – regular degree students interact with each other at college as classmates and also with the faculty. In addition to it, they take part in events and fests which help them in developing their interpersonal skills. SOL students lack these skills and management as they don’t get to interact as much
  • Unemployment increases if there is a lack of skills – students pursuing distance mode of education lack vocational skills and knowledge due to which their opportunities at getting jobs to become limited, unlike regular degree students who have unlimited chances.

Inference – the convenience of a student after reading the above-mentioned factors about DU SOL should be considered to make the decision if one wants to pursue his/her studies from a distance mode of education. It is advised that they should develop some vocational skills or engage in a professional course side by side.

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