Till about a few years back, there was a stigma attached to extra-curricular activities, considering it as a wastage of time. But unlike earlier, parents now focus more on the holistic development of their children. They not only want their children to excel at academics but in sports activities too. They understand the positive effects it has on a child’s personality and mental development.
Students who at a very young age lose sight of their end goal and suffer from problems such as procrastination, reduced motivation, laziness, etc. participating in sports activities helps to reduce such behaviour problems and fosters children’s critical thinking, teamwork and social skills capabilities along with many other skills.
Thus, sports activities prove useful not just for enhanced development, but can also act as a boon during college admissions. A lot of students miss out on their favourite college because of the shortage of that “.1%” in their score. But if you are one of those students, who at a very young age realised that hobbies and passion could be turned into a profession, you must have realised the importance of extracurriculars too.
A lot of colleges encourage multi-talented students, who have participated in, and won state, or national level tournaments, and hence provide up to 15% percentage cutoff relaxation during the time of college admissions. So if you too are one of those students, who are planning to seek admission under Sports or ECA quota, then you must read on.
Here is a list of universities that provide admissions through Sports Quota.
1. Sports Quota at University of Delhi
From faculty to infrastructure, from fees to fests; everything about this place fascinates students to be a part of this premier university. If you are a sports person and want to have a highly ranked education, then this is the place to be. A state-level sportsperson can get a chance to be exposed to an international level game, after all, this university aims to choose the best!
5% seats are reserved for exceptional sportspersons, dancers, singers, debaters, artists, and actors. Students usually have participated in international, national, and state level events and tournaments. But seeking admission is a not a cake-walk, as a rigorous selection procedure is followed by the authorities. Candidates have to undergo two levels of trials:
- Preliminary Trials
- Final Trials
Trials are further divided into two categories:
- Direct Admission without any Sports trial: A sportsperson, who has represented their country in Olympics Games, Para-Olympic Games, Common Wealth Games, world championships under International sports federation, Asian Games by the Olympic Council of Asia, Asian Championships (all recognized under Indian Olympics Association/ Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports/ Affiliated games) get direct admission.
- Admission based on Sports trial: Candidates are required to qualify a skill test, game performance test, fundamentals of the game/sports test, game fitness test, etc. A sportsperson has to qualify any of the two fitness items- Strength (Standing broad jump), Endurance (1000 mts. Run/walk) and Speed (50mts. Dash). For games like chess, archery, shooting, students have to qualify any one fitness item.
The students are required to submit participation/ achievement certificates of the activities and events they have participated in/ won. For sports category, students who have achieved distinction in the last 3 years (from the date of applying) in the sports events recognized by Association of Indian Universities and Indian Olympics Association are eligible to apply.
Note: The applicant needs to secure a minimum of 30 marks in the Sports Trial to be eligible for DU admission under sports quota.
Distribution of Marks: 25% weightage is given to the certificates earned by the student, and 75% weightage is given to the trials conducted by Sports Council and Cultural Council of Delhi University.
List of activities included under Sports Quota:
- Ball Badminton
- Body Building
- Cross country
- Kabaddi, etc.
Note: Students applying for courses that take admissions through an entrance examination are not included in the Sports Quota.
2. Sports Quota at SRM University, Tamil Nadu
One of the reputed universities of Tamil Nadu, SRM University extends sports quota to students seeking admission in various fields such as Law, Engineering, Science and Humanities, Management, and Hotel Management. The candidates need to submit participation certificates and testimonials of reaching a national or international level in sports to apply under sports quota.
The candidates have to undergo a selection trial which is held at the University campus in Kattankulathur. short-listed candidates (on the basis of their trial) have to appear before the selection committee for the verification of all their credentials.
List of trials under sports quota for both men and women:
- Ball Badminton
- Table Tennis
Note: SRM University also provides SRM Founder’s Scholarship to outstanding sportspersons of the national and international level. Under this, the candidates are given a stipend of INR 1000 per month, and their tuition fees, as well as hostel and mess fees, are completely waived off.
3. Sports Quota at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Jamia Millia University is not left behind in promoting a sports culture in India and churns out champion sportspersons. Candidates with an outstanding performance in sports are given a 5% relaxation in cut-offs during admissions.
Admission is available for undergraduate/postgraduate courses in all faculties except the Faculties of Engineering and Technology, Architecture, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Aspirants who wish to apply for the Sports quota should have played at either National, State, Regional or University level. Candidates are required to sit for the practical screening. Shortlisted candidates are then given admission for the courses they have applied for.
List of trials under sports quota is as follows:
- Table Tennis
- Lawn Tennis
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4. Sports Quota at Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission and Anna University
TNEA awards point to eminent sports candidates under special reservation sports quota. Points distribution is done on the basis of the medal won by the candidate in the tournament.
There is a total of 500 seats reserved for this category, of which 12 seats are with the TNEA, and the remaining 488 seats are designated for Anna University of Technologies, Government, Government-Aided, and Private Engineering colleges.
For the selection process, candidates are required to provide testimonials and attested photocopies of the certificates they have won. Their highest achievement earned in the last 5 years (from the date of applying) is counted.
Students are called for an interview round, where their certificates are verified and ranked based on their past records. Selected candidates are called for counselling after ranking.
Note: Only native candidates, i.e. those who have residential proof of Tamil Nadu, or the students who have studied in CBSE/ KVS school in Tamil Nadu, are eligible to apply for admission under sports quota.
5. Sports Quota at Sports Authority of India- Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala
It is Asia’s largest sports institute and a dream institute for all sports enthusiasts. There are various programs that are offered at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala, such as Diploma in Sports Coaching, Master’s in Sports Coaching, etc.
Sports Authority of India provides scholarships to outstanding students, who have participated in State, National or University level tournaments. The scholarship is awarded to students aged up to 18 years. It is valid for a period of one year, which can be renewed, provided the candidate’s performance is maintained or improves in the concerned game.
The selection criteria of the student are based on their merit and performance, wherein the candidate’s last year’s performance (from the date of applying) is evaluated. For men, 18 years is the age limit for national and state level scholarship, while for women it is 19 years. Also, 50 scholarships are available for women sportspersons under this category.
The candidates are required to undergo the written examination, followed by an interview and physical fitness test. In the written and practical examinations, the candidates are asked and checked about their proficiency in the sports they have opted for.
Universities across the country are now offering Sports/ ECA quota by recognising sports talent, and taking the sports careers of their students ahead, although the number of seats may vary. If you are an eminent sportsperson with brilliant records, then it’s time you claim your achievement and who knows, the next sports biography might just be on you!
Note: The sports activities/trials in each university are subject to change, depending on the college requirements.
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6. Sports Quota at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, one of the most prestigious colleges across India also promotes sportspersons by reserving seats for them under the Sports Quota. Candidates who have played at State / National/ International level for tournaments conducted by the State/National/ World associations and showcased sporting achievements in the last two years are eligible to apply under the Sports Quota.
Those who pass these eligibility criteria then appear for sports trial wherein they also appear for a physical fitness test. After the trial, the shortlisted candidates give the last round i.e. the interview round.
List of trials under sports quota is as follows:
- Table Tennis (M) &(W)
- Chess (M) &(W)
- Basketball (M) &(W)
- Volleyball (M) &(W)
- Hockey (M) &(W)
- Badminton (M) &(W)
- Archery (M) & (W)
- Athletics (M) &(W)
- Rowing (M) &(W)
- Aquatics (M) &(W)
- Squash (M)
- Tennis (M) &(W)
- Football (M) &(W)
- Handball (W)
- Gymnastics (M) & (W)
- Cricket (M)
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