St. Stephen’s College, Delhi was established in 1881 by Cambridge Mission to Delhi is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Delhi. Known for its high standards in teaching and research, it has been ranked as the 4th best college in the NIRF-2020 Rankings. India Today ranked the college number 1 in Arts stream and 3rd in Science stream.
St. Stephen’s college offers both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Economics, English, History, Sanskrit, Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry along with an M.A/M.Sc. in Operations Research.
The campus of St. Stephen’s college is located north of the campus of the University of Delhi. It has a well-equipped library with a collection of rare Prussian and Sanskrit books. The automated and air-conditioned library of the college has thousands of books, magazines, daily newspapers, and a separate archival section holding records about the history of the college; along with digital resources. It has exhilarating sports facilities with Office of Physical Education Department, Cardio School, indoor Badminton Hall with wooden flooring, Basketball court with synthetic flooring, 8.2 Acre vast Cricket ground, 2 synthetic Tennis courts with fencing, Shooting range, a 120yd x 80yd Football field, Weight training gym, 2 indoor Squash courts, Table tennis area, and a swimming pool.
St. Stephen’s college also provides residential facilities to its students, 3 hostels for boys and 3 hostels for girls with an accommodation of 200 boys and 186 girls. The hostel mess has a seating capacity of 400 members.
St. Stephen’s college has a Chapel for worship and meditation that is available to all, without any discrimination. It has an Internet Resource Centre open from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening from Monday to Saturday for all students and staff. The college cafeteria provides good quality food at reasonable costs. There is an SBI Branch within the premises of the college for smooth functioning of all the banking operations. 24×7 medical facilities are also available in the college.
St. Stephen’s college has an Alumni Cell, Finance and Investments Cell, Planning Forum, Fine Arts Society, Physics Society, Poetry Society, Hiking club, Quiz club, Bengali Literary Society, Hindi Sahitya Club, Shakespeare Sabha, Choreography Club, Cine Club, Leadership Club, Debating society and a lot more. The college has a center for languages, a center for advanced learning, a center for theoretical physics, a center for economic excellence, a center for experimental physics, a center for transnational studies, and a center for gender culture and social processes.
The admission process in St. Stephen’s College is based on the Merit List of CBSE, ICSE, and many other State board, or DUET tests. 85% of the weightage in the admission process holds the class 12th marks of the candidates and the remaining 15% are based on the college interview. There are also reserved seats in the college. The total number of seats is equally divided into Christian and Non-Christian candidates. Out of the 50% seats allotted to the Christians, 17% are for the Christian minority. 25% of the total Christian seats will be reserved for the North India Church. 50% out of it (12.5% of the total) shall be earmarked for applicants who belong to the Diocese of Delhi, CNI who manages the entire college. The remaining 33% Christian seats shall be occupied by candidates belonging to all the other Christian denominations, who will be referred to as ‘Christian others’. The rest 50% are being divided into General/OBC/SC/ST. 17% seats are reserved for SC/ST category students and the remaining 83% are bagged by General Merit category.
The last year cut off marks for B.Sc. Chemistry (Hons) is 97% for the general category, 94% for the SC category, and 92% for the ST category. For B.Sc. Physics (Hons), 97.66% for the general category, 95% for the SC category, and 92.66% for the ST category. B.Sc. Mathematics (Hons) is open to all streams, conditioned Maths must be included in the best four subjects during the selection process. For the general category, Science students 98%, Commerce students 98% and Humanities students at 96.5%. BA (Hons) courses in Economics, History, English, Philosophy, and Sanskrit are open to all branches, similar to B.Sc. Mathematics (Hons). The general category cutoff for Economics for science branch students is 98%, for commerce students is 99.25% and for Humanities students, 98.76%.with the compulsion of 90% marks in Mathematics. For English course, general category students need to get 98.75% in Science stream, 99% in commerce stream, 98.75% in Humanities stream with a 90% score in English Core or 85% score in English Elective. The cut-offs for SC or ST category are a bit lower than this, while for Christian Community, the cut-offs are quite low.
The three-year BA and BA (Hons) course will cost around 1 lakh and the B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons) course will cost around 1.15 lakhs in the college.
Overall, the college is the best and reputed in its field and it must be on your list if you are preparing for DU admissions.