The Govt. of Himachal Pradesh has introduced Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) under the RashtriyaUchchatarShikshaAbhiyan (RUSA) from the academic session 2013-14 and these regulations have been called the HPU Regulations for CBCS and Continuous Assessment Grading Pattern (CAGP) for UG Programmes. However, after adopting the UGC CBCS pattern by H.P. University from the academic session 2016-17, the university clarified that eligibility conditions regarding the age limit, pass percentage or minimum eligibility etc. at the entry-level to B.A./B.Com/B.Sc.-1styear as mentioned in the original HP University ordinance.


1. Admission to B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. 1st-year Classes will be strictly on fulfilment of eligibility conditions as under:
a) A pass in the Senior Secondary (+2) Examination (Academic Stream) conducted by the H.P Board of School Education (or in case of Shashtri, pass in PrakShashtrifrom Sanskrit Colleges affiliated to the HPU) or an examination accepted as equivalent thereto by the various bodies of the H.P. University.
i. Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with science stream shall be given preference in admission to B.Sc. programme.
ii. Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with commerce stream shall be given preference in admission to B.Com. Programme.
2. An applicant must not be more than 23 years of age (25 years for girls only) as on the year concerned I .e.01/07/2020. The upper age limit shall be raised by 3 years for students belonging to SC and ST category. However, in the case of the overage applicant, the Hon‟ble Vice-Chancellor, H.P. University, at his discretion, may give relaxation of 6 months to the eligible students.
3. An applicant having passed 10+2 examination with English as one of the compulsory subjects from any Board/University recognized by H.P Govt. of H.P. University or Association of Indian Universities can seek admission to B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. 1styear.
4. Students coming from Vocational Stream without having Maths/Economics and Maths/Biology, as the case may be, as one of the compulsory subjects at +2 levels shall be admitted to B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. 1styear. as per the requisite minimum pass percentage prescribed for admission to B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. 1styear.
5. Admission to the various classes will be made on merit and on the recommendation of the admission committee constituted for the purpose.
6. Admission is also open to an applicant who has an equivalent degree from Foreign University/ Board/College which is recognized by H.P. Govt. of H.P. University or Association of Indian Universities provided the applicant fulfils the minimum eligibility conditions.
7. Admission of a student is liable to be cancelled in case he/she furnishes incomplete/wrong/false information or in case of concealment of facts. Disciplinary action will also be taken against such candidate.
8. Initially all admission shall be provisional and subject to the final approval by H.P. University.
9. Rules of admission are subject to change as per the H.P. University notifications issued from time to time.
10. Any gap of a year or more in the academic career of an applicant must be supported by documentary evidence/affidavit as the proof of his/her activities during the period of a gap. Submission of a false affidavit is a legal offence.
11. The applicant must fill-up the Application Form in his/her handwriting and get it signed by his/her parents/local guardian.
12. The Application Form must be completed in all respects along with the following documents:
a) Attested copies of detailed marks card of the previous examinations passed. In case of non-receipt of this certificate, the applicant must attach the certificate issued by the Head of the Institution last attended.
b) Attested copy of Matriculation certificate for verification of date of birth.
c) Original Character certificate from the institution last attended.
13. Applicant must produce original certificates at the time of admission.
14. Applicant coming from Boards/Universities other than H.P Board of School Education Dharamshala / H.P. University Shimla must provide migration certificate in original.
15. Girls students seeking admission in any class must bring an attested copy of H.P. Bonafide certificate to avail themselves the benefit of tuition fee-concession.
16. Divyang student seeking exemption from tuition fee on the basis of disability must attach an attested copy of 40% or more disability certificate from the competent Authority.
17. All terms and conditions and fee structure can be changed or modified as per the directions or instruction of the H.P. University/H.P. Govt.


The change in one Subject (DSC Subject only) is permissible within fifteen days of admission. A student may submit an application for change of subject to the Principal. The change of DSC subject will be allowed only out of available subject combinations.


The migration of students migrating during the same course/session from any affiliated college or institution (including ICDEOL) to another affiliated college or institution shall be governed by the regulations framed by the Executive Council of the University from time to time.


Regulations for the Under Graduate Programmes (B.A./B.Sc./B.Com.)
1. The CBCS System:
It is an instructional package developed to suit the needs of students to keep pace with the developments in higher education worldwide. The student in this system has considerable freedom in choosing courses and so making his/ her own personalized programme. The programme is considered completed when the student cumulates the requisite number of successful credits (passed), i.e.at least 132 (for UGC CBCS pattern) for an undergraduate degree.
2. Outlines of UGC Choice Based Credit System:
1. Core Course: A course, which should compulsorily be studied by a candidate as a core requirement is termed as a Core course.
2. Elective Course: Generally a course which may be very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the discipline/ subject of study or which provides an extended scope or which enables exposure to some other discipline/subject/domain or nurtures the candidate‟s proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course.
2.1 Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Course: An elective course offered under the main discipline/ subject of study is referred to as Discipline Specific Elective.
2.2 Dissertation/Project: An elective course designed to acquire special/advanced knowledge, such as supplement study/support study to project work, and a candidate studies such a course on his own with advisory support by a teacher/faculty member is called dissertation/project.
2.3 Generic Elective (GE) Course (Only for B.A./B.Com Classes): The purpose of this category of papers is to offer the students the option to explore disciplines of interest beyond the choices they make in Core and Discipline Specific Elective papers. An elective course chosen from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure beyond discipline(s) of choice is called a Generic Elective.
3. Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC): The Ability Enhancement (AE) Courses may be of two kinds: Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC) and Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC). “AECC” courses are the courses based upon the content that leads to Knowledge enhancement;
i. Environmental Science and ii. English/ MIL (Modern Indian Languages)- Hindi Communication / Sanskrit Communication These are mandatory for all disciplines. SEC courses are value-based and/or skill-based and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc.
3.1 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC): Environmental Science, English Communication/ MIL (Modern Indian Languages)- /Hindi Communication/Sanskrit Communication.
3.2 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC): The main purpose of these courses is to provide students with life-skills in the hands-on mode so as to increase their employability.
4. Practical/tutorials: The list of practical provided is suggestive in nature and each university has the freedom to add/subtract/edit practical from the list depending on their faculty and infrastructure available. The addition will however be of similar nature.
5. Project work/Dissertation: Introducing Research Component in Under-Graduate Courses a Project work/Dissertation is considered as a special course involving the application of knowledge in solving/analyzing/exploring a real-life situation / difficult problem. A Project/Dissertation work would be of 6 credits. A Project/Dissertation work may be given in lieu of a discipline-specific elective paper.
3. Eligibility for Admission:
a. A pass in the Higher Secondary (+2) Examination (Academic Stream) conducted by the H.P. Board
of School Education or an examination accepted as equivalent thereto by the various bodies of the
H.P. University.
b. Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with arts/humanities
stream shall be given preference in admission to B.A. Programme.
c. Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with science stream shall
be given preference in admission to B.Sc. programme.
d) Provided that the candidates who have passed the qualifying examination with commerce stream
shall be given preference in admission to B.Com. programme.
4. Duration (Time Frame):
The UG (TDC) programme is for a minimum period of three years and a maximum of five years from the date of admission of the candidate. At present yearly system has been adopted.
5. Programmes Offered:
The UG (TDC) Programme in a college affiliated to the HPU will comprise the following categories of courses:
(I) B.A. (Arts)
a. English, Hindi.
b. Economics, Geography, Political Science, History, Music (Vocal)
(II) B.Sc. (Science)
a. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics.
b. Botany, Zoology, Chemistry.
(III) B.Com. (Commerce)
a. Commerce.
b. Number of seats:
1. B.A. (Languages): English/ Hindi (80 each)
2. B.A. (Arts): Economics, Geography, Political Science, History, Music (Vocal) (80 each)
3. B.Sc. (Science): Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology (80 each)
4. B.Com. (Commerce): Commerce (80 each)
One supernumerary seat for “Single Girls Child “candidate is reserved in each course provided she fulfils the minimum eligibility criteria.
A number of seats in all the major subjects for admission to 1st year for B.A./ B.Sc./ B.Com under CBCS system are fixed. Hence the admission in the major subjects is purely on merit basis.