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Need college admission? What you MUST know
Sonali Arora
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June 14, 2007

College admissions are a process in themselves. Anyone who has gone through it would tell you stories of how long they had to stand in queues, how many times college officials made them run around to get one document or another and how, till the very last minute, they weren't even sure if the admission process was complete.

However, collecting relevant information and planning the entire admission procedure in advance can easily help reduce the stress and strain it involves.

Once you have made up your mind regarding the option you would like to pursue -- Arts, Commerce or Science -- do some research. Talk to your friends and your family or go online and find out which colleges offer you the options you are interested in. Be as thorough in your research as possible; after all, it is a matter of your career and your future.

After you've narrowed down on the colleges you wish to apply to, you need to find out the admission procedure. Visit the college website or, if possible, visit the college and find out exactly what the admission procedure is (when you can collect your application form, the documents you need to submit, timelines, etc.)

Once you know what you need, it is all about collecting the necessary documents and submitting them. Most colleges have a similar list of documents that candidates need to produce at the time of admission. Given below is a list of some of the documents you'll need:

 Apart from the application form, colleges usually collect the original and one attested copy of the following documents:

In the case of foreign students, the following documents (with photocopies) are required to be produced at the time of application:

Non-resident Indian (NRI) students applying to colleges in India will need to have the following documents:

College admissions need not be a hassle if a few simple steps are followed on time. It's just a matter of collecting the relevant information and getting together all the documents required.

What was it like when you applied for admission to college? Did you sweat it out in a serpentine queue waiting to pick up your admission form or run from pillar to post while trying to find out when the admissions list would be published? Share your experience, advice and list of dos and don'ts with other Get Ahead readers. Write in to


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