BA Honours with a Major in Economics

Programme Description

The B.A Honours Programme with a Major in Economics is designed to provide a basic but rigorous training in the analysis of the economy. Particular attention is paid to familiarising students with contemporary economic issues including those specifically confronting developing economies like India, and equipping them with the ability to think creatively about these issues. Through a course content, which is an appropriate mix of economic theory, economic history and quantitative techniques, students are exposed to different perspectives within the discipline and the social and political dimensions of economics. The emphasis is on encouraging students to develop their analytical and critical faculties rather than promoting learning by rote and uncritical acceptance of received wisdom

The core courses of the Economics Major cover a wide set of areas and provide the foundational economics training. These include courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Economics, Statistical and Mathematical Methods for Economics, Econometrics, Development Economics, Indian Economic Issues and Political Economy. Additional Elective courses are normally focused on specific themes and issues like Indian Economic History or Globalisation, on specialised or applied fields like Public Finance and Money, or on more advanced topics in the core areas.

Students graduating with an Economics Major will acquire an understanding of the discipline and familiarity with economic issues and also develop their analytical, quantitative, and communication, skills. These skills will enable them to pursue further studies, such as the Economics and Development Studies Masters programmes at AUD, and subsequently undertake specialised research. Alternatively, they would have the possibility of pursuing a variety of careers in other fields such as the corporate sector, Government and non-government sectors, and journalism.

Programme Structure

The programme is delivered through a total of 96 credits over six semesters. The programme consists of three types of discipline bases courses: Core Required Courses, Core Optional Courses and Elective Courses.

Of the 96 credits required to earn a BA Honours degree, a student would be required to obtain a minimum of 48 credits (equivalent to 12 courses) from core Economics courses in order to major in Economics. Eleven of these courses making up these minimum 48 credits are compulsory (core A) while the twelfth must be one of two alternative core (core B) courses (See list of courses for details). At least 32 credits (equivalent to 8 courses) have to be earned from courses other than Economics courses (at least 16 credits from foundation courses and at least 16 credits from courses in other disciplines of Social Sciences, Humanities or Mathematical Sciences). The remaining 16 credits (equivalent to 4 courses) can be obtained from Economics courses that are optional (elective A and B), applied and foundation courses, courses in other disciplines, or some combination of these three kinds of courses.


10 + 2 with 50% marks from a recognised board. Relaxation of 5% will be given to candidates belonging to SC, ST and Physically Disabled (PD) Categories. In addition, the student must have passed Mathematics as a subject at the 10 + 2 level. Further, the marks obtained in Mathematics in the XII Board Examination must be included in the calculation of the aggregate of the `Best Four Subjects’ of the XII Board Examination.

Meeting the eligibility criteria will not ensure a seat. The admission will be strictly on the basis of merit as per rules. However, eligibility is a must for consideration of admission.


  • Dr. Arindam Banerjee
  • Dr. Chirashree Dasgupta
  • Dr. Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya. [Dr. Bhattacharya holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of research interest include monetary economics and economic models of learning and expectations. He has previously been associated with IIM Kozhikode and the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations.]
  • Dr. Minaketan Behera
  • Dr. Priya Bhagowalia
  • Dr. Surajit Mazumdar
  • Dr. Taposik Banerjee

Student Activities

The university has an Economics Society which has both undergraduate and postgraduate students as its members. The aim of the Economic Society at AUD is to develop a broader discourse in and around issues of the Indian and the global economy. The society provides a platform where students can discuss and increase their awareness regarding various economics issues. It endeavours to engage students from economics and other disciplines in the analysis of contemporary economic and social developments and the debates centered on them. The society also has the objective to provide an opportunity to students to develop their literary skills and write on various economic affairs. For this purpose, the society intends to organize events like an Economics Fest, Debates, Seminars/lectures, symposiums, involving eminent economists. It also plans to publish e-magazines where its members can participate and write short pieces on relevant economic issues.

The society has organized programmes like film screenings on various social and economic

  • Screening of the film 'Nero's Guest' on the issue of the Agrarian Crisis in Monsoon Semester, 2012
  • Screening of the film 'Walmart' on the issue of ‘FDI in Retail’ in Winter Semester 2013.
  • Screening of the film 'Scribbles on Akka' in on Interbnational Women’s Day in Winter Semester 2013.

More details on studying BA Honours with a major in Economics can be sought by writing to

Fee Structure


Rs. 16,800 per semester will be charged as the full semester fees. The total fee payable at the time of admission will be Rs.16,800 (for Semester 1) and a refundable caution deposit of Rs. 5,000 for the use of university facilities along with Rs 500 as contribution for student welfare for the semester.

The vision guiding AUD is the commitment that prospective students learn to value and appreciate the social privileges they enjoy because of the heavy subsidy that goes into public institutions of higher education in India. Therefore, a minimum proportion of the cost actually to be incurred by the University for each of its students is reflected in the fee being set per semester. Based on this philosophy, AUD has instituted a differential fee structure for different programmes, with an understanding that the upper slab is envisaged not to be so high that only a particular segment of society could afford it and the lower slab not so low that the sense of responsibility among the students goes missing.

  • The differential fee structure ranges from Rs1050 per credit of course work for most of the courses.
  • The fees for most programmes is Rs16800/- per semester,
  • In addition students are required to pay Rs.500/- per semester toward Student Welfare Fund
  • Rs.5000/- is to be paid as refundable security deposit.

It may be noted that at present the fee constitutes not more than 10 per cent of the operational cost. At the same time, it is the stated policy of the University to ensure that no deserving prospective student, as far as possible, is denied the opportunity of studying at AUD merely due to her/his inability to pay the fees.


The University offers full and partial fee waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic backgrounds. In fact, 25 per cent of the fees collected from students are returned to the economically disadvantaged students by way of Fee waivers and scholarships. Over the previous 3 years, 229 students have been awarded fee waivers. Most of these have been full fee waivers.

The University has also created a student welfare fund in order to support needy students in bearing the costs of study material, like photocopying, textbooks, and even subsistence.

Procedure for applying for Fee waiver and Scholarships

  • At the time of admission, a student can apply for fee waiver by submitting supporting documents.

  • If provisionally admitted to a programme, s/he will be permitted to take admission without having to pay the fee.

  • Students, whose combined family income is less than Rs 400000/-, will be eligible for fee waiver. A student will continue to receive fee waiver provided he/she is found regular in attending classes and maintains acceptable level of performance in studies.

  • SC/ST/PwD students are advised to submit their application in the month of February for Scholarships under the SC/ST/PwD categories for the academic session of that year.

Student Welfare Fund:

The University has created 'Student Welfare Fund' with the objective of making financial assistance available for meeting the welfare needs of needy students, such as emergent medical assistance, purchase of books & study material, meeting the boarding & lodging expenses equivalent to the amount that is required to avail of AUD hostel facilities, and any other comparable needs of the student.

An amount of Rs.500/- per semester is collected from all students towards 'Student Welfare Fund' and an amount equal to that collected from students shall be contributed by the University to this fund. The Student Welfare Fund is managed and monitored by a committee which includes a nominee of the student community.

Through the fee structure as well as the exemptions offered, AUD hopes to inculcate a social sensitivity in its students – to respect what they enjoy as privileges and to be able to serve society in their future professional capacities.

REFUND OF FEES - University Policy

Time Period for refund in a particular programme of study

Amount to be deducted

Before Orientation Rs. 1,000
After Orientation Only caution deposit would be refunded
  • The decision of the Admission Committee on all matters of admission will be final.

  • The jurisdiction of any dispute will be limited to the NCT of Delhi.


Admission Procedure

Application Procedure

All applications are computerized; there are no paper application forms.

  • A single on-line application form can be used to apply for as many UG programmes as an applicant wishes; similarly one form can be used for as many PG programmes.
  • Applications forms can be filled on-site at the AUD campus in Kashmere Gate or offsite by logging on to and following the links provided there.
  • Application must be completed by 22ndJune 2013.
  • Before you fill the online application form, make sure that you have the following with you:
    • Scanned copy of your recent passport size photograph
    • Scanned copy of your signature

(The scanned copies should be in .jpg format and should not exceed 50 kb (photograph) and 20 kb (signature). If you choose to apply on-site, you are advised to have the scanned copies of your photograph and signature sent to your e-mail account.)

  • A valid e-mail id. The password for the application process will be sent to your e-mail account. After receiving the password, you can log in by entering the e-mail id and the password providedto fill the details in the online application form. Further detailed instructions for filling the form are provided there.

NOTE: For any admission or application related queries please visit the University or call on admission help line numbers (91-11-23863740; 23863743) or send an email enquiry to

Off-Campus Application:

  1. Visit the AUD website; you will be directed to the Online Registration page.
  2. You will be required to register with avalid E-mail ID, to which a password will be sent. You can then log-in to fill your application form by entering the E-mail ID and the password provided.
  3. Fill in required details in the online application form. Further detailed instructions for filling the form are provided on the website.Verify the data entered. No data can be modified after the registration is confirmed.
  4. Thereafter, you will be asked to pay the application fee through Internet Payment Gateway. Confirm payment through credit card / debit card or internet banking.
  5. After successful online payment, you will be directed back to the admission website. A page (Acknowledgement) will appear stating the candidate's name, registration number, address, space for photograph and space for signature. You will need a scanned copy of yourpassport size photo and signature to upload at this point in the application form.
  6. If you are not able to upload your photograph and signature, take a printout of the page, affix your recent passport size colour photograph, and put your signature or thumb impression at appropriate places. Send the completed application form to the address given below in 7).
  7. In case you are paying application fee by DD, you must send the DD (made in favour of 'Ambedkar University Delhi'), along with a print out of the application filled by you to: 

The Admissions Office,
Ambedkar University Delhi,
Lothian Road, Kashmere Gate,

The hard copy of your application form, must reach AUD by post, latest by 22 June 2013.

On campus application:

Assistance is available at AUD campus, to help you fill the computerised application form and apply for admission:

  1. Visit the AUD campus at Kashmere Gate with the necessary documents and information required to complete the application form.
  2. You must first make the payment for the application fees at the Admissions office. You may pay your application fee in cash or through a Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Ambedkar University Delhi”, payable at New Delhi. (You are advised to keep the cash payment receipt or demand draft details in hand while filling the application form.)
  3. Proceed to help desk at the admission office to fill your computerised application form. You will be required to follow all the steps that are to be followed in case of off-campus application. Keep ready the scanned copy of your passport size photo and signature and all other information and Caste/Category Certificate (if applicable). You will also need the original passport size photo to affix onthe printed copy of the form.

NOTE: The application process must be completed by 22ndJune 2013 and the Demand Draft paid for application must be submitted in hand or sent by post to reach the University office by 4 p.m. on 22 June 2013.

Selection & Admission Procedure

  1. The final selection for admission will be made on the basis of merit in accordance with the procedures and guidelines of the University.
  2. The Merit List will be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained by the student in the best four subjects, which should not include any vocational subject in the class XII Board Examination. For details of academic and vocational subjects students may consult the table on Page 23-24 of the SUS Bulletin.
  3. In order to obtain parity among the marks secured by students from different streams, while computing marks for the merit list, 4% of marks obtained in 10 + 2 would be deducted in the case of students from Science stream and 5% in the case of students from Commerce stream.
  4. Successful candidates will be required to submit
    1. A certificate of their date of birth
    2. Attested copies of a character certificate from the Head of the Institution last attended
    3. Transcript of marks and certificate of the last examination passed,
    4. Certificates of belonging to a reserved category, where applicable.

They will be required to bring their original certificates for verification at the time of admission. They will also have to submit affidavits, both personal and from their parent/ guardian, in the format provided on the website of the anti-ragging regulations.

Students must note that no acknowledgement or any other communication will be sent to individual candidates. Candidates must consult the website and/or the notice boards of the University for checking the status of their application.

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