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Almost 50 percent applicants for undergraduate admissions to the University of Delhi this year are from the national capital, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Among Delhi aspirants, the most number of applications came from South Delhi, the university said in a statement.

The university has witnessed a dip in the number of applications received in 2016 compared to last year. As compared to last year's 2,91,819 applications, there are only 2,50,914 applications in 2016. The university had made the application process online this year, and the last date for submission of applications was June 22. The previous deadline was June 18, but students from Other Backward Classes (OBC) were given time to submit income certificates that prove that they were not part of the "creamy layer."

"Delhi tops the list of states from where we receive the maximum number of applications. We received a total of 1,24,940 applications from Delhi followed by UP with 50,246 and Haryana with 33,766. Within Delhi, south Delhi topped the chart for maximum number with 21,284 applications," the Delhi University said in a statement, according to the Hindustan Times.

The dip in applications is being attributed to the process going online completely. Until last year, it was possible to apply both online and offline.

A college principal chalked up the dip in applications to rural students not being able to file an online application, while other college principals attributed it to the high cost of living in Delhi.

Around 3.60 lakh students had signed up for the application process, but only 2.50 lakh completed it.

"There was a jump of around 700 applications but it won't make much differences and Delhi remains the state from where most applications came," an official was quoted as saying by HT.