Admission is usually done through entrance exams as well as on merit basis. Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University, Manipal University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and various other universities provide admissions through entrance test. Although, certain colleges like Delhi University reserve certain seats for merit basis admissions along with entrance based admissions.
Colleges like Christ University, University of Hyderabad take application only through online/ direct mode as for Merit-based admissions. Department of Business Economic reserve only 50% of its seat for merit-based admission.
Distance mode of admission also follows a mixed pattern, as Universities like IGNOU, Delhi, and Karnataka State Open University offers direct admissions while some like Savitribai Phule, Pune University conduct entrance exam.