Success of your application is depending on various criteria that are considered by the higher education institution systematically.
In applying for an admission restricted place in higher education, the average grade resulting from your higher education entrance qualification is the centre of attention that means selection is done according to this grade.
The higher education institutions may, however, consider or give a special weighting to further criteria in their respective selection processes such as the waiting time. This waiting time is determined on the basis of the half-years that have passed since the higher education entrance qualification has been achieved, irrespective of any gap year having been taken to do voluntary work in the social sector or a vocational training having been done, for example. Only that period of time during which the applicant was already enrolled at a state recognized German higher education institution prior to the current application is not taken into account as waiting time.
Please note in this regard, that any rules concerning the waiting time may vary depending on the German state!
If you want to receive in-depth information on the criteria by which a higher education institution organizes the selection process of your desired course of study or how any waiting time is considered in detail, please contact the respective higher education institution directly. The same applies, of course, for taking advantage of any special or exception rules within the application or selection process, as the case may be.