With the 44% increase in the number of applications at Delhi University, the cut-offs are also expected to increase this year.
But it is not just the increased applications that would hike the cut-offs. With the group of students who scored over 95% in their class 12 exams also going up this year and the fact that DU has introduced B Tech courses in Computer Science and Electronics, the cut-offs will certainly be affected, claim experts.
"Even though the number of seats in honours courses have increased after the programme courses closed, the cut-offs will not bear any evidence of this. We have to be careful as we will not get the true number of students who are interested in our college," said a principal from a north campus college.
"Our cut-offs will not be lower," he added.
This year, the university has done away with the options of colleges in the centralised form, a move that colleges claim will not make the first cut-off realistic.
"On one hand the number of applications is very high and on the other we don't really know how many students applied to our college. These factors indicate an increase in cut-offs, small as it may be in north campus colleges," said another principal.
The dangers of admitting more students than the sanctioned strength have become very real for DU college principals in the past few years. Shri Ram College for Commerce, for example, had to admit over 25% its sanctioned strength despite the high cut-offs.
The college had proposed to the university a formula whereby a lottery of all eligible students would be taken out for admission in the second cut-off list to avoid over admission. The proposal was rejected by the university as it is bound to admit all students who meet the declared cut-off irrespective of sanctioned strength.