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Delhi University drops college preference, brace for higher cutoffs

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 20, 2013
First Published: 01:26 IST(20/5/2013) | Last Updated: 07:42 IST(20/5/2013)

The cutoff marks in Delhi University may be higher than what students are expecting this year due to the university’s new application process, college principals say.

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Under the new application policy, students will not have to fill in college preferences. They will only have to fill in the course preferences and every college that offers the course will get their applications.

This decision was taken to make things easier for students who may miss out on a college seat if they forget to mark a college preference in the OMR (application) form.

But college principals are against the new system, saying that the first cutoff will be on the higher side to make sure a college does not admit more students than it can accommodate.

“The university has left us no option but to make the first cutoff very high. If we don’t have the exact number of students who are interested in getting admitted to a college, how would we set cutoffs?” said a north campus college principal.

The biggest change is expected in the colleges that are not very popular because these would be getting applications from even those students who did not apply and have no intention of enrolling.

“They will get applications from even those students who have scored 98% even if the student has no intention of going there. Even if a college keeps this in mind, the calculation can never be accurate and everyone will end up declaring higher and usual cutoffs,” said a senior Delhi University official on condition of anonymity.


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