The cut-offs at St Stephen’s College has shot up by an average of 0.5% and 1%, raising speculation that the cut-offs at other campus colleges might follow the trend.
Even though the cut-offs of other colleges are scheduled to be declared on June 27, the calculations have already begun in the cradles. St Stephen’s cut-offs will also act as an indicator for other colleges to respond.
“The cut-off declared by St Stephen’s College does matter as it gives us a trend. Other colleges such as Shri Ram College for Commerce and Lady Shri Ram College for Women also take note of the Stephen’s cut-offs. It is quite clear that the cut-offs in all campus colleges will go up a little this year,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
According to experts, the cut-off at St Stephen’s is also indicative of the trends as the college, with its separate application process, is a sample size easy to analyze.
“This year, all colleges will get applications for courses irrespective of the aspirants’ choice of college. Hence the data that we get is going to be a little skewed. In such a case, the St Stephen’s cut-off is a tool that can be a little helpful, especially to campus colleges,” said a principal on condition of anonymity.
Some officials, however, feel that the Stephen’s cut-off is not going to change anything much for them.
“We base our cut-offs on last three years’ experience, number of applicants in the above 95% criteria and the number of applications. The Stephen’s cut-off is not indicative for us. This time around, we will try to make sure that we don’t end up over admitting students. The cut-off may increase by up to 1.5%. In English, since there is no entrance test, the percentage may be in the 94% -95% bracket,” said Pradyumn Kumar, principal, Hindu College.
The rest o the DU colleges have close to a week to come out with their cut-off lists. The university, which accepted forms till Wednesday, is in the process of compiling data and sending it to the colleges.
The data is expected to reach colleges by Friday evening. The university has already collated the data from the online applications while the data from the OMR forms is awaited.
Once the cut-off lists are declared on June 27, the applicants can approach a college where they meet the requirements and take admission.