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Shaswati Das, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 23, 2013
First Published: 23:11 IST(23/6/2013) | Last Updated: 01:36 IST(24/6/2013)

Orientation, aptitude and the ability to substantiate an argument — these are the key elements that could make or break an aspirant’s chance at making it to St Stephen’s College.

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As the college begins its interview process from Monday, students have begun to brush up the basics of their subjects. However, it is not just academic performance that will see them through.

“We actually see whether or not the student has the aptitude for the subject. Many believe English literature to be similar to Language, but it isn’t so. It requires very complex analysis and language competency as well, along with the quality of being well-read,” said Karen Gabriel, professor of English, St Stephen’s College.

Professors said students who were just looking at making it to the college for any associated brand value would be weaned out.

“The first thing that comes across in an interview is whether the student is just there for the ‘brand value’. We usually give students a lot of room in an interview and ask them to analyse and respond to something that they have read or watched. That’s when we know whether or not the student is cut out for the course,” she added.

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While the weightage attributed to Class 10 and 12 marks have been allotted, it is actually a student’s critical analysis and general orientation that is put to the test during the interview.

“When we interview students for chemistry, we look at an all-rounded development in terms of general interest, value systems and their command over the subject. Since the weightage on marks is already decided, we look at their ability to tackle a question based on their conceptual clarity,” said KM Mathew, who teaches chemistry at the college.

Students who have, in the past, braved the interview say that learning by rote just hours before the interview is not likely to stand anyone in good stead.

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“What is really required is an understanding of the schools of thought that they represented. Learning up just before the interview won’t help because professors see right through that,” said a final year Philosophy student.


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