A day before Delhi University made public its first cut-off list, speculation was rife as to whether or not the mimimum marks required to make the cut would soar or not.
Keeping in mind the brilliant class 12 results across various school boards and the high number of applications, the cut-offs, many believe, are expected to rise by a couple of notches in campus colleges and by up to 5% in off-campus ones.
The total number of applications for commerce and economics this year has shot through the roof. More than 60,000 aspirants have applied for a course in commerce while more than 50,000 have applied for economics. This is out of the 250,000 total number of applications that the university received this year.
"We are still looking at the figures that came in only on Monday evening. The number of applications is very high," said PC Jain, principal, Shri Ram College for Commerce.
This year, the applications are course wise and do not allow students to mark college preferences. Last year, SRCC had received 48,000 applications for both commerce and economics combined.
That there will be a jump in the first cut-off list this year, hence, is more or less certain.
The high cut-offs at St Stephen's College also suggests what students can expect from other colleges. "The cut-off declared by St Stephen's College does matter as it gives us a trend. 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.
"The cut-off may increase by up to 1.5%. In English, since there the varsity has decided to do away with the entrance test from this year, the percentage may be in the 94%-95% bracket," said Pradyumn Kumar, principal, Hindu College.
But the off-campus colleges are the ones that are likely to record the highest jump in percentages.
"We have no option but to hike the cut-off since the number of applications are very high. The off campus colleges can see a hike of up to 5%," said SK Garg, principal, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College.
The university sent the application data to colleges only on Monday evening. Since applicants did not have to mention colleges in the application forms, the applications for one particular course will reach all colleges that offer the course.