Bachelor in English was a course that had been governed by the Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) till last year.
This year, however, with the Delhi University deciding to away with CATE, there are no second chances for students who would have to clear cut-offs to seek admissions in the course.
The release of the first merit list on Wednesday came as a shocker to several students, with the hopes of a number of aspirants being dashed by the cut-offs for the subject that ranged between 88%-98% in several top colleges such as Lady Shri Ram (LSR), Kamala Nehru, Ramjas, Hindu and Hansraj.
While some of these top colleges witnessed a very small number of students seeking admissions on Day One - only three students took admission at Hindu College - a large number of aspirants made a beeline in front of other colleges with Kamala Nehru admitting 36 and Ramjas admitting 18 in the programme.
"We have received the highest number of applications for admission in English, with 18 students seeking admission in the course. In the next two days, we are sure that more students will come to seek admission, despite the high cut-offs," said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
Some students breathed a sigh of relief, claiming that while admission tests were a gamble, entry into the course was a certainty if governed by cut-offs.
"I have been very sure that I wanted to study English literature. Frankly, I'm glad that there are no entrance tests, because the tests had no surety. With a cut-off governing a student's chances, one can be rest assured that admission in the course is guaranteed if we clear the cut-off mark," said an applicant at LSR College.
Some college officials, too, stated that cut-offs were realistic, since most cut-offs for English were decided keeping in mind the kind of students the colleges wanted. While some colleges were skeptical of the quality of students who took up the subject, others remained optimistic.
"We are not worried about the pool of students that we get. The cut-offs have been fairly realistic, because it must also be understood that everyone tries to get the crème de la crème of the students. However, students have a reason to be hopeful because some courses may see a second cut-off list," said Minoti Chatterjee, principal, Kamala Nehru College.