Brace yourselves for a tougher admission grind at Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College this season.
The 53-year-old institution —considered the best for undergraduate studies for women in the Capital — has tweaked its admission criteria with a number of changes this time.
For starters, students aspiring to secure a seat in courses such as B. Com, Hindi, Philosophy and Sociology will have to go an extra mile to prove their merit. They will have face a volley of questions in an interview session.
The interview — an attempt to separate wheat from chaff — will carry a weightage of up to 15 per cent. List of eligibile candidates to be interviwed will be put up on June 22.
“Three years we had conducted interviews for Bcom and that turned out to be a very fruitful exercise,” said Kanika Khandelwal, Media Coordinator, LSR.
“Commerce students score high marks and, honestly, it’s difficult to decipher if these students even have an understanding of basic things like inflation. The interview should help us in this case,” she added.
Subjects like Sociology and Philosophy, too, demand an interview process as not too many schools offer these as subject options.
“It consequently gets very tough for us to know if a student really has an aptitude or an interest in the subject. We don’t want youngsters to treat these streams as an easy ticket to a coveted institution, said a teacher, who did not wish to be identified.
Relief for Commerce
Commerce students applying for humanities subjects at LSR are usually subjected to a four per cent negative weightage criteria, which aims at ushering in parity between humanities and commerce applicants.
From this year, however, the college will deduct two per cent for every commerce subject included in the best-of-four aggregate.
“The negative weightage is important as commerce students tend to score high marks in comparison to their counterparts in humanities. The criteria helps provide a level playing field for all,” said Khandelwal.