The most sought after course list for the academic session 2008-09 throws up no surprises. Leading the pack is Commerce, both honours and pass programmes. Economics is a close second, according to preliminary data gathered by colleges after analysing admission forms submitted by students.
“As usual commerce wins hands down. Out of the 17,000 forms that we have received in our college, close to 8,000 are for BCom (H) and a little over 3,000 applicants have asked for Economics,” said SR Arora, principal, Hans Raj College. “This data is based on our individual applications as we have not yet received data on the OMR forms from the university,” Arora clarified.
Hans Raj, which offers 135 seats for BCom (H), had received a total of 15,000 applications for the coveted course last year.
At Kirori Mal College, which received an impressive 19,396 application for BCom (H) in 2007, the story is no different. “We have received 11,000 forms in total and 5,000 are for Commerce, including honours and pass course,” said Vice-Principal Virendra Kumar. KMC offers 65 seats each in Bcom (H) and BCom (Programme).
At Hindu College BA (H) Economics rules the roost with 1,435 applications, while BCom (H) received 797 applications. “Commerce and Economics are the most popular programmes and this will be maintained even after we get the OMR forms,” an official said.
Kavita Sharma, Principal, Hindu College, felt that students’ choices were linked to the state of the economy. “Students want to opt for subjects which will give them wider job prospects. Since the openings today are in the areas of Commerce and Economics such as banking, management etc, the demand for these subjects has risen,” Sharma said.
Khalsa College has received 3,500 applications for BCom (H) and a little over 3,000 for BA (H) Economics.
Interestingly, the demand for Commerce was so high last year that even colleges like Keshavmahavidyalaya, Acharya Narendra Dev, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Dyal Singh and PGDAV that were not really considered to be in the big league had hopped on to the bandwagon and declared cut-offs in 90s.
“Students from all streams want to apply to Commerce and Economics. Therefore, the cutoff increases with lots of high scorers applying,” said Arora. He added that they gave preference to science students for BA (H) Economics. “We give preference to science students because they have a scientific temper and economics requires rational thinking,” Arora said.