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Cut-off rockets through the roof

Apprehensions that first cut-offs will go through the roof have come true. Mallica Joshi reports. Cut-off list

delhi Updated: Jun 17, 2011 13:10 IST
Mallica Joshi

Apprehensions that first cut-offs will go through the roof have come true.

In popular courses such as Economics (honours) and B Com (honours) the cut-offs may have gone up by just 1-2%, but considering that it was 98.75% last year in Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), even a small increase means a lot.

But how many colleges will be able to fill seats with such stringent criteria?

"We know that the cut-off is extremely high but students these days are getting these kind of marks. It is not just in Central Board of Secondary Education, results in state boards have also been phenomenal," said PC Jain, principal, SRCC.

Most colleges, in the beginning of the admission season, had predicted that cut-offs would be prohibitive, as over admission was a real danger in the absence of pre-admission forms.

With pre-admission forms and initial screening of candidates done away with this year, colleges are starting admission process with the first cut-off.

So, colleges had to rely on last year's data and Class 12 results to declare the cut-offs this year.

The Class 12 results have also been exceptionally good this year with more than 800 Delhi students scoring marks above 95%. This number was almost the same country-wide with 2,000 students scoring above 95%.

But the figures in the first cut-off list have been "dizzying" across board. Even in off-campus colleges, which are less popular with students, cut-offs have gone up by 8% to 10%.

Last year, most colleges were forced to admit more students than the allocated seats, as the cut-off were low compared to the number of qualifying students.

"We had suffered the brunt of declaring lower cut-offs than were necessary last year. We ended up over admitting students, especially in the science stream," said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.

"This year, the cut-off is based on last years' analysis and experiences. We think we will be able to fill seats but if it does not happen, we are ready to release more cut-offs. It is a game we are ready to play patiently," Jolly added.

Some colleges, however, are not expecting to fill up many seats in the first cut-off.

"I will wait till the admissions in SRCC and Hindu College settle. My first cut-off is very high on purpose. The second cut-off will be more realistic," said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirori Mal College.

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