Those aspiring to get into Delhi University will have to count heavily on their luck. A day before colleges finalise the first cut-off list, they seem to be following no single pattern or criteria.
While many North Campus colleges have decided to marginally decrease or maintain last year’s cut-off for popular courses such as Commerce and Economics, some in South Campus will be increasing the cut-off marks just to close the north-south gap.
Overall, cut-offs will decrease as colleges this time try to fill all their seats on the basis of the first list and not drag the admission process. “Looking at the applications received we have decided to marginally decrease the cut-off for BCom honours this year. Moreover, we don’t want to elongate the admission process like in the previous years,” said a highly placed source at Hindu College.
In 2007, the first cut-off for BCom honours at Hindu was 94.25 per cent. As seats remained vacant college took out a second list and closed admissions at 93.25. “We have learnt from last year and want to close admission in the first list itself,” the source said.
Hans Raj College, too, has proposed cut-offs in the same line. “We have proposed that the BCom honours cutoff be the same or a little less than last year at 94.25. Due to inflated cut-offs last year, we had very few admissions after the first cut-off list since a lot of students preferred going to SRCC and LSR,” said a Commerce teacher.
The college is also taking into account the number of students applying for CA. “From this year students doing CA cannot attend classes in regular colleges where the college timings clash with the institute’s. So we expect some students to withdraw after the CA entrance results are out,” said the teacher, adding that last year one-fourth of Commerce students at Hans Raj qualified for CA.
The cut-off for Economics will also decrease this year at Hans Raj. “We are planning on 92 per cent (compared to 93 per cent last year) for Humanities and Science stream students and 94 for Commerce students,” said an Economics teacher at Hans Raj.
At SRCC, which is the leader as far as setting cut-offs for popular courses like BCom honours and BA honours Economics are concerned, teachers do not see any cause for high cut-offs. “We have been unable to come to a conclusion yet but the cut-off will not rise significantly,” said a member of the college admission committee.
Indraprastha College for Women will also pull down its Commerce cut-off by a few points. “We did have a lot of vacancy due to unnecessarily high cut-off. So this time for Commerce it will be around 91 per cent and for Economics between 89 and 90 per cent,” said a teacher.
While Lady Sri Ram College is playing its cards close to its chest, the college admitted that the cut-offs would go up. “Last year we had reasonable cut-offs and ended up overadmitting students. But we cannot take that chance this year since we already have extra OBC students to take in. So we will be stricter this time,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, LSR.
Meanwhile a South Campus college principal said that even if North Campus colleges slash their cut-off, his college would increase it just to bridge the gap. He admitted that the first cut-off was more of a prestige issue and real admissions happened only after the second list came out. “We have to increase the cut-off so that we come at par with North Campus colleges,” said the principal.
Kamla Nehru principal Minoti Chatterjee though refuted the fact. “In the last four years we have been slowly but surely grading upwards. This year also as far as my college is concerned, the percentage might rise for courses like BCom honours and Economics honours by a maximum of 1 per cent and 2 per cent,” Chatterjee said.