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Don’t play the waiting game, advise experts

As per experts if you have made it to the first selection list of various colleges but are still waiting for the second list, then that’s a bad idea. A report by Swaha Sahoo.

delhi Updated: Jun 30, 2008 00:15 IST
Swaha Sahoo

You have made it to the first selection list of various colleges but are still waiting for the second list — that’s a bad idea, say experts. Their advice: Take admission in the college where you have qualified.

Various colleges like SRCC, Lady Sri Ram, Hindu, Miranda, Hans Raj, Indraprastha and Sri Venkateswara close admissions for many courses after the first list and, if you play the waiting game, you may find yourself left with no option.

“It is also not essential that you will get the combination of college and course right in the second list. So secure a seat after the first list so that even if the second list does not throw up options you are safe,” said Manasvini Yogi, media coordinator, Indraprastha College. IP College will not come out with a second list for Economics, Psychology and Philosophy.

Principals also warn of a scenario where a student with good scores may be denied admission in the second round if he or she drops out of the first list.

“At Hans Raj we allow students who have qualified in the first list even if they turn up in the second round,” said S.R. Arora, principal, Hans Raj College. “But many colleges do not take in first list students in the second list even if their marks are higher because colleges prepare their cutoff lists for a percentage slab,” he said.

There are many like Anjali Varshney, a commerce applicant with 92 per cent. Although Anjali has qualified for BCom honours in IP College, Kamla Nehru and Jesus and Mary College, she has not yet taken admission. “I have my heart set on Hindu College (which has a cutoff of 94 per cent for BCom honours and am pinning my hopes on the second list,” said Varshney.

However, the likelihood of cutoff marks falling by 2 per cent in a popular college like Hindu is dim. “Cutoffs may fall at the most by a fraction of a percentage. There may be 50-100 candidates for every percentage drop,” said a commerce teacher at Hindu College.

Principals also suggest you personally visit the college of your choice to see if any admissions are being made on marks lower than the declared cutoff.

“For a lot of well-known colleges it is an ego issue if they close admissions after the first list. They declare a very high cutoff (first list) and then hesitate to take out a third or fourth list. This is when backdoor admissions happen,” said the principal of a prominent women’s college, who did not wish to be named.

However, once you secure your seat you have the option of canceling admission in the second round. “A students can get his/her admission cancelled by paying a small amount of Rs40. The admission fee is also refunded within 15 to 20 days,” said Arora.