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Don’t wait for the second list

The high cut-offs at Delhi University this academic season may have disappointed you, but waiting for the second list to take admission is not a very good idea, say experts.

delhi Updated: Jun 16, 2011 00:26 IST
Mallica Joshi

The high cut-offs at Delhi University this academic season may have disappointed you, but waiting for the second list to take admission is not a very good idea, say experts.

Experts believe it is best to secure a seat in a course of your choice in the very first list, even if you haven’t made it to a college of your choice.

Despite statements that the first cut-off list this year is inflated and the second cut-off may bring out the real picture, some DU colleges may not come out with a second list in the popular courses.

“There is no reason to miss out on the first list. Taking a risk is not advisable. Students can easily migrate to another college of their choice if they manage to make it in the second list. No fee is deducted for this,” said VK Kwatra, principal, Hansraj College.

According to Delhi University rules, a college has to return the original certificates of any student who wants to withdraw his/her admission within 24 hours. The fee is also refunded within a week’s time.

University experts also warn students against taking unnecessary risks with the admission process.

“There is no harm in taking admission to colleges in the first list. There are only 54,000 seats in the university and there are lakhs of students who aspire to study here. There is always a chance that the college you have set your sights on may not come out with a subsequent list at all,” said a senior university official.

At Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), most students who were falling short by less than a per cent were planning to wait for the second list to come out.

“I think the cut-off will come down and I will wait for the second list,” said Ritika Chhabra, who has scored 96% marks in the commerce stream and wants admission in Economics (honours) in the college.

She and other students like her who wanted to wait for the second list were advised strongly against their decision by those manning the admission help desk.