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First list figures inflated, say teachers

Unhappy about the soaring first cut-off marks in Delhi University colleges? Take heart as the trend shows that most of the colleges take out a second, third and even a fourth list after high cut-offs fail to fill seats, reports Swaha Sahoo. Special: Campus calling

delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2008 02:37 IST
Swaha Sahoo

Unhappy about the soaring cut-off marks in Delhi University colleges? Take heart as the first cutoff list has, in all likelihood, inflated figures.

While A-league colleges like Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Hindu and Hansraj colleges have brought down their cut-off marks marginally, the less popular colleges have gone for higher cut-offs. This despite the fact that last year many colleges had to resort to a third cutoff list to fill seats.

Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College may have declared the highest cut-off marks this admission season with 98 per cent as the minimum for non-commerce students applying for B Com (H), but it is only second to SRCC in popularity.

But colleges like Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam, Dyal Singh, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Saheed Bhagat Singh College — none of these colleges are in the big league — too have cut-off percentages in 90s.

However, most of the colleges take out a second and a third list after high cut-offs fail to fill seats. In 2007, campus colleges like Ramjas, Hansraj and IP College had to declare third cut-off lists to fill up popular courses like B Com (H). Kirori Mal College, where B Com (H) cut-off was 94 per cent even released a fourth list. For BA (H) Economics, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College and SGG College of Commerce declared third lists.

“Colleges take high cut-offs as a measure of their reputation and compete with each other to declare higher cut-offs,” said SK Vij, dean (Students’ Welfare).

Teachers agree that the first cut-off list is often inflated. “The centralised forms are responsible for inflated cut-off lists as students with above 90 per cent marks apply in all the colleges — elite or otherwise,” said Manaswini Yogi of IP College. “Due to very high cut-offs in 2007, we had to go in for second and third lists. So, this time we have scaled down our cut-offs,” Yogi said.

Colleges cite the number of applicants as a reason behind rising cut-off marks, but clearly the bulk of students applying to the university have scored below 90 per cent marks.

This year, 223 applicants with scores above 95 per cent have applied to various courses. Another 3,962 applicants have scored between 90 to 95 per cent. University officials say even these numbers can be misleading as these have been calculated on the basis of combination of subjects.

“Campus colleges can only take in so many students. With rise in demand of courses and increasing number of applications, we have been forced to increase the cutoffs,” said Jitender Kaur, principal, Saheed Bhagat Singh College.