In a dampener, the number of students scoring a perfect 100 in Mathematics has come down drastically this year. While last year, nearly 1,500 students scored 100, this year only around 1,000 aced the exam.
The score in maths is crucial as it impacts the cut-offs in commerce as well as science.
While all colleges prefer students who have studied maths for courses such as Economics and BCom (Honours), science colleges want scores in physics, chemistry and mathematics as part of the best of three score.
“While the number of merit certificates has come down, we can expect only a negligible change in cut-offs. For those who missed the 100-mark, there is no need to despair. There are a lot of opportunities,” said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, who teaches mathematics, at Zakir Husain Delhi College.
English Core and English Elective have usually been the reference points for students when deciding upon the best of four subjects. Delhi University, too, has made it mandatory for students to include a language in the best of four percentage.
The marks, however, differ vastly in both. While the number of students who have scored above 95% in English Elective has risen only slightly (from 2 last year to 3 this year), the number of students who scored above 96% in English Core has risen significantly from 706 last year to 1,782 this year. There is good news for those who want to do English (Hons). “For CATE, we have fixed the English cut-off at 45%. The weightage is 30% for English marks and 70% for CATE score,” said professor Mitali Misra of LSR.
The number of students who scored between 98 and 100 in physics has risen by leaps and bounds from 355 last year to 580 this year.
For chemistry and biology, however, the trend has seen a drop in the number of students securing between 98 and 100. While the number has dropped from 724 to 559 this year for chemistry, in biology the number has dropped marginally from 251 to 181.
Computer science has also seen a sharp rise in the number of students who scored between 99-100 from 221 last year to 378 this year.
“When a cut-off is decided, we look at all subjects together especially physics, chemistry, maths,” said Abha Dev Habib, professor of physics, Miranda House.
While the number of merit card holders in Mathematics has gone up, the number of students with more than 98% marks has increased to 550 this year. This figure was 391 last year. The results in the subject of business studies have also been good with more than 800 students scoring over 99%.
Students, however, have not fared well in accountancy with only 220 students scoring above 99 marks. The cut-offs in Delhi University may remain largely unchanged from last year in the commerce stream.
On Monday, commerce and humanities students were seen discussing how the results opened doors to cut-throat competition of making it to the Delhi University cut-off list.
While the Humanities topper in Delhi secured 97.6%, there has been some steep fluctuation in several subjects. The number of students who scored between 96 to 100 in history has seen a small rise from 135 last year to 137 this year.
Similarly, the number of students who scored between 96-100 in political science has seen a sharp drop from 862 in 2011 to 126 this year.
Teachers in DU say the trend is indicative of establishing a parity between all social science subjects. “The cut-offs will depend on the number of applicants. But the trend indicates that they are trying to bring all liberal arts subjects at par so that there is no drastic gap between how students score in various Humanities subjects,” said professor Ujjaini Ray of LSR.