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Race for Science courses hots up

The race for a seat in Delhi University's science courses just got tougher. Cut-offs for most science courses across all colleges have reached an all-time high. Shaswati Das reports. Cut-off list

delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2011 02:08 IST
Shaswati Das

The race for a seat in Delhi University's science courses just got tougher. Cut-offs for most science courses across all colleges have reached an all-time high.

In Daulat Ram College, there has been a 13% jump in Chemistry (honours) cut-off, from last year's 77% to 90%.

Physics (honours) saw a moderate cut-off level in most colleges like Miranda House, Hans Raj College and Sri Venkateswara College, ranging between 84-91% last year. However, the bar for Physics (honours) has been raised by approximately 5-8% in most colleges.

"Miranda has seen an 8% jump in Physics (honours) cut-off, from 84% last year to 92% this time. We have done this deliberately to avoid a huge inflow of applications. Since most other colleges have set very high cut-offs, we do not want our college to become a fallback option for students," said Abha Dev Habib, professor of Physics, Miranda House.

Hindu College too has seen a marginal jump in Physics (honours) from 94% last year to 96.66% this year, owing to the absence of any application forms this year. "Last year's cut-off saw 120 students take admission to the course. This year, with the absence of any forms, the college is trying to limit the intake of the course," said Shankar Dutt, Professor of Physics, Hindu College.

Other courses like Computer Science (honours), which saw a cut-offs between 94-98% last year, has risen only marginally to 95-98% in Hans Raj College.

While Mathematics (honours) has risen marginally from 88-94% last year to 92% this year in Kirori Mal College and 87-92% in Sri Venkateswara College, Statistics (honours) has remained constant at 88-90% in Ramjas College.

"Cut-offs in science courses have risen this year because the departments decided to admit a limited number of students in the courses this year.

We are being very cautious this academic year because of the university's admission process. So even if 20 out of 30 seats remain empty, they can always be filled later," said Hemalatha Reddy, Principal, Sri Venkateswara College.