Off campus colleges emerged as the best option for students waiting for the second cut-off list.
While most north campus colleges closed their doors, especially for popular courses like B Com, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology, seats were still available in most off-campus colleges.
The average dip varied for college to college with Lady Shri Ram College bringing down cut-offs by an average 1% and Kamla Nehru introducing an average dip of 2%. "We are taking in students from B Com and Economics and in Humanities as well. We don't have many seats left so the dip is not very high," said Ujjaini Ray, media coordinator, LSR.
History and Political Science emerged as most sought after subjects in humanities with most colleges closing admissions in these courses. Philosophy is an option that students can still opt for as admissions are still open in colleges such as LSR, Kamla Nehru, Gargi and Hindu. Economics is closed in most colleges but Hansraj, Lady Shri Ram, Venkateswara and Kamla Nehru are still offering seats, though the cut-off has dipped by 0.5% on an average.
In B Com, students will get an option of applying to SGTB Khalsa College, Kirori Mal College, Hansraj College and Ramjas College in north campus. While the dip in Kirori Mal is substantial at 1.5%, other colleges have introduced a dip of just 0.5%. In south, Lady Shri Ram, Kamla Nehru, Gargi and Jesus and Mary have given some respite to students.
The science courses in the second cut-off list have not witnessed much change in the percentage cut-offs with colleges introducing a marginal differential in these courses.
In Hansraj, admissions to Computer Science (honours) have been closed, while Physics (honours) has seen a 1% dip. In colleges such as Hindu, admissions to Botany (honours) have been closed, while in Kirori Mal College, admission to physics, chemistry and mathematics (honours) have been closed. Daulat Ram, College, which had upped its cut-offs by up to 13% compared to last year, brought down cut-offs by 3% - 4%.
"There has not been much change in the second list since we are trying to avoid over admissions, except in courses like Botany (honours), which has seen a dip of 3% in the second list," said VK Kawatra, Principal, Hans Raj College.
However, in colleges such as Sri Venkateswara College, admissions to Chemistry and Statistics (honours) have been closed and cut-off for Physics (honours) has remained unchanged at 93.33%.
"We have closed admissions for chemistry while the cut-off for physics has remained unchanged because many students are planning to leave for engineering colleges. However, we will not reduce the cut-off for physics," said Hemalatha Reddy, Principal, Sri Venkateswara College.