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Stephen’s cut-offs soar beyond reach

On Wednesday, St Stephen’s College declared its cut-off list for the general category. And with this, it also created history of sorts. The college — which is the oldest in the Capital — recorded the highest increase ever in the qualifying marks for several courses, reports Ritika Chopra.

delhi Updated: Jun 18, 2009 00:34 IST
Ritika Chopra

On Wednesday, St Stephen’s College declared its cut-off list for the general category. And with this, it also created history of sorts.

The college — which is the oldest in the Capital — recorded the highest increase ever in the qualifying marks for several courses.

Interviews begin on June 20.

Shockingly, this year the cut-off percentage for courses such as BA Programme, History (Honours) and Philosophy (Honours) shot up by as much as seven to nine per cent for students humanities stream.

This is in sharp contrast to last year’s trend, where cut-offs had risen by 0.5 to 2 per cent across all subjects.

What’s interesting is that none of the above three is among the most sought-after courses of the college. In fact, Economics (Honours), which has received the maximum number of applications this year, has registered an increase of one to 1.25 per cent for the science, commerce and humanities streams.

“The marks scored by students this year are shockingly good. We had no choice but to peg the cut-off this high. In most courses, the increase in qualifying marks is the highest ever,” said Nandita Narain, tutor for admissions.

This year, the cut-offs were expected to go up as there the college registered a 40 per cent increase in the number of applications received and a large number of candidates have an aggregate of over 95 per cent.

“The sharp rise could also be attributed to the fact that this year we’re calling lesser students for interview for all the humanities courses. Till last year we called six students for each seat. This time, four candidates will be interviewed for one seat,” said Rohit Wanchoo, head, history department.

The trend at St Stephen’s College could be an indicator of what’s to come as far as other top Delhi University institutions are concerned.

Though cut-offs may not increase as insanely as it has at St Stephen’s, but they could be higher than last year’s.

“A cursory glance at the college applications indicates that the qualifying percentage this year will probably be higher.

As far as economics is concerned, Hansraj could be in the same league as St Stephen’s,” Anand Mittal, admission incharge, Economics, Hansraj College.

Yes, an increase is likely but not as high as seven per cent as seen in Stephen’s ,” said Shankar Kumar, teacher-in-charge, history, Hindu College.

At St Stephen’s, English (Honours) — second in line in terms of popularity — is the only course that reflected a one per cent drop in the qualifying marks for the commerce stream students.

Commerce students need to have 97 per cent in the best of four and humanities 92.5 per cent to qualify for the interview. For science students, the cut-off is 96 per cent.