Students who have not made it to any of the Delhi University colleges in the first two lists may just get lucky the third time around, with most colleges taking out the third cut-off list.
Courses like B.Com (H) and English (H), which are touted among the most popular ones, are still up for grabs.
While 24 colleges are yet to fill B. Com (H) seats, English (H) is still available in 20 colleges and B.A. (programme) and B.Com (programme) -- which were among those that received the highest number of applications -- are open in 37 and 27 colleges respectively.
Popular colleges like Ramjas and Lady Shriram, which were closed for B. Com (H), had to reopen admissions in the third list. Teachers said this was due to students migrating to courses of their choice after cut-offs dipped in the second list.
“There were a lot of transfers from B.Com (H) to Economics (H), after we dropped the cut-off for Economics (H) by 0.5 per cent. So, we had to open B.Com (H) in the third list,” said Kanika Kandelwal, media coordinator, Lady Shriram College.
Most teachers were surprised at the way English (H) seats have remained unfilled in atleast 20 colleges, which include the likes of Miranda House, Hindu, Indraprastha and Ramjas.
“This could be because most colleges wanted to play safe and declared a high- aggregate, as well as individual English cut-off in the first list. Going by our experience of last year, we could not reduce it drastically, as we run the risk of over admission,” explained Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.
Sumanyu Sathpathy, head of the English Department, Delhi University, attributed the dissociation of teachers as one of the reasons for the seats remaining unfilled.
“Though many of these colleges picked up speed by the time the second lists were put up, two-three colleges continued to languish because of the confusion over non-cooperation of regular staff and the absence of ad hoc teachers,” said Sathpathy.
Besides lower cut-offs, colleges like Ramjas have decided to modify subject combinations to attract students.
“We did not count Economics as a subject for admission to B.Com (programme) in the best of four subjects in the first and second list. Hence, a lot of students could not apply to the course. So, we decided to include it in the best of four subjects in the third list,” he added.
Most science courses have staged a comeback this year and had no third cut-offs.