With the sale of prospectus and forms at St. Stephen's College drawing to a close on Monday, anxious students are now waiting for the interview call. The college will now start screening forms for the interview round.
"I have applied for two different courses to the college and now I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the interview call. The time gap between filling the form and awaiting the call is very stressful to students as we don't know where we stand," said Rohan Sharma, an applicant.
The college however, will start its screening process to eliminate all those students who do not match up to its eligibility criteria.
"Since the cut-offs have always shown an upward trend, from past experiences, it can be said that about 60% of the forms will be rejected," said KM Mathew, tutor of admissions, St. Stephen's College.
"Each year, we receive forms from students, who have secured in 70s or 80s. We immediately reject these forms as the cut-offs are usually in late 90s," added Mathew.
A student's chances at making it through a course in St. Stephen's College is based on his/her performance in class XII boards as well as the record of co-curricular activities, the statement of purpose and the performance in the interview.
"This year, we introduced OMR forms which will make screening candidates much simpler. We decide upon a fixed number of students we will call for interviews per course and then the percentage marks of the last student in that group becomes the cut-off mark," he added.
Having decided the percentage cut-off, the college also closely scrutinises the statement of purpose, which forms a very important part of the application procedure, along with other records.
"However, neither a student's co-curricular records nor the statement of purpose would provide the additional leverage if the student fell short of the cut-off," asserted Mathew.