Students seeking admission to humanities courses in DU are in for a tough struggle. For Economics (honours), Hansraj College has raised last year's 93.25 - 95.20% cut-off to 96-97%.
JMC has raised the cut-off mark from 92-97% to 93.5-96.5% this year. LSR too has raised it to 97% from 95.25% last year, while Kirori Mal College has also raised the bar from 91.5-95.5% last year to 93-98% this year.
"This is an outcome of the admission procedure. If we get 300 applications, then we'll have to accept all the students because there is no stipulated number of applicants this year. The high cut-offs are a basis for us to judge the intake of students," said Saumyajit Bhattacharya, Professor Economics, Kirori Mal College.
With the absence of any pre-admission forms this year, all departments across the university have decided to raise the bar through the high cut-offs to keep the number of students seeking admission within limits.
For other courses such as History (honours), there has been a 2% rise in the cut-off mark in LSR this year. BA programme too has seen a marginal rise from 78-86% last year to 88-92% this year in Ramjas College, while in Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, it has remained constant at 75%.
"The jump in cut-offs in not unrealistic. Since there are no forms issued by the university this year, we need to see how many students there are below the specified cut-off mark. Accordingly, we will lower the cut-off in the subsequent lists," said Ujjaini Ray, Media Coordinator, LSR.