Filling up seats reserved for students belonging to the other backward classes (OBC) is proving to be a challenge for Delhi University (DU) this year again.
Even though most colleges have exhausted their limit of declaring 10% lower cut-offs for OBC students, they have not been able to fill the seats. OBC seats are open in most courses in almost all DU colleges, but there are no takers.
“We faced this situation last year as well, when around half of our seats went vacant. The reservation is too high. It is not possible to find 27% students with such high marks. The quota should be reduced due to lack of capable students,” said the principal of a DU college, on condition of anonymity.
Courses like B.Com (honours), economics (honours), political science (honours), and BA (programme) are open for OBC students.
In science courses, however, the trend is different, with seats in courses like physics and chemistry being full for both general as well as OBC category in most colleges. This can be attributed to the fact that there are more students who are eligible to take admission in science courses as the cut-offs for these courses are lower than courses like B.Com and economics.
If the seats are not filled even after the fifth cut-off, they will be converted into general category seats.
The cut-offs for OBC students can be just 10% less than that for the general category students. Recently, this rule was challenged in the Supreme Court. The court said colleges must adhere to its judgement that the maximum cut-off marks for backward classes should be 10% less than the general category. This means that if the last cut-off for the general category is 90%, then the OBC candidates must have 80% to be eligible for admission.