Delhi University’s Department of English declared the results of the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) on Saturday.
Around 9,000 students had appeared for the entrance test on June 9, for admissions to the English (Honours) course in 17 colleges of the varsity.
While 6,338 students from the general category cleared the test, 465 candidates from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) made it to the list of those who qualified in the test.
This, however, does not mean that students are guaranteed a seat in these colleges. The results of the entrance test this year have been impressive as compared to last year. The highest marks scored this year were 93.60 per cent as compared to 84 per cent last year.
Nine students scored above 90 per cent and around 200 students scored above 80 per cent.
“This year, because of the inclusion of some colleges like Miranda House and Lady Shri Ram College, we had very high scoring candidates who sat for the entrance,” said Sumanyu Sathpathy, head of the department (HoD) of English, Delhi University.
“So, there was remarkable improvement in the quality of candidates,” he added.
“Some of the answers in part B (the subjective part) were outstanding,” said Sathpathy.
But the high scores may not necessarily translate into high cut-offs.
“Only a few have scored above 90 per cent. Hence, we cannot raise the cut-off drastically,” said Sathpathy.
“The cut-off may go up to 83 per cent at most, which will be one per cent higher than what it was last,” he added.