The cut-off percentage in Humanities subjects like History, Hindi, Political Science and Sanskrit rose in several popular colleges this year in the first list even as the most sought after institutions tried to contain the sky-rocketing cut-off marks.
Humanities subjects have even left behind the popular and much in demand B Com (H) and BA (H) Economics courses of the University.
Subjects like BA Programme that have seen an increase in enrollments saw an automatic rise in colleges like Ramjas, Miranda House, IP and LSR, even as others like Hansraj and Hindu maintained last year’s cut-off percentages. For BA Programme, LSR once again declared the highest cut-offs at 90.5 per cent. Ramjas increased its cut-off from 75 to 77 per cent and Miranda jacked it by 3 per cent to 75.
“The number of students applying to BA programme had increased tremendously. This year, we received 12,000 applications through the centralised common admission forms,” said KS Verma, convener, Admissions Committee at Ramjas.
Another reason teachers feel is the excellent performance in Class XII exams. “Students have done exceedingly well in their exams and this applies to both general and OBC category. So, we don’t have any other option but to raise the cut-off bar,” said Dinaz Mirchandani, reader, Sociology at Miranda House.
History (H) and Political Science (H) that are usually considered the refuge of low-scoring students too have soaring cutoffs, due to a surge in the number of applications. Surprisingly, courses like Hindi (H) and Sanskrit (H) that are not considered traditionally popular have also registered a rise in cut-offs.
KMC has raised History cut-off from 77 to 81 per cent. LSR has gone from 84 to 87, Miranda from 76.5 to 78.5 and Daulat Ram has increased cut-off by 3 per cent to 73. “We have 19 seats for general category and within that we have to also adjust sports/ECA quota students and physically handicapped applicants. More students and less seats will lead to tough competition,” said Ratan Lal, reader of History at Hindu College, which has increased history cut-off by 2 per cent.
Political Science has also seen an increase in cut-off percentage ranging from 0.5 to 2 per cent.