Even as the temperature touched a sizzling 41 degrees Celsius before mid-day, students along with their parents made a beeline for various colleges as Delhi University (DU) began its admission process on Friday.
Armed with umbrellas, hats, sun glasses and water bottles, the youngsters, however, had scores of queries before they took admission in a college "more or less" of their choice.
DU announced its first cut-off list for admission to more than 80 colleges on Thursday. While for popular courses like B.Com (Honours) and B.A. Economics (Honours) the cut off percentage went northwards, others remained more or less within expectations.
The cut-off of B.Com (Honours) ranged between 95.25 to 98.75 at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and a tad lower at Hindu college with 94.75 to 97.75 percent.
Waiting in the queue to submit the college's admission fee, Rasika Jain, a commerce student, said she had to compromise her choice of college over course.
"I would have ideally wanted to do B.Com (Honours) at the Shri Ram College of Commerce. But the cut-off there and most other colleges for B.Com is so high. Despite getting an aggregate of 93 percent, I have cleared the eligibility criterion in just two colleges in north campus," Jain told IANS.
"But instead of taking admission in a different course in one of the colleges of my choice, I have decided to stick to the subject of my choice. I have thus taken admission in B.Com (honours) at Indraprastha college," she added.
Some, however, decided to compromise their course for a college of their choice.
"I wanted to do B.A. Psychology at Lady Shri Ram College, but I don't meet their cut off. That's why I have now taken admission in B.A. History in the same college. Let's see if the cut off for Psychology comes down in the second list," said Harshita Sharma, another student.
Although the admission seekers were helped by student volunteers in colleges, last minute confusions and disappointments were galore for some.
Dhiraj Borah, a student of the Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) board, was under the impression that he had cleared in both Kirori Mal and Ramjas college in B.A English (Honours), until he came for admission on Friday morning.
"I didn't know that environmental studies (EED) which was one of my compulsory subjects in Class 12, is not considered while taking admission in DU. With EED my aggregate was 86 per cent, but without it the percentage comes down to 83 - making me not eligible in most of the good colleges," Borah said with disappointment.
To accommodate more students, DU this year increased its seats by 7,000 taking the total number of seats on offer to 49,000.