Delhi University’s first cut-off list this year saw marginal changes. As more students got merit certificates in CBSE exams, a sharp increase in the DU cut-offs was being anticipated.
Except for science courses, commerce and humanities saw a marginal increase. In some cases, the cut-off for these courses in fact, dipped.
The dissociation of teachers from the admission process this year due to differences over the semester system seems to have been the reason for low cut-offs. Many colleges were forced to go with last year’s cut-offs.
While colleges like Ramjas stuck to last year’s cut-offs, Hindu had only declared cut-offs for four courses. DU’s most popular college for Economics (hons) and BCom (hons), Shri Ram College of Commerce, saw only a marginal increase of 0.5 per cent in both its courses.
“We have only marginally increased the percentage since we got a lot of applications this year and inflating the cut-offs would not have helped get good candidates, ” said PC Jain, principal SRCC, indicating that the college may close admissions with the first cut-off.
Among the Humanities courses, there has been only a marginal increase. “This is due to the experience of the last year. Declaring high cut-offs means that we have to wait till the second list or in some cases third lists to fill up the seats,” said Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, Lady Shri Ram College.
BA (programme), the most popular course in Humanities, that received second highest number of applications this year, has seen an average rise of one per cent, while the cut-off for English (Hons) in colleges that do not have a joint entrance exam (CATE), rose by up to two per cent.