With the modification in the admission process of the Delhi University (DU), colleges — especially the more sought after ones — will declare higher first cut-offs this year. Under the new admission process, students will not fill pre-admission forms and will be able to take admission in any college where they meet the cut-off.
Expecting large turnout of eligible students in this scenario, colleges have decided to be cautious about cut-off percentages.
“For a college like ours, where seats are mostly filled-up in the first list, we have to be a little more cautious while declaring the cut-offs. Based on our past cut-offs, there could be a slight increase. But again, a lot also depends on the CBSE class 12 results,” said VK Kawatra, principal, Hansraj College.
Most off-campus colleges will also follow this trend.
“We had declared 90% as the cut-off for commerce last year. But this year, we may declare 91% as the percentage. This will happen in all colleges, just to be on the safe side,” said Rajesh Mohan, principal, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College.
But the second cut-off lists will be more realistic, many feel.
“Everyone will declare inflated cut-offs in the first list to ensure that they don’t end up admitting more students than the available seats. It will be like a precaution. The second cut-off list will show the real picture,” said Madhu Pruthi, principal, Keshav Mahavidyalaya.
Meanwhile, off-campus colleges have reacted positively to the change and feel nothing much is going to change.
“We know that a student with 98% is not coming to our college. So, illogically-high cut-offs should not be expected. There will be a marginal change. It doesn’t really matter as nothing has changed in reality,” said Vijaya Laxmi Pandit, principal, Rajdhani College.
But most principals feel that it’s too early to decide how good the system is.
“We are ready to experiment with something new. But nothing conclusive can be said without letting it work for at least a year,” said Kalpana Bharara, principal, Aditi Mahavidyalaya.
Colleges to get 15 extra days
Students applying to DU this year will get to know which college they have been admitted to, sooner. DU’s decision to do away with pre-admission forms will give colleges 15 more days to concentrate on admissions rather than form sales.
DU is expected to release the first cut-off list in the second week of June.
"Cut-offs will hopefully, declared earlier in the second week of June,” said a senior DU official. "Admissions (general category) may go on till July 15 to give ample time to announce five cut-off lists," he added. Colleges are expected to reopen on July 21.
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How it will work for colleges
1. Colleges will prepare cut-off lists on the basis of past experience and board results of class 12 students.
2. This will be sent to the university, which will put it up for students.
3. Colleges have to admit all students who match the cut-off published.
4. Admission will not be on the basis of first come-first serve.
5. Colleges are expected to come out with the first cut-off list by mid-June.
6. The fifth list may come out between July 10 and July 15.
How it will work for students
1. No pre-admission forms — centralised or individual — are to be filled by a student. They have to wait for the university to first declare the cut-off list.
2. After seeing the cut-off lists of different colleges, students can go to a college where they meets the cut-off and claim admission
3. A student can take admission in the first list and if a better option comes up in the consequent lists, they can change the college. The colleges will refund the fee, like earlier.
What has changed
1. No more running around and long lines to buy and submit forms for students.
2. Colleges can now declare 5 cut off lists as opposed to 4 earlier.
3. Colleges will not be allowed to put riders like minimum marks in a subject as pre-requisite.
What remains same
1. For colleges, the actual process of admission remains the same.
2. Most have been declaring cut-offs on the basis of past experiences and will continue to do so.
3. All students who meet the cut-off will get admission.