The second cut-off list, declared by the Delhi University on Sunday, has come as a big relief for applicants who missed out on admissions in a college of their choice by a whisker.
In most colleges, the cut-offs have come down by only a small margin. On an average, the decrease is 0.5%. The good news is that popular courses such as commerce, economics, physics and computer science are still open in most colleges.
Colleges such as Shri Ram College for Commerce, Hansraj College and Hindu have kept admissions in economics open.
The merit list at Ram Lal Anand College, which had declared a cut-off of 100% for non-science applicants opting for computer science, remains the same — 95% for science applicants and 100% for non-science candidates. The college maintains it has only a few seats left and will be able to fill it in the second list.
So far, the most popular courses have turned out to be history, Hindi, political science and zoology, with only a few colleges coming out with a second list.
See DU's second cut-off list here
And while the second cut-off has brought cheer to many, it is also expected to lead to musical chairs of sorts with aspirants withdrawing from one college to take admission in another college of their choice.
It could force colleges that have already closed admissions to open up seats again in the third list.
For applicants who have already taken admission in a college under the first list and want to switch to a different college and course in the second, the process is very smooth.
University officials, though, warn them against hasty decisions.
“All those who want to change their college after the second list should first contact the college where they want to go. Once they have made sure they meet all the criteria, including all the additional eligibility criteria, they should go to the previous college they took admission in and withdraw admission.
"The college will return their certificates, if retained, within a day’s time. After this a candidate can go to the second college and take admission,” said a senior university official.