The hue and cry over improper evaluation of CBSE’s Class XII English papers is unlikely to affect the English (Honours) cut-off marks this year. In fact, in all likelihood, it will be higher than what it was in 2007, say college principals and Delhi University officials.
With the entrance test abolished and Board marks being the sole admission criterion, the college authorities, it seems, have no other option but to raise cut-off marks. “Earlier, we could assess a candidate’s writing skills with the written examination. This allowed us to give less weightage to Board results. In the absence of the test, we will probably revise the qualifying marks to a higher number,” said Jayashri Deshpande, vice principal, Lady Shriram College (LSR). Gargi College Principal Meera Ramachandran concurs.
This news will not go down well with private school students dismayed with their poor grades in English. Since it’s compulsory to include English marks while calculating the best-of-four aggregate, the increase in cut-off marks will hurt their prospects.
Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean students’ welfare, Delhi University, acknowledges the problem.
“With the entrance test discontinued the English (Honours) course this year is like any other Honours course. Those who feel they’ve have been marked unfairly in their CBSE English will probably suffer, but then it’s important for colleges to increase cut-offs to admit meritorious students,” says Tuteja.
Hindu College Principal Kavita Sharma fails to understand the uproar over the abolishment of the entrance test. “The entrance test norm for English Honours is just five years old. Before this students were always judged on the basis of their results. Why is it such a problem now?” she asks.