Those aspiring to pursue the coveted English (Honours) course in Delhi University may be heaving a sigh of relief after seeing the cut-off list declared by St. Stephen’s College on Sunday. But teachers said that other colleges may not follow suit.
A drop of up to three per cent for English (Honours) in the St Stephen's College cut-off list took many by surprise. If the Class XII results of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was any indication, this year the cut-offs for the course were supposed to soar.
The Board awarded as many as 3,788 merit certificates to students who scored more than 90 this year, as compared to 605 in 2009. Teachers though feel that it would not be appropriate to say that the cut-offs for English (Honours) in other colleges too will be low. According to them, the modified admission criteria this year to accommodate more students from the general category is one of the reasons for the low cut-offs in St. Stephen's College.
"Also, one should keep in mind that they have an interview whereas the other colleges will have to depend only on the CBSE results. So, one expects a rise in the cut-offs for English this year," said Anjana Neira Dev, associate professor of English, Gargi College.
But others feel that the St. Stephen's cut-offs could be an indicator for other colleges too.
"It is one of the best colleges and the best candidates would apply there. So if we go by the trend of this college, we can expect a drop in the cut-offs for English across all the colleges this year," said an associate professor of English, Delhi University.
Yet others said that the cut-offs would eventually depend on the kind of applicants that the colleges receive.