Delhi University's fifth cut-off list came as a pleasant surprise to those who had lost all hope of getting admissions to a North Campus college despite scoring high marks.
Nine colleges have come out with a fifth list in BCom (Hons) while four are still open for admissions to economics honours.
There's hope for aspirants to humanities courses as 12 colleges remained open for BA (Programme).
The story is different for science students as the only college to keep its doors open in physics is Ramjas College.
The fifth list has been the biggest boon for commerce aspirants as admissions to Hindu College, IP College, Kirori Mal College, Ramjas College and Sri Venkateswara College will go on.
"We have been cautious because we had to admit 180 students in BCom (Hons) last year. We still have about five seats left. Already, we have admitted 42 students. So in the fifth round, about 10-15 people may take admissions," said VCS Rao, media coordinator, Sri Venkateswara College.
Admissions to the economics honours course are on in four colleges including KMC, Jesus and Mary College and IP College.
The drop in marks, however, is only slight, with only those applicants who had earlier missed out on admissions by a whisker being eligible.
All hopes have been dashed for applicants to science courses in the fifth list. While colleges such as Kirori Mal College and Sri Venkateswara College had released a fourth list with variations of 0.25-2%, it is only Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College that has come out with a fifth list for botany honours and electronics honours.
"Colleges have played safe with the cut-offs of the over-admissions in most courses last year. Though the cut-offs for science were unreasonably high in the first list, a gradual reduction saw a huge influx of students. Now there may just be four to five seats left in colleges," said a senior DU official.
Humanities students have enough reasons to rejoice. A spate of withdrawals has led to admissions to history honours — which emerged as one of the most sought-after humanities subjects — to open up yet again. While Ramjas College, which did not admit students after the third and fourth lists, has cut-offs of 84.25-94.75%.
At the same time, several colleges such as the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) and Sri Venkateswara College still have seats vacant under the general category in BA (Programme).