With cut-offs going down by up to three per cent for general category students in St. Stephen’s College, more candidates will appear for the interviews this year. Around 3,000 students will appear for the interviews for various subjects this year. (See cut-off list)
“More candidates are being called for the interviews to ensure that the number of students who actually appear for the interviews is higher,” said Nandita Narain, admission in-charge, St. Stephen’s College.
Not all students who are called for the interview turn up. “The new admission guidelines will allow more general category students to study in the college. So, a larger number of students for the interview will allow the college to choose more meritorious students from the category,” added Narain.
The college received a record number of applications from candidates with very high marks, especially for honours courses in Economics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
Though the cut-offs for most of the courses have dipped this year, Some such as Physics (Honours) have remained the same at 94. 33 per cent or gone up by 0.33 per cent in the case of Chemistry (Honours) at 92.67 per cent. “This is because of the large number of students with good results who have applied for these courses,” added Narain.
Some teachers felt that the Class XII results of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was also partially responsible for the low cutoffs in subjects such as Economics (Honours). “There was a sharp decline in the number of students who scored the maximum in Maths,” said Vinay Kumar Shrivastava, principal, Hindu College.
The number of students scoring a perfect 100 in the CBSE Class XII exams dropped to 160 from 707 last year. But the CBSE result is no indicator for the dipping cut-offs in English (Honours).
Inspite of the board awarding 3,788 merit certificates to students this year, as compared to 605 in 2009, the cut-off for the subject has gone down by up to 3 per cent this year.