OBC candidates now have one last chance to get that coveted seat in a Delhi University college.
Following the closure of admissions as per the fifth cut- off list, colleges will look at accommodating students from other reserved categories as well as the general category for every seat allotted to OBC admissions that goes vacant.
"The fifth list is the last chance for other backward classes (OBC) candidates to seek admission in DU. Once admissions close, the university provides us with a list of students belonging to other categories such as the Kashmiri migrants quota, physically handicapped and war widows quota," said Ujjaini Ray, media coordinator, Lady Sri Ram (LSR) College.
In colleges such as Kamla Nehru, LSR, Hansraj and Hindu College, cut-offs for students belonging to the OBC category have dropped by a sharp 10% in the fourth list. Most courses such as history, mathematics, philosophy, psychology and political science now have a cut-off between 61-85%.
"The idea is to encourage as many OBC students to take admission, as possible. But going by the trend, BCom (honours) and economics (honours) are likely to be filled up first, while other subjects such as psychology and political science are likely to face less rush. So this period must be taken as a warning for OBC students who have not taken admission yet," added Ray.
However, colleges maintain that even though the response from OBC candidates has seen an improvement this yea, as against the previous academic year with more students seeking admission across various courses, it is still sluggish. These colleges are therefore, getting ready to close admission for these students in some of the courses.
"Even though chemistry and physical sciences are likely to get filled up, we are still waiting for a more enthusiastic response from the OBC students. We will wait till July 13 to see how many students actually come in and then we will close admissions for OBC category. General category students will then fill the vacant seats after we have gone through the list supplied by DU," said Anju Srivastava, media coordinator, Hindu College.