Despite initial confusion and hesitance at the time of application, whopping 10,400 students have applied through the OBC quota to colleges affiliated to Delhi University this year. This figure is almost the double of the number of seats reserved under this category. About 82,127 candidates have applied through the general category.
“There are 10,400 applicants for close to 5,000 seats kept aside for OBC candidates. This comprises 7,000 male students and 3,445 female students,” said Suman Kumar Verma, Joint Dean Students’ Welfare, University of Delhi.
The initial speculation by university officials about there not being too many OBC candidates in the Delhi belt seems to have been contradicted by the analysis of the common forms. Though the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) only lists 53 classes under the central list of OBCs for the National Capital Territory, more than half the OBC applicants — that is 5,800 — have turned out to be from Delhi region.
However, Deputy Dean Students’ Welfare Gurpreet Singh Tuteja feels that a lot of these candidates are from parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh that come under the NCR. “This is why this figure looks so inflated,” he said.
Though the candidate seat ratio seems good, some university officials said filling up all the 5,000 OBC seats could be a little difficult. “Unlike the SC/ST quota where we have to fill up all the seats, this quota comes with rider that says OBC candidates cannot get a cut-off relaxation of more than 10 per cent. There’s no guarantee that all the candidates who have applied are meritorious and that we’ll be able to fill all the seats with only the 10 per cent relaxation. These seats could fall vacant and next year with further increase in quota this problem could get worse,” said a university official.
In response to this concern, Dean of Students’ Welfare S.K. Vij said, “It’s too early to say whether these seats will be filled up or not. After all, we do have close to 5,000 extra applicants for this quota.”