Soaring cut-offs have not deterred students from flocking to various colleges for admissions. And this time, several off-campus colleges have witnessed a large influx of students on the first day of admissions itself.
The courses that saw low enrollment rate on the first day have been economics (honours) and B.Com (honours), whose cut-offs have ranged between 94-99%. Compared to them, other courses like political science and history have witnessed a higher enrollment rate.
“Of a total of 1,092 seats, we have filled up 214 on the first day. English (honours), chemistry (honours) and statistics (honours) have respectively admitted 29, 26 and 28 students. economics (honours) and B.Com (honours) saw only four and five students respectively taking admission,” said Hemalatha Reddy, principal, Sri Venkateswara College.
Other colleges like Lady Sri Ram College (LSR) and Jesus and Mary College (JMC) had similar stories to tell. LSR authorities maintain that 200 of the total 750 seats have been filled, with political science and history admitting the maximum number of students.
“We are yet to gauge the number of students who will take admission in the next three days, based on which we will come out with second and third cut-off lists. While courses like economics have seen less than usual applications, other humanities courses have been filling up fast,” said Ujjaini Ray, media coordinator, LSR.
While the cut-off for B.Com. (Honours) has left several students disappointed, other off-campus colleges like Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) and Keshav Mahavidyalaya are now emerging as options for many. While 21 seats of a total of 92 seats in DCAC have already filled up, 70 students have taken admission in the 525-seat Keshav Mahavidyalaya.
“Last year ,the B.Com. (honours) cut-off was 92% and we were able to fill all the seats in the first cut-off list itself. This year, the race is tougher and we might be coming out with a second cut-off list,” said MS Rawat, principal, DCAC.
However, in Moti Lal Nehru College, only 27 students have taken admission. B.Com (honours) saw just two students securing admission, while Economics (honours) has seen five applicants.
“We will come out with second and third cut-off lists because once students start coming in for admission, we cannot deny them a seat,” said P Sengupta, Principal, Moti Lal Nehru College.