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‘Realistic’ cut-offs at women’s colleges

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2007 10:54 IST
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Most women’s colleges in the Capital are sticking to “realistic” cut-offs this year to wind up the admissions process early enough. There has been an increase in the cut-offs in popular subjects like B.Com, Economics and Math in most colleges, unlike the restrained benchmarks in humanities.

The cut-offs for science courses have dipped in some colleges, owing to the low number of applicants and a high drop-out rate during previous academic sessions. The cut-offs in commerce subjects have gone up because of the popularity of the discipline and promising job prospects.

<b1>The cut-offs for humanities have remained the same by and large — a marginal increase across colleges. Surprisingly, the cut-off for B.Com (Hons) at Lady Shri Ram College for Women was 94 per cent, a drop of .25 per cent while the cut-off for Economics (Hons) remained the same at 93.75 per cent. The cut-offs for Math (89 per cent), Sociology (90 per cent), Psychology (92.75 per cent), History (84 per cent), Philosophy (82.75 per cent) and B.A. programme (88.5 per cent) have risen by five per cent.

The cut-offs for Hindi (62.5 per cent) and Sanskrit (50 per cent) slipped by big margins. LSR Media Coordinator Kanika Khandelwal said, “It is important to be realistic because with inflated cut-offs, the admission process keeps extending uselessly, as colleges have to reduce percentages if seats do not fill.”

In Miranda House, the cut-offs for Economics (91-94 per cent), Hindi (67-72 per cent) and Political Science (81-85 per cent) have increased by two per cent. There has been a three per cent drop in the cut-off for Philosophy (76 per cent) and a two per cent slide in History (76.5-78 per cent).

The cut-offs for sciences have remained stable, with a three per cent dip in Botany alone. Gargi College has hiked its cut-off for B.Com (Hons.) by about 1.5 per cent and reduced it for B.Com (Pass) by 1 per cent. Cut-offs for Sciences remain the same. Kamala Nehru College restrained from a hike in the cut-offs for Social Sciences.

Kamala Nehru College’s principal Minoti Chatterjee said, “We have maintained the cut-offs for History, Political Science and Philosophy in the bracket of 70-75 per cent. It is important to have a realistic understanding, especially in a scenario where everything else is skyrocketing.”

Lady Irwin’s cut-off for Home Science (Hons) was 65 per cent, a decline of 10 per cent from last year while it has marginally decreased in Home Science (Pass). Janki Devi Memorial College’s principal Indu Anand said, “We have increased our cut-offs by almost two per cent across subjects, owing to the massive number of applications we have received this year.”