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Science takes a beating, as usual

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2007 13:38 IST
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As expected, the first cut-off list for Commerce subjects in Delhi University has moved northwards yet again. The cut-offs for Humanities, too, are rising while the benchmark for Science subjects have either remained static or registered a drop. Science courses: Colleges have marginally increased their cut-offs by 1 per cent or less.



The most popular colleges for Science courses, Hans Raj and Hindu, have hiked their cut-offs by 1 per cent for Physics (Hons), Zoology (Hons), Botany (Hons.) and Mathematics (Hons.). Known for its Science courses, Gargi College has kept its cut-offs static, barring Chemistry (Hons.) and Microbiology, which have registered a drop.



Miranda House has hiked the cut-off for Physics (Hons.) by 0.34 per cent and reduced the cut-off for Botany (Hons.). It has not changed the cut-offs for other subjects. In south campus, colleges like Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC) and Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma (ARSD), that boast of a good faculty and facilities, have reduced their cut-offs by a good margin. ANDC has reduced cut-offs by two-three per cent for courses like Chemistry (Hons.), Botany (Hons.), Zoology (Hons.) and Mathematics (Hons.).



At ARSD, the cut-offs dropped by five per cent for the same subjects. While the cut-offs for pure Science courses like Physics (Hons.), Chemistry (Hons.) and Mathematics (Hons.) have remained more or less static, courses like B.Sc. Life Sciences and B.Sc. Physical Sciences and even the popular Applied Science courses have taken a beating. Science courses have been losing the battle to Commerce and even Humanities for the past few years.



And despite lower cut-offs, every year, most colleges have to come out with the fifth cut-off list to fill up the seats. “While we do get students in the first list, we witness an exodus to medical and engineering courses in other Universities by mid-July. That is why we admit two to three times more students than the number of seats,” said the principal of a south campus college. “Lowering cut-offs would mean we would retain at least some number of students even after the best go to engineering and medical colleges,” he said.



Commerce: This stream seems to be the favourite with students. With high scorers from all over India, especially Kolkata and Chennai, trying to get into a handful of A-grade DU college, the cut-off marks are a scorcher. Even if Sri Ram College of Commerce says it has increased cut-off marks for BCom Honours and Economics Honours marginally, the required score is almost impossible.



While the cut-off for Commerce students applying for BCom Honours in SRCC has increased by .25 per cent to 94.75 per cent, for non-commerce students, it has risen by 2.25 per cent to 98.75 per cent. The trend is replicated in colleges like Hindu and Hans Raj, considered the second best choices.



Hans Raj has scaled up its cut-off by 1 per cent for commerce students to 94.25 per cent while Hindu has increased its cut-off by .75 per cent to 94.25 per cent. Hindu principal Kavita Sharma said the increase was kept marginal to guard against an inflated cut-off. In Indraprastha College, the cut-off has gone up by 3.25 per cent to 3.5 per cent.



For commerce students, the cut-off here is 93 per cent while non-commerce students need 96.75 per cent marks. While Khalsa has scaled down its BCom Honours cut-off by .5 per cent marks to 93.5 per cent, LSR has scaled it down by .25 per cent to 94 per cent. In Economics, the cut-off has risen by .75 per cent across the board to 96 per cent for commerce students, 94 per cent for Science students and 93 per cent for Humanities students. Math is a must for admission to Economics Honours. SRCC offers a total of 405 seats, for which about 15,000 applied.