The second cut-off list of Delhi University brought hope to many students of getting a seat in the much sought-after commerce and science courses.
Humanities, however, were another story, as most colleges declared full houses in history, English and political science.
Seats are still available in B.Com and economics courses in many colleges, including most sought-after colleges such as Shri Ram College of Commerce (for Economics) and Hindu College. But the dip in cut-offs is marginal. The admission under the second list starts on Friday. Cut-off list
And those students who were eligible for the first list but failed to take admission will not be given admission in colleges unless they can provide a convincing reason for missing out on the first list.
The high first cut-offs that gave a lot of students heartburn have been scaled down marginally by most colleges.
SRCC, to the surprise of many, declared a second cut-off for economics (honours) by lowering its cut-off by 0.25% and taking it to 96.5%-97.5%.
While Hindu College lowered its cut-off by 0.25% for both B.Com (honours) and economics (honours), Hans Raj College maintained its requirement for B.Com (honours) but lowered the requirement for economics by 0.75%.
IP College, too, is open for both courses. At Kirori Mal College, however, the admissions for economics have been closed.
With SRCC’s second list, a mass exodus of students who missed the first list by a whisker and have taken admission in other colleges for the time being is expected.
The cut-offs in north campus are largely dependent on each other and a slight change in a more sought-after college such as Hindu or Hans Raj mean students leaving colleges such as Miranda House and Ramjas.
At off-campus colleges as well, there are a few options left for students but the dip, again, is marginal, ranging from 0.25% to 1.5%.
Students could choose colleges such as Delhi College for Arts and Commerce and Kamla Nehru that still have seats along with others such as PGDAV, Shivaji College and most evening colleges.
Science aspirants have ample reason to heave a sigh of relief. The second cut-off list still has scope for students to make it to some of the most sought-after courses and colleges in DU.
While courses such as physics (hons) have seen a dip of 1%-3%, others such as botany and zoology have seen a similar dip as well.
“To begin with, cut-offs in many science courses were unreasonably high this time. It should have been more realistic. For example, in off-campus colleges for a subject like physics (hons) the cut-off touching 90% is unrealistic. So there is a high likelihood for a third list as well,” said Gulshan Sawhney, deputy dean of students’ welfare and professor of physics, ARSD College.
Options among the Humanities courses have come down drastically.
While Hans Raj College has closed admission for political science (hons) and sociology (hons) and reduced the history (hons) cut-off by 2%, other colleges such as Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College have already closed admission for BA (programme), history, philosophy, political science, sociology and psychology.
“80% of our admissions are over and this time there has been an overwhelming response from students. The Humanities courses — especially history (hons) and political science (hons) — have received a phenomenal response. This is largely because of booming career options that these courses provide in fields such as international relations and other related fields,” said Kanika Khandelwal, professor of psychology, LSR.
However, of the Humanities courses philosophy is still up for grabs in several colleges with cut-offs for the same being slashed by 2%-5%.
“For subjects such as philosophy, there is mostly a second list because students have rarely studied the subject in school, so their knowledge of philosophy isn’t vast. After the second list is out, the response changes dramatically for the better. Other humanities subjects such as history (hons) get filled up very fast,” said Gitesh Nirban, media coordinator and professor of philosophy, Kamla Nehru College.