Students disappointed by the dizzying heights of the first cut-off lists of Delhi University colleges on Tuesday now have a reason to smile.
On Wednesday, St Stephen’s College came out with its cut-offs that looked much more realistic. Students need to secure between 97.5% and 96% in the best of four subjects to get admission in Economics (Hons) and between 97% and 94.5% in English (Hons) in the premier college.
This list, however, carries only 75% weightage as St Stephen’s is the only college in DU that conducts interviews for admission to all its courses.
“I am very relieved. It is ironical that the cut-offs in other colleges are much higher than those in St Stephen’s. But it is very good news for us,” said R Meenakshi, who scored 94.5% and wants to pursue History (Hons) at St Stephen’s.
The cut-offs at St Stephen’s are also expected to bring down cut-offs in other colleges. Previously, other top colleges would take a cue from the cut-offs issued by St Stephen’s before the rest. This time, though, the college has come out with its cut-offs a day after the others."This benchmark was not available to us this time because the other lists came out a day before that of St Stephen's. Now that it is out, course corrections will be done in the second lists," said the principal of a leading North Campus college on condition of anonymity.
While the cut-off in the most popular course at St Stephen's — Economics (Honours) — has risen by 1.25% this year, cut-offs for courses such as Philosophy (Honours) and BSc (Programme) have actually come down.
"Our list is the only one that gives the correct picture. The rest are plainly speculative. We have actually done an extensive analysis on the basis of applications to reach the cut-off figures," said Valson Thampu, principal of St Stephen's College.