The cut-offs for the Combined Entrance Test for English (CATE) saw a considerable dip as compared to last year. The highest CATE cut-off this year is 80.55% at Hindu College as compared to 84.53% at Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) last year. Hindu College was not part of CATE last year. The cut-off at LSR this year is 80.03%.
An overall dip of about 4% was seen across the 21 college that are part of CATE this year. This was not unexpected as the difficulty level of the exam had been quite high."We had expected this dip. Colleges have also kept in mind the trend of migrations from one college to another after the second cut-off is released," said Sumanyu Satpathy, head of the English department.
Around 6,000 students made it to the merit list this year.
"The cut-offs are adjusted according to the merit list. We are not worried about the marks in CATE, but about the actual merit list that has come out. Also, a lot of students don't migrate to other colleges from here, so that is not a big worry for us," said Mitali Mishra, who teaches English at Lady Shri Ram College. CATE colleges will consider 70% marks of the entrance and 30% marks of class 12 exams.
More than 12,000 students appeared in the test which was held on June 5. The merit list was released by the university on Monday afternoon.
While only one student managed to score over 90% in the merit list, 96 students scored over 80%. Last year, nine had scored over 90% and 200 scored over 80%.
If only CATE scores are considered, no one has been able to score 90%.