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Cut-off: Make most of it

The first cutoff list is out and your marks are just a bit short of the cutoff announced by the college of your choice. What should you do: wait for the second list hoping for the cutoff to come down a few notches?

education Updated: Jun 28, 2006 12:43 IST

The first cutoff list is out and your marks are just a bit short of the cutoff announced by the college of your choice. What should you do: wait for the second list hoping for the cutoff to come down a few notches?

No, the best thing would be to get admission in a college where you make the cutoff list, even if the college is a second rung one or is off campus. However there is a catch in this conventional wisdom.

Once you have taken admission in a college, submitted all your original documents and paid the fees, it is a tough job to get your documents out of the college. As for the fees, just forget it.

Moreover, you would not have much time to get these things done, so start early as it will be a race against time. "I had taken admission in Political Science (H) in one of the colleges in South Campus after the first cutoff list came out.

"Later, I changed my mind and decided to pursue History (H) at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, which is a better college, after the second cutoff list was announced," said Gautam who passed out of the college a couple of years ago.

"That was the beginning of a terrible experience. I had to submit all my original certificates in the South Campus college during admission. That was much easier than getting them out," he said.

"The cancellation of admission sometimes takes a day as there are many such applications that we have to consider but the process can be done urgently if case of a special request," said D Jagannathan, principal of Dyal Singh College. MS Rawat, principal of DCAC says that all students have to do is write an application and get it signed from him and the college staff gives the documents back.

It sounds easy but the process is tedious. Rawat explains - "These applications are processed after lunch as the staff is busy with admissions before that. The process takes some time as the original certificates are taken for verification all data has to be removed from the records before the admission is cancelled."