The admission process in Delhi University finally kicked off on Monday as colleges came out with cut-off lists with B Com and economics honours courses witnessing the most competition.
The first cut-off list of DU for the third time touched the 100%-mark with three rank outsider colleges this time putting the ceiling at maximum for admission to its B.Sc (Computer Science) course.
Colleges kept up the tradition of sky-high cut-offs with the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) setting a benchmark of between 99.50% and 97.50% for admission to its B Com (honours) course. In 2012, the cut-off was between 98.5% and 96.5% .
The increase in cut-offs was expected after the number of students scoring more than 95% marks in the CBSE class 12 board exams increased to 8,971 in 2014 from 5,996 last year.
For economics (honours), the cut-off at SRCC was between 98.25% and 97.50%, a rise from 96.75% in 2012.
DU admissions were delayed this year due to a tussle between the University Grants Commission and the university over its controversial four-year undergraduate programme, which was implemented in 2013. Adhering to the directive of the university regulator, DU rolled back FYUP last week, going back to the three-year programmes that were running till 2012.
Three off-campus colleges sprang a surprise with their cut-offs for computer science (honours) course touching 100%. For Acharya Narendra Dev College, the cut-off was between 95% and 100%, while it was between 98% and 100% for Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College. Shyama Prasad Mukherji College's cut-offs for the same course were declared between 97% and 100%.
At Hindu College, the cut-off for B Com (honours) was between 99.75% and 97.25%, a rise of one percentage point from that in 2012. Cut-offs this year would have to be compared to those in 2012 since DU switched to FYUP in 2013, changing the number of seats under each course with some courses scrapped. The FYUP rollback this year has also decreased seats in several courses.
The massive rise in cut-offs this year was most noticeable in the humanities courses, which saw a jump of around five percentage points in cut-offs across all colleges. At Hindu College, the cut-off for history (honours) soared to between 95% and 97% - an increase of five percentage points. At Lady Shri Ram College, the cut-off for the same course is 96%, an increase of 5.75 percentage points.
Science courses, too, witnessed an increase in the cut-offs. At Hindu College, the cut-off for chemistry was 97%, an increase of 1.66 percentage points over that in 2012.
Two courses that were scrapped under FYUP --BA (programme) and B Com (programme) -- have made a strong return this year with high cut-offs. At Ramjas College, the cut-off for BA (programme) is between 88% and 93%, an increase of eight percentage points over that in 2012.