Delhi University will release the first cutoff list for admissions to its undergraduate courses late on Wednesday and applicants can expect a jump of 0.5-1% across streams this year.
Principals said the cutoff for courses that have received maximum applications can even go 1-2% higher, compared to last year. They attributed the high cutoff to the rise in the number of students scoring 90% and above in Class 12 board examinations.
In CBSE, nearly 90,000 students scored more than 90% marks as compared to over 60,000 in 2015.
“The cutoffs are expected to see a marginal rise of 0.5 to 1% across streams. The number of students applying to the university is higher again this year. The Class 12 board results this year were also better than last year,” Gyantosh Jha, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College’s principal, said.
The cutoff in DU colleges is determined by the number of applications received by the university and the percentage of high scorers in the boards. Authorities also keep the trend for the past few years in mind and cutoffs have never seen a dip.
This year a total of 2,50,914 students have applied for 54,000 seats in 63 colleges.
Principals said colleges will be cautious while releasing the first cutoff to avoid over admissions.
“Cutoffs will obviously increase as no college will take the risk of keeping lower cutoffs than last year as it can lead to over admissions,” Vijay K Sharma, principal, Ram Lal Anand College, said.
After a college releases its cutoff, it cannot turn away any eligible students as admissions in DU colleges are not based on the first-come-first-serve basis.
Some principals said that the cutoff will be on the higher side as the number of seats has not increased. English (Hons) received the maximum - 1,15,786 - applications this year whereas there are close to 3,000 seats.
“Had new courses started and the seats increased there would have been an impact on the cutoffs. Since that has not happened, the cutoffs are going to increase,” GK Arora, principal Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, said.
The cutoffs are also going to see a rise in off-campus and evening colleges given the trend in the past few years.
For instance, Shivaji College in Raja Garden, physics cutoff was at 88% in 2013 and 90% in 2014 but jumped to 95% in 2015. In Shahdara’s Shyam Lal College, the cutoff for English was 85% and 87% in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but increased to 94% last year.
The growing demand for admission in off-campus colleges is said to be due to an increase in the number of applications being received by the university. Principals say the number of applicants is almost five times higher than the total number of seats.
At Kalindi College, located in Patel Nagar, the cutoff for commerce was 92% in 2013, 94% in 2014 and in 2015 it was at 95%. Similarly, physics was at 77%, 90%, and 91% in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.
For subjects like English, BA programme and history, which have received the maximum applications, are also going to see an increase.
Students can check the cutoffs online and if they meet the eligibility they can log into the university’s admission portal and choose the college and course. They will have to take a printout of the completed form, along with the listed documents and their self-attested copies and visit the designated college on any of the three days of admission.
They can also access the cutoff list on mobile apps like DU & U and Pocket DU. The apps have been developed by former students and designed to provide information such as cut-offs and college locations.
The DU & U app, for example, provides students with the cutoff list, college locations and even popular hangout spots around college campuses. The application is available on Google Playstore and provides both academic and recreational information to the new students.