Delhi University may be facing flak for announcing steep cutoffs. But experts say that about two-thirds of the total undergraduate seats will be filled up in two days.
This year 35,849 students, who applied to DU, have scored between 90% and 100%. The number of total seats in 61 colleges is only 54,000. The university this year received 6,850 applications that were in the 95-100% bracket and 28,999 in the 90-95% bracket.
These scores reflect the best of five marks as applicants have to fill up their total aggregate of Class 12 when they fill up the OMR forms. However, the cutoff is calculated on the basis of best marks in four subjects only. So the number of students scoring in between 90-100% after the best of four calculation is likely to be more.
“Simple mathematical calculation tells us that students who have secured 90 percent and above would fill the seats in almost 50 colleges of the university. Each of these colleges will be able to admit only around 700 students on an average,” said Manoj Sinha, principal Aryabhatta College.
The number of students in 90-100 brackets is an important factor for a university to determine their cutoff. “The college admission committee examines the histogram of the applicants to a subject given by the university. After that, based on the popularity of the subject in the college, there is a multiplication factor. It is multiplied by the total number of applicants in a given cut-off percentage. If the number calculated out of multiplication is less than the total number of seats for a specific subject in a college, that becomes our cut-off,” said Nachiketa Singh, a teacher at SGTB Khalsa College.
For instance, if the multiplication factor for Economics (hons) in a particular college is 0.5. It is multiplied by total number of applicants (let’s say 100) in a given cut-off percentage (98%). The result is 50, which is less than the number of seats for that course (55) in the college, would mean that the cut-off becomes 98 percent.
So when we analyse the cut-off in terms of applications and the popular course, the cut-offs for English, B.Com (hons), Economics (hons) have gone up. For English, which received 90,331 applications, the highest cutoff is pegged at 98.25 at Lady Shri Ram College. Likewise for B.Com (hons) which saw 68,866 applications, the highest cutoff is at 98 percent in Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, College of Vocational Studies and LSR.
Motilal Nehru college revises list
Motilal Nehru College has released a fresh first cut-off list after making certain changes which has brought down the cut-offs significantly.
Despite Delhi University’s decision to not issue stream-wise cut-offs some colleges issued the list in ranges leading to confusion among students. However, following instructions from the varsity, Motilal Nehru College updated its list. In the fresh list released on Thursday, the cut-off for BCom (Hons) is 95-97.5% whereas in the list released previously it was 95-99.5%. The cut-off for English (Hons) is now 91-93.5% whereas it was 91-94 in the earlier cut-off.