The third cut-off list declared by colleges on Wednesday evening brought the smiles back on the faces of many DU aspirants, many of whom had missed on their preferred college or course by a small margin.
Most north campus colleges came out with a third cut-off list and courses such as commerce, economics and English were still open for admissiom.
Hindu College, Hansraj College, Miranda House, Ramjas College as well as Lady Shri Ram College have come out with their third lists for most of the popular courses.
While the third merit list was good news for those applicants who earlier missed their admission by a whisker, colleges may have reason to worry.
A third cut-off is expected to trigger a spate of withdrawals from those applicants who had earlier taken admission in a course that was not their first preference, mostly as a back-up measure.
Hindu College, for example, has brought down its cut-off in English from 96.5% to 93.5%.
An applicant who, for example, initially wanted to study in Hindu College but was forced to take admission in another college, such as Ramjas or IP College for Women, can now withdraw his/her application and enroll themselves at Hindu, thus vacating a seat.
If a sizeable number of applicants withdraw admissions, some colleges, who had closed admissions in the second list, might be forced to come out with a third merit list.
“We have been very cautious while declaring our cut-offs to avoid over admissions. As a result, there are still many options for applicants. There is always a chance of admission withdrawals,” said Pradyumn Kumar, principal, Hindu College.
This year, a number of colleges have been very careful about their cut-off in courses such as commerce and economics, as a result of which the courses were open in most colleges even till the third list.
Those colleges that declared comparatively lower cut-offs have been plagued by over admissions. At Gargi College, for example, close to 400 students have taken admission in economics against 60-odd seats.
The college declared its first cut-off at 93% for the course that it started only this year.
Other colleges such as Maharaja Agrasen , Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma, College of Vocational Studies and Sri Aurobindo might also face a similar predicament.