Results of the combined aptitude test in English (CATE) indicate that the cut-offs in colleges that recognise the exam could be higher than those last year as more students have scored over 90% in the merit list.
The CATE score is the sum of 70% of the entrance test marks and 30% of the Class 12 best-of-four percentage.
Hindu College had the highest cut-off last year at 80.55%, followed by Lady Shri Ram College at 80.03%.
The number of students who have scored above 80% as their consolidated scores this year is 192. This means that the cut-offs will rise as no one college has as many seats. Also, the number of applicants who scored more than 90% in their board exams has doubled. A high Class 12 score jacks up the consolidated score.
"The first cut-offs are going to be cautionary as the number of applicants getting over 90% in their boards has risen. This increase directly reflects in the marks that students have received," said Sanam Khanna, who teaches at Kamla Nehru College and was one of the CATE examiners.
The results point at better preparation among aspirants who took CATE. Last year, only one student had a cumulative score of over 90. This year, however, the number has risen to nine.
The highest cumulative score is 92.90%. This score was 90.63% last year.
Four applicants managed to score above 90 this year, while none had done so last year.
Most of the top 50 students are girls. This includes Riya Sharma, the topper in the humanities stream.