First list out, second battle begins
In tune with the predictions made, the first cut-off list of Delhi University (DU) reflects an increase — albeit marginal — in comparison to the qualifying percentage last year. Commerce cut-offs rise, humanities show marginal decrease; colleges generous to OBCseducation Updated: Jun 25, 2009 02:31 IST
In tune with the predictions made, the first cut-off list of Delhi University (DU) reflects an increase — albeit marginal — in comparison to the qualifying percentage last year.
Spearheading this trend are commerce subjects — B.Com (Honours) and Economics (Honours) — where cut-offs across several colleges have risen by anything between .25 per cent and 2 per cent.
So, while Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) has pegged its B.Com (H) cut-off in the range of 95.25 per cent to 98.75 per cent —about .75 per cent higher than last year— Hansraj has increased its qualifying percentage for the same subject by .75 per cent.
Other well-known colleges too — Hindu, Daulat Ram, IP Kamla Nehru, Ramjas and Kirori Mal — have fallen in line with the trend except for Lady Shri Ram, where the cut-off for B.Com (H) has seen a drop of .25 per cent.
“We have greater number of applications and better performing candidates. An increase in cut-offs but inevitable,” said SR Arora, principal, Hansraj College, which has seen an increase across almost all commerce and humanities courses.
But the most striking change in the first list comes from the OBC quarter. Drawing from their troublesome experience of filling up seats under this category last year, colleges have this time been more generous in the relaxation awarded to the OBC students.
So from a conservative .5 per cent to 2 per cent relaxation in 2008, colleges this year are willing to admit OBC students at a discount of as much as 10 per cent - the maximum permissible relaxation - in the first list itself.
“We are making a concerted effort to fill the OBC seats and so unlike last year you will notice a sharp drop in cut-offs for this category,’ said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.
The college has given relaxation of complete 10 per cent to OBC students for B.A. Programme in the first list itself.
Contrary to expectations, English cut-offs have not soared. In fact, in most colleges — Gargi, Hansraj, Jesus & Mary and Lady Shri Ram —they have either marginally dropped or are the same as last year.
Despite being considered as one of the most sought after courses, psychology cut-offs have not drastically increased.
While in several colleges, there is a slight increase of 1 to 2 per cent, in Daulat Ram and Mata Sundari cut-offs have decreased.
While Daulat Ram decreased its psychology cut-off by 2 per cent, Mata Sundari decreased it by 6 per cent. The cut-off for applied psychology in Vivekananda fell by 6.5 per cent.
This indicates that the first list for psychology last year could have carried inflated cut-offs.