Pursuing political science (hons) from Kirori Mal College (KMC) was always high on Farhat Arif’s agenda. But the soaring cut-off marks in the first three lists at Delhi University (DU) have forced him to change his mind and go for another programme instead.
“I really wanted to study political science (hons) from either Kirori Mal College or Ramjas College but I couldn’t get through. I secured a seat in history (hons) at Hans Raj and have now decided to study history instead,” says Arif, who scored 87.5% in his best of four aggregate.
There are several aspirants like Arif who want to follow their heart, but the unprecedented cut-off scores have left them with no choice but to compromise on the programme or college of their choice. Another aspirant Avneet Kaur is in the same boat.
“I wanted to pursue economics (hons) from one of the top colleges at north campus such as SRCC, Hindu or Hans Raj but my aggregate percentage was not high enough. I have now taken admission in Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce after the second list and I’m hoping that I’m able to change my college in the subsequent lists. I would prefer Delhi College of Arts and Commerce now,” says Kaur, who says it’s important to study a subject like economics from a popular and reputable college.
“Colleges such as SRCC, Hindu and Hans Raj give a lot of opportunities in terms of extra-curricular activities. The economics societies, fests etc are a dream for any student who aspires to study economics (hons). The faculty there is also among the best at DU and the placement prospects are brighter,” adds Kaur.
After the third cut-off list was declared, both Arif and Kaur turned to their back-up plans.
So does it really matter if you end up studying another programme or not go the college of your choice? “College does matter. I wanted to study at Hindu or Hans Raj where I couldn’t qualify. So, I opted for Daulat Ram which had a good faculty. The college crowd also played a key role when it came to taking part in activities and studies,” says Parul Tulsyan, who just finished her final year in BCom (hons).
But for Tanya Nanda, a second-year student at Lady Irwin College, one should always be prepared for such situations where one does not get the desired programme or college.
“I wanted to study economics (hons), much like many other aspirants. But my percentage was only 74%. My second option was to pursue BSc (hons) chemistry as I was a science student in Class 12 but I decided to go for BSc (hons) home science instead. After finishing a year in this course at the college, I think I made the right choice. All I can say to those who are going through a similar situation is that work hard and excel in whatever opportunity you get. Try to make the most of what you have and ultimately, it’s your effort that matters regardless of which college or course you study,” says Nanda.
Such situations are perhaps unavoidable at a time when cut-offs have touched the roof. However, looking at the sheer number of applicants and limited number of seats in various programmes, all that students can do is grab the best chance they get.