Getting a seat in Delhi University (DU) may get tougher this year with most colleges expected to set high cut-offs across streams.
Setting the trend is St Stephen’s College, which on Tuesday released its first cut-off list for admission to under-graduate courses -- 99% for English (Honours), the highest among all subjects. A close second is Economics (Honours) at 98.50%.
According to authorities of several DU colleges, the rising number of applications combined with sky-rocketing scores in the class 12 board exams have pushed colleges to set high cut-offs.
“If you look at last year’s cutoff, DU is likely to come up with higher cut-offs this year. The reason is the impressive board results and many students have passed with high marks. The other reason is that the number of applications to DU is increasing every year, which raises the cut-offs too,” said IS Bakshi, principal of Dyal Singh College.
This year, the university received over 2.9 lakh applications -- a jump of almost 17,000 from last year, when DU received over 2.7 lakh applications. However, the number of seats is the same, 54,000.
“It is certain that the cutoff for this year is going to be higher than last year. Delhi University receives applications from the remotest of areas in the country, the cutoffs are bound to go up,” said Vijay K Sharma, principal of Ram Lal Anand College.
College authorities said the idea behind increasing the cutoffs was to control the number of applications to the colleges. “Colleges want to avoid over admission and hence the high cut-offs. If colleges keep the cut-offs low, there is a possibility of over admissions. To avoid such a situation, we prefer to keep the cut-offs of the first few merit lists a little higher,” said the principal of a prominent college, requesting anonymity.
“There is likely to be jump in cut-offs across streams this year. Considering the number of applications the university has received, the cut-offs is expected to go up. The numbers of seats are same but the number of students applying has increased. This will of course be reflected in the cutoffs,” said SK Garg, president of DU’s Principal Association and principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College.