How to make high cut-offs work for you

  • Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2016 19:09 IST
The cut-off lists are related to the number of seats available in a college. (Hindustan Times)

Early birds applying to the college of their choice and opting for subjects they have studied in school are at an advantage when it comes to gaining an edge over the others in the Delhi University cut-off wars.

Giving reasons for the sky-high cut-offs, which often go up to 100%, Dr Rama, acting principal, Hansraj College, says, “The cut-off depends on the Class 12 results and varies year to year. Students who have studied similar subjects/ papers in school are given advantage. Due to this reason effectively for other streams/subjects, the requirement of score becomes 100%.”

Applications are not based on cut-offs. Students want to pursue subjects they are interested in. “The drop in the second and subsequent lists depends on the response of first cut-off,” she says.

Advising candidates on dealing with cut-offs, Dr Rama says, “Students must opt for the subjects or course which they have already studied. Remember that if you want to change the stream there is a provision of deduction of marks of up to 5%.”

The cut-off lists are related to the number of seats available in a college. If there’s no change in the number any method adopted for the cut-off will not the change the trend.

The cut-offs declared by the college depend on the number of applications received for a particular course to the sanctioned number of seats in that course. That varies from college to college and course to course. Dr P Hemlatha Reddy, principal, Sri Venkateswara College, says, “The cut-offs are only a reflection of a year’s average pass percentage of CBSE. If students have performed very well there is a chance of increase in cut-off in that stream. Generally, most colleges complete 80% to 85% filling up of seats by fifth lists. Few colleges do so even before that. After the fifth list, all the unfilled seats (minimum in number) will be filled in the order of merit, thus helping the college to complete the admission process.”

Pro-rata calculation of science courses in theory and practicals of all boards in science stream by normalising to a weightage of 70:30 is going to be implemented from this year. That is even if some boards have 60:40 weightage in theory and practicals they will be calculated with a formula to equate with 70:30, which is uniform, says Dr Reddy.

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