A day after after announcing a staggering cut-off at 99% for admissions, St Stephen's college on Wednesday tried to put the onus on boards, saying they should work on their marking indicators to make scores more "realistic".
"We find ourselves in such a situation every year that due to the style of marking by CBSE and other boards we have to hike our cut offs. We believe that the boards should work on their marking indicators so that the scores are more realistic," college spokesperson Karen Gabriel said.
The college announced its first cut off-list last evening for admissions to the 2015-16 academic session with the highest requirement being for English Honours at 99%.
"We have got 6,000 applications for English Honours which has just 30 seats. So, the high cut offs are not by choice," Gabriel said.
Explaining the criteria to decide on cut-offs, she said, "We decide our cut-offs after evaluating three parameters-board marks, student-seat ratio and number of applications received".
"Unfortunately, we are living in a society where students are evaluated by their marks. The state as well as the boards should work on the marking system as well as educational reforms to ensure students do not fall prey to such anomalies in the set up. We as a college cannot do much about it," she added.
St Stephen's has received a record 32,100 applications for 400 seats, highest in the college's history.
The cut-off for a seat in the Stephen's English Honours class works out 99% for Commerce, 97.75% for Science and 97.50% for humanities, the highest for any
of the subjects on offer at the college.
For economics, the cut-off is at 98.50% for commerce it is 97.50% for science and 97% for humanities. For history, BA Pass, Mathematics, Sanskrit and
Philosophy, the cut-offs are 98, 96.50, 97.25, 75 and 96.75% respectively.
Stephen's offers Honours courses in Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Chemistry along with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) pass courses.
The college earlier used to enroll students on the basis of a personal interview and cut-offs announced after class XII examinations. From this year, an aptitude test of 30-minute duration has been introduced.
The candidates meeting the cut-off criteria will now be called for aptitude test and interview starting June 22. Stephen's being a minority institution, follows a
schedule and procedure for admission which is different from other Delhi University colleges.
While the varsity had decided to eliminate stream-wise cut-offs and extra riders by colleges this year, Stephen's has stuck to the previous pattern.
There are separate cut-offs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (non-Christian), Christian Scheduled Tribes, Church of North India (CNI), CNI Delhi Diocese, Other Christians, Christian Person with Disability, Person with Disability for some particular subjects, and for Urdu students.