Science cut-offs may go up, stream switch may cost you

  • Shradha Chettri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2015 18:25 IST

The cut-off for science courses at the Delhi University (DU) could be on the higher side, even though this year’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) toppers were not from the science stream.

“Normally, it is the science students who change their stream and study either arts or commerce subjects. This time, disadvantages in percentages which have been imposed may deter students from changing the stream. In that case, the percentage of science courses may go up slightly,” said IS Bakshi, the officiating principal of Dyal Singh College.

For instance, if a science student wants to change his stream and study either History honours or Economics honours, the student’s best of four marks will suffer a 2.5% cut for not having studied the subject in Class 12.

Further, if a science student wants to change his stream all together and opt for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme or a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) programme, there will be a disadvantage of up to 5% in the best of four marks. This percentage may vary from college to college.

However, principals think this move is in the right direction as it will encourage students to pursue the stream they had taken up after completing Class 10.

This year, since no college can impose the additional eligibility criteria, there will be one single cut-off instead of stream-wise cut-offs unlike previous years.

If a student who has studied B.Com in Class 12 wants to shift to a BA programme, the student will face a disadvantage of up to 5%.

However, if the same student opts for English (Hons) or Economics (Hons), there will be no disadvantage as these subjects have been studied and passed by the student in Class 12.

“To not suffer any disadvantage and retain marks, B.Com students wanting to change their streams should opt for an honours course and not a pass course,” said Malay Neerav, joint dean of student’s welfare.

The varsity will release its first cut-off list on June 25.

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