The required percentage for science subjects in most colleges has remained the same, and in some cases has come down.
However, a wide trend is difficult to arrive at, as some colleges have declared cutoffs that are at wide variance with those in the other colleges.
The science cutoffs had kept students most anxious because of the poor mathematics result in class 12 CBSE board examinations.
At Hindu College, the cutoffs have remained the same in chemistry (97.33%), mathematics (97.5%), and physics (98%).
At Hansraj College, the cutoffs have fallen by 0.5 percentage points to 97.25% in Computer Science and by 0.33 percentage points to 97% in Physics. In most other courses, the cut-off has remained the same.
At Miranda House, the cutoffs have remained mostly static with the requirement for Chemistry, Physics, and Zoology being 96.67%. In Botany, the cutoff reduced from 98% to 96%.
At Ramjas College, on the other hand, the already high cutoffs of last year have increased. The college now demands 98% for Chemistry as opposed to 96% last year and Statistics demands 98.5% as opposed to 97.5% last year.
A similar case is seen in Kirori Mal College where the cutoffs in Chemistry have increased to 97.33%, an increase of 1.33 points. The required percentage in Physics has increased by one point to 98%.
According to teachers, the reason that cutoffs in a handful of colleges have increased is that these colleges saw over-admission last year.
“These are the colleges where there were more students than the sanctioned number of seats had to be admitted as colleges cannot turn away any students who have met the cut-off. These colleges have been cautious this year,” said a college principal on condition of anonymity.
According to experts, there is a strong chance that these colleges, with the high cutoffs, will have to come out with a second cutoff on July 5.