Thursday turned out to be a day of frantic admission withdrawals and re-admissions at Delhi University as a sizeable number of candidates changed colleges to get themselves enrolled in a course of their choice.
Hindu College, which had brought down its cut-off for English from 96.5% to 93.5%, seemed to be preferred destination for most of the students.
"We have seen a number of students enrolling themselves with us after withdrawing their admissions from other colleges. We have also seen students who had opted to study commerce here moving to other colleges. Some of them have shifted to Hansraj. But we have seen a spate of admissions in English," said Pradyumn Kumar, principal, Hindu College.
Withdrawals and admissions remained the theme on Thursday — the first day of admission under the third cut-off list — for off-campus colleges as well with Kamla Nehru College witnessing 60 withdrawals.
Most of the withdrawals were in the commerce and English courses.
"We had expected students to withdraw admissions. It is a trend that is seen every year. It is because of this very reason that we had reopened admissions in the third list for commerce. Students take a little time to settle down and withdrawals are a part of this process," said Geetesh Nirban, media coordinator, Kamla Nehru College.
At Hansraj College, 15 withdrawals were seen in English with most applicants headed to Hindu College.
"Hindu College was my first preference but I did not make the cut in the first two merit lists. So I took admission in Hansraj College instead. I am now going to Hindu College as I have made it in the third list," said Mayuri Kulshreshtha, an applicant.
Withdrawals of admission were also seen at Miranda House in courses like chemistry and economics.
At Kirori Mal College and Daulat Ram College, withdrawals were seen in economics.
Large-scale withdrawals lead to a number of seats being vacated, which may now prompt colleges to come out with a fourth cut-off list.
A number of colleges, whose cut-off is more than 93.5% in English, may be forced to declare a fourth cut-off list for the subject.
"We were surprised to see applicants coming to us from colleges such as Lady Shri Ram as well. For many, north campus as well as a coeducational institution are big incentives as it gives them more exposure," Pradyumn Kumar added.