Getting a seat in Delhi University (DU) may get tougher this year with most colleges expected to set high cut-offs across streams.
Setting the trend is St Stephen’s College, which on Tuesday released its first cut-off list for admission to under-graduate courses — 99% for English (Honours) — the highest among all subjects. A close second is Economics (Honours) at 98.50%.
So, while students who studied commerce in Class 12 will need 99% for admission to English (Honours), science and humanities students will need 97.75% and 97.50%, respectively. Applicants should also have at least 90% in English (core) or 85% in elective English.
For Economics (Honours), commerce students need 98.50% in Class 12 while science and humanities students need 97.50% and 97%, respectively. Applicants also need to have scored 90% in Class 12 mathematics.
For History, BA Pass, Mathematics, Sanskrit and Philosophy, the cut-offs are 98%, 96.50%, 97.25%, 75% and 96.75% respectively.Last year, the cut-offs for English and Economics were the highest at 97.25% for science students, 98% for commerce students and 97% for humanities.
The cut-off for Sri Ram College Commerce in 2014 for Economics (Honours) was 98.25% and for B.Com (Honours) was 99.25%.
According to authorities of several DU colleges, the rising number of applications combined with sky-rocketing scores in the class 12 board exams have pushed colleges to set high cut-offs.
“It is certain that the cutoff for this year is going to be higher than last year. Delhi University receives applications from the remotest of areas in the country, the cutoffs are bound to go up,” said Vijay K Sharma, principal of Ram Lal Anand College.
“There is likely to be jump in cut-offs across streams this year. Considering the number of applications the university has received, the cut-offs is expected to go up. The numbers of seats are same but the number of students applying has increased. This will of course be reflected in the cutoffs,” said SK Garg, president of DU’s Principal Association and principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College.
College authorities said the idea behind increasing the cutoffs was to control the number of applications to the colleges.
Click here to see last year's cut-off.