Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College on Tuesday released its first cut-off list for admission to under-graduate courses, setting the bar at a whopping 99% for English (Honours) — the highest among all subjects. A close second is Economics (Honours) at 98.50%.
The much-sought after institution has also stuck to the previous pattern of announcing stream-wise cut-offs with additional riders, though the DU had decided to do away with both.
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. The cut-offs for the course have seen a jump of 1% from last year.
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.
The college set its lowest cut-off for Sanskrit (Honours) at 70% for humanities students.
Stephen’s has received around 32,200 applications – highest in its history, according to spokesperson Karen Gabriel. Justifying the high cut-offs, Gabriel said these depend on the number of applications received and on the CBSE Class 12 results. “Students are getting high marks in Class 12 board examinations and that is bound to be reflected in the cut-offs. We have 410 seats and we call students for interviews in the ratio of 1:4 (seat:candidates) for an interview. Low cut-offs will disturb this ratio,” she said.
“The students will now be called for an interview. An aptitude test will be conducted the same day. We will soon update the list on our website,” Gabriel added. While the weightage for class 12 examinations is 85, the aptitude test will account for five and the interview for ten.
Other DU colleges too may replicate Stephen’s in setting high cut-offs for courses like English and Economics (Honours). “The cut-offs this year are likely to go higher than last year across subjects. Every year the University receives higher number of applications than the previous year for the same number of seats and that shoots up the cut-offs,” said S K Garg, president of DU’s Principal Association and principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College.