Ankita Chander, St Thomas School
The sky-rocketing cut-offs are taking a toll on every DU aspirant, particularly the commerce students. Having 4-7% higher cut-offs for commerce students as compared to science and humanities students, for non-commerce as well as commerce subjects, makes me wonder whether DU is providing equal opportunity to all its applicants. So why aren’t we advocating the development of all students as a whole? Why create this divide between students from different streams? Why is a Class 12 score given so much importance and not a student’s versatility? Don’t all these questions shout out for a change in the admission process? Talking about myself, I have blocked a seat in statistics (hons) in Sri Venkateswara College. Even though I have not been able to secure admission in my dream college (though I have in my dream course), I have learnt to look at the brighter side of every situation over the years. ‘I have a dream’, a dream to excel wherever I am and to perform better each day than yesterday. So if you would ask me what my action plan is for the future, it is to work hard and to ensure that I remain focused on achieving my goals in life.
I have blocked a seat in statistics (hons) in Venky
Gargi, Air Force Bal Bharti School
The endless wait for the cut-offs was killing everyone. All my friends were praying that their marks would satisfy the requirement of their dream college. Everyone had posted on facebook and twitter about their apprehensions. Comparatively, I was pretty calm (not because I have scored sky-high but because DU is my second option, the back-up). I was waiting for the counselling dates on the basis of ranks for Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. I would check their website every day only to find that they kept postponing the dates. I was highly vexed by the time they were announced and when it had been declared, I became a little disheartened as I had not been called for the first counselling. My friends who were not in the science stream and had aimed for DU had even taken admission in the colleges they wanted. But some of my science section friends and I were just waiting to enter into a respectable college and pursue our goals. I’m just hoping and praying that I will be called in the second counselling.
I’m waiting for the counselling dates of IP University
Shreya Mudgil, Mount Carmel School
The DU cut-offs this year are, as usual, staggering. So staggering that I wasn’t staggered at all. There was a time when only a handful of students scored over 90%. This figure, this year stands at 28,000 plus. Now, such a large number invites super-high cut-offs that touch the stars. Students are not getting admission with scores between 90 and 95%. I can safely say that it is brutal. Now, about the admission procedure... Can’t they shift the admission season to spring or autumn, when it is so pleasant outside? Another remedy could be DU going completely online. It would save the aspirants many headaches. The best and most amazing fact among all this chaos is that students from all over the country are pouring into the city for admission. DU has clearly made its mark and sometimes I feel that it is justified in making us work hard in this cruel heat and day-dream about going to a DU college while we are standing in queues stretching on forever. Waiting for next cut-off lists, you can feel the tension getting on your nerves. First cut-offs are happy news to only a few. I have secured a seat in the English (hons) course at Bharati College. All’s well that ends well!
I’ve bagged a place in English (hons) at Bharati College
Siddhi Goel, St Thomas School
I remember my first visit to north campus few weeks ago. It was a warm summer morning and I was wandering around some of the best colleges in India. Cut to the present. My fancy imagery has been trampled by the feet of thousands who have come for admission. The newspapers have fresh content to write about, the news channels have fresh fodder to feed on. Tension is in the air, the cut-offs have been released. This time, instead of the 100% cut-off last year, the figure was lower at 99.25% (Hindu College). What a solution guys, thank you. Needless to say, cut-offs have reached a new high. Alongside commerce, humanities courses also saw a sharp rise in cut-offs. The cut-offs have cut off many people from the admission scenario. Amidst this, Ambedkar University has emerged as a good option, offering good courses, with lower cut-offs. I have, meanwhile secured admission in Hans Raj College, English (hons), The interview in St Stephen’s is due, and if I get selected there, then nothing like it. One advice from this dishevelled damsel: Your success does not depend on what college you choose. Hell, Steve Jobs didn’t even finish college! You are your own master.
I have secured a seat in Hans Raj College, English (hons)
Riti Wig, DPS Noida
The first two cut-off lists for admission to Delhi University colleges are out. But is it a battle well won or a battle lost? Getting through the first cut-off list in a respectable college but with a course which was not my first priority, seems like quite a muddled situation. Let’s face it, we all are not 95% kids. A majority of students still score in the 60% to 80% bracket and no one (even the numbers on the report card) gets to decide on the size of our dream! I am a dreamer and also a ‘believer’ and shall continue to dream big. Cheer up if things don’t go as planned, the next three years are not the only factors which are going to make or break your life! DU or any other university, all of them provide education but it is also on you to make better use of it. Don’t lose hope, just don’t give up on the things you have always loved, and even after the second cut-off list, be a faithful dreamer. My dream college and course combinations at Delhi University are English (hons) at Lady Shri Ram College for Women; philosophy (hons) at Gargi College or visual communication at the College of Art. I have qualified for admission to Gargi but am awaiting the final entrance and ECA results at the other two. Fingers crossed!
I’ve made it to philosophy (hons) at Gargi
Anam Kazmi, Presentation Convent
I was comfortably watching the Full House reruns on TV, when I got a message saying that the DU cut-offs were out. I logged onto the DU website and waited for my eyes to pop-out with excitement and nervous anticipation. And they almost did! The cut-offs this year, predictably, are high enough to rival New York’s tallest skyscrapers. A quick perusal of the list revealed that I had made it to English and journalism in LSR, political science in IP College, English in Miranda — all courses and colleges which featured on my wish list. Alongwith the happiness, dilemma set in. For a long time, I couldn’t take a final call because all of these are reputed colleges with great faculty. The opportunity costs seemed really high. I couldn’t agree more with Osho who once said, “Choicelessness is bliss!” Brand value and distance issues didn’t seem like the best parameters for such crucial decision-making. Everybody had their opinions, biases and prejudices, but the final decision had to be mine. After a long battle between LSR, IP and Miranda, Miranda finally won. Now, I can proudly say (to anyone who agrees to listen to my blabbering) — I am a Miranda girl!
I can proudly say, I am a Miranda girl!