A higher number of applications and more applicants with marks above 95% have pushed up cut-offs in St Stephen’s, the first Delhi University college to come out with the list.
Typically, the St Stephen’s list acts like a preview to cut-offs likely to be announced by other colleges. This year, it is clear that the cut-offs will go up.
The highest cut-off is for economics and English where science students need 97.25% to get in, commerce students need 98% and humanities students need 97%. This is a 0.5%-1.25% increase in percentages compared to last year.
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Link to Stephen's cut off list
Physics has a cut-off of 96.66% and chemistry 96.33% —a 0.3 percentage point increase compared to last year. The lowest cut-off is for Sanskrit at 65% — same as last year.
“After seeing the St Stephen’s list it is clear that the cut-offs will increase, especially for science courses. Many high scoring students this year are from the science stream. The performance in humanities has improved but performance in commerce is similar to last year,” said the principal of a prominent north campus college.
St Stephen’s admits students on the basis of cut-offs followed by an interview, the only college to do so.
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“Since we can’t interview candidates, our cut-offs will be a little higher than St Stephen’s to ensure we don’t admit more students than the sanctioned number of seats,” said the admission coordinator of a south Delhi college.