The changes in the admission system at Delhi University are going to adversely affect the chances of students from a few state boards this year.
The university has decided to treat all subjects which have less than 70% theory component as non-academic subjects, even if they qualify as mainstream subjects. As a result, the students will lose 10 marks per subject if they include these subjects in their best of four percentage.
Students who opt for subjects such as geography, physics, chemistry and biology from the Haryana State Board in Class 12, for example, write 60 of the maximum 100 marks exam in theory. The rest 40 marks are awarded through practical exams and continuous evaluation. Computer Science as a subject has only 50% marks as theory component.
Delhi University receives a large number of students from the Haryana board each year. It is one of the five most represented boards during the application process. The state's proximity to Delhi is also a factor that governs this pattern.
Students from other boards also stand to lose out in a big way if a subject they are studying does not have a minimum of 70% theory component.
The change is based on a new Delhi University rule, that states that students with any subject combination (including vocational subjects) would be free to apply to the university but they will lose 10% of the maximum marks if they use non-academic subjects in their best of four percentage.
For example, if a student has scored a total of 85 marks out of 100, 10 marks will be deducted and his/her score will be counted as 75.
For a student who opts for subjects with a practical component, the new rule can be a nightmare. If, for example, a student opts for computer, physics, chemistry and biology and English (a fairly common combination), he/ she will end up losing 30 marks from her total.
The university has decided to streamline its admission process this year with colleges restricted from setting any additional admission criteria. It has, instead, come out with its own stricter criteria of which the new rule is a part.
The university has also been looking for ways to tackle the problem of over admission for the last two years. The problem was especially severe last year when some colleges admitted five to ten times more students than the sanctioned strength.