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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014
DU: 2nd cut-off list out, humanities get thumbs up
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 03, 2014
First Published: 23:25 IST(3/7/2014)
Last Updated: 13:22 IST(4/7/2014)

Most Delhi University colleges have come out with second cut-off lists. But the few courses that have closed admissions already come as a surprise.

The most popular courses this year are humanities courses, leaving behind the traditional favourites such as commerce and economics.

DU second cut-off list

Commerce and economics
The good news is that Shri Ram College of Commerce has come out with a second cut-off list in B Com (honours). They have lowered their cut-off from between 99.50% and 97.50% in the first list to between 97.25% and 99% in the second list.  

Most other colleges, too, are open to applicants in the second list, including Lady Shri Ram College, Hindu College and Kamla Nehru College.

"The cut-offs were very high in the first list and that is the biggest reason why the seats are still vacant. Once the cut-offs come down, the seats will get filled quickly," said a teacher who did not want to be named.   

Read: DU admissions: Once popular, Programme courses find few takers now

Humanities
The most popular courses this year are from the humanities stream, with seats in history and political science filled up in almost all popular colleges.

This despite the cut-offs going up by a large margin since 2012, the years when the three year programme was last offered in the university.

At Lady Shri Ram College for Women, seats are already filled in psychology, philosophy, Hindi and BA Programme. At Hindu College, both political science and history are closed. In fact, they have admitted more applicants than the sanctioned seats.

"The response in humanities has been phenomenal. Despite having a large number of seats, history has filled up very quickly. It is unlikely that there will be second lists for psychology, history and political science in most campus colleges," said a history professor at Ramjas College.

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Science    
Science courses in most colleges are still open. There are reductions in the range of 0.33% to 1% in some colleges. Most popular colleges, however, are still open in the second list, including Hindu college, Hans Raj College and Miranda House. Kirori Mal College, however, has closed admission in almost all courses.

"Science courses have not seen a very good response so far but that was mainly because the colleges had very prohibitive cut-offs to avoid over admissions. Many colleges have seen over admissions in science in the last two years," said a teacher who teaches Physics at Hindu College. 

Read: DU's high cut-offs will force Delhi students to migrate, says Goel


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