Cut-offs declared by St Stephen’s College may have come as a surprise for students who were hoping they would not breach last year’s record but for admission experts, they were no shocker.
Most were expecting higher cut-offs because of the increased number of applicants and the better scores this year.
The college received more than 26,000 applications. Of these, 6,400 were for economics and 6,100 for English. The third-most popular course was Mathematics.
Last year too, Economics was the most popular course in the college.
Applicants who have applied for history have been lucky this year with the cut-off remaining almost the same as last year. For humanities applicants, it has actually come down by 0.5%. The cut-off in Sanskrit too has remained the same as last year.
There is a slight increase in the other cut-offs.
The college has, however, confused those who want to change their stream after. According to the university rules, if an applicant chooses to study a subject they haven’t studied in class 12, they will be at a disadvantage of 2%.
St Stephen’s, however, has declared separate cut-offs for applicants who have studied science, commerce and humanities in class 12. Therefore, a student who has studied Economics in class 12 but has studied science subjects too will have to score more than a humanities student just to be eligible for an interview.
According to college officials, the 2% disadvantage will be applicable after the interview stage, a decision that has thoroughly confused everybody.
“All applicants who have cleared the cut-off will be called for the interview. The 2% disadvantage for changing streams, however, will be imposed at the stage of the interview,” said Karen Gabriel, media coordinator, St Stephen’s College.
So for a science student who did not study economics in class 12, the cut-off will be higher and a 2% disadvantage will be imposed at the stage of the interview.
This applies to science and commerce students who want to apply for a course like Philosophy. Both have cut-offs higher than that for humanities students and both will face another disadvantage at the stage of the interview, making the whole process a double disadvantage for a set of students.
The college authorities state that they were forced to follow this method due to time crunch.
“We have already received more than 26,000 applications and we had to come out with a cut-off in a day’s time. This was the only possible solution. We will apply the 2% rule to all individual cases at the time of the interview itself,” Gabriel said.