The second cut-off list spelt more disappointment for aspirants looking for seats in the most popular humanities courses in Delhi University.
Yet, even as most colleges closed admissions for the popular humanities courses — history honours, political science honours, sociology honours and psychology honours — aspirants began making a beeline for the only course in which seats still seemed available — philosophy honours.
Colleges said applicants who had failed to make it to courses of their choice in the second cut-off list are mostly going for philosophy."It is true that humanities students who don’t make the grade for history honours, sociology honours or political science honours choose philosophy. This is also a good option because the opportunities that these students get are no different from other humanities courses. This time, we have over-admitted students. For the 24 seats earmarked for general category applicants, 32 have gained admissions," said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.
Applicants who have not qualified for admissions to this course even in the second list are hoping that the colleges consider releasing a third cut-off list.
“We have given admissions to 20 general category candidates. Three seats meant for applicants from this category have still not been taken. Whether we have a third cut-off list depends on the number of admissions on the final day. But there is a possibility that we will have admissions for philosophy after the third list,” said Gitesh Nirban, media coordinator, Kamla Nehru College.
Admissions to the course are open in Daulat Ram College, Gargi College, Hindu, Janki Devi Memorial, Kamla Nehru, Lakshmi Bai, Mata Sundri College and Zakir Husain College with cut-offs varying between 78% and 92.5%. There could be a marginal dip of 0.5-1% in the cut-offs in the third list if the admissions continue.
“There is still a possibility of a third cut-off list being released for philosophy,” said Praduman Kumar, principal, Hindu College.