A virtual game of musical chairs has begun at Delhi University, one that is set to continue till the last cut-off list is declared on July 10.
After the second list was announced on Friday, many applicants withdrew the admissions they had gained under the first list to migrate to courses or colleges of their choice. The cut-offs for science courses have been reduced further than that for others, prompting a round of seat shuffling.
Some jumped ship, ditching economics honours at Hindu College and Hansraj College, and gained admissions to the Shri Ram College of Commerce after its cut-offs for the course were reduced by 0.25%.
“I made the grade for Hindu and Hansraj in the first list and fell short of the SRCC cut-offs by one mark. I qualified in the second list and have withdrawn my admissions,” said R Dhruva, an aspirant.
According to experts, a drop of 0.25% (the lowest reduction possible for commerce students) can help as many as 125 aspirants qualify for admissions. “This is the reason why most colleges are careful while scaling down their cut-off percentages. No college wants more students than its infrastructure can handle,” said Gulshan Sawhney, DU’s deputy dean of students’ welfare.
Several colleges are expecting more students to withdraw their admissions on Monday. For top colleges, however, things won't change much.
“We have two applicants desperately looking for a seat for every student who withdraws admission,” said a teacher at Miranda House on condition of anonymity. “Applicants are taking their time to check the list and take further action. This is because the number of days for admissions has been reduced to three from four. We have seen a large number of students take admissions in the second list,” said Anuradha Sharma, admission-in-charge, Hindu College.
The experts believe that most colleges will stop admitting applicants in sought-after courses after admissions on Monday.