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Delhi Univ cut-off nightmare for many

india Updated: Jun 26, 2006 04:54 IST
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If you have secured above 90 per cent in Class XII and dreaming of getting into that “elite” college, here is something that may wake you up: DU’s first cut-off list has seen an increase and even the less sought-after colleges have become pricey.

The cut-off, announced on Sunday, shows an average increase of 0.5 per cent, indicating stiff competition in subjects like BCom (pass), BCom (hons) and economics (hons). What makes it stiffer is the fact that there are around 2,000 students who have scored over 90 per cent in CBSE in Delhi itself.

Suman Verma, deputy dean (students welfare), said though the cut-off for science courses had not seen a major change since last year, it was a different story in commerce and arts streams. “This year, English (hons) is up by 1 per cent, and economics (hons), BCom (pass) and BCom (hons) are up by 1.5 per cent,” Verma said. “Interestingly, most off-campus colleges too have registered high cut-offs — up to 90 per cent — this year.”

The cut-off for the most sought-after courses in the top colleges of DU has gone up by 1-2 per cent. The highest cut-off is for BCom (hons), which has also received the largest number of applications this year, followed by economics (hons) and BCom (pass).

The cut-off for science courses remains same as last year’s except chemistry (hons). In colleges like Kirori Mal, Hans Raj and ARSD, its cut-off has gone up by 2-5 per cent. Interestingly, in Maitreyi, Miranda House and ARSD, cut-off has come down by 3-5 per cent for physics (hons).

Many attributed the high cut-offs to the CBSE’s ‘liberal marking’. But Pavnesh Kumar, controller of examinations, CBSE, disagreed. “You can’t say that. The scoring process is scientific. The other boards should follow it,” he said.

“The overall situation hasn’t changed much. While earlier, a student with 80 per cent vied for a seat, now a student with 85 per cent is trying for it,” he said.

Off-campus and less sought-after colleges have registered a significant rise in their cut-off. At ARSD College, it is 88-93 per cent for BCom (hons) while it is 85-92 per cent for BCom (pass). At the College of Vocational Studies, it is 88.5-92.5 and 86.5-91.5 for BCom (hons) and BCom (pass) respectively. At Keshav Mahavidyalaya, the cut-off is 88.5-93.5 for BCom (hons), while at DCAC, it is 90-97 per cent for BCom (hons) and 88-93 per cent for BCom (pass).

Some said the high cut-off was due to an increasing number of students applying through the common pre-admission forms. “There’s a possibility that a lot of students have applied to all the colleges through the common pre-admission,” said professor SK Vij, dean, students welfare, DU.

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