Nearly 1.3 lakh applications for 54,000 seats. These are the figures a day before applications for admissions to Delhi University close.
DU officials are expecting a huge rush on Monday, the last day for applications, because a large number of forms which were bought are yet to be submitted.
The number of applications is expected to touch at least 1.4 lakh on Monday, the highest ever for DU. One student can apply to all courses using the same application form, which means that the number of applications in all courses combined is much higher.
Once the applications are in on Monday, it will be time for colleges to swing into action and decide the much awaited cut-offs for the admissions.And if you thought last year's cut-offs were high, all indicators say that this year they will be higher.
"The number of applications is higher and if that was not enough, the number of students who have scored over 90% in their Class 12 CBSE exams is higher as well. The cut-offs will easily increase by 0.5% at least, especially in commerce and humanities," said the principal of a leading college on the North Campus.
And it is not just the CBSE board students that colleges have to contend with.
"While students from state boards of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh usually do not score very well because of the strict marking scheme, those from the Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka boards are high scorers. A large number of students score over 90% in these boards and the case is no different this year. The cut-offs will certainly go up," said an admission coordinator of a prominent south Delhi college.
The 100% figure, which was part of the cut-offs at Shri Ram College of Commerce and Lady Shri Ram College, is not expected this year. "After the hubbub over the 100% figure last year, colleges will play it safe and stay away from it," said a university expert.
The first cut-off list is set to come out on June 26. Students will have to take admissions between June 26 and June 28.
A widespread belief that the admissions to DU are on first-come-first-served basis is not true. All students who will meet the cut-offs will get seats regardless of the number of seats there are in a course and college.
Most colleges ask students to submit their original certificates at the time of admissions. If a student wants to withdraw admission after the second cut-off list is announced, the certificates will be returned immediately. Taking admission in two colleges at the same time is not possible.