The last day of applications at Delhi University saw long serpentine queues and widespread confusion.
Several aspirants waited till the last minute to submit their forms. This forced counters to remain open till 4 pm to accept the forms. Their sale, however, was stopped at 1.45 pm. Sources said that more than 15,000 over-the-counters were submitted on the final day.
In all, 1.46 lakh forms were submitted this admission season, the highest ever for DU.
“We don’t understand why so many waited this long to submit their forms despite our plea to avoid such a rush at the eleventh hour,” said JM Khurana, DU’s dean of student welfare.
Panic struck around 2 pm when all counters at the Faculty of Arts were closed. The confusion, however, died down in 15 minutes when 10 counters were opened to accept the forms.
“I had to put off submitting my form till the last minute as I had gone out of town to take entrance tests. The rush here is unprecedented. I thought all others would have submitted on time,” said K Rohitashwa, an aspirant.
The varsity had introduced online applications this time. Though dogged by glitches initially, it became popular with more than 43,000 candidates choosing to apply online.
The Arts Faulty on North Campus remained the most popular among aspirants. Almost 35% forms were bought and sold there.
“We tried decentralising the application process, involving post offices and colleges in our scheme of things. The aspirants, however, still chose to visit the varsity and apply,” Khurana added.
The huge number of applications, for the varsity’s 54,000 seats on offer, could cause a jump in the cut-off marks. The first cut-off list will be released on June 26.
Rush at St Stephen’s College
Applications at St Stephen’s College saw a new high with 22,200 students applying for the 420 available seats.
There were as many as 119 applicants for a single seat in English, and another 98 for a seat in Economics, the college’s most popular courses. The college’s cut-offs will be listed on its website on the evening of June 20.
Most of those hoping to gain admissions to the college, that is nearly 67%, chose to submit their forms online, a trend not seen in the application process for the rest of the varsity.