Every year, cut-offs at Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) go through the roof. And yet, this does not deter students from applying to this premier college in droves. This year, applications to SRCC have touched a new high.
The college offers only two courses: B.Com (honours) and Economics (honours). And it has received a staggering 48,000 applications for the two courses. In 2010, the last time when the university accepted forms, the number had stood at 42,000.
The number of students who applied to the college is 27,192. Since a student can apply to more than one course through the same form, the number of applications is higher.
By contrast, the number of students who applied to St. Stephen’s College, considered the most sought-after college in Delhi University, stands at 23,000. This, despite the fact that the college offers 10 undergraduate courses.
Meanwhile, other colleges, too, are in the process of sorting out their application figures. “We will have a definitive picture by Sunday but so far, we can say that B.Com (honours) is leading the way in terms of the number of applications,” said Poonam Sethi, admission in-charge, Hindu College.
Both Hindu College and SRCC have received the highest number of applications for B.Com (honours), indicative of the fact that cut-offs, this year too, may see a considerable jump. However, colleges say that the cut-offs in popular colleges
depend upon the number of applicants who have scored above 95 per cent.
“We have to think about applicants from boards outside Delhi as well. The number of outstation candidates has been increasing over the past few years. A number of these students have scored brilliantly. Having said that, our cut-offs are already very high and there is a limit to where we can go. Everything will be clear by Monday evening,” said PC Jain, principal, SRCC.
B.Com (honours) followed by Economics (honours) is the most popular course in the university. Together, the two courses account for close to 50 per cent of all applications across colleges.
And since a student can use a single form to apply to a combination of 600 courses and colleges, the number of applications per college is higher than the number of applicants.