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The new system

Moreover, to add to the misery of students, not only was the first cut-off list downright humiliating to every meritorious student, the cut-offs provoked students to take up courses they were hardly interested in.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2011 10:16 IST

Zinnia Sharma
St Thomas’ School

Did you get more than 90% in the Boards? What follows will convince you, 90 is the new 75.

That’s exactly how I felt in the last few days running around for admission in DU. Talking about it was one thing, and actually doing it another. Despite the assurance of the new system being simplified, it turned out to be far more complicated. In my experience, you can’t get things done in a single day.

Moreover, to add to the misery of students, not only was the first cut-off list downright humiliating to every meritorious student, the cut-offs provoked students to take up courses they were hardly interested in.

What also caught my attention was the disparity in the cut-offs for economics (hons), English (hons) and maths (hons). These three subjects are common to all three streams. Then, what is the point of such a great difference in eligibility for these courses? Why does a commerce student require 97% in English for maths (hons), while a humanities student needs 85%? Technically, it should be easier for a commerce student to get into economics (hons) or maths (hons).

Personally, I faced the dilemma of choosing between philosophy (hons) in Hindu, or English (hons) in Hansraj. My parents were sure about the latter option, so I applied for it. St Stephens (another option I want to try) has its interview for philosophy (hons) on July 2.