While most city colleges have just begun taking in applications, St Xavier’s College is busy wrapping up their selection process for the 2013 academic session. And, competition for the 2,600 seats at this prestigious college is likely to be steep this year.
The college has already released the lists for ISC and CBSE passouts, who have applied for B.Com (morning and evening), BA English, political science, sociology and general.With cut-offs as high as 95-96% for these students, candidates applying from WBHS may find it tough, especially since only about 400 out of nearly six lakh HS graduates scored above 90%.
June 12 being the last date for submission of admission forms for West Bengal board students, the college will decide the cutoffs for the state board only after the process is completed.
Of the undergraduate Arts subjects, Bengali (Honours) will post their list on the website on June 19.
Similarly, the selected ISC/ CBSE candidates’ list for computer science, microbiology and economics (Honours) will be out on June 12, and physics, statistics and chemistry on June 14.
The admission tests for the B.Sc in mathematics and mass communication and videography have been scheduled for June 14 and the test for BA in multimedia with animation on June 15.
The interviews for the mass communication department will take place on June 21 and the entire process will be over by June 25.
So, by the time the admissions for Calcutta University begins, St Xavier’s College will have finished and done with their admissions.
State CBSE topper Rishika Sureka, who was selected in the first list of the B.Com department, told HT, “Our interview has been scheduled for Friday and if I get through it, I’ll have to go to the college and submit my fees within the next four days.”
“Since St Xavier’s College is autonomous and not bound to us, unlike the affiliated colleges, they are free to take their own decisions about admissions. From their point of view, it’s understandable because Kolkata will not be affected by the panchayat elections, which is the main reason behind postponing the admission process,” Calcutta University registrar Basudeb Choudhury said.
“There’s no question of our admissions being affected by the panchayat polls, which will take place in July, by which time our admissions will be over,” said St Xavier’s principal Fr Felix Raj. According to him, there has been a 25% rise in the number of applications to the college this year.
And what makes St Xavier’s one of the most popular options for Kolkata students? “It’s a missionary college and there’s a sense of tradition and heritage associated with it. Also, academically, there’s a lot of discipline, which Presidency or JU doesn’t have,” said Malabi Gosh, a student of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, who applied to St Xavier’s economics department this year.
“The motto of the college is to make men and women for others. So, besides excelling academically, there are lots of other extracurricular activities in which they have to excel. They are inculcated with the thought that they have a larger duty and commitment to the society. This sets them apart and makes them better, more socially oriented human individuals, and gives them a very positive frame of mind,” said professor Argha Banerjee, Dean of Arts, of the college.