While engineering takes a backseat, commerce stream emerges as the most sought-after course for students as cut-offs soar up to 95% for the academic session, 2013-14. According to academics, the reasons are the increasing unemployment of engineering students, state failing to absorb professionals due to lack of industrial houses and high fee structures of engineering courses.
The highest cut-off for commerce was 95% at the oldest government commerce college, whereas at Khalsa college the cut-off remained 70%. The college received over 500 applications for 120 seats, principal Dharminder Singh Ubha said.
Government Mohindra College which introduced B Com this year received 325 applications for their 120 seats. The cut-off here was 69%.
Modi college principal SK Bhardwaj said one of the reasons for students opting for traditional commerce courses was the fee structure as the fee for one semester of engineering equals that of the entire B Com course.
"The salaries being drawn by students from both courses are almost the same hence they are drifting back to the old courses," he added. Even in the surrounding towns, commerce was the preferred course.
MM Gupta, principal of Patel Memorial College, Natwnal, said the 180 seats for B Com general and 60 for B Com professional were filled in two weeks.
Vedita Dhaman, a student at the local Khalsa college, said, "With a degree in B Com our chances of getting into a good business school for the MBA increase."