DU admissions: Cutoff likely to drop, online registration till June 12

Updated on Jun 19, 2017 05:43 PM IST

Doing away with moderation means CBSE won’t award students extra marks in exams for difficult questions, a reason often cited behind inflated scores in Class 12 board exams that in turn lead to impossibly high cutoffs at the Delhi varsity.

The first cutoff will be announced on June 20.(File photo)
The first cutoff will be announced on June 20.(File photo)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

The race for admissions to around 56,000 seats in undergraduate courses of Delhi University will begin from Monday morning. Students can fill up their online registration form till June 12.

Students can opt for any course out of 60 being offered by around 63 colleges under the university.

The first cutoff will be announced on June 20 with sources estimating that qualifying marks this year may go down by one to two percentage points from last year on account of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) doing away with the policy of moderation.

Doing away with moderation means CBSE won’t award students extra marks in exams for difficult questions, a reason often cited behind inflated scores in Class 12 board exams that in turn lead to impossibly high cutoffs at the Delhi varsity.

“If doing away with moderation results in students getting lower marks, then hypothetically the cutoffs will also go lower by one or two percentage points. But we can only say this with certainty after the CBSE results are announced,” said university sources.

However, this may not help students much even if cutoffs go lower, because the number of students applying for DU is likely to see an increase.

“Let’s say ‘X’ number of students used to get 98% marks. This year, the highest marks is 96% due to no moderation. The number of students scoring the highest 96% will remain almost same as previous years. So, effectively the number of students remains the same, so the competition remains same,” sources said.

So instead of competing at 98%, students will now compete at 96%, sources added. CBSE had requested DU to give appropriate weightage to its students for this admission season, but the university said it cannot treat students from different boards with different yardsticks.

Almost 80% of applications that DU receives are from CBSE, university officials said. Interestingly, the online registration form this year will automatically fill the marks obtained by students from CBSE Board when they fill their board roll number.

“CBSE sends us a CD of their results so our system will automatically update the marks received by these students. If other boards send us the result CD, then this can be done for others also,” said MK Pandit, member of DU’s admission committee.

DU will announce six cutoffs this year with the last on July 13. “The academic session will begin from July 20. But if there are seats vacant after the sixth cut off then more lists may be declared,” officials said.

DU tweaks admission process, adds 2,000 seats

Delhi University will start the online registration for undergraduate admissions to around 63 colleges on Monday. The university will come out with its first cutoff list on June 20.

From adding close to 2,000 seats this year, to allowing students to make changes in the registration form till the last date of submission, the university has made some changes to the admission process this year.

Two thousand more seats

In some good news for lakhs of applicants, Delhi university has added around 2000 seats in various colleges and courses, taking the total number of seats being offered by DU to 56,000.

Till last year, the university had around 54,000 seats and received over 2.5 lakh applications. The university’s executive council (EC) has now approved the addition twenty new courses at various colleges.

BSc (Honors) Computer Science has been approved by the executive council to be started at six colleges, including Miranda House and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. Similarly, BSc (Honors) Mathematics has been approved to be started at Ram Lal Anand College, Swami Shraddhanand College and Shyam Lal College.

Changes till last date

Applicants this year will be allowed to make changes in their online registration forms till the last date of June 12 even if they have already submitted the form and made the payment.

Till last year, applicants were not allowed to make any changes in their form after it had been submitted and the fees paid.

“But now applicants can make changes till the last date. Suppose you are an applicant and have submitted a form only to later realize that you have forgotten to apply to some courses, then you can so now after submission,” said MK Pandit, member admission committee.

The move, officials said, will help students if they make small mistakes and want to rectify them later.

No wait for fees refund while changing college

From this year, students will not have to wait for colleges to refund their fees if they change their college. The amount already paid as annual fee at one college will be adjusted with the required fee in the next college, in case a student changes the college.

“If a student has paid Rs 8,000 as fee at one college, but later decides to change to a college where the fee is Rs 12,000, then the student will have to only pay Rs 4,000 extra now,” said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, dean students’ welfare.

Earlier, in case of change of college, a student had to pay the full fee at the new college and wait for around three months for a refund.

NCR girls to get automatic registration for NCWEB

With the aim of promoting “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, the university from this year will automatically register female applicants from NCR for DU’s Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) when they fill the centralized admission form and opt for either BA (Programme) and B.Com (Pass) or both.

NCWEB offers only these two undergraduate courses at its various centers where classes are held on Sunday and are open only for female students from NCR.

“The female candidate will not to pay separate fees. They will be automatically registered and can opt for centres under the women’s board or regular DU colleges,” said Pandit.

New Best of 4 rule for BCom (hons) aspirants

Students applying to BCom (Honours), one of the most sought after courses in Delhi University, will now have to face a new method to calculate the ‘Best of Four’ marks.

The university has divided the subjects that can be counted in the ‘Best of Four’ in three categories — C1, C2 and others.

C1 category has two parts. Part 1 languages – Hindi and English — and Part 2 core subjects — Mathematics, Accountancy, Business Studies/Commerce, Economics.

Cutoffs are calculated based on marks of one of the languages and best of three marks among core subjects.

“Student takes one language from C1 and three subjects from C1’s core subjects to calculate their ‘Best of Four’,” said officials.

The C2 category has twenty subjects.

But if a student takes one subject from C2 instead of C1 core subjects, then one percentage point will be deducted from the aggregate marks.

“Suppose you take one language and two subjects from C1 core subjects and one from C2 then 1% will be deducted. For every subject added from C2, a deduction of one percent will be done,” officials said.

For students, who iopt for subjects outside C1 and C2, there will be deduction of 2.5% per subject in aggregate,” officials said.

For applying to the BCom course, applicants must have passed Mathematics/Business Mathematics at Class XII exam or equivalent exam.

The first cutoff list for B.Com (Honours) most colleges was above 95% last year .

LANGUAGES: Hindi, English CORE SUBJECTS: Maths, Accountancy, Business Studies/Commerce, Economics
Botany, Business Mathematics, Biology/Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science/Informatics Practices, Geography, Geology, History, Home Science, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology
C1 one language+ 3 core subjects: no deduction
C1 one language+ C1 core subjects+C2: Deduction of 1% per subject added from C2
C1 one language+ C1 core subjects+ other subjects: Deduction of 2.5% per subject added from other subjects (not listed in C1, C2)

    Heena Kausar covers schools, universities and student politics in Delhi. A journalist for five years, she started her career in Kashmir and has closely tracked the entry of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi’s political space.

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