DU may limit cutoff lists to five, remaining seats to be filled by counselling

Officials in the undergraduate admission committee said they were concerned that too many cutoff lists lead to admissions continuing even after classes start.

delhi Updated: Feb 19, 2018 08:42 IST
Heena Kausar
Heena Kausar
Hindustan Times
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Officials said the proposal was discussed in the committee meeting last week .(HT File)

Delhi University (DU) this year is considering a proposal to limit cutoff lists to five for admissions to undergraduate courses and will then conduct centralised counselling of students to fill the seats left vacant after the cutoffs.

The university brings out a cutoff list every year and every student that meets the minimum cutoff percentage of marks in a college and turns up for admission is given a seat. Last year, the university had announced 11 cutoff lists with the last list being released in released August. The admission after the first cutoff list started in June.

Officials said the proposal was discussed in the committee meeting last week and a final recommendation will be submitted to the vice-chancellor after next meeting.

A member from the undergraduate admission committee said that in the meeting this year it was proposed that after the fifth cutoff list, all colleges will be asked to submit the number of seats vacant in each subject.

Students who have already registered and wish to take admission will have to come for the central counselling and seats will be given to them based on their Class 12 marks, the member said.

“Too many cutoff lists lead to admission process continuing even after classes start. In the centralised counselling, students will give their preference and subjects and based on the number of seats left, seats will be allocated. But the exact guidelines are yet to be framed,” another committee member said.

Officials said the process would be largely similar to counselling in engineering colleges.

“Suppose, 50 students turn up for admission in English (hons) and 10 colleges have seats left for the subject. The officials handling the counselling will announce a range, let’s say, 80-82% then all those meeting the range will get admission for the particular college,” the member said.

This year university is also contemplating to conduct an aptitude test as a qualifying examination for Mathematics, English, Economics and Computer Science. The online aptitude test will be multiple choice questions (MCQ) format with 75% questions from the subject and 25% from language, reasoning and aptitude.

A sub-committee for undergraduate online aptitude test also suggested that the same should be done for all subjects from next year. “This will eliminate students with no aptitude for the subject and will make the cutoff more realistic,” a member said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2018 22:59 IST