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Colleges bank on second list

For the first time in three years, Shri Ram College of Commerce has come out with a second list for BCom (H). Swaha Sahoo & Karan Choudhury report.
Hindustan Times | By Swaha Sahoo/Karan Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2008 01:17 AM IST

For the first time in three years, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), the most popular college for commerce, has come out with a second list for BCom (H). SRCC has decreased its cutoff from 94.5 per cent to 94 per cent. Although it is a marginal decrease by 0.5 per cent, many would be happy.

“We have decreased the percentage by 2 marks or 0.5 per cent and should get around 50 students,” said P.C. Jain, principal of SRCC. Jain also said there was a lot of confusion in the minds of students that has delayed the admission procedure. “Students have too many choices. Even if not keen on a college or a course, they still apply,” he said.

The college, which has 384 seats for BCom (H), has already admitted 335 students in the first list. Lady Shri Ram College for Women, which had declared highest cutoffs for BCom (H) at 95.5 per cent, has brought it down to 94 per cent. At Khalsa College, both BCom (H) and BCom Programme cutoffs have been decreased by .5 per cent to 92 and 91.5, respectively. However, Kamla Nehru has closed admissions for both BCom (H) and BCom Programme.

Humanities ruled in first list

Seats for Humanities courses like History, Philosophy, Political Science, BA (H) Math and Hindi have been filled in most women’s colleges. Admission for History is closed at Daulat Ram, Kamla Nehru and Miranda House among others. Admission to Psychology is closed at IP College and Jesus and Mary. While JMC has also closed admission for Political Science and BA (H) Math, Miranda House has closed admissions for Geography, Philosophy, Sanskrit, BA (H) Math and Sociology.

There is also good news for those wanting to pursue English (H) at LSR. The college has reduced cut-offs by 3 per cent (from 93 to 90 per cent). Admission for English at Hindu and Hans Raj has closed, while Ramjas has decreased cut-off percentages by 1 per cent.

For BA (H) Economics, some popular colleges have closed admission after the first list itself or a declared marginal decrease. While SRCC, Indraprastha College and Ramjas have closed admission, Hans Raj has dropped cut-off by 0.5 per cent to 92 per cent and at Khalsa it has dropped by .25 per cent.

Kamla Nehru, which has just a few seats in Economics, has maintained the same cut-off as the first list at 90.5 per cent.

“The second cut-off list is more realistic and the real picture will emerge now that students will move from one college to another,” said Ira Pandit, media coordinator at Daulat Ram. “Although colleges close admission for many courses, they might feel the need to re-open once students migrate,” she said.

For the popular BA Programme, LSR has come down from 90.5 per cent to 89.25. For humanities students, Janki Devi Memorial College has brought down cut-offs by 2 per cent.

Sciences go further down

The cutoffs for the science courses have gone further down, thanks to the drastic drop in popularity at the hands of commerce. DU colleges across the board have seen a whopping drop of 2 to 8 per cent in the second cut-off list for a majority of science courses.

“This year we have seen a drop of four per cent in many of our science courses. The reason behind this is that a majority of the students end up taking admissions in engineering colleges,” said Savita Singh, principal Acharya Narendra Dev College.

The cut-off for Physics (H) at ANDC has gone down from 75 to 71 percent. Likewise, the cut-off for Chemistry (H) has also gone down by four per cent. Pure science courses have taken a beating everywhere. Colleges like Rajdhani have also slashed their cut-offs by two-four percent.

Sri Venkateswara and Gargi College are few of the colleges where the drop has been curtailed to a maximum of two per cent in most of the science courses.

At Daulat Ram, sciences have seen a dip ranging from 1 to 8 per cent. While BSc Life Sciences have gone from 75 to 71 per cent, the cut-off for Botany has seen a huge dip of 8 per cent to 67. At Hansraj College, the dip in cutoff for science courses range from 2 to 3 per cent.

Now all the colleges are banking on the second list to fill up those vacant seats.

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