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Brace for sky-high cut-offs in DU this year

Admission: Colleges likely to follow St Stephen’s lead, may keep marks high

education Updated: Jun 20, 2015 14:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Delhi University,Aryabhatta College,Shri Ram College of Commerce

Delhi University has received a total of 2.85 lakh applications (both offline and online) this year, with 35,000 of them being from students who secured 90-100% in their board examinations.

The application trend suggests that the cut-offs for subjects across all colleges is likely to shoot up majorly. In courses like B.Com, English and Chemistry, the minimum mark is likely to touch the 100% mark in the first list due on June 25.

As per applications received by the university, there are 28,999 aspirants who have scored 90-95% and 6,850 in the 95-100% bracket in five subjects.

The number of students in the 95-100% marks bracket, hence, is likely to increase after the best of four calculations.

“As per simple calculations, it looks like students who have secured 90% and above will fill up all the seats in almost 50 colleges of the university as each college will not take more than 700 students. Further, with the increased number of applicants, the cut-off will see a drastic increase this time,” said Manoj Sinha, principal of Aryabhatta College.

Though Aryabhatta is a new college, it is expected to follow other colleges of north campus while declaring its first cut-off.

“The cut-off coming down to even to 80-85% looks difficult this time, except for subjects like Hindi (honours) and Sanskrit (honours) which receive fewer applications,” said Sinha.

An increase in the cut-off is being predicted not only from the percentage of students scoring 90% and above, but also from applications received for individual subjects.

At St Stephen’s College, the cut-off for English has shot up to 99%, and this trend may be emulated by other DU colleges. For English (honours). DU has received 90,331 applications, the highest for any subject this year. This was followed by B.Com and B.Com (honours) at 71,505 and 68,866, respectively.

Last year, the maximum numbers of applications were for Economics (honours) and Computer Science.

“Looking at the St. Stephen’s trend and the number of applications to subjects, the cut-off will only increase. The increase in cut-off could be of 0.5 to 1 percent compared to last year,” said Ashok Sehgal, officiating principal of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).

Last year, SRCC’s cut-off for B.Com (honours) for general students was 97.5-99.25 percent.

This time there would only be one cut-off across all streams.

Most colleges are likely exercise caution and usually declare an exceptionally high cut-off during the first list. “We cannot take the risk of keeping the cut-off low. Keeping the cut-off low will pose problems of over admission,” said Anju Srivastava, principal Hindu College.

Top 10 Courses

Choices in DU on the basis of number of applications
B.A (Hons) Eng 90,331
B.Com 71,505
B.Com (Hons) 68,866
B.Sc (Hons) Chem 66, 987
B.Sc (Hons) Math 66,586
B.A (Hons) Eco 63,264
B.Sc (Hons) Physics 62,585
B.A (Hons) Pol Science 56,408
B.Sc (Hons) Com Science 50,317
B.A (Hons) History 47,088

First Published: Jun 20, 2015 12:41 IST