The highly-anticipated first cut-off list of the Delhi University for admissions to various under-graduate courses is finally out. Even though there is no 100 per cent cut-off this time like last year, the required percentages remain high, in some cases even crossing the cut-offs of last year.
For Science, the cut-offs are as high as 99.25 per cent; in Commerce, the cut-off is at 97 per cent. The increase in cut-off marks is by 0.5 per cent to two per cent in different streams.
Last year, the cut-offs made big headlines when the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) fixed its first cut-off list for its B.Com (Honours) course at 100 per cent for non-commerce aspirants. This year, the cut-offs stand at 96.5 per cent for Commerce and 98.5 per cent for Science courses. But with just 252 seats the college may find it difficult to announce a second cut-off list.
Speaking to NDTV, PC Jain, SRCC Principal said, "This time the performance of students has improved tremendously, but even after that, we have been able to contain the cut-off from 100 per cent to 98.5 per cent by changing or reducing the margin between different categories... In the true sense of the term, the performance of the students has increased, and as a result of that the cut-offs have increased from 96 per cent to 96.5 per cent and consequently in all the categories."
The 100 per cent cut-off had sparked a major outcry last year, prompting Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal to intervene and ask the Vice Chancellor to look into the issue.
This year, before the admission season began, Mr Sibal again assured students seeking admission in Delhi University that there would be "no problem" of the kind they faced last year when the cut-off touched 100 per cent.
This year, even B-list colleges have cut-offs, going well past 95 per cent. B. Com (Honours) remained the most popular course on offer as did Economics (Honours), with the highest cut-offs being found in these subjects. In Science courses, Computer Science, Maths and Physics remained the most popular courses.
While the University says there will be four cut-offs lists, many of the top colleges are not likely to go beyond two. Many say the cut-offs were bound to be high with the increase in number of students scoring above 95 per cent in the Boards.
"I have applied but, honestly, with 86 per cent marks, I guess I will have to drop a year and prepare for some competitive exam next year," said Pooja, a science student.Here are the cut-offs in some of the leading colleges: Sri Ram College of Commerce:
Commerce: 96.5%, an increase of 0.5% from last year.
Science: 98.5% that's an increase of 0.5% from last year.Hindu College:
Economic Honours: 92.25% Sri Venkateshwara College, South Campus:
Commerce: 97%Hans Raj College:
Commerce: 96.25%Lady Sri Ram College:
economic Honours: 97%Here's the full list of the first cut-offs