Are you ready to beat the Delhi Univer­sity cut-offs?

OVER THE TOP With no stream-wise cut-offs and ad­di­tional ad­mis­sion cri­te­ria, the qual­i­fy­ing scores this year are likely to be higher than pre­vi­ous years

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If you are a Delhi Univer­sity as­pi­rant hop­ing to get a col­lege and course of your choice, you are likely to face fierce com­pe­ti­tion due to steep cut-offs. Those who have scored ex­cep­tion­ally well can ex­pect qual­i­fy­ing scores to be as high as 100% in some cour­ses.

Ex­perts say that the cut-offs may be higher than last year due to changes in­tro­duced in the ad­mis­sion cri­te­ria and no stream-wise cut-offs. Another fac­tor that will con­trib­ute to this change is the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived by the univer­sity this year, which is over three lakh.

In a con­ven­tional trend, the cut-offs were high­est for com­merce stu­dents and the low­est for hu­man­i­ties stu­dents till last year. “The Cen­tral Ad­mis­sion Com­mit­tee this time de­cided to do away with ad­di­tional cri­te­ria im­posed dif­fer­ently by dif­fer­ent col­leges (till 2014, if a cut-off range of 97%-99% was de­clared by a col­lege, it was as­sumed that sub­ject-wise qual­i­fy­ing scores would be in the range of 99%for com­merce and 97% for hu­man­i­ties, with science some­where in be­tween). So the uni­form cri­te­ria now be­ing ap­plied by all the col­leges are be­ing mis­con­strued as uni­form cut-offs (ie all col­leges would have one uni­form cut-off for one course). Now ev­ery col­lege is free to come out with its own cut-offs,” says Nachiketa Singh, mem­ber of the DU Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Ad­mis­sions.

Bag­ging a seat may be eas­ier for stu­dents seek­ing ad­mis­sion in a sub­ject they have stud­ied in Class 12. For those who have not stud­ied a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject in Class 12 and still want to pur­sue an hon­ours course in that par­tic­u­lar sub­ject, the cut-offs are pre­dicted to be higher.

For in­stance, if a stu­dent has ap­plied for ge­og­ra­phy (hons) and he has not stud­ied the sub­ject in Class 12 or he does not in­clude it in the best of four, then 2.5% marks will be de­ducted from his to­tal score.

Col­leges too, are pre­par­ing for an ad­mis­sion rush. Ac­cord­ing to Anju Sri­vas­tava, of­fi­ci­at­ing prin­ci­pal, Hindu Col­lege, “We are likely to see more stu­dents vy­ing for one seat this year. The univer­sity do­ing away with min­i­mum el­i­gi­bil­ity and ad­di­tional el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria will also im­pact the cut-offs.” Cour­ses such as English (hons), BCom (hons) and BCom are among the most pop­u­lar ones and are likely to have tough com­pe­ti­tion. Stu­dents who have scored over 90% marks are likely to take up all the seats.

Most col­leges ex­er­cise cau­tion and usu­ally de­clare an ex­cep­tion­ally high cut-off for the first list. This will be fol­lowed this year as well. “Keep­ing the cut-off low could be risky and pose is­sues such as over ad­mis­sion which may lead to prob­lems of fac­ulty short­age and in­fra­struc­ture,” says Sri­vas­tava.

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