“The cut-offs this year have been nerve-racking!” exclaimed Kritika Ganguli, a resident of G.K and a pass-out from Mother’s International School. “I have scored 93 per cent, just the exact to get into Economics Honours at Gargi College. I’m so glad that I got admission here,” she said looking relieved and gleeful.

It’s not just Kritika, but thousands of other students felt the same as the first list was declared.

Students and their parents were seen swarming into various DU South Campus colleges to get admissions on Thursday.

A myriad emotions could be seen on their faces. Some looked more than happy to get the stream of their choice. “I intended to do B.Tech Psychological Sciences only, and I’m delighted that I got it!” said a jubilant Gargi Chahuan, a 95 per cent scorer from Noida. Her friend Tushita Gupta also scored 95 per cent and wants to join the same course. “What’s better than getting into the same college and course with your best friend?” she said, visibly gratified.

Meher Usman, a pass-out from St. Anthony School, studied Commerce in Class XII, but could not take up the subject for her graduation and has instead turned to Geography. “I scored 84 per cent in my Boards and I hoped to take up Geography Honours at KNC, but the cut-off even for this course 86 per cent,” she said resentfully.

The scene at Lady Shri Ram College was of much angst and apprehension. Despite the heat and humidity, students along with their parents stood outside the college to check their names on the list of selected for various courses.

Amna Ahamad from Lucknow stood in the group of onlookers along with her mother. Despite having scored 95.5 per cent, Amna could not get into the coveted college because the cut-off for Political Science was 95.75 per cent – just a quarter of a per cent more than what she had scored. The look on her face said it all as she murmured: “Much as I want to get into this college, but I can’t because of such a small margin. Still I’ll try and take admission into other good colleges and wait for the second cut off list.”

Gauri Jham, an NRI from Dubai and an 87 per cent scorer, wanted to get into Journalism and Mass Communication at LSR, but much to her dismay the cut-off for the course is 98 per cent. “My mother is an LSR alumnus, that’s why I really want to join this college,” she said dejectedly.

However, Meenakshi Ajit an outstation student from Kerala is on cloud nine as she got into LSR with 95.6 per cent. “I’m so happy for my daughter.” said Meenakshi’s proud mother.

The first cut-off also brought out with it business opportunity for some. Landlords of various paying guest accommodations around the colleges were seen standing there distributing pamphlets. “We have been into this business for quite sometime and by the time second list comes out all the 50 plus seats in my PG will be full,” said a beaming Ms. Juneja, owner of a PG accommodation near LSR.