Admission at Delhi University is still going to be a tough task

There is no longer an audacious 100 per cent at the lesser-known Ram Lal Anand College and admissions are not closed everywhere, but securing admission in Delhi University is still going to be a tough task, with the second cut-off list released here on Sunday showing no substantial drop in the cut-offs of popular courses and very few open seats in reputed colleges.

Hindu College, guilty of the highest cut-off for its Commerce course, has taken a small step down from 99.75 per cent to 99.5 per cent, it also has its Economics course open with an ask of 97 per cent and English with 98 per cent. These courses are the most popular but earlier their cut-off was too high. Comparatively, its other courses in the Humanities stream like Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology are all closed.

All its Science courses except Zoology are open but with above 95 per cent cut-offs.

Shri Ram College of Commerce has closed its Commerce admissions but has its Economics course open at an ask of 97.25 per cent.

It is 98.5 for Commerce, 96.75 for Economics and 96.5 for English at Hans Raj College, which has kept open all its courses in the Humanities and Commerce sections but with a cut-off of above 90 per cent. In the Sciences too, all the courses are open with above 90 per cent cut-offs except for Botany which is 86 per cent.

Its B. Tech in Computer Science is still being offered at 99 per cent and the popular Electronics at 97 per cent.

The newly-introduced B. Tech courses continued to command high cut-offs in lesser known colleges, despite the seats not being full. Though Ram Lal Anand College climbed down from 100 per cent to 95 per cent, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science has it at 98 per cent, while among others Keshav Mahavidyalaya is asking for 97 per cent, Rajdhani 98 and Shivaji College 98 per cent.

The secret behind why colleges which are lesser-known could actually declare such high cut-offs was revealed by a principal who did not wish to be named.

He said that the university was very selective in granting permission to colleges for starting the new B. Tech courses.

This is true even in the newly-introduced Bachelor in Management Science courses.

“The university has the reputation for having only a handful of really reputable colleges and off-campus colleges are mostly ignored. The university is probably trying to bring some sort of repute to the remaining colleges,” he said. There are more than 60 undergraduate colleges in DU, of which only about 15 or so are really well known.

Among the girls-only colleges, Lady Shri Ram College of Commerce still has most of its courses open and had a drastic climb down from its earlier cut-offs for Journalism which is now in the range of 95 to 97 per cent.

In the earlier list it was from 97.5 to 98.5.

Its new B. Tech in Psychology course, which was commanding 96.75 per cent, has been closed, with the college over-admitting students.

Gargi College has closed admissions to almost all its courses in all four streams except History at 87.5 per cent and Sanskrti at 45 per cent. Kamala Nehru College still has many courses open with reduced cut-offs but has closed its Commerce, English, History and Political Science.

Miranda House too has most of its courses open except History and Sociology in the Humanities.

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