Staff Reporter

Considerable increase in number of applications for popular subjects

NEW DELHI: Attributing liberal marking by Central Board for Secondary Education examiners for the sky-high cut-off marks seems to be only part of the story of the ongoing admission process at Delhi University. With colleges seeing a considerable increase in the number of applications to popular subjects this time, teachers claim that the rise in percentages was only natural.

"B.Com. (Honours) has seen a 20 to 30 per cent increase in the number of applications this time. There are over a hundred seats, so we set a high cut-off to avoid the rush of students. Commerce is the preferred course. The cut-off for Science this time is the same. But we decided to raise the percentage for Commerce,'' said Dyal Singh Principal D. Jagannathan.

As most students tend to pay fees at any college they get into in the first cut-off list to secure a seat, it often becomes tough for colleges to release their certificates in case they want to switch to a better college or course in the second list. To avoid this unnecessary hassle, colleges tend to set the benchmark higher.

"There were 1,000 applications for 30 seats in Computer Science alone. Most courses across the board have seen a 10 to 20 per cent increase in the number of applications. We have increased the cut-off marks this time in Economics, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics,'' said Hans Raj College Principal S.R. Arora.

Planning to complete 75 per cent admissions to its Commerce course in the first list itself, there might not be a third list at Hans Raj this time round.

Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College that has recently turned into a full-time college has also seen an unprecedented increase in the cut-off marks due to the large number of students applying. Earlier an evening shift college, this year 72,000 students have applied.

"The cut-off marks have never been so high in our college. Hindi (Honours) is 80 per cent and so is Political Science and History. But these cut-off marks will come down in the second list by 5 per cent,'' said Principal Harmeet Singh. But for some colleges, it is about identity rather than just good marks and more applications that determine the high cut-off marks. Taking on colleges with a bigger reputation, the difference between B.Com (Honours) in Ramjas College and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) is just marginal. While SRCC is asking for 94.5-96.5 per cent for B.Com (Honours), Ramjas College requires 92-96 per cent from its students. And with students flocking to Ramjas, the percentage does not seem to be overambitious for the college.

However, those who do not make it to the first cut-off need not lose heart. Despite seeming impossibly high, cut-offs will come down, assures Deputy Dean Students' Welfare Amit Kumar Bardhan.