With cut-offs as high as 100%, the Delhi University has been in news for its “unrealistic” academic expectations from students seeking admission. Each passing year has witnessed a steep increase in the cut-offs. The first cut-off of for DU for the academic session 2015-2016, that was released on June 24, registered a sharp increase compared to last year, with colleges like College of Vocational Studies (CVS) and IP College for Women requiring a 100% from students wishing to opt for B.Sc. (Honors) in Computer Science.
Like the previous year, this year too, English, Economics and Commerce remain the most sought-after courses. And like the previous year, the cut-off for these courses remains unattainable by the majority of applicants. With St. Stephen’s College making news for a cut-off as alarmingly high as 99% for Commerce students aspiring to read English, colleges like Hindu and Lady Sri Ram College for Women are not lagging behind, requiring applicants to take admission to this course at 97.75% and 98.25% respectively. The Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) started the admission process with 97.375% for B.Com (Honors) and 98.25% for Economics (Honors).
The sky-rocketing cut-offs also led to protests by various student organizations calling the system of admission “unfair” and “exclusive” considering that only 15% applicants found their way to DU on release of the first list. In addition, a plea was also filed in the High Court against Delhi University’s cut-off system for the various State Board students and the anomalies with respect to the same.
The second cut-off list brought about only a negligible relief for expectants with various colleges closing down admissions for several courses. Despite the overall 5% drop registered in the cut-offs, some colleges came up with an unchanged list, with cut-offs the same as in the first.
The third-cut off, released late on Friday, July 4 was a disappointment for science students, as admissions for most courses of this stream are closed. The overall decrease of 2% did not bring much good news as various colleges like Jesus and Mary College (JMC), SGBT Khalsa College and SGND Khalsa College have stopped releasing lists. The third cut-off has also shut the doors to evening colleges with no seats available in any of these. However, female aspirants have reason to be hopeful as girls’ colleges like Kamla Nehrru College, LSR, IP College for Women have seats available. Admissions under the third list are open till July 7.
The third cut-off list has ended the long wait of many students even as many more are preparing themselves for private universities or the School of Open Learning (SOL), simultaneously awaiting the fourth cut-off list for Delhi University, to be released on July 9, 2015.