WITH competitions increasing every passing year, students are used to cut-offs soaring high in Delhi University. But this time the cut-offs were unbelievable. To get admission into the most sought after colleges one needs to have at least 98 per cent marks and if you are aspiring for Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) nothing but a perfect 100 will be needed.
Criticising SRCC for declaring 100 per cent cut-off for a particular stream, Union-HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, “It is very sad that a college has declared a 100 per cent cut-off for applicants from a certain stream. I have heard that another college has declared a 99 per cent cut-off.”
Empathising with parents and students he said not to lose hope, this irrationality will be taken care of.
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Umar Abdullah said on a micro blogging site, Twitter, “I’m terrified for my sons because in five years, when Zamir moves to college, the cut-offs will be even more insane.” And he asked, “If 100 per cent is the minimum requirement to be considered for admission, are there kids coming with more than 100 out of 100…With these kinds of cut-off marks I would have been doing a correspondence course because I wouldn’t have even got a pass course admission.”
Cut-offs were supposed to go down in 2nd list but marginal dip was seen while most of the north campus colleges closed admission to the popular courses like B.Com hons, Economics hons, History, Political Science and Sociology hons.
Principal of Hansraj College VK Kwatra said, “There has not been much changes in the 2nd list since we are trying to avoid over admissions, except in courses like Botany honours, which has seen a dip of 3 per cent in the 2nd list.”
As most of the students were unable to meet the cut-off criteria of courses and colleges of their choice they just went ahead and secured a Delhi University seat wherever they could. With absurdity of the cut-offs shown by the north campus colleges, majority of the students have pinned their hopes to the off campus colleges.
While there are limited options for the general category students even with 95 per cent marks, the situation is completely different with the OBC students. Almost all the colleges are offering a dip of 5-7 per cent in the 2nd cut-off list. OBC students can still get courses of their choice in colleges like Ramjas, Kirorimal and Hindu, which have already closed admissions for general categories.
Disappointment is even higher with the boys. With 1st cut-off list crossing the lines of absurdity, boys with aggregate of 90 per cent to 94 per cent have limited options.
A large number of girls colleges in Delhi University have left boys applying for the same courses with lesser opportunities to go into the colleges of their choice.
“While I will opt for Motilal Nehru College with a 93 per cent marks, girls have the option of getting the better college such as IP College,” said Vishal Kukreja, who had come to Hindu College to check the cut-off.