University of Delhi (DU) admission 2017 process has begun with the colleges affiliated with the NCR-based Central University announced their first cut- offs with most of them keeping the tab around the 97 per cent for commerce courses, set earlier by the SRCC. According to Delhi University officials, 2017's cut- offs are what they used to be in 2013.
There has been a marginal drop in the cut-off percentage this year which has come as a sigh of relief for the students. However, going through the list of Delhi University (DU) cut-offs, it is clear that the first cut off list is not for students who have managed to score below 90 and wish to take admission in any of the top courses or colleges or both.
About the cut- offs percentage:
The drop in cut- offs ranges from 0.25 percentage points to four percentage points among the 20 colleges. And among these, the highest cutoff after a gap of five years has not crossed 99 in the best-of-four for humanities aggregate: Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) recorded 98.5 in aggregate in the best of four for Psychology (H), which is the highest. The highest score for science was recorded by SGTB Khalsa for B.Sc Electronics with 99.66% in aggregate.
The cutoff, in fact, dropped across courses and colleges right from LSR and Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) to College of Vocational Studies and Maharaja Agrasen College.
Most "top" colleges this year have decided to keep their first cut- off a little more "realistic" because they faced a shortage of admissions in the past once the second list was released. This decision has resulted in a significant drop in cutoffs in colleges like LSR, Ramjas, and Hindu, known for their sky-high entry percentages. LSR has dropped its cutoff in the first list for BA (Program) from 97 last year to 95.5. Similarly, B Com (Hons) has dropped from 98 to 97.25 this year.
According to Anju Srivastav, principal of Hindu College, the reduction has been made to ensure a good pool of students is admitted even in its second list, which usually is more realistic than the first. "We did our homework and saw a drop in the cut- off would be better. We had kept the first cut- off high last year and, though the intake was good, there was a reduction in the intake from our second list. So we decided it is better to give a reasonable first cut- off this year to reduce the burden on students," she said.
In SRCC, among the colleges that have the highest cut-offs, the entry percentage for B. Com (Hons) has fallen from 98 to 97.75, and for BA Economics (Hons) from 98.25 to 97.75.
A number of colleges on- and off-campus, like Kirori Mal, Satyawati or Ramanujan, have preferred to maintain the same line of cut- offs as last year for a majority of their courses. "Usually, in the first cut- off list, we get a trend of what higher colleges are getting. So, being in the mid-level, we have that advantage. We have maintained the cutoff limits so that we can see how others take their first lot and then make the second list more reasonable," said Dinesh Khattar, principal of Kirori Mal College.
There are also a number of off-campus colleges that have recorded fluctuations in entry percentages this year. For example, the BA History (H) course at Janki Devi Memorial College has dropped to 90 from 95.5 last year in the best-of-four aggregate. Similarly, BA Political Science (H) has fallen from 91 to 87. The Philosophy (H) course, on the other hand, has risen to 85 from 83 in the first cutoff list, released on Friday evening.
- Admissions for the first cutoff list start from Saturday and continue for three days.
- The second cut- off list will be released on July 1, 2017.