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High cut-off doesn’t matter, ‘nearly half of DU seats’ already filled day before second list

The first DU cut-off list was released last Saturday, and saw colleges continue with the high application thresholds that have become a trend at the central university. 

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New Delhi: The second cut-off list for admission to Delhi University will be announced Saturday, but nearly 30,000 of the total 70,000 seats on offer this year are already filled, ThePrint has learnt. The number is likely to go up by Friday night, which marks the deadline for fees submission to secure admissions under the first round.   

The first cut-off list was released last Saturday, and saw colleges continue with the high application thresholds that have become a trend at the central university. 

At Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College, the first list set 100 per cent marks as the cut-off for three courses — Psychology (H), Economics (H) and Political Science (H). Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), another premier DU institute, also kept its cut-offs high at 99.5 per cent for BCom (H) and 99 per cent for Economics (H). 

Other courses that saw high cut-offs are English (H) and History (H). Out of the 44 colleges that offer English (H), at least five have declared more than 98 per cent as the cut-off for the course. 

Despite the stratospheric cut-offs, more than 59,000 students have claimed eligibility, DU admission officials told ThePrint. 

Out of these, 29,764 students had confirmed their admission by Thursday after paying the fees, while 10,000 more have been given provisional admission but are yet to deposit the fees, the officials added. 

Also Read: DU adds 4,000 seats this year, but colleges lack funds, infrastructure & faculty members

‘A good response’

LSR Principal Suman Sharma told ThePrint that, despite the high cut-offs, they have received a good response for all the courses, especially Political Science (H). However, she added that there will be a second cut-off for all courses. 

“Students can expect a marginal drop in the cut-off, seats are still available in all the courses,” she said.

Despite the high cut-offs for Political Science (H) and History (H), many colleges say almost all their seats for the courses have been taken up. 

Ramjas College Principal Manoj Khanna said they have filled seats in both these courses beyond capacity and there is low likelihood of a second cut-off list. The situation is similar in Hindu College, where seats for both these courses have been filled already, Principal Anju Srivastava said. 

Apart from History and Political Science, another course where seats have been filled is BA Programme.

Not much relief likely in second list

Principals of many colleges say the second cut-off lists are not likely to offer relief of more than 0.25 to 1 percentage points in most courses, so students should not expect a lot to change.

“Many colleges have filled seats beyond capacity and hence cut-offs are not likely to dip a lot because they want to avoid over-admission. However, a final decision on the cut-offs will only be taken after the meeting (of the admissions committee) Friday,” said an admission official in Maharaja Agrasen College. 

The second cut-off for colleges will be released by Saturday night and the admission process will begin Monday. Due to Covid-19, the admission process has completely shifted online this year.

Also Read: Don’t expect big changes in DU cut-offs, say teachers, even though CBSE cancelled exams


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  1. There is no difference in quality between a student who gets 100% and another with 99%, merely because of their marks. So the admission process has become a lottery.

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