New Delhi: Cutoff marks for undergraduate (UG) courses in Delhi University (DU) are likely to rise this year as there are large number of students who scored above 90 per cent in their Class XII Central Board Of School Education (CBSE) Exams.
Many principals and teachers predicted that the cutoffs are likely to go up as it is directly linked to the number of applicants.
Hindustan Times quoted Manoj Khanna, Principal Ramjas College, as saying, “Colleges have always taken precautions to avoid high numbers of admissions [under a cutoff]. If 350,000 students have applied, we don’t know their details. While their percentage gives some idea, students are likely to apply to multiple colleges and have multiple options that have to be considered while setting cutoffs. DU has seen a record of seats getting filled even at 100%. So we have to set higher cutoffs initially.”
Meanwhile, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the university made several changes in the admission process and students can apply for all the courses this academic session. “This was done to make the process easier for students as results of many state boards and CBSE were pending at the time the registration process began,” Suman Kumar, a member of the admission branch, was quoted as saying by the national daily.
The DU has registered as many as 353,918 applications for approximately 70,000 undergraduate seats. Last year, the university received around 258,388 applications and the highest cutoff was 99 per cent set by Hindu College for BA (Hons) in political science.
Anju Shrivastava, Principal of Hindu College, said, “The first cutoff won’t be lower than that of last year. It will either be the same or marginally higher. There is definitely going to be a wider range of variables because students can apply for any of the courses, leaving multiple options for them, and they don’t have to choose at this stage. Due to this, colleges will face a larger ambiguity in deciding the cutoffs.”