DU Admission: Walls which are too high to climb
The cut-offs in Delhi University continue to rise unabated
Misbah Khan and Simran Chugh Delhi
Delhi University announced its first cut-off list on Saturday for the academic year 2016-2017. Starting the barrage of stratospheric cut-off lists was St. Stephen’s College which announced its cut-offs on June 18. The cut off in BA English (H) for a commerce student is a mind-boggling 99 percent, whereas for a science student it is 98 percent, and a humanities student needs 97.5 percent for admission in the course.
Safe to say that such high cut-offs have not found many takers. Stephen’s is offering 400 seats in its English department, but the number of applications received has been less than last year. The College offers various undergraduate programmes including BA Programme, BSc Programme, BA English(H), BA Economics(H), BA Philosophy(H), BA History(H), BA Sanskrit(H), BSc Physics(H), BSc Chemistry(H). Cut-offs are likely to drop in the coming days due to the fall in the number of applications.
‘’I have secured admission in the course as I have scored 97.75 percent marks. I am happy but at the same time feel sad about those who couldn’t make it. My aptitude test went well. I found it simple, and the interview also went by smoothly. There were few questions where I fumbled, but they were really patient, and they gave me enough time to think about the answers,” said Siddhant, a student from Mumbai, who was clearly elated at making it to the college.
DU cutoffs disappoint a lot of students nationwide as every year the cutoffs keep increasing incrementally. Only a handful of the students get through the admission process, and more often than not many come away disappointed. It is almost impossible for students who have scored in the 80-90 range to get admission in a Delhi University college.
Anjali, a student of Laxmi Bai College, has applied for the language course in St. Stephens College because it is not possible for her to pursue any other course in the college. She said, “Securing admission in any DU college nowadays is a herculean task. I think the admission process should take other factors into consideration as well.”
Students from all over the country desire to take admission in the University of Delhi. Every year a tremendous competition is seen among the students for securing admission in the 63 colleges of the University. The net result is a beeline of students standing in long queues in the summer sun.
Aleena, a student from Kerala while expressing her views, said about DU, ‘’It is famous all over India including South India. It has library facilities and the finest faculty in the country. It is very well rounded. It has a lot of societies, a great academic atmosphere which other universities don’t have.”
Students usually apply for every single college they are eligible for hoping that they will get admission in at least one of them.
With the rise in cut-offs this year again, students also are expecting more from DU. Nona, a Delhi student, said, “I am expecting a really stimulating atmosphere as students here are highly active in extra-curricular activities.”
A large number of students come from outside of Delhi to study here, marking a big change in their lives. This is an exciting experience for them. A student from Bihar named Palak said, “I am both excited and nervous, because I am leaving my city and coming to Delhi. I hope I can acclimatise to the new environment as there will be new people to interact with who will be coming from different places.’’
DU has been in the news in recent years for all the wrong reasons. It shot into the limelight when in 2011 Shri Ram College of Commerce had released a cut-off of 100 percent. That was also the same year when the semester system was started. Later in 2013 University tried to change the span of undergraduate course to four years. It was forced to roll back these changes after the move generated widespread controversy and faced stiff opposition from the students and academics alike.
DU is the premier undergraduate educational institute in the country. While cut-offs go remarkably high every year nevertheless, the seats in the university get filled up year after year. Clearly the demand and supply equation seems to be in balance here.
Colleges like St. Stephen’s, Hindu, SRCC, Miranda House have a stellar reputation amongst aspirants which is why these colleges tend to have the highest cut-offs amongst all the DU colleges.
The season of admissions has kicked off, and for the next one month, Delhi University will be bustling with young faces and dreamy eyes. Thousands of youth from all over the country will be in the campus with hope and excitement in their heart. Some will make it. Many will return disappointed.