New Delhi: Admission to the new four year undergraduate programme would not be an easy task for aspiring candidates as the first cut-off list announced by Delhi University on Wednesday night nearly touched the 100 per cent mark with two colleges putting the ceiling at 99.75 per cent.
As expected, the cut-off was extremely high considering the record of over 2.5 lakh applications accepted this year by the university. Both Hindu College and Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science have kept their cut-off in the bracket of 96.75-99.75 and 97-99.75 for Commerce and B.Tech courses respectively.
Last year Hindu College was the front runner among DU colleges for having a high cut-off range of 96.25 to 99.25 per cent. Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), one of the most coveted institutions of the varsity, that had sparked much debate in 2011 by putting its first cut-off ceiling at 100 per cent, chose to keep its cut-off for Commerce and Economics at 97 and 97.5 respectively.
Students aspiring to study Commerce as their major will have to fight a tough competition to get admission into their college of choice as almost all of them kept a high range of cut-off for the subject. The commerce cut-offs for almost all colleges were above 90 per cent with Hansraj having a cut-off range at 96.75-98.75, Lady Shri Ram College at 97.75-98.75, Shaheed Bhagat Singh at 96-99 and Sri Venkateswara at 96.75.
For the coveted Economics course, Hindu has put its cut-off at 97.5 per cent, while LSR declared a cut-off of 97.75 per cent. Other high cut-offs were of Hansraj (97.25), Miranda House (96.5-97), Kirorimal (95.5-98.5) and Ramjas (94.5-97.5). English and Journalism courses, admissions for which were carried out through common entrance tests until this year, also saw a high cut-off.
While the cut-off for English ranged till 98.5 per cent with the highest being at Hindu college, the first ever cut-off marks for the Journalism course were above the 90 per cent mark in all the six colleges offering the course. Commerce remained the most popular course on offer as did Economics, with the highest cut-offs being found in these subjects.
In Science courses, Maths and Physics remained the most popular. Among the B Tech courses to be offered from this year, Computer Science and Electronics saw high cut-offs considering their popularity among the applicants.
This year Delhi University is introducing the new four-year structure which will be a shift from the present 10+2+3 scheme. The course entails awarding a diploma if a student exits after two years, a bachelor's degree after three years and a bachelor's degree with honours or a B Tech degree on completion of four years.
Under the pattern, the students will study 11 compulsory foundation courses covering arts, sciences, social sciences and commerce subjects which will equip them with several skills including communication and mathematics. There will be 20 papers in Discipline-I and 6 papers in Discipline-II besides four Application papers.
Admissions to the four year undergraduate programme will be based on the eligibility criterion for Discipline-I.