Students aspiring to join Delhi University for undergraduate
courses were aware that admission cut-offs this year would be
high, but they were clearly left baffled when the qualifying marks
soared sky high - even touching 100 percent in one college. Human
Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal termed the development
as "very sad".
The Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) fixed the cut-off for its
B.Com (Honours) course at 100 percent for non-commerce aspirants.
For B.A. Economics (Honours), the cut-off is 98.25 percent.
On Wednesday when the admission process began in the varsity and
the first cut-off list was put up on the college notice boards,
students were seen reacting with disbelief. For a number of
courses, the jump in the cut-off was huge - by as much as 13
Ashima Sharma, a student who wants to pursue B.Com (Honours) from
the SRCC, one of the top-notch colleges on the campus, said: "I
have got an aggregate of 98 percent which, everyone told me, was a
good percentage to get into any college. But 100 percent is just
"I am really disappointed. But then, the college authorities told
me not to lose hope and come back for the second cut-off list,"
Similarly, Ashu Rana, who wants to graduate in Geography, said she
will wait for the second list. "I still have hope left," she said.
Reacting to the high cut-offs, especially the 100 percent mark in
the SRCC, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said: "This morning I got the
news that the cut-off in one college is 100 percent. I felt very
sad, especially for the parents and the children who work so hard
and get 97 and 98 percent, and one college says that if you are in
science stream unless you have 100 percent you will not get
"I am informed by the vice chancellor that only one student in
this entire list has 100 percent marks in science stream and he
may never take commerce. The idea is to exclude everybody who is
from science stream and not to allow them an opportunity to go to
commerce," Sibal said at a joint press conference with Delhi
University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh.
Singh in turn said: "I agree with the minister, most colleges have
not adopted such procedure which may disqualify a deserving
candidate. So, I will add that four more cut-off lists will come.
It's only in one or two colleges that it has happened, and I hope
the situation will be rectified".
He attributed the high cut-offs "largely" to students getting high
marks in the school leaving examinations. "That is why colleges
are much more cautious with their cut-offs," he said.
This year the varsity did away with the application process for
admission to its undergraduate courses. So, the colleges declared
the cut-offs on the basis of last year's marks.
SRCC principal P.C. Jain defended the high cut-off in his college,
saying that science students should not be disappointed because
they have "many more options".
"I think science students shouldn't be disappointed with the
cut-off, there are a lot more options for science students. More
IITs, IIMs are coming up. Can commerce students go for engineering
or medical? Those who do not get admission tend to criticize the
criteria, but criterion have to be followed and honoured," Jain
He added that students should be "patient" and wait for
the second and third cut-off list.
Most of the colleges fixed very high cut-offs for various
undergraduate courses in DU this year. In the science courses too,
the cut-offs have seen a big jump.
For instance, in Daulat Ram College, the rise in the cut-off for
B.Sc. Chemistry (Honours) was 13 percent over last year and Gargi
College saw a rise of 12 percent.
Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, dean of the Students Welfare Office, said:
"Colleges have exercised caution before declaring the first list.
Aspirants are advised not to get discouraged. Most of the colleges
are expected to announce four more lists."
Those students who meet the cut-off of the first list can take
admission June 16-20.
The university will declare the second list June 21. With a total
of five lists this year, unlike four in the past, the admission
process will continue till July 13.
Delhi University's academic year begins July 15.