Don’t pack your bags yet. It’s too early to look for alternatives to Delhi University because the cutoff marks for admission are sure to change significantly in the subsequent lists.
The likes of Shri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram, Miranda House, Hindu and Hansraj may close the lists with only a marginal dip in marks, but an aspirant could secure entry into the honours course in economics at 85% best-of-four aggregate if a specific college is not a precondition.
Based on the analysis of the earlier years’ cutoff trends and of the first list issued on Tuesday, it is likely a big reduction in the qualifying marks is in the offing.
As an official in the university’s Dean of Students’ Welfare, pointed out, “Even North Campus colleges like Daulat Ram and Ramjas brought their cutoff down from last year and sought-after colleges such as Indraprastha did not hike the marks for most courses.
And then Hans Raj lowered the bar in the BA Programme course while maintaining last year’s norms for most of its popular courses.”
So which courses will likely see easier eligibility standards? The minimum required marks will be lower in all courses starting from BA Programme, which recorded its highest cutoff of 98.75% at LSR, and BCom (honours), for which the qualifying, except in Zakir Hussain College and Aditi Mahavidyalaya, is 93%, to honours in economics or physics and chemistry.
Based on TOI’s trend analysis from previous years’ lists, the average drop and the 2018 first list, one can expect economics (honours) to drop to 85%.
BA Programme, at a high in the first list, will definitely fall and, in the words of a North Campus college principal, “could be in the range of 70-80%, even in the 60s”. The principal added, “There will be 15 to 17 colleges where the final qualifying mark for BA Programme will be in mid-70s.”Second only to economics (honours), BCom (honours) and BCom, offered in over 33 colleges, too could see the entry bar in the 80s.
However, the number of colleges offering admission at the mark will be limited, though one could possibly fancy one’s chances at popular institutions such as Kalindi, Acharya Narendra Dev and Janki Devi Memorial. Other popular courses such as honours in political science and history too will have the norm down in the 80s.
The idea then is for aspirants to wait and watch.