THERE are no ' 100 per cent' cutoffs in Delhi University ( DU)' s first list this year, much to the relief of students. Still, the highest cutoff for 2012 -- at 99.25 per cent -- is only a notch lower than 2011' s absurd cutoffs that touched cent per cent in one subject, drawing severe criticism as even toppers couldn't make the grade.
Overall, the first cutoffs this year, announced on Monday, continued their steep climb, rising by 0.5 to 2 per cent over last year's figures. Cutoffs are the minimum score a student needs to gain admission to a course in a DU college.
BCom ( honours) remained the most popular course on offer as did Economics ( honours), with the highest cutoffs being offered in these subjects.
The highest cutoff of 99.25 per cent was announced by Hindu College for its Economics ( honours) course, up by .75 per cent from 2011. Sri Ram College of Commerce ( SRCC)' s cutoff in the subject is 97.75 per cent.
SRCC, which had sparked much debate last year by fixing the cutoff for BCom ( honours) at 100 per cent, kept its cutoff for the subject this year at 98.5 per cent.
HINDU College, whose first cutoff last year in BCom ( honours) was 99 per cent, raised it this time by 0.25 per cent to 99.25 per cent. Hans Raj College announced a cutoff of 98.25 per cent in the subject.
Among other colleges, Lady Sri Ram kept its cutoffs in both Economics and Commerce at last year's mark of 97 per cent. While Gargi College declared a BCom ( honours) cutoff of 97.5 per cent, Ramjas put it at 98 per cent.
Surprise of surprises, Hindu College has literally made history by announcing a high cutoff of 99 per cent in History.
The cutoffs in English have also climbed steeply, to 98.5 per cent in Hans Raj, 82.4 per cent in Miranda House and 84.5 per cent in Hindu College.
While cutoffs in English ( honours) are up to 92 per cent and 93 per cent in Daulat Ram and Gargi colleges respectively, a number of colleges are offering the subject at a much lower percentage.
In science courses, Computer Science, Maths and Physics remained the most popular courses.
Miranda House has jacked its cutoff to 95 per cent in BSc ( honours) Maths. Already one of the more difficult courses to get into, Hans Raj's Computer Science ( honours) programme will be even harder to get into this time.
The cutoff has been increased to 99 per cent from 97 per cent.
Hindu College has the highest cutoff in Physics ( honours) at 97 per cent. For Chemistry ( honours), it's 95.33 per cent.
Last year, the ' 100 per cent cutoff horror' had sparked a major outcry, prompting even human resources development minister Kapil Sibal to intervene and ask the vice chancellor to look into the issue. This year before the admission season began, Sibal had assured students that the 100 per cent cutoff was a thing of the past.
It is noteworthy that last year the cutoffs were announced in a situation when the university was experimenting by doing away with the pre- admission forms.
This year, the university reintroduced the forms, giving colleges a better idea of how many students were looking for which courses.
Hindu has literally made history with a 99% cutoff in History
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