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DU's first cutoffs hit all- new high.

COLLEGES this year are clearly cautious of the unknown. Both the fouryear undergraduate courses and the rush of applicants is unprecedented, which perhaps explains an alarming increase in the first cutoffs of both popular and traditional courses declared on Wednesday night.

While the cutoffs of the most sought- after courses like Commerce and Economics have gone up by anything between 0.5 per cent and 10 per cent, a course like Hindi, which attracts a niche group of students, has seen a hike of up to 14 per cent. Like popular colleges, off- campus colleges too look more hardto- get this year.

Not SRCC but Ram Lal Anand College has done it this time. The college has hiked its cutoff for Computer Science to 100 per cent this year. The college declared 95 per cent to 100 per cent as the first cutoff for the course hiking it from 86- 91 per cent last year.

Shri Ram College of Commerce, known to take its cutoff to 100 per cent two years ago, stopped short by one per cent this year. The cutoff for commerce ( no longer referred to as BCom ( honours) under FYUP) is 97 per cent for students who come from the same stream. The cutoff for the course will go up to 99 per cent for students from science background. Campus colleges have been slightly conservative while increasing their cutoffs for commerce and economics though they say there is not much option as their cutoffs are nearly saturated anyway.

At Hindu, the cutoff for Commerce has been hiked by 0.5 per cent while the Economics cutoff has increased by 1.75 per cent. A non- commerce student can study Commerce at Hindu only with a score of 99.75 per cent in Class XII. The hike is similar at Hans Raj though the college has increased its cutoff for English by a whopping 5.5 per cent. " Most top scorers aim for campus colleges.

So we have to be really careful as a marginal difference in the cutoffs can invite a large rush of eligible students who cannot be turned away," said an admission coordinator at North Campus.

Admissions starting from Thursday will last till Saturday under the first list. College principals advise that aspirants should take up seats wherever they get through and change the college or course later if they get lucky in the second list.

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Date:Jun 27, 2013
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