CUET effect in DU admissions: 120 from Kerala board in BA (Pol Sc Hons) in Hindu College last year, only 1 this year

AHEAD of Delhi University’s new semester beginning on Wednesday, the admission lists of some colleges are showing a distinct change this year, an effect of the shift to admissions based on scores in the entrance test common university (CUET), instead of class XII examination marks. .

Last year, of the 146 students admitted to the BA (Hons) Political Science program at Hindu College after the first two cut-off lists, 124 were from state school boards: 120 from Kerala, 3 from Rajasthan and 1 from Haryana.

This year, while the second round of seat allotment is still underway, only one of the 59 students admitted so far is from a state board — the Kerala board. The course has a sanctioned endowment of 49 places.

The BA (Hons) Political Science program at Hindu College was one of the 10 DU programs last year where the first list cut-off for unreserved seats was 100% (best of four subjects). The Indian Express had reported that on the first day of admissions, the program had received 102 applications from students who met the cut-off, of which 101 were from the Kerala board.

With the adoption of CUET this year, admissions are now based on applicants’ CUET scores and their indicated college course preferences. The BA (Hons) Political Science program at Hindu College is one of the top scorers in CUET.

The Indian Express had spoken to 51 students who had scored 800/800 on CUET, and 14 of them had indicated this program as their first preference.

According to a professor in the Political Science department of Hindu College, most of the students admitted so far are from CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) schools, while a smaller number are CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations). both national boards. Most of those admitted to unreserved seats have CUET scores in the range of 795/800 to 800/800.

Similarly, at Ramjas College, which also admitted a large number of Kerala board students to its BA (Hons) Political Science (100% first cut) and BA courses last year, the most of the new admissions this year are CBSE students.

Govind, working secretary of Maithry, an association of Kerala students at DU, said fewer students from the state had approached them with admission questions this year. However, he said, this could be because it was the first year of CUET.

“It is the first time that this process has been introduced, so many students say that they have not had time to prepare. CUET is based on the NCERT syllabus which is taught in CBSE schools and is different from the state board syllabus so students will have to prepare separately. The number of students from Kerala this year is less, especially in North Campus colleges. We have received only a handful of inquiries from students admitted to colleges like Hindu or Ramjas,” he said.

After last year’s admissions, the push to move to an entrance exam-based admission process came after a DU panel flagged unequal admission opportunities for students from different boards and he recommended a common entrance test, conducted by the university or through an external agency.

The panel had pointed out disparities in the average scores of students from the five boards with the highest admissions till the second cut-off list. Kerala board students who were admitted had an average class XII score of 98.43%; followed by Rajasthan board students with 94.68%; Haryana board students with 92.69%; CISCE students with 92.33%; and CBSE students with 91.3%.

Earlier this year, when The Indian Express spoke to 103 of the 114 students who had scored 100 percentile in at least four CUET papers, only one was not from a national board: it was from the Jamia Millia Islamia school board. Of the rest, 100 were from CBSE and two from CISCE.

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