CUET results in: Humanities more massed at the top than Science

The competition to be admitted to popular courses at prestigious central universities is likely to be tighter this year in the case of Humanities subjects than in Sciences, an analysis of data from the common university entrance test shows ( CUET) accessed by The Indian Express.

The results, announced on Friday, show that the score, after normalization, needed to find a place in the top 95-100 percentile reaches 92.5% in the case of English, while the corresponding percentage for Mathematics is 51.5.

That is, to be in the top percentile, a candidate must have scored at least 185.9 out of 200 (the maximum score for each subject is 200) in English and 103.7 in mathematics. However, a clear picture of the race for admissions will emerge only after institutions like Delhi University start admitting students.

The CUET, administered by the National Testing Agency, was introduced this year as a single gateway exam to avoid rising cut-offs and Class XII marks given the wide diversity in the way different Boards assess the students,

The CUET results show that for other Humanities subjects, the score equivalent to the 95th percentile is as follows: History 165.4 or 82.7 percent; Psychology 190.9 or 95.45 percent; Economics 175.8 or 87.9; Hindi 171.09 or 85.5% while Sociology is an exception with a requirement of 157.4 or 78.7%.

The 95-100th percentile requirements for science subjects are lower.

“If we have to go further down (in terms of grades) to find a candidate in the 95th percentile in their cohort, that means the paper was tough. If someone is in the top 5% of their cohort in getting high marks , this role is relatively easier,” said a senior official.

In Chemistry, the score required for the 95th percentile is 129.2 or 64.5 percent; Physics 105.05 or 71.3 percent. For the subjects of Commerce, Accountancy and Business Studies, the corresponding marks required are 170.7 or 85.4 per cent and 182.3 or 91.15 per cent respectively.

Professors at central universities are unwilling to hazard a guess as to what the above trend means for this year’s admissions. According to Delhi University Dean (Admissions) Haneet Gandhi, until all students submit their CUET scores and preferences, it will be difficult to assess what a candidate’s chances for a program and college might be in particular

It is also because DU will not issue separate merit lists for each of its 79 degree programs this year. Instead, there will be a common merit list for programs that have the same eligibility criteria for admissions.

However, a large number of candidates in the high percentile band generally means a more competitive admissions process. One of the justifications behind the introduction of CUET was the ever-higher cut-offs for admission to high-demand courses in DU.

English also has the highest number of 100 percentiles (8,236 candidates) across all CUET subjects, followed by Political Science (2057), Business Studies (1660), Biology/Biotechnology (1328), Economics/Business Economics (1187) and Psychology. (1186).

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