Cutoffs are over, competition is on in popular DU courses and colleges

797.82/800 for BA (Hons) Political Science at Hindu College, 795.086/800 for BA (Hons) Psychology at Lady Shri Ram College for Women – High cut offs might have ended with adoption of Common University Prova Entrance Test (CUET) and a new Delhi University admission process, but the marks-based competition for the sought-after seats remains as intense as ever.

After decades of admissions through cut-offs based on class XII marks, DU adopted CUET this year. By 2021, the last year of cut-off-based admissions, 10 university programs had established a 100% cut-off.

Data analyzed by The Indian Express on CUET scores, against which candidates have been admitted to some of DU’s most coveted seats, shows that the competition continues to be between near-perfect scores. Hindu College’s political science honors program, one of the most popular programs in the college and which had a 100% cut-off last year, has 20 unreserved seats and 24 candidates were allotted to them. The lowest CUET score against which a candidate has been admitted to these seats is 797.82/800. This would be 99.73 if converted to percentage terms.

The BA (Hons) Psychology course at LSR College has 25 unreserved seats and is one of the 12 DU colleges offering this programme. The lowest CUET score against which one of these seats has been allotted is 795.086/800, approximately 99.38%.

The current system diverges from the cut-off system as colleges are not deciding on the scores against which students are admitted. The university has prepared specific merit lists for centralized program groups based on CUET scores and candidates have listed their preferences. Candidates have been given their highest possible preference based on their position in the merit list.

B.Com (Hons) at Shri Ram College of Commerce was another program that had a first cut-off of 100% last year. This program has a much larger number of seats than most others – it has 253 unreserved seats and since DU had allotted 20% additional candidates in the first round, 50 more candidates had been allotted. The lowest CUET score these candidates were admitted with is 782/800, approximately 97.75%.

In the other last year’s 100% cutoff program at SRCC, BA (Hons) Economics, the lowest CUET score against which a candidate has been allotted one of the 63 unreserved seats is less than 755/800 , approximately 94.37%.

Similarly, at Casa Miranda, where the lowest score against which one of the 28 unreserved seats in BA (Hons) Political Science was awarded is 787/800 (approximately 98.37%), the itself was lower in the 31 unreserved BA (Hons) Economics seats. to 715/800 (approximately 89.37%).

Professors at these colleges noted that this lower entry point in the economics honors program is not indicative of lower proficiency, but rather because students generally scored lower in the CUET math paper, which was required for admission to the course. Analysis of the scores received by candidates to place in the 95th percentile of different CUET subjects showed that in Mathematics, the required score was 103.7/200 or 51.%. This was much lower than the art subjects. For example, in History, it was 165.4 or 82.7%; in Economics, it was 175.8 or 87.9%; in Psychology, it was 190.9 or 95.45%.

Meanwhile, admissions to Science courses, even in the most popular universities, continue to happen as several vacancies remain even after the second round. The CUET scores with which students are admitted to these courses are also considerably lower due to the lower CUET scores obtained by candidates in science subjects.

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