As per the data shared by the university on Thursday, around 14.4 % (844) of the 5,600 reserved seats for the newly introduced economically weaker section (EWS) category were filled in Delhi University Colleges under the first cut-off list. The university had received 9,091 applications under the EWS category this year.

The Central government had cleared a 10% quota in government jobs and higher education institutes for the students belonging to the EWS category in January. The university had facilitated a 10% increase in seats this year to accommodate EWS candidates in the general category as per the government orders.

After which, the total number of seats in the university has increased from 56,000 to 62000.

Officials at the university said that they are expecting more admissions in the category under the second list after a considerable drop in the cut-off. Almost all colleges reduced the cut-off for the EWS category by atleast a percentage point.

“The difference in the cut-off of unreserved category and the EWS category in the first list was very marginal. Despite that as many as 866 EWS students have enrolled as of now as per the officials.

The difference in the cut-off of the general category students the EWS students was 0.25 to 0.5 percentage point in the list.

In some colleges such as Kalindi College cut-offs for EWS and general category were the same for all courses including 94 % for BSc (hons) in Physics and 87 % in BA (hons) in History.

The students seeking to enrol under the EWS category criticised the move. Students are stressing on the point that the high cut-off for this category within the general category makes no sense of the idea of the separate category under the general one and if it makes then the cut-off should be little flexible so that students can land into good colleges.

~Rakshita Aggarwal

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