Reserved category admissions are comparatively less in DU this year. Economically Weaker Section(EWS) quota has only 15 percent admissions on its reserved seats. Scheduled Tribe(ST) admissions are also around 21 percent of their reserved seats. Hence, academic session2020-21 witnessed slight differences as the reserved seats received fewer admissions.
Official statistics for Reserved category admissions at DU:
The Reservation Policy of India reserves 50 percent of the seats for the students with quota. Other Backward Class(OBC) constitutes 27 percent of the reservation, Scheduled Caste (SC) quota has 15 percent reservations and Scheduled Tribe(ST) has 7.5 percent. These reservations apply to governmental educational institutions and government jobs. Hence, Delhi University also has 50 percent of seats for reserved category students.
However, quota admissions are less this year. EWS and ST got the least applications amongst all. Hence, only 15 percent and 21 percent of the EWS and ST seats are filled until the 2nd cutoff admissions.
74 percent of the 75,000 seats at DU colleges are filled. These statistics were officially made available after the 2nd cutoff admissions got closed. 15,698 applicants from all categories completed their admission procedure and secured seats by paying fees. These figures are observed after the 2nd cutoff admissions, i.e. on Friday. These figures are yet increasing as 7,500 more applications were approved on Friday night. Hence, these aspiring candidates can secure seats by making the college fee payment.
35,500 seats were filled in the 1st list from all categories. The rest were approved and admitted to the 2nd list. Hence, more than 50,000 seats are filled from all categories.
Economically Weaker Section(EWS) quota was introduced in India in 2019. Hence, 10 percent of the seats are reserved for financially weak unreserved students in government institutions. In the academic year 2020, around 7,000 seats are reserved for this category throughout the varsity. However, only 1,055 seats have been filled until Tuesday, 20th of October.
Scheduled Tribe(ST) quota also observed fewer admissions until the 2nd list. 5,250 seats are reserved for this category amongst all the colleges. However, only 1,103 enrollments are witnessed. The figures are better than the EWS enrollments, i.e. 21 percent.
However, EWS and ST applications are comparatively less than SC and OBC quota admissions. 33 percent of seats from SC and OBC are filled in the respective segment.
Hansraj Suman, chairperson of DU’s SC, ST, OBC teacher’s association holds high cutoffs as the major reason for a few reserved category admissions this year. He says, “The difference between EWS and unreserved cutoffs is marginal. Cutoffs for SC, ST, and OBC are also very high and colleges should fix lower cutoffs to fill these reserved seats.
Reserved category admission data by LSR and Hansraj:
LSR’s data highlights Zero EWS admissions on 12 out of 22 courses. Scheduled Tribe(ST) admissions are also zero in 14 courses. Hence, the college cut off for the reserved category is considered high. Hansraj’s data also confirmed zero admissions for EWS and ST in 12 courses and 10 courses respectively.
Shobha Bhagai, dean of admissions says that special drives will be conducted if the reserved seats do not fill.