The DU cut-off mark is an important number for those students who are preparing for admissions in colleges. The time of DU cut-off is already a time of anxiety for many students. But this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the anxiety quotient has gone a notch higher. The pandemic has successfully disrupted the Class 12 board exam schedule.
The CBSE and ICSE have had to cancel a part of their exams. They have announced that they will mark the students based on the exams taken before the lockdown. This has worried many that will these marks be sufficient to clear the DU cut-off or not.
The professors of Delhi University have said that it is very unlikely that the cut-offs of this year will be lower than the previous year. This is because the board is more likely to be lenient in marking the students.
Prof. Subodh Kumar who is the teacher in charge of the Admissions Committee at the Maharaja Agrasen College said that not much difference will be noticed in the DU cut-off for the current year as compared to the previous year. He said that he has spoken to some evaluators and they have said that they will be lenient in marking the students as they already have had to face a lot because of the pandemic.
The DU cut-off is supposed to be notoriously competitive. The cut-off admits the maximum number of students among all the central universities. 70,000 seats are being offered by the Delhi University, this year, at the undergraduate level across all its colleges.
In the last couple of years, the DU cut-off for B. Com. BA English and BA Economics, which are the most sought-after courses in the University, have gone as high as 98%.
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THE GAME OF CUT-OFFS
According to the teachers who have been a part of the admission process, the DU cut-off is expected to not be hugely different from the last year so that the colleges can avoid over-crowding.
Prof Kumar said that the DU cut-offs can be slightly low this year as it is coming to light that the state boards are giving lesser marks to the students. There are some students from the outside of Delhi who are apprehensive of coming to Delhi for studies. This can slightly dip the cut-off, but not too much.
Ramjas College’s professor, Tanvir Aeijaz, has said that the cut-offs will largely depend on the result of CBSE. Another Hindu college professor agreed with Aeijaz.
The cut-off for B. Com was 98.5% in SRCC for the year 2019-20. While the cut-off for both Hindu College and Hansraj College was at 98.25%. In the top colleges, the cut-offs for English were between 97% to 92%.
DECISION YET TO BE TAKEN BY THE UNIVERSITY
The University officials are waiting for the results, after which they will make a decision.
Shobha Bagai, dean, admissions, DU said that they will have to see how the results turn out. If they are vastly different from last year’s result, then the cut-offs will be worked on accordingly.
The state boards of Punjab and Madhya Pradesh will follow an evaluation scheme which is very much like CBSE. The MP board is to declare the results this week. The Punjab Board has already declared the results.
Before the lockdown was imposed, the exams were conducted in Uttar Pradesh. The results of the exams were declared on Saturday.
The pending exams of the Kerala and Karnataka boards were conducted during the pandemic. The states are likely to finish the evaluation process by the next month which is in time for the college admission season.