The DU cutoff for the undergraduate courses in Delhi University may be increased this year because of the high number of applications received yet. There has also been an increase in the number of students who have scored above 90% in the class 12 CBSE exam results.
Many teachers and principals have said that the DU cutoff is expected to be on the higher side as the cutoffs are directly linked to the number of applicants. Manoj Khanna, principal of Ramjas College, said that uncertainty about how the students have scored is there since many students have to reappear for exams.
Khanna said that the colleges have always taken precautions to avoid high numbers of admission under a cutoff. They do not know the details of all the 3,50,000 students who have applied. Students are likely to apply to multiple colleges and have multiple options that have to be considered while setting cutoffs, even though the percentage gives some idea. Seats are filled in DU even when the cutoff has been at 100%. Therefore, the cutoffs have to be set higher initially.
The University had also introduced changes in the admission process, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, by allowing candidates to apply for all the courses this year. Suman Kumar, a member of the admission branch, said that this was done to make the process easier for students as the results of CBSE and many state boards were pending at the time of the beginning of the registration process. Many principals and teachers have said that this will also be a factor in the determination of higher Du cutoff.
The registration process was closed on Monday and for the 70,000 undergraduate seats, 3,53,918 applicants were seen. From last year, a jump of around 1,00,000 applicants has been seen. The university had received 2,58,388 applicants last year. Hindu College had set the highest cutoff last year for BA (Hons.) Political Science 99%.
Anju Shrivastava, principal of Hindu College, said that the first cutoff will not be any lower this year than the previous year. She said that either the cutoff will be the same or marginally higher.
She added that a wider range of variables will definitely be seen because students can apply for any of the courses. This will leave students with multiple options to choose from since the students do not have to choose it at the registration stage. A larger ambiguity will be faced by colleges in deciding the cutoffs because of this.
The only reason behind a higher cutoff is not only because of the highest number of applications yet. Srivastava added that if they go purely by data, then even a 100% cutoff will fall short. Therefore, they will have to rely on their early experiences more than anything else. In deciding the cutoffs, an increased number of top scores will also be their focus area.