The DU cutoffs reached the 100% ceiling for the first time in 2011. Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) had set the imprint for admission to B Com (Hons), attracting a raft of responses from students, parents, and academics.
Since then, several colleges have asked percent marks for admission to different courses. This year, it was Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College that has set a 100% cutoffs for three courses.
Experts referred several reasons for the trend, most distinguished of which is the way how the evaluation for the Central Board for Secondary Examination (CBSE) exams has altered over the years.
PC Jain, the then principal of SRCC, said the college established the DU cutoffs at 100% given the gain in the number of top scorers in the CBSE Class 12 board exams.
This year, while the number of CBSE students scoring 95% and above increased by 118.6% this year, those getting 90% and above went up by 67.48%. This is significant since a majority of applications (285,128) received by the university are from the CBSE board.
The Delhi University declared its first cut-off list on Saturday with a typical increase of 0.5 to 2 percentage points across colleges for numerous classes.
DU officials also pointed out that colleges set very elevated cut-offs to avoid over admissions. According to the admission rules, any college cannot turn away a pupil who has made the cut-off.
There is no first-come, first-serve. Many times colleges need to expand the number of seats to include all eligible pupils.
In 2015, two colleges – College of Vocational Studies and Indraprastha (IP) College for Women – had mended their cut-offs at 100% for BSc (Honours) in Computer Science. Babli Moitra Saraf, principal of IP College, said that Higher cut-offs are always established on board exam results and the volume of over-admissions that take place in colleges.
In 2015, there was a rush for BSc (Honours) in Computer Science. The previous year, we had to handle with extra-admissions in that course.
Vibha Sinha Chauhan, principal of Kirori Mal College, said that In the initial cut-off, the colleges are always very careful due to the chance of over admissions.