One of the major concerns of officials in the undergraduate admission committee is that due to several cut-off releases the admission process continues even after classes for the semester begin.
A proposal to limit the cut off lists to five in number is being considered by the Delhi University (DU) this year for admissions to various undergraduate courses. Remaining of the seats could be then filled with the procedure of centralized counseling. Several other universities like the IP University also follow the approach of centralized counseling to manage the intake of students.
A student must meet the minimum cut off percentage given in Cut-Off Lists that display the minimum score needed to take admission in different courses in different colleges. These lists vary from college to college. Last year the first cut off list was announced in June and the last, 11th list was published in August.
According to the sources, the proposal has been discussed in the committee meeting last week and a final recommendation will be submitted to the vice-chancellor post next meeting. It has also been proposed in the meeting that after the fifth cut off list, all colleges will have to submit the number of seats vacant in each subject (course) post which centralized counseling might begin.
Registered students who then wish to take admission will report to the central counseling venue and a seat will be allotted to them on the basis of class 12th marks, the member said.
“Too many cutoff lists lead to admission process continuing even after classes start. In the centralized counseling, students will give their preference and subjects and based on the number of seats left, seats will be allocated. But the exact guidelines are yet to be framed,” another committee member said.
Officials believe that this process is expected to be largely similar to counseling in engineering colleges.
“Suppose, 50 students turn up for admission in English (honors) and 10 colleges have seats left for the subject. The officials handling the counseling will announce a range, let’s say, 80-82% then all those meeting the range will get admission for the particular college,” the member said.
This year university is also considering conducting an aptitude test to act as a qualifying examination for Mathematics, Computer Science, English, and Economics. The aptitude test that will be conducted online will be containing multiple choice questions (MCQ). 75% questions will be based on the core knowledge of the subject and 25% of the questions might arise from language, reasoning and aptitude sections.
A sub-committee also suggests that the same tests could be introduced for all subjects next year onwards. “This will eliminate students with no aptitude for the subject thereby making cutoff more realistic,” a member said.