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In Covid year, cutoffs zoom to 100% in seven Delhi University colleges

Delhi College Friday launched document excessive cutoffs for undergraduate programs as seven schools requested for 100% marks to confess college students to a complete of 10 programmes. Final yr, just one faculty, Girl Shri Ram (LSR), had launched 100% cutoffs for 3 programs.

Additional, a staggering 94 programmes throughout all schools have their cutoff pegged at 99% or greater this yr. That is 3 times greater than 2020, when a complete of 30 programmes throughout all schools had cutoffs on this vary. Pre-pandemic, in 2019, there was only one programme within the first record with 99% cutoff — political science at Hindu Faculty.

To place this in perspective, lower than 1% of the candidates who cleared the CBSE Board examination this yr are eligible to hunt admission to 94 programmes below the primary record. About 550 CBSE college students, out of roughly 13 lakh, had scored between 495 and 499 out of 500 marks this yr.

That aside, a further 40 BA Programme mixtures even have cutoffs of 99% or greater.

Whereas these figures are unprecedented, they aren’t stunning. There are round 70,000 undergraduate seats in DU, the identical because the variety of CBSE college students who scored greater than 95% this yr (70,004). That’s 5.37% of the scholars who took the examination; final yr solely 3.24% college students scored greater than 95% in Class 12.

It’s not simply CBSE. The pandemic-induced disruption this yr compelled a number of state boards to both cancel their Class 12 exams or undertake modifications within the analysis methodology. The Class 12 ends in many states, as a consequence, registered a dramatic enchancment within the variety of high-scoring candidates. Underneath the Maharashtra state board, as many as 91,420 college students scored above 90 per cent, together with 1,372 above 95 per cent. Final yr, 7,344 college students in Maharashtra had scored above 90 per cent. Kerala state board noticed 48,333 college students scoring above 90 per cent, up from 18,510 and 14,244 college students in 2020 and 2019 respectively. In Tamil Nadu, the state board had 39,679 college students scoring above 95 per cent, in comparison with 6,354 in 2020 and 931 in 2019.

The inflated Board outcomes have led to DU receiving over 9,200 purposes from 100 percenters from totally different college boards this yr. “When we’ve such a excessive variety of 100% scorers making use of, that is certain to occur. We needed to err on the facet of warning as a result of, in our system, we can not deny admission to anybody who has cleared the cutoff. Over-admitting would create issues for everybody concerned,” DU registrar Vikas Gupta stated.

Shri Ram Faculty of Commerce (SRCC) is among the many seven schools that pegged its cutoff at 100% for the one two programs it presents — Economics and B.Com (Hons). Final yr, the primary cutoff for these programmes have been 99% and 99.5%, respectively.

At each Hindu Faculty and Ramjas Faculty, the political science cutoff is 100%; it was 99% in each schools final yr. Essentially the most substantial improve is for a BA Programme mixture at Ramjas the place the requirement has leaped from 96% final yr to 100% this yr; and for B.Com at SGTB Khalsa Faculty — 96.5% in 2020 to 100% this yr.

Laptop science has a 100% cutoff in three schools — Hansraj, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, and Shaheed Sukhdev Faculty of Enterprise Research. These cutoffs have been 97.25%, 96%, and 97% respectively final yr. The Physics cutoff at Ramjas has gone to 100% from 98% in 2020.

Aside from the 10 programmes, Jesus and Mary Faculty has a 100% cutoff for psychology this yr, however solely for many who haven’t included the topic of their best-of-four calculation. For individuals who have, the cutoff will likely be 99%.

Alternatively, LSR, which had 100% cutoffs for political science, psychology, and economics final yr, has not requested for the proper rating for these programs this yr. Cutoffs for all three are 99.75%.

Miranda Home, which has been no 1 within the NIRF rankings for 5 straight years, has not requested for 100% in any topic. The best cutoffs in Miranda are for political science (99.75%) and economics (99.5%), each up 0.75 share factors from final yr.

On the entire, cutoffs have elevated throughout programs and schools — particularly noticeable in off-campus schools, because the top-tier schools have stored cutoffs excessive even prior to now.

Out of the 94 programmes the place the cutoff is pegged at 99% or extra, 65 are within the arts and commerce disciplines throughout 20 schools. This consists of 99% for B.Com (Honours) at Motilal Nehru Faculty, Satyawati Faculty and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Faculty, and 99% for BA (Honours) Political Science at Guru Nanak Khalsa Faculty. Within the sciences, there are 29 programmes with 99% and above cutoffs throughout 12 schools, together with 99% for B.Sc (Hons) Biomedical Science at Bhaskaracharya Faculty of Utilized Sciences and 99% for B.Sc (Honours) Arithmetic at Maitreyi Faculty.

Most of those highest cutoffs are in BA (Honours) Political Science, B.Com (Honours), BA (Honours) Economics, and B.Sc. (Honours) Physics.

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