With 90s up and up, cutoffs set to soar
Date: 22 May 2016
With 89000 students getting 90% and 14838 getting above 95% in CBSE 12th results- Delhi University cut offs to go up...DU only has 54000 seats....God save students, Private Univs only saviour..
Source: The Times Group (e-paper)
Some, However, Feel DU Not 1st Choice; Other Institutions, Professional Courses Also Popular
The Delhi University cutoffs are likely to be quite high this year because of the significant increase in the number of high scorers in the CBSE's Class XII examinations. About 10.8% of the successful candidates--89,030--scored an aggregate of 90% and above while there are 14,838 candidates with more than 95%, a new high.
Not everyone is going to line up at DU and also CBSE is yet to give out the number of high scorers from the Delhi region. But consider the fact that DU's total annual intake at the undergraduate level is 54,000. Some college principals believe that though the cutoffs in the first list will remain high, there will be scope for students with a comparatively lower score, especially in sciences, as the number of choices among institutions has increased significantly .
In 2010 the number of candidates with an aggregate of 90% and above was 16,563 and with 95% and above, 1,202. Six years on, the number of candidates scoring an aggregate of 90% and above (best five subjects with one language compulsory) has gone up by five times and those scoring 95% and above over 12 times.Just a year ago, the number of candidates scoring 90% and above was 60,000 plus and 95% and above, 12,000.
The principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, S K Garg, observed wryly that the cutoffs are no longer decided by DU but by CBSE. “The purpose of any board examination is to grade the candidates into various categories. If the highest category has 14,000 plus students, then how is it possible to segregate them into various sub-categories? It amounts to almost 1,000 candidates on each mark. It is a mockey of the evaluation system,“ he said. Another principal of a South Campus college said cutoffs could see an “unprecendented rise“ as even the other board results have shown a similar trend.
But there are those who feel that since DU is not the first choice of many “top scorers“, the situation is not as bad as it is being made out to be. “It is difficult to predict the cutoffs right now. We will have to wait and analyse the pre-admission forms. And in any case, the first cutoff will remain high as we play it safe,“ said Pratibha Jolly , principal of Miranda House. “Not everybody wants to come to DU and choices of institutions have increased in this country ,“ she pointed out.
“Many science students will prefer IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research) or even NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research).And high-scoring students will be selective in their choice of courses and institutions. There is a paradigm shift; not everyone wants to come and do BSc or BA. Students are discerning and making smart choices and they are not hesitant in exploring professional courses,“ she added.