NEW DELHI: Apart from three colleges requiring 100% to pursue the BSc physics and computer science (H) degree courses, several other science of STEM courses also saw a spike in the first cut-off marks for undergraduate admissions announced by Delhi University on Friday.
The qualifying mark for courses like BSc (H) in physics, chemistry and mathematics was above 98% in many colleges.
While most institutions pegged the cutoff at 1-2% higher than last year, Bhaskaracharya College opted for a steeper rise in physics (H), with the requirement going up from 93% last year to 97.33%.
Statistics (H) hovered at the higher end of cutoffs ranging from 98% to 99.25%, the highest being at Hindu College at 99.5%.
A total of nine colleges in the university offer the BSc (H) course in statistics. The lowest was 94% at Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences of Women.
While both Kirori Mal College and Lady Shri Ram College for Women set the bar for BSc statistics at 99.25%, it was 99% at Sri Venkateswara College.
Those applying for BSc (H) statistics at Mata Sundri College, Ram Lal Anand College and Ramanujan College will need to have scored 98% to get admission, those applying at Ramjas College require 98.75%.
The cutoff at Mata Sundri represented a big hike of nearly 6% over last year’s qualifying point, though most other colleges only posted a 1-2% rise in the statistics cutoff. Sciences course were expected to have high cutoffs. Expectedly, at Hansraj, nine of the 12 science courses on offer, set the bar at 99% and above.
While those desiring to pursue a BSc (H) in physics need to have aggregated 99.66%, courses like BSc (H) in chemistry, geology, electronics, mathematics and zoology demanded a 99% aggregate as did BSc (Programme) physical sciences with chemistry and BSc (Programme) physical sciences with computer science.
Hansraj has set a 100% cutoff for BSc (H) in computer science. Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College similarly asked for the perfect score for the BSc (H) computer science course. The same course also had a high cutoff at Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College at 98.75% and at Dyal Singh College and Ramanujan College at 98%.
Gyantosh Jha, principal, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, said, “These increases in cutoff marks were expected as students have obtained very high marks in their Class XII board examinations this year. We will get to know the exact number of students who are applying to our college once the admission process begins from Monday.”
Sanjay Batra, admission convener at Sri Venkateswara, said that in the data provided by the university to the colleges after registration, there was no clarity on the number of students who had applied for sciences and commerce.
“The moment a student registers, he or she selects all the subjects. Suppose there are 350 students with 100% marks. We do not know how many of them will opt for commerce, science or arts courses,” said Batra. “Last year, there were over-admissions in several colleges and so this time, all institutions are cautious and setting high cutoffs.”