The first cut-off saw no rush in admissions, and DU aspirants had been looking forward to the second list. As expected, off-campus colleges did see a dip of up to 3% in the cut-offs, however, there were minuscule dips in major colleges. For instance, BA (hons) English has seen a drop of up to four percentage points at Dyal Singh Evening College where it went down from 96% to 92%. This is opposed to B.Com Hons where LSR and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening). The colleges are still playing it safe, to avoid over-admissions.
Consider this: the highest cutoff for Economics is 97.25% at Hindu College and the lowest is 92% at Satyawati College. The cutoff is 95% and above at 24 colleges and between 90-95% at nine colleges. These numbers make it self-explanatory why many DU aspirants are still looking forward to the upcoming lists.
University Express conducted a poll where 154 respondents i.e. DU aspirants mentioned their status quo as per the second cut-off list. 49% of the respondents say that while they are secured a seat in a DU college so not to miss out on a seat, they are still looking to upgrade to a better college or to a college of their choice. They will leave no stone unturned to get into a college with a better rank for their subject. While 18% haven’t cleared the second cut-off in any college, it is not surprising since a 90% scorer will also have to wait to get into the course of their choice. Only 6% of the respondents are reportedly satisfied and at peace with the college and course they have made it to.
These trends have been confirmed by what University Express found on-ground after the second cut-off.
Jessika, an aspirant that the University Express team met at Kirori Mal College on the first day of admissions under the second cut-off informed, “I had taken admission in Ramjas College in Political Science Honours. The process had bene extremely cumbersome and it had taken me 4 hours. I became eligible for the same course at KMC today and so I didn’t wait at all, and withdrew my admission from Ramjas. I didn’t have to wait here- it was very convenient today”
Another B.Com Hons aspirant has shifted from Daulat Ram to Kirori Mal and was now eyeing either Hindu or Hansraj College. “If I get in one of those, I will not think twice before withdrawing from here”, she exclaimed.