DU's second cut-off list offers little hope to students

A drop of one to two percent was seen in the cut-offs for undergraduate commerce courses in colleges like Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara, Khalsa and Lady Shri Ram.

Shrishti Sharma, an admission seeker, said: "Some of the reputed colleges have already closed their doors for B.Com (Honours) after the first cut-off list. But I still have hope since Lady Shri Ram and Hans Raj are still there."

Vishal Ashok, a student from Bihar, said that he was contemplating returning home and exploring his options there.

"The second cut-off list is hardly a breather. I knew the cut-offs will be high, but not this much," Ashok said.

Shaima Ahmed, a student from Assam, said that she will go back home since she did not get a course and college of her choice.

"Some of my friends have compromised in their choice of course or college to meet the required cut-off and study in Delhi University. However, I was very clear that I wanted to do Geography in Miranda House," Ahmed said.

"I scored 84 percent and the first cut-off for Geography in Miranda was much higher. I kept my fingers crossed for the second list, but the admission to the course has already closed. So I will go back to Guwahati and study there," she added.

In Shri Ram College of Commerce which, in the first list, fixed a 100 percent cut-off for its B.Com (Honours) course for non-commerce students, all seats for the course have been filled. Same is the case with B.A. (Honours) Economics.

However, admissions to popular courses like B.Com, B.A. (Honours) Economics and English are still open in colleges such as Hans Raj, Lady Shri Ram, Khalsa, Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara and Indraprastha College, with their cut-offs dipping by one to five percent.

This year, Delhi University, one of India's premier varsities, did away with the application process for admissions to its undergraduate courses. So the colleges declared the cut-offs on the basis of last year's marks.

Said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, dean of the Students Welfare Office: "Colleges have exercised caution before declaring the second list. Aspirants are advised not to get discouraged as most of the colleges are expected to announce three more lists."

Those students who meet the cut-offs of the second list can take admission June 22-25. A total of five lists will be announced this year, unlike four in the past. The admission process will continue till July 13 and the academic year will begin July 15.

The Delhi University was established in 1922. It has 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and five other recognised institutes spread all over the city.

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