1.46 lakh applicants for 54,000 DU seats, cut-offs next week

1.46 lakh applicants for 54,000 DU seats, cut-offs next week

Delhi University saw hectic activity on the last day of submission of admission forms as students rushed to make their bids, leaving a record total of over 1,46,000 applicants vying for 54,000 seats.

With 1,03,500 forms submitted over the counter, and 43,300 applications coming online, the University ended up surpassing all previous numbers, Dean Students Welfare J M Khurana said.

While the window for sale and submission of forms had opened up on June 4, the eleventh hour rush was very much visible.

Over 30,000 forms were submitted on the last day itself over the counter, while the last day online submissions were over 10,000.

With long queues of last minute applicants turning up at the counters, the submissions centres at the university campus had to remain open well beyond the 1.00 PM closing time.

"The last day usually sees a rush. We did not close down the centres till all the students present had submitted their forms," said an official.

However, the students were found to prefer the conventional way of submission at the varsity centres. While less than expected submissions were made online since the process began, the 12 post offices that were taking in applications also did not witness a similar rush.

The low turnout through the online process is also being attributed to the fact that the payment gateway did not function for the first few days.

The University also concluded the registration of the SC/ST students with as many as 23,650 turning up for registering for the reserved category. 

The reserved category of physically handicapped also saw 501 students registering themselves for admissions to the 1620 reserved seats.

With the forms being submitted, the focus now shifts to the much talked about cut off percentage rates, which have been giving a nervous time to students.

The first cut off list will be displayed by the colleges on June 26 followed by similar lists on June 29, July 3, July 6 and July 10. Further lists and conversions of OBC seats, if required, will be notified later, the University said.

The 100 per cent cut off percentage announced last year by SRCC had set off a major debate in the country, but University officials have sought to assure students that there were plenty of seats and colleges in the varsity.

"We always tell students that they should not be obsessed by a few colleges. They should rather go for the subjects of their choice and the college that is locationally convenient for them. All colleges of the University have same syllabi and the teachers too are of comparable calibre," said an official. 

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