7,000 make the cut in English test

But less than 600 will get DU admission

Nearly 7,000 students made it to the merit list and nine scored  90 per cent or more marks in the combined aptitute test for English which will decide whether they get an English (Honours) seat in Delhi University.

CATE results announced on Friday showed that the students’ performance was similar to that in last year's entrance exam.

“The scores were stable which shows that there was not much difference from last year in the level of the paper,” said Sanam Khanna, professor of English and a member of CATE.

Out of around 11,000 students who attempted CATE, 6,665 made it to the merit list. Of them, 1,264 are from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.

They are competing for between 500 and 600 English (Honours) seats across 21 DU colleges.

“We do the elimination after looking at the scores of the Part A paper which is an aptitude test. Part B is descriptive, which is assessed only if the student has made it through part A's minimum criteria,” said Khanna.

Nine aspirants scored between 90 and 93 marks and 181 have scored between 80 and 89 marks. Amrita Chakravarty topped CATE in the general category with 92.90 marks while Deeksha Yadav has topped the OBC category with 82.78 marks. Yadav has 84th rank overall.

In order to calculate final scores, 70 per cent weightage is given to the entrance test marks and 30 per cent to class 12 marks.

After calculating the scores the cut-off list of English (H) for colleges which accept CATE will be announced on June 26.

“Each CATE college will come out with its own cut-offs. The problem we face is that CATE cut-offs are not as high as the cut-offs decided on the basis of class 12 exams. So students get confused and try to apply in CATE colleges without taking the entrance test,” said Khanna.

The number of students who scored above 90 per cent in class 12 this year was twice than that of last year, said a CATE member.

“There were 300 students with over 90 per cent marks who applied for CATE this year.

First cut-off list is expected to be slightly higher, which will balance out in the second list as most of the above 90-percenters will decide their course and college once the first cut-off list is announced,” said Khanna.

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