Cut-offs have reached a new high at Delhi University’s (DU) St Stephen’s College. Commerce students wishing to study English at St Stephen’s College must have a score of 99 per cent, one percentage point more than applicants last year. This year, there is no cut off below 96 per cent in the best-of-four (BO4) aggregate. The increase ranging from 0.33 percentage points to 1.75 percentage points from 2014. The only dip recorded is in philosophy honours where the cut off for commerce stream came down by 0.25 percentage points.
The cut offs are high even in the arena of additional criteria. An aspirant for English honours needs not only 99 per cent (commerce), 97.75 per cent (science) and 97.50 per cent (humanities) in BO4 but must also have scored a minimum of 90 per cent in English Core or 85 per cent in Elective English at Class XII Boards. In case of economics, students must have scored a minimum of 90 per cent in math.
Cut-offs for courses such as philosophy have risen from 95.5 to 96.75 per cent for science students. Even Sanskrit, which usually sees lower cut-offs compared to other subjects, has witnessed an increase of 10 points – from 65 to 75 per cent across all streams. In comparison, courses such as chemistry and physics have seen only a marginal rise. While for chemistry it is 96.66 per cent, for physics an applicant needs to have scored 97 per cent, up 0.33 point compared to last year.
It may be mentioned that a total of 29,672 applications were received by the college for 410 seats with a ratio of 72.4 applications per seat. The largest number of applications have been received for English at 5,662 for 30 seats (188.7 applicants per seats), followed by economics at 5,659 for 50 seats (113.2 applicants per seat).
Furthermore, there has been a marginal increase in the number of applications for DU’s undergraduate seats. The University made a new record when by 5 pm on June 15, the last date for registrations, it received a total of 2,84,642 applications. The numbers increased after online registrations started.
This announcement marks the start of the admission process at the elite college, which will interview candidates between June 22 and July 8 before coming out with the final list.