According to experts as well as students, the primary reason for its popularity is that there is a plethora of opportunities before English (Hons) graduates who can make exciting career in media, advertising and publishing besides going for traditional choice like academics. Prominent DU colleges that offer this course is Lady Shri Ram, Hans Raj, Kirori Mal, Ramjas, SGTB Khalsa, Gargi, Miranda House, Sri Venkateswara among others. Though the cut-off for English (Hons) in 2008 ranged between 72 and 85, it went beyond 90 in a few colleges. Last year the first cut-off for English (Hons) in Hindu was 90-98. And for colleges like Miranda House it was 87-94, whereas in LSR it was 93. So what can students in 2009 expect in terms of cut-off? Faculty members feel that it may marginally vary because of the Common Admission Test for English (CATE) to be conducted for 12 colleges. Rukshana Shroff, who teaches English at LSR, said, 'Because of the entrance test, the cut-off may marginally come down. Besides, with 18% increase in number of seats, the cut-off should more or less remain stable this year.'
Eligibility: Students from any stream with English as a subject in class X and XII can apply for the course. Students are expected to have basic knowledge of English language. But this year, DU has decided to conduct CATE for admission in 12 colleges, which include Hindu, IP College for Women, Kamala Nehru, Delhi College of Arts & Commerce, Maharaja Agrasen, Ram Lal Anand (Evening), Satyawati (Evening), Shivaji, Swami Shradhanand, Zakir Husain (Morning) and Zakir Husain (Evening). Till last year, nearly 16 colleges used to hold individual entrance exams for English, but the method was scrapped by the varsity. The idea behind the CATE is to gauge students' aptitude for literature. According to the English department of DU, around 3,000 applications are expected for CATE this year. Those who take CATE can also apply for other colleges for admission on the basis of CBSE marks. According to faculty members, the purpose of having the course is not to teach students how to write in English, but to make them learn literature.