Colleges to see increase in English cut-off with increase in application for CATE

Increased rush for application forms for the Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE), the cut-off for English (honours) is expected to go up by 0.5-1.5 points this year, at least in the first list. Moreover, admission officials feel that English cut-offs may also be affected by those high scorers who fail to make it to the honours programmes in BCom and economics. The department of English, Delhi University, has termed the rush for CATE forms as unprecedented and is anticipating a greater rush on June 15, the final day of form sale and submission. Looking at the rush, the department has added three more centres, Hindu College, Indraprastha College for Women and Maitreyi College, to the original list of four test venues and is thinking of two more centres.

Terming this as a panic measure on the part of the students, Satpathy feels students have kept English as their 'plan B', just in case they don't get the subject of their choice. Last year, the first cut-offs for English were 93% for LSR, 90% (for humanities) and 98% (for non-humanities) at Hindu, 87% (for humanities) and 94% (for non-humanities) at Miranda House and 84% (for humanities) and 92% (for non-humanities) at Sri Venkateswara.

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