Waiting breathlessly: DU’s second cut-offs are making students nervous

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Thousands of students are breathlessly waiting for the University of Delhi’s second cutoff list, expected to be released on Saturday, for admissions in the various undergraduate courses offered by over 60 colleges. The university announced the first list on June 23 and it was the first time in many years that the colleges released cutoffs lower than that of the previous year in almost all courses. There will be five cutoff lists this year and the classes will begin on July 20. DU received around 2.2 lakh applications for about 56,000 seats in its 63 colleges. Admissions under the first cutoff list closed on Wednesday and experts have said the second list may see a dip of 0.25% to 3% across the courses. Many students, including the Hindustan Times’ Campus Journalists, are looking forward to the next round.
Some of them said they even chose not to take admission under the first list and decided to wait it out hoping to get into their “dream” college.

Ramsha Khan from Jamia Senior Secondary School says it is good that the first cutoffs registered a slight dip but points out that students with scores above 90% are not sure whether they will get admission to a college of their choice even after the second or the third list is announced. She is targeting a BA English (hons) at a college in north campus or Lady Shri Ram College.

The young woman, who loves reading, writing and is learning to play the guitar, feels that the competition among students trying to get into DU has “just about intensified.” Khan plans to pursue a career in journalism and is anxious to see where the fifth cutoff stops at.

Sagar Dawar of St Columba’s School is also among those students who decided to wait for the next lists. He plans to take up zoology honours and is all geared up to “take action (applying to colleges) on time when the second or third cutoffs are announced.”

Though his heart is set on pursuing an MBBS course someday and working with the World Health Organization (WHO), Dawar is determined to also pursue his passion for English and reading, “a thing of beauty,” after he completes his graduation.

Holy Child Auxilium School’s Khuisangmi Konghay is interested in taking up BSc (Hons) in statistics and like Dawar is hopeful of making it to her dream college in the subsequent lists. She says the dip in cutoffs was a huge relief but she was not motivated to finalise her decision to take admission in the few lesser known colleges she qualified for.

Then there are students who want to change their tracks completely.

Shivam Jha, who studied in Ramjas School and spent some time at Delhi Technological University, wants to switch to humanities and take up English in college. Though Jha is still not sure of the college he is likely to get a seat, he wants to wait and see how “things unfold in the next list before taking admission.”

“Being a student in India you can say one thing for sure: There aren’t many kids who take up the science stream on their own wish. Unfortunately, I was one of them,” he says on his decision to switch to arts.

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