New Delhi: Taking admission at the famed St Stephen's College of Delhi University got tougher, with the high cut-off list released by the institution today. The cut-off marks have increased significantly in numerous subjects and slightly in others, ranging from 0.25% to 5.5%. It will be more difficult for humanities stream students as there has been a sharp increase in cutoff for most courses from that group, with 3% increase in Mathematics and 5.5% in Philosophy.
As per sources, Stephen’s received the maximum number of applications for Economics. The cutoff mark has increased marginally for Commerce students from last year 97.75% to 98%. The cutoff for Science with 96.75% has been constant, and for humanities it has dropped by 0.25% from last year's 96.75% to 96.5%.
According to sources, from this year onwards, the college will start two sections of economics, as the subject has been given 50 of the 100 seats reallocated after abolishing BA and B Sc Programme courses. Due to slight dip in cutoff for humanities, it will not be attributed to the increase in seats, as even in case of English. The number of seats has already doubled but cutoff marks have still increased by 1% for science (96% to 97%) and 0.5% for humanities (95.25% to 95.75%).
In a statement, St Stephen's spokesperson Karen Gabriel has said, the cutoff marks have been decided on the basis of marks of applicants alone. Minimum scores for Chemistry and Physics have risen substantially with1% (95% to 96%) for Chemistry, and 0.87% (95.66% to 96.33%) for Physics.
For Maths, the increase is highest for humanities students who will now have to obtain 94.5% or above to be considered for an interview, in comparison to last year cutoff mark 91.5%. But the biggest surprise is in philosophy which has seen considerable increase in cutoffs for both science and humanities students. For science, the increase is 4% (from 91% to 95%) and for humanities it is 5.5% (from 89.5% to 95%) - the biggest jump this year. As per information, the seats for candidates who will be taking Urdu as Foundation Course and as Discipline Course II (minor which students have to study from the third semester) were reserved in classes for economics, mathematics, English, history and philosophy.
As per sources, the college has decided to conduct interview of candidates who are in cutoff list for final admission. The list of short-listed candidates will be issued on June 22, and interviews will start from June 24. According to the college, the admission policy applied for the 2012-2013 rounds will continue this year as well. The Class X exams score is not countable for admission.