High cut off marks and number of cut off lists are not new in Delhi University undergraduate admission. Over the last few years the off-campus colleges along with the on-campus ones, are rising their cut-off marks, making life harder for the students.
One of the off-campus college, Shivaji College located at Raja Garden has had 88% cut off marks in Physics in the year 2013, which got 90% in 2014 and jumped to 95% in 2015. Similarly in Shyamlal College located at Shahdara, the cut off marks for English was 85 and 87 percent in 2013 and 2014 respectively. But it abruptly jumped to 94% in 2015, resulting in worries among the students that now not only on-campus but off-campus colleges would demand such high cut off marks from students.
Increase in the number of students and ever increasing number of applications received by the university has caused this rise in the cut-off marks in the off campus colleges. The number of applicants goes as high as five times from the number of available seats under the university in different streams.
According to an university official, “There are around 54000 seats for undergraduate courses in the university but the number of applications for the past three years has been over 2 lakhs. Not all students can be accommodated in the on-campus colleges and hence the cutoffs for off-campus are also seeing a sharp rise.”
According to the Principal, Anula Maurya of Kalindi College, which is an off-campus of the university, “Off-Campus colleges are no way inferior to on-campus colleges. The infrastructure has improved and the faculty is also good.” Over 2 lakh 50 thousand students have registered this year in the University for the 54000 Seats in 63 colleges. Compared to last year, when 2, 91,819 students applied in the university, this year the numbers are less.