Bhubaneswar, June 24: With the department of higher education publishing the first selection merit list on Thursday, the process for admission into 162 degree colleges of the state is all set to begin next week.
After the announcement of Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) or Plus Two results on May 30, students had applied to colleges of their choice online. Higher education officials said they had received a total of 74,968 application forms.
Around 48,019 candidates have been shortlisted according to the first selection merit list. They can take admission in their preferred colleges between June 29 and July 1. This year, most of the leading colleges have pegged their cut-off marks in the first list higher in comparison to last year’s.
In Bhubaneswar, BJB (Autonomous) College has increased the qualifying marks by one to five per cent in separate subjects for general students. In the arts stream, the cut-off mark for the general category was announced as 63.5 per cent as against 58.67 per cent last year. In commerce, it is 77.58 – an increase of over one per cent from the previous year. The science subjects, too, have seen a substantial rise. For physics-chemistry-mathematics (PCM) combination, it is 84.33 per cent, against last year’s 84.20 per cent, and in chemistry-botany-zoology (CBZ) combination, the cut-off is 80.33 per cent as against 78.5 per cent last year.
“Only 60 or 62 degree colleges were included under the e-admission category last year. But this time, there are 162 degree colleges are offering e-admission services. As a result, a lot of application forms had poured in this year. So, we have increased the qualifying marks to admit quality students,” Dusmanta Sahu, principal of BJB (Autonomous) College, said.
Another reason for colleges increasing their cut-off marks is the inclusion of self-financing courses under e-admission this time, said Srilekha Ray, principal of Ramadevi Women’s (Autonomous) College here.
“We have raised the qualifying marks by over 10 ten er cent in PCM, around nine per cent in CBZ, seven per cent in arts and two per cent in commerce for the general category,” she said.
Each college has released the qualifying percentage for students belonging to reserved categories such as scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and physically handicapped, among others.
The second selection merit list would be published on July 6 and admissions would be held on July 11 and 12. The selection list for scheduled caste and scheduled tribe “extension seats” would be announced on July 18.
In case of vacancies (balance seats) in any of the colleges, there would be a spot admission on July 25 after a list in this regard is published on July 22. Accordingly, the candidates have to register their names on the website of the higher education department (www.dheorissa.in) on July 23.