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Stephen’s sets DU bar high

St. Stephen’s College

New Delhi, June 17: St. Stephen’s College cut-offs have hit 98 per cent in English, an unusual element signalling the high entry bar likely in other Delhi University colleges that will come out with their lists next week.

At St. Stephen’s, where students were required to apply separately and through the online route only, the cut-offs for general category students were mostly between 98 per cent and 95 per cent for the four-year undergraduate courses started by DU last year.

The highest was for the economics and English honours courses. For the two subjects, it was 97.25 per cent for science students, 98 per cent for commerce students and 97 per cent for those who studied humanities in Class XII.

Officials said those who make the cut would be given dates for interviews, scheduled between June 20 and July 5. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the board marks as well as the interview score.

The college has 40 per cent of its 410 seats reserved for Christian students. The courses offered include economics, English, history, philosophy, Sanskrit, mathematics, chemistry and physics. Hundred seats are available in economics — a traditional favourite — and 60 in English.

This year, the economics cut-off for commerce students has remained exactly the same as last year. It has increased for the sciences and humanities by 0.5 per cent.

For English, the cut-offs for humanities students increased significantly, by around 1.25 percentage points. Such students have seen a jump for all courses, except philosophy.

The average rise across all subjects ranges from 0.5 percentage point to 1 percentage point.

The surge follows an increase in applications to 32,000 this time from 25,000 in 2013. The largest number of applications was for economics, followed by English.

Till 2012, the applications were for 10 courses. After the four-year course was introduced, the number has come down as some programmes have been stopped. The number of seats, however, remains the same.

At the university level, applications for other colleges hit a new record of 2.75 lakh, almost 10,000 more than last year. The applicants are vying for 54,000 seats.

DU sources said those cut-offs — the first list is due on June 24 — too could top last year’s levels. Besides the surge of applicants, the officials cited the increase in the number of students who scored over 95 per cent in the Class XII board exams this year. In Delhi alone, the 95 per cent club grew from 1,523 to 2,423.