|Cut- off list at St Stephen's
NEW DELHI: If there's
one thing that has consistently defied the law of gravity, it's college
admission cut-off marks. But on Sunday, aspirants were in for a pleasant
surprise as the much sough-after St Stephen's College announced a reduction
in cut-offs in several courses.
However, students clearing
the cut-off still have to face an interview. Class XII marks carry 75%
weightage, Class X marks 10% and the interview 15% weightage in the admission
formula followed by St Stephen's.
There will also be a rise
in the number of students called for interview after several aspirants
did not turn up last year.
The biggest beneficiaries
of the reduced cut-offs will be science students hoping to study humanities,
with the minimum for science students applying for Economics, English,
Mathematics and the BA programme coming down. While the Economics cut-off
came down by 0.50% for science students, in Mathematics it dropped by 1%.
English (honours) also dropped by 1.50% for the science stream, while the
BA programme dropped 2% compared to last year. But Philosophy (honours)
got tougher this year with a 4% rise for science students, though it dropped
for commerce students.
St Stephens's announced its first cut- off list on Sunday. And with
this, it arrested the unrelenting upward march of cut- offs over the past
Course- wise interviews based on the list begin on June 16.
Unlike last year, when Stephen’s created history by recording the highest
increase in qualifying marks across many courses, this time the college
brought down its cut- offs by up to three per cent, especially in humanities
Even economics (honours), which is the most sought- after course in
Stephen’s and rarely sees a drop in cut- off, could not escape the downward
trend. It registered a drop of 1.25 per cent for the science students.
COURSE CATEGORY SCIENCE (BFS) COMMERCE
(BFS) HUMANITIES (BFS)
BA PROG Gen
COURSE CATEGORY SCIENCE (PCM)
Physics(H) Gen 94.33
Chemistry(H) Gen 92.67
B.Sc Prog with Computer Sceince Gen
B.Sc Prog with Chemistry Gen 86.33
The BA programme and history (H) witnessed the maximum decrease in
qualifying marks compared with other courses this year — that is a drop
of three per cent.
With this year’s CBSE results reflecting a significant increase in the
number of students scoring above 95 per cent, DU cut- offs were expected
to soar further.
The fall in the cut- off marks, according to a faculty member, is because
of the new admission guideline passed by the supreme council — the highest
decision- making body of the college — on May 26.
According to the new rule, the merit gap between students and Christian
candidates cannot be more than 15 per cent. So if the cut- off mark for
general students for, say, English (H) is 95 per cent, the cut- off for
Christian category cannot be less than 80 per cent.
In the absence of Christian candidates meeting the merit criterion,
more general candidates were called for interview, which ultimately led
to a fall in the cut- off percentage.
“ The merit gap was brought back because some of the Christian students
could not cope with the brighter lot in the class,” said a teacher.
“ Usually our list is seen as an indicator of the cutoff trend for other
But this year, this may not hold true because of the change in admission
policy as well as the fact that we have called more candidates for interview
this year,” said Nandita Narain, Stephen’s tutor for admission.
The list of candidates to be called for interviews will be up on the
college notice board at 5 pm on Monday and also on its website.
1. Stephen’s admits students on the basis of boards performance and
2. The weightage given to Class X and XII performance and the interview
is 10 per cent, 75 per cent and 15 per cent respectively
3. The college reserves 50 per cent seats for Christians (sub- divided
into various categories according to denomination), 40 per cent for general
category, 10 per cent for SC/ STs and physically handicapped, and 5 per
cent sports quota (over and above the total)
1. The college has gone back to its old policy of having a merit gap
of 15 per cent between general and Christian students
2. Stephen’s is also calling more students for interview compared with
last year. For economics (H) and English (H), the college has called five
students for every seat (that is 1: 5 ratio).