Setting the bar high for other colleges of Delhi University, St Stephen’s on Monday announced the cut-offs for admission to eight undergraduate courses offered by the college.
The highest cut-off percentages are for economics and English — 97.25 per cent for science students, 98 for commerce students and 97 for humanities. The cut-offs are the same for both courses in the general category.
While the economics cut-off has increased by 0.5 percentage points for both science and humanities students, it has remained the same for commerce students.
Cut-offs for English have gone up too, but the increase is most noticeable for humanities students where it has increased by 1.25 per cent from 95.75 per cent to 98 per cent this year.
At 97.25 per cent, the cut-off for the four-year undergraduate programme in mathematics is three per cent higher than last year.
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There has been an increase in cut-offs for all courses in the humanities stream, except philosophy where the cut-off has increased by 0.5 for the science stream to 95.5 per cent. It has been decreased by one per cent for both commerce and humanities students.
The cut-off percentage for all three streams for the Sanskrit programme is the same as last year at 65 per cent.
Cut-off percentage for studying maths have also risen to 97, 97.25 and 95 per cent, respectively, for science, commerce and humanities. The same was 97, 96.5 and 94.5 per cent, respectively, last year.
“There has been a marginal increase in cut-offs, but with an increasing number of students getting over 90 per cent, this had to happen. There isn’t much variation and that is a good sign,” Karen Gabriel, spokesperson of St Stephen’s College, said.
Around 6,400 students have applied to study economics at the college and around 6,100 have applied for English. The college has received 4,000 applications for maths and 2,400 applications each for chemistry and physics. Only 69 students have applied for Sanskrit.
Applicants who meet the cut-offs will have to clear an interview and also write an essay about themselves. This new feature will help the college know their candidates better. Stephens has a separate application system from that of DU.
Students have to apply online and the number of applicants have gone up from 25,000 last year to around 34,500 this year.