As the admission process begins in city colleges, the competition to secure a seat is set to get tougher as an increase in the cut-offs for some courses is expected this year.
BCom remains a popular choice with students. A total of 8,500 students have applied for the 2,200 BCom seats at the varsity and Department of Evening Studies. Experts believe that cut-off for the course will be among the highest.
“The demand for BCom is increasing with each passing year. This year the number of applicants rose by 2, 000. Keeping in mind the ratio of seats to the number of applicants, we can expect stiff competition and therefore a rise in cut-offs,” said Professor R K Gupta, BCom admission-in-charge (PU) while adding that it is difficult to predict the increase. In 2013, the cut-off for BCom was around 97.6 for UT pool candidates and 107.5 score for non-UT pool candidates at GGDSD College, Sector 32.
Teachers at DAV College in Sector-10, meanwhile, pointed out that cut-offs for BCA and BBA were also likely to record a higher cut-off. “BCom, BCA and BBA are professional courses. The number of applicants show a marginal increase each year, except BCom for which the number is very high. The cut-offs will increase accordingly,” said Arun Aggrawal from DAV College, Sector 10.
However, the trend this year has also shifted towards basic courses, with BSc (Non-medical), BSc (Computer Science) and BSc (Medical) attracting students. “Various colleges have increased the number of seats for BSc courses. So despite being in demand the cut-offs will remain constant. BA is another course which will be open to all,” said Dr J K Sehgal from the Government College in Sector 46.
Another reason for a likely increase in cut-offs is the class XII results, where over 1,000 students from the Tricity scored over 90%, while nearly 200 had over above 95%. Students who passed class XII from schools outside Chandigarh, will face tough competition with higher cut-offs than those who studied from schools in the UT. The reason behind this is that 85% seats are reserved for UT students, while a meagre 15% is left for non-UT students.
Last year, the cut-offs for non-UT students in most government colleges stood at 86% for BBA, 83% for BSc (Medical), 80% for BCA and 75% for BSc (Computer Science). However, for the UT students the cut-off was much lower at 65% for BSc (Medical), 61% BSc (Computer Science), 68% for BCA and 79% for BBA.