Cut-offs high, even toppers struggle for course, college

Cut-offs high, even toppers struggle for course, college

This year, an unprecedented number of students secured more than 95 per cent marks in CBSE Class XII exams.

They may have aced their classes, topped their subject streams and swept the CBSE Board, but when it comes to admission to Delhi University (DU), their exceptional scores don’t seem to be enough to get them into courses of their choice.

With the exception of Sarthak Agarwal, the CBSE all-India topper, who secured 99.6 per cent marks in Class XII and got himself admitted into the course and college of his choice on Wednesday, others, including Delhi government school toppers, are either having to settle with their second choice or hoping to get through the preferred course and college, when the second list comes out.

Rishabh Chaudhary, government school topper in the commerce stream, is a case in point. Having secured 97.4 per cent in Class XII, he was hopeful of getting into Economics Honours at SRCC, but has missed the boat by 0.1 per cent marks. For now, he has enrolled in Hansraj College, but is hopeful of making it to SRCC when the second list comes out.

“But I am not sure if my name will figure even in the second list, with St Stephen’s reducing the number of seats in Economics and English. These applicants may try getting into SRCC,” he said.


Similarly, Surbhi Sharma, Delhi government school humanities topper, had to take admission into Daulat Ram College after she failed to make it to Lady Shri Ram College by 1 per cent.

“I wanted to study Psychology at LSR, but missed the cutoff by 1 per cent. So I took admission into Daulat Ram College. I think I will stick to my choice,” she said.

This year, cut-off for Psychology at LSR is 97 per cent.

For vocational subjects topper Amita Yadav, getting into the university has almost become next to impossible, with the university reverting to the three-year format.

Under FYUP, students who had studied vocational subjects could include the subjects in the best of four scores, with a deduction of 10 marks from the maximum marks of the subject.

“She wanted to do English Honours from a reputed college, but now she is contemplating pursuing Diploma in Teacher Education,” her father, Sugreev Yadav, said.

G Harishankaran, Delhi’s Commerce topper, with 99.25 per cent marks, enrolled in the BCom (Honours) Programme at SRCC. “Law was my first choice and SRCC second. I’m thankful, I got through SRCC though,” he said.

This year, an unprecedented number of students secured more than 95 per cent marks in CBSE Class XII exams. In Delhi — home to all-India topper Sarthak Aggarwal who scored a staggering 99.6 per cent, the highest ever — the number shot up to 2,423 from 1,523 last year.

Across the country, the number of students with more than 95 per cent marks climbed to 8,971, as compared to 5,996 last year. It is this increase in number of 95 percenters that is leading to students not being able to get through the course and college of their choice, despite securing good marks.

“Colleges only have a limited number of seats, and the number of students securing more than 90 per cent marks is increasing every year. This is bound to happen,” Karen Gabriel, faculty member at St Stephen’s College, said.