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Stephen’s cut-offs leave little room at the top

The wait for the cut-off list of interviews for admission to St Stephen’s College is finally over.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 18, 2009 5:36:37 pm

The wait for the cut-off list of interviews for admission to St Stephen’s College is finally over.

The cut-off percentages have seen a steep rise this year — between one and five per cent.

While Economics (Hons) has seen a rise of one per cent across the board,taking this year’s cut-off to a whopping 97 per cent for Commerce stream students,Maths (Hons) also has seen a rise with the cut- offs reaching 94.5 per cent.

The largest fluctuation was in English (Hons) with Science students now requiring 96 per cent and Humanities students — 92 per cent. The last year’s figures were 93 and 88 per cent respectively.

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Science courses like Physics and Chemistry Hons have seen a rise in the range of two to four per cent.

Nandita Narain,Tutor for Admissions at Stephen’s,believes that the chief reason for the rise is the extremely good results of Class XII CBSE Board exams.

“I feel that the board examiners need to examine to what extent they are giving marks. If this continues,it will almost be impossible for us to conduct our admission process,” she said.

Besides,other reasons like a 50 per cent reservation for Christians and reservations for SC-ST categories and physically-handicapped students affect the cut-offs,she pointed out,given that Stephen’s has received more than 21,000 applications for a little over 400 seats.

“According to the Supreme Council guidelines,for humanities,we can call four times as many students as seats,and six times in case of Science courses. With such high Board results and a large number of applicants,the cut-offs were bound to go up,” she said.

The interviews will begin on June 20 and will go on till July 2. A detailed schedule is available on the college website.

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