New Delhi, The extraordinarily high cut-off percentages for admission to colleges of Delhi University has pushed applicants to the wall. Many are now seriously considering opting for courses not quite to their taste.
"I wanted to study Political Science at Miranda House but the cut-offs are really high. So I have chosen to study philosophy instead," said Tanya Manik from Meerut, whose 95 percent marks do not assure her of admission into the political science course.
The cut-off for political science in Miranda House was 96 percent.
Vedika Kapoor, who had earlier wanted to study Commerce in Lady Shri Ram College for Women, said: "I want to study at LSR at any cost. I am not going for any other college, even if that means changing my subject."
Julia Tuli had hoped to study at Hindu College. "It is not easy to score in History, Political Science and the arts subjects, but even so, the cut-offs for students who did these subjects is high, and that has made it all the more difficult."
There are students from southern states in the country too, who hoped to study at Delhi University but now feel disheartened.
"I came here because Venkateshwara College has a brand name and I wanted to study here. I had never thought the cut off would be so high," Darshan Swamy from Kerala said, seeking admission to the history course in Sri Venkateshwara College.
Not only students, even parents expressed dismay over the ever-rising cut-offs.
Pramod Bharati, whose son scored 85 percent in Class 12, and hoped to study commerce, said: "Only students of the elite class would be able to survive here in DU. People with 60-70 percent marks cannot think of DU anymore."
Realising that the cut-off was very high, S.K. Jain, principal of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), admitted that even a small change in cut-off percentage could make a huge difference to the student.
"From 1995 onwards, cut-offs have reached staggering levels. A mere 0.5 percent increase or decrease changes fortunes here... A minor change in the percentage of the cut-offs also matters to students."
This year, SRCC has only implemented a rise of 0.5 percent in the cut-off. The college is otherwise known for setting very high cut-offs.
Ram Lal Anand College of the university Wednesday announced a cut-off this academic year of 100 percent for the BTech course.