The online registration process for admission into Delhi University's undergraduate courses drew to a close on 13 June and while the total number of registered candidates has gone down as compared to what it was in 2016, competition continues to be cutthroat.
The university received 3.2 lakh applications for 54,000 seats in 62 colleges that are affiliated with DU and spread over its North and South campuses. And, if that doesn't already sound terrifying, the next bit definitely will.
According to a report in Times of India, students who have applied for the Psychology honours course will be competing with 220 others for each of the 323 seats. It is slightly better for students who have applied for Mathematics honours. They will have to beat only 81 others to claim each of the 926 seats on offer. English, Political Science, History, and Economics, all have 40 students vying for each seat.
The competition for science programmes is also tough. There are 78 students competing for every seat in Chemistry honours and 63 vying for each in Physics honours.
One can only imagine how high cut-off marks are going to be this year for various courses, although News 18 in a report published on 28 May, 2017, said that it was unlikely there will be a big difference between this year's and last year's cut-offs. The first cut-off is going to be declared on 20 June.
The most preferred course this year appears to be BA in English honours with 1,24,220 registrations. There have been 1,04,975 registrations for BCom, and 95,497 for BA honours in Political Science.
DU has also made some changes in its application process this year. Unlike previous years, when both online and offline applications were accepted, the university has made registration strictly online now. It has also imposed restrictions on multiple applications which might explain the slight dip in the number of registered candidates.
Last year, the number of applications (both online and offline) received by DU for over 60,000 seats had crossed 3.4 lakh. "There is a slight depression in the number of applications. The CBSE pass percentage is one of the factors that resulted in the dip," Maharaj K Pandit, chairperson of admission committee of Delhi University told the PTI. The CBSE Class 12 board pass percentage has fallen by 1.05 percent in 2017.
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