17/06/2015 8:51 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

St. Stephen's College Sets English Honours Cut-Off At 99 Percent, Says Boards Are To Blame

St. Stephen's College, Delhi. Rudra Court - Staircase N where I used to live; Vice-Principal's residence to the left.

University of Delhi's St Stephen’s college released its first cut-off list on Tuesday, which revealed that a seat for English honours now requires that Class XII students in the commerce stream score 99 per cent marks.

St Stephen's received a record 32,100 applications for the 400 seats that are up for grabs. The first cut-off for an English Honours seat, depending on the stream one comes from, is 99 per cent for students of commerce, 97.50 for humanities, and 97.75 for science. These cut-offs are the highest for any subject on offer at the college.

For Economics, the cut-off is at 98.50 per cent for Commerce, 97.50 per cent for Science and 97 per cent for Humanities. For History, BA Pass, Mathematics, Sanskrit and Philosophy, the cut-offs are 98, 96.50, 97.25, 75 and 96.75 per cent, respectively.

The competition for a seat at the premier institute has intensified over the last year. In 2015, cut-offs for English and Economics were the highest at 97.25 for science students, 98 for commerce students and 97 per cent for humanities.

College spokesperson Karen Gabriel put the burden on CBSE and other boards, suggesting that they should improve their marking indicators so that scores are more realistic. "The state as well as the boards should work on the marking system as well as educational reforms to ensure students do not fall prey to such anomalies in the setup," she said.

Stephen's offers Honours courses in Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Chemistry along with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) pass courses. As a minority institution, it follows a different schedule and procedure from other Delhi University colleges. Candidates who have cleared the cut-off will have to pass a 30-minute aptitude test in addition to a personal interview to earn a seat.

There are separate cut-offs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (non-Christian), Christian Scheduled Tribes, Church of North India (CNI), CNI Delhi Diocese, Other Christians, Christian Person with Disability, Person with Disability for some particular subjects, and for Urdu students.

As Delhi University colleges prepare to announce their first cut-off next week on June 25, St. Stephens' brutal cut-off score became a talking point on social media on Wednesday.

(With Agency Inputs)

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