The cutoff trajectory at St Stephen’s College, one of Delhi University’s most prestigious institutes, is both up and down this year: while some courses have seen a consecutive dip, the majority of them are on the rise. The BA (Programme) and physics courses, particularly, have seen a sharp jump from their cutoffs the previous year.
In the first cutoff list, released late on June 11, courses like Sanskrit were found to be in a nosedive with cutoffs this year decreasing 5% from 70% in 2017. The minority institute has its own admission procedure and separate cutoffs for students finishing school from the science, commerce and humanities streams. Last year, the college, in an attempt at transparency, had revealed the ratio of students versus seats for interviews. The year 2017 saw a dip in cutoffs from the previous year, especially for the humanities stream.
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1.5% jump in Stephen’s cutoff for BA course in science stream
It was believed the fall would increase the number of students arriving for interviews. This, according to the college, was done so that they would have more students to interview and select from.
The college declared the ratios of students versus seats for interviews for this year: for those from the humanities stream, four applicants, and six Christian applicants, would be called for every seat, while for science, six applicants, and eight Christian applicants, would be interviewed.
For general category students the situation is similar to 2017 when the ratio was four students per seat in the humanities stream and six students per seat for the sciences. This ratio means that even those who rank below the top scorers will be considered for an aptitude test and interview.
The interview process will begin from June 18 with mathematics and will go on till the sports interviews on July 5 and July 6, to be conducted after the sports trials.
Candidates are required to submit all their original documents not later than July 31 or else they will lose their admission. Unlike last year where there was a dip by around 0.5% in the humanities, this year the cut-offs have been increased by around 0.25% to 0.50%.
The first cut-off for the popular BA (Programme) course has gone up from 95% last year to 95.5% this year in the humanities stream while it has seen a big jump of 1.5% in the science stream — 98% as against 96.5% last year. Similarly, for students coming from the commerce stream, the cut-off now stands at 98%, a 1% rise from 2017.
Interestingly, Sanskrit, which had a cut-off of 80% for students from the commerce stream in 2016, and which dipped last year, has plunged to 65% for students from all three streams — the humanities, sciences and commerce.
English, which was in the news because the cut-offs for it came to 99% in 2015 and 2016 for those from the commerce stream, saw a drop last year. This year, there has been no change in cut-offs for students from the science and commerce streams as they stand at 98% and 98.5%, respectively. However, the cut-off for those from the humanities stream has increased marginally to 97.5%, a rise of 0.25% from 2017. Admissions in the subject, however, carry a rider — it is mandatory for an aspirant to have scored 90% in his/her English core subject or 85% in English elective in Class 12.
The Economics (Honours) course at the college has seen a 0.25% to 0.5% increase in the cut-off. However, to apply, an aspirant should have scored 90% in mathematics in Class 12.
For candidates with a science background, the first cut-off is a mixed bag. While the cut-off for chemistry has dipped by 0.33% and now stands at 96%, and the cut-off for the BSc (Programme) PCM is now at 94.66% as opposed to 95% last year, cutoffs have seen a huge jump in physics which now stands at 97.33%, which is what it was in 2016, as opposed to 96.66% in 2017. There is a sharp rise of 0.5% in the cut-off for the Mathematics (Honours) course for students from all three streams. To apply, however, it is mandatory for aspirants to include their Class 12 mathematics score as part of their “best four” school subjects.