Gurman Bhatia


The admission season at Delhi University continues with the announcement of the tenth cut-off. Several courses have reopened admissions for general category students and seats in the reserved category are also waiting to be filled.

Under the tenth cut-off, Commerce as a course is available in a total of 14 colleges for general category students, a significant rise from 7 colleges under the ninth cut-off. These colleges include Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, College of Vocational Studies, Rajdhani College and S.G.N.D Khalsa amongst others.

Amidst major announcements, SRCC has reopened Commerce admissions for OBC and PWD candidates. The requirement for OBC candidates is set at 93.75-95.75, while the cut-off for PWD applicants is 74.25-91.25.

Kirori Mal College is still open for admissions for Science courses such as Physics and Mathematics along with Humanities subjects such as English and Economics.

Moreover, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics continue to be available at Sri Venkateswara College.

B.Tech in Computer Science is still available at Rajdhani College while Ram Lal Anand is giving admissions for the course upon previous cancellations.

Students can seek admissions under the 10th cut-off on the 30th and 31st of July.

Links to cut-offs: Arts and Commerce | Science | B. Tech

After exactly one month from the announcement of the first cut-off list for this admission season, DU has not exactly been able to wrap up the process. Delhi University released the 9th cut-off list for admissions on Friday, 26th July around 11: 30 p.m.

The tradition of admission reopening continues with I.P. College for Women again offering admissions for Commerce. The college had earlier closed admissions for the course after the seventh cut-off. Commerce is as of now available in seven colleges for the general category.

Sri Venkateswara College has surprisingly reopened admissions for Statistics and Physics. While Statistics at Venky was closed after the second cut-off, Physics closed admissions after the third. Statistics is available for 93 and Physics is set at a bar of 93.66. According to sources, the college has admitted 25 students for Statistics while a total of 30 seats have been allotted for the course.

Ram Lal Anand’s B.Tech in Computer Science is still up for grabs with the college accepting applicants fitting the cut-off of 92.75-97.75. A few colleges such as A.R.S.D, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Miranda House have declared that a few seats are available in B.Tech courses and it advised that aspirants contact the college directly.

Adding to all these details, a total of 17 colleges have not submitted any data to the University with regard to the ninth cut-off. This list includes colleges such as Hindu and Hans Raj. It can be assumed that further lists for these colleges are less likely to come out.

Students can avail admissions under the ninth cut-off on 27th and 29th July.

Link to cut-offs: Arts and Commerce | Science | B. Tech

The orientation ceremony for the freshers of Lady Shri Ram College for Women was held on Wednesday, 24th July.

As always, the event included performances from various societies along with the Principal’s address. The auditorium packed with women, was addressed by Principal, Meenakshi Gopinath. She talked about the ‘magic of LSR’, the philosophy behind FYUP and overall the experience that studying in the institution gives you.

The occasion was also graced with the presence of Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh who Dr. Gopinath introduced as the ‘most handsome Vice-Chancellor ever’. Continuing the humour, VC talked about how this welcome at LSR has been 35 years late, with him reliving his days at Stephen’s when he and his friends would be eager to enter the gates of the college.


The VC congratulated the students on making it to the best college in the country. He also made the announcement that the University would give the college a grant worth Rs. 5 lakhs which the VC suggested could be used for building a proper air-conditioning system for the college auditorium. The Vice Chancellor was accompanied by his entire team including Prof. Sudhish Pachauri, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Prof. Umesh Rai, Director, South Campus. Other members included the Dean of colleges and the Proctor of the University.

Along with the grant, the VC also announced the fomulation of an Incubation center in the college that would fund entrepreneurial ideas and startups initiated by students. The Incubation center would be set up by the University within the next two months.

Lastly, praising the popular food from the cafe, the VC asked whether an outlet could be opened in North Campus as well!

As the trend has been, the programme ended with Vandana Kohli’s movie, that talks about the ‘Magic of LSR’ with the freshers then moving on to refreshments and their department orientations.

(Also see: College orientations in pictures)

The eighth cut-off for admissions into Delhi University are out and with that is the news of reopened admissions in a few colleges.

While on one hand Hans Raj has finally closed admissions for Commerce, Hindu and Kirorimal have reopened admissions for the same. Hindu College, which had closed admissions for the course after the fourth cut-off has reopened admissions at the exact same cut-off at which it closed. You can now avail admission in Commerce at Hindu with a percentage of 96.25-99.25. At Kirorimal, admissions for Commerce are set at a barrier of 95.75-95.99 with a 3% higher requirement for non-commerce students. The college had closed admissions after the fifth cut-off, which was at 96-96.24.

Economics remains available at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce with a 0.5 point drop from the previous cut-off.

Journalism and Mass Communication at Kamala Nehru College has been reopened for the second time. Earlier, the college had closed admissions for the course in the fifth cut-off. However, the sixth cut-off reopened admissions for the same. After closing the admissions with the seventh cut-off, an eighth cut-off has been announced for the course at 91.5-93.5.

In terms of science courses, majority of the admissions have finally been closed. However, Mathematics is still available at Hans Raj and Kirorimal College.

The window for admissions has reopened for B.Tech courses as well. Miranda House had closed admissions after the fourth cut-off for B.Tech in Computer Science. However, now the course is again up for grabs at a cut-off of 94.5-98.

Admissions for the eighth cut-off will last from 23rd-25th July.

Link to cut-offs: Arts and Commerce | Science | B.Tech

The sky-high cut-offs of Delhi University have finally led us to the seventh cut-off. As several colleges released their individual cut-offs on the evening of 17th July, it seems that the admission process is headed towards a close.

While in the General category only a few seats are up for grabs, the reserved category seats are still vacant in majority.

Commerce is now available in 12 colleges as opposed to 16 in the sixth cut-off. S.G.T.B. Khalsa for instance has re-opened admissions for Commerce.The college had closed admissions for Commerce in the sixth cut-off. However, the course is now again open for admissions at a cut-off of 95%.

Ram Lal Anand has closed admissions for all courses in the general category. The college is still accepting admissions for Computer Science on the basis on cancellations.

On the other hand, Hans Raj has finally dropped the qualifying bar for Commerce by 0.25%. Hans Raj College had stuck to its Commerce cut-off of 96.5-98 for three consecutive cut-offs. Well, now the college has placed the requirement at 96.25-98. All other courses are closed for General category at the popular college.

At Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Economics is still up for grabs with the rest of the courses closed. However, reserved category cut-offs for Commerce at the college go till 54%.

Popular girls’ college Daulat Ram, has closed admissions for all courses in the general category, barring English.

With vacant seats in popular colleges such as Hans Raj and Miranda House even after the seventh cut-off, only time will tell whether general category admissions will last as long as the ninth or tenth cut-off.

Links to college cut-offs: Arts and Commerce | Science | B.Tech

The sixth cut-off for Delhi University college admissions is here and with that is the news of several vacant seats for General category students.

Commerce is still available for the general category in 16 colleges as compared to 23 colleges during the fifth cut-off. The number includes popular colleges such as Hans Raj and Gargi as well. Hans Raj still confident about its previous cut-off sticks to 96.5-98 for Commerce for the four times in a row.

In terms of B.Tech courses, while most courses are closed, Hans Raj and Keshav Mahavidyalaya are still offering B.Tech in Electronics. Computer Science at Hans Raj is finally closed after 5 cut-offs.

History at LSR is now closed while Hindu is still offering admissions in Sociology. Journalism and Mass Communication aspirants might have a reason to rejoice with Kamala Nehru College re-opening admissions for the course at 92.5-94.5. The course is also open for admissions at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce at 91.5.

Reserved category cut-offs still seem to be gaining momentum in colleges such as DCAC and Miranda House with several courses still vacant.

With colleges slowly bringing down the cut-offs in order to avoid over-admissions, general category admissions lasting till the sixth cut-off in popular colleges is an unusual affair for Delhi University. With what seems to be going on, it can be expected that a few colleges will also go on till the seventh.

Admissions for the sixth cut-off will last from Monday, 15th July up till Wednesday, 17th July. The seventh cut-off is scheduled to be out on Thursday, 18th July.

Links to cut-offs: Arts and Commerce | Science | B.Tech

Everyone has something to say about the high Delhi University cut-offs. As expected, #tweeple cannot be left behind! Perhaps just the reason why we compiled some tweets for a good laugh.

Here are a few laugh-worthy tweets about the Delhi University admission season. In case we missed a good one, share it with us in the comments!


As the admission season (entire Admissions 2013 coverage) at Delhi University brings us to the fourth cut-off, one would expect that most courses should be ‘sold out’ in the General category. But several admissions, withdrawals and re-admissions later, the availability at a few colleges might mean hope for a few students. Though the official university announcement is set to come on 8th July, several colleges have already declared their individual fourth cut-off. While Hans Raj has closed admissions only for Botany and History in the General category, LSR is now open only for History.

Hans Raj is still offering admissions in Commerce, but the General category cut-off stays the same as the third cut-off at 96.5 – 98. There is a dip however in the reserved category cut-offs. The story of English at Hans Raj is a little different with a 1.5 decrease for Humanities students.

English hopefuls with a commerce background might have a tough time getting into Miranda. While the English cut-off for Humanities has been lowered to 92.5 from the 94 in the third cut-off, the bar that was at 97.5 for Commerce students in the first cut-off happens to stay the same even now.

Victimised by over-admissions, Gargi is closed for all subjects except for Commerce.

Ram Lal Anand’s controversial 100 for Non-science students wishing to pursue Computer Science is now at 98.5, while Science students require 93.5 to seek admission. Acharya Nar. Dev and Hans Raj are still open for admissions into the course.

Commerce aspirants can still apply in Hans Raj, Gargi, CVS, Kirori Mal, Shivaji and Daulat Ram College. LSR, Ramjas and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College have closed admissions for the course.

Admissions for the fourth cut-off will last from Monday, 8th July to Wednesday, 10th July.

All the best candidates!

Update on 7th July: Delhi University has released the official fourth cut-off list. Here are the links to the same – Arts and Commerce Courses | Science Courses | B.Tech Courses

It might be a little late for writing your obituary, but almost after a week since your demise, the hollowness has just begun to sink in. Dear Google Reader, thanks for being the information aggregator that I always required. Thank you for being there, and specially for being a Google product.

When your daddy wrote this in a blog post, I almost felt that retire could be replaced with kill. The fact that I will never see my subscriptions in the Google Reader interface was just a change one wasn’t used to.

“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”

Now that you are gone, its strange that with so many alternatives buzzing in the Internet sphere that people hardly notice a void. They might not be Google, but they still work and surprisingly come packed in intuitive interfaces. And then your demise also created a new category called the ‘Google Reader replacement’ and a huge number of developers willingly went for the kill. Almost dying Digg saw the scope in the market and launched the Digg Reader. Established AOL announced plans of an AOL Reader. Feedly and BlogLovin have already been there since long.

Bread and butter to many and a reader’s paradise, with you RSS had been a companion. It had been there earlier but hadn’t been recognised. You gave the phenomenon visibility, thank you for that.

Like many application based services that come and go in this fast changing web world, you my friend lived a long fruitful life of eight years. In today’s world of social media dominance, I wonder whether RSS is becoming a shrinking market. I shared your loss with a few friends, and well the major response said, “I have no idea what you are talking about.” Sadly, the past three years of social media dominance have taken over your prowess. Twitter majorly, might be the one to blame. RSS is all about quick and light updates for news and information that matters to you. Twitter, integrated multimedia into the system, subscriptions in the form of accounts you could follow and everything in a constantly updating ‘feed’. I am not referring to it as a complete RSS alternative, it just happens to be doing a lot of damage to RSS’ market.

As a blogger, reader and Internet lover, I will miss you. We shall continue to respect you for what you gave to the Internet. You might leave us as a service, but will continue to stay in our emotional cache and mental history forever and ever. May you rest in peace and ever eternal online glory.

The conventional courses that have long been the choice of most students, might be a thing of the past. According to a report by the Hindustan Times, the applications for the Journalism and Mass Communication course in Delhi University have risen to 59,583 this year, taking a huge leap from last year’s 2,200.

Whether the sudden popularity for the course is due to the lack of an entrance examination or due to the course incorporating mass communication into the curriculum is something only applicants can tell.

It is perhaps the high demand that is leading onto the cut-offs for the course also being so demanding. While the lack of an entrance is being criticized, the fact that it didn’t happen as a lack of time is known to few. As a clarification to all existing beliefs, the syllabus for the FYUP in Journalism and Mass Communication has been a taxing process for the faculty. It was only in the first week of March that the syllabus with all the theory bits intact was finalised. With no time for the preparation of an entrance left, the only option for the University was that of opting for a cut-off. This does not at any point mean that there will not be an entrance for the course in the future

The fact that 59000 aspirants are vying for less than 250 seats is one statistic to be concerned about. Moreover the fact that most students have filled in the course as a second or third preference leads us to believe that the professional degree seems to be a back-up favourite for the aspirants.

The course is offered in six colleges namely Lady Shri Ram College for Women, I.P. College for Women, Kamala Nehru College, Kalindi College, Maharaja Agrasen College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. While LSR’s first cut off is at a high 97.5 for Humanities/Science students and 98.5 for Commerce students, Kamala Nehru College is offering the course at 94-96%. Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, which is the first choice for most male candidates is again at a high 97.5 for the first cut-off. Maharaja Agrasen has a cut-off of 95, while Kalindi has a 93 cut-off for the course. I.P. College for Women, the latest addition to the ‘gang’ of Journalism colleges in Delhi University has set the bar at 93-97 for the course.

What is rather astounding is that while the ‘back-up’ course comes with a 97.5 percent requirement, courses such as Political Science and Sociology which are the first preferences of many top candidates are at a lower cut-off between 95-96. The reason for the unrealistic inflated cut-offs happens to be mere paucity of seats.  The entrance based past of the course doesn’t help either, as the teachers were also unsure of what to expect.

Other apprehensions revolving around this year’s procedure are around the lack of aptitude for the course in the applicants. One might have scored more than 95% but that does not in any place mean that the person has a sound understanding of the media or of current affairs.

With such high cut-offs, sources tell us that the course has not found many takers after the first cut-off in colleges such as LSR and DCAC.

With 59,000 plus applications, does it mean that the ‘professional’ degree is suddenly hugely popular? Or does it refer to the fact that earlier only the students who were genuinely interested in the course gave the entrance examination and now with that rider away, many candidates have simply kept it as a ‘choice’?

Image credits: Guillaume Brialon