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With the admission season well underway and the University of Delhi (DU) having released its third cut-off list for undergraduate courses, it has now been confirmed by the Admissions Committee that more than half of its seats are already full. “Over 30,00 out of around 52,000 seats in various DU colleges have already been filled, along with payment of fees,” confirmed Professor Maharaj K. Pandit, the Chairman of DU’s Admissions Committee.  The university has yet to release the fourth and fifth cut-off lists, which are expected to be released on 13th July and 18th July, 2017, respectively.

That within a span of three cut-off lists in a mere fortnight, more than half of the seats should have been filled up, only attests to the university’s ever-growing popularity among students. B.A. (Hons.) English and Economics remain the most sought-after courses. DU clearly is very much a top choice for aspiring undergraduates, as the statistics reveal that several colleges such as Lady Shri Ram (LSR) and Hindu College have already closed the admissions to some of the courses. This year, a marginal dip was recorded in the cut-offs. Yet, the highest percentage, as per the latest and third cut-off issued by DU, remains 98 per cent for B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology in LSR College. By the fifth cut-off, almost all seats are expected to be filled up. As it turns out, the sky-high percentage and quickly disappearing seats which make DU one of the most viable and prestigious education institutions of the country, also make it the hardest to gain entry into. The admission season, so far, has been anything but a smooth-sailing for both the university and the parents and students. But with more and more seats being grabbed and choices in terms of the courses narrowing down, if there were ever a time to hurry in order to make it to DU, it would be now.

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Deepannita Misra

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As of Tuesday, more than 50% seats have been occupied at the University of Delhi. However, as per the general trend was seen on the last day, seats are still available in various colleges and there are still around 28,000 seats up for grabs in DU colleges under the next cutoff lists.

The top colleges fill most of their seats.

Hindu College has ‘over-admitted students’, by admitting more than 870 students already done so far for its 752 seats. “This is not unusual because we have supernumerary admissions… In science courses, we see withdrawals when students want to join the engineering council or medical council,” said Anita Vishan, convenor of the admission committee. In the third list, Hindu College is likely to close admissions for honours courses in Economics, BCom, Political Science, History, and Sanskrit.

While SRCC has closed admissions for the general category in both B.Com (Hons) and Economics, in Miranda House, according to Principal Pratibha Jolly, BA Programme will be open but some courses like Sociology will be closed.

Lady Sri Ram College for Women will have admissions open in just four courses for the general category. “We will keep Psychology, English, Journalism and Political Science; all other courses are closed for general category. We are not going to drop our percentage by more than 0.25 percent,” said LSR principal Suman Sharma.

Seats still available

SGTB Khalsa College is yet to fill most of its seats. Earlier, in an unexpected manner, the college had set the highest cut-offs for most subjects in the first list. However, after having zero admissions in general category seats on the basis of the first cut-off, there was a significant drop its cut-off percentage in the second list.  According to sources, the total number of admissions has not crossed 50, and even among the 50—odd admissions, most are from the minority community as the college reserves seats for Sikhs. “Most admissions are expected to take place after the third cut-off is released. Percentages will drop further from the second list,” said Nachiketa Singh, a faculty member.

While in Sri Venkateswara College over 1,000 seats are still unoccupied, at College of Vocational Studies, Principal Inderjeet Dagar specified that 483 students have been admitted for 740 seats available.

At Hans Raj College, admission convener Rajmohini Sagar said in arts and commerce 526 seats are left, and for science, there is a vacancy of 212. Daulat Ram College and Kirori Mal College have also filled up 755 out of 1,100 and 655 out of 1,348 seats, respectively.

The third list for admissions will be released on July 7 where the cut-offs are likely to dip even further.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times and The Indian Express.)

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Niharika Dabral

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