Such has been the saga of admission process at Delhi University (DU) this year so far that colleges which were known to be the second rung colleges under DU, are the ones getting the maximum rush.
With colleges like Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) closing admission within the first cut off list and other colleges including Miranda House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, College of Vocational
Studies etc announcing a marginal dip in the second cut off, the General category students are not left with much options.
Colleges like Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College (ARSD), Zakir Hussain, Deshbandhu College etc have seen a huge turnout from general category students this year.
"Students have been taking admissions into one college and then withdrawing after the second cut off list was announced. However, with high cut-off lists announced this year, the second-rung colleges have also seen a large number of admissions made within the two cut off lists announced", an official from DU told NNE.
The situation is very different for students belonging to the OBC category, with almost all colleges offering a 5-7% dip in the second cut off list. OBC students can still pick up a course in colleges like Hindu, Ramjas, which have already closed admissions for the General Category students. The total number of seats reserved for OBC students at DU this year is 14,500.
This has pushed students to seek admission through the ECA (Extra Curricular Activity) Quota in large numbers. Under Delhi University (DU), colleges are allowed to reserve upto 5% of their seats under the ECA quota and students are leaving no stone unturned to grab hold of the last opportunity.
The competition in the ECA quota is very tough with colleges entertaining only those candidates who are genuinely talented. Colleges are conducting upto 5 rounds of interview in order to ensure that deserving students fill up the vacant seats.
The Third Cut Off list will be announced on June 27, 2011 though the chances of colleges coming up fresh cut-offs is minimal.