HS students may miss coveted seats

The Times Of india

KOLKATA: Admission to some of the best colleges in the country may be a distant dream for students who took the West Bengal Higher Secondary examinations this year.

Though the rush has just only begun, there’s a high percentage of candidates from other boards with extremely high scores. When they apply for the most coveted courses, HS students are likely to be left sulking. Apart from a handful of 10,512 students who have managed to score above 80% — majority of them being from the science stream — the rest may not even find a foothold in the merit list.

Last year, the cut-offs in the premier colleges under Delhi University and those in Pune, Mumbai and even in Chennai and Bangalore were very high. A whopping 2,80,136 students have scored more than 80% in CBSE this year. “Add to it the number of students who have scored more than 80% in ISC and the other regional boards. The number will be well around 5 lakh. Though many students will opt for professional courses, the number of seats in the famous colleges is very few. HS students will find it difficult to make it to the top colleges across the country because of their poor score,” said a senior official of Venkateshwara College in Delhi.

At Loyola College in Chennai, the first merit list has already been published. No HS student could make it to the first list in subjects like English, sociology, economics, chemistry or mathematics. Only one or two aspirants in history and physics honours have bagged a berth.

At St Stephen’s College, the application criteria are decided by Delhi University. Anyone can apply, but the limited number of seats and the stiff competition makes it difficult to make the cut. “In English, history, physics and chemistry honours, we have 60 seats. In philosophy, the seats are 10 and in mathematics, 50. Last year, the cut-off marks were extremely high. This year, too, there will be no exception,” said a teacher associated with admissions in the college.

At Fergusson College in Pune, last year’s cut-off in arts courses was 82% while in science, the cut-off was 68%. “We don’t offer any subject selection in the first year. In the second year, students can specialise. In BA courses, we have 360 seats, of which 50% is reserved. In the self finance course, another 120 seats are available. But the fee is slightly higher. Similarly, in BSc, the number of seats is 720 and it’s reserved in the same way,” said principal R G Pardeshi. He added: “The cut-offs will soar in arts as we are more popular among students for humanities. In science, the cut-off will dip since many students prefer professional courses than general degree courses.”

June 15 is the last date for applying at the college and on June 18, the first merit list will be published. The cut-offs may go up since more students have scored well this year. “Last year, we had 75 students in all from Bengal, with the majority being from other boards,” he added.

At Miranda House, another popular destination for students, the cut-offs were extremely high in the 2012-2013 session. “For history honours, the cut-offs in the second list were 95 (commerce), 93 (science) and 88.5 (humanities). In political science, the cut-offs were 95.0 (commerce), 94.0 (science) and 91.75 (humanities). In mathematics, 93% was the cut-off marks while in physics and chemistry, the cut-offs were 84 and 92 respectively,” said a senior college official. In Miranda House, Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) scores are considered for admission to English honours.

At St Xavier’s College Mumbai, the deadline for submission of online forms for non-Xavierians is June 7. The first merit list will be published on June 10 and the second merit list will be published on June 12.


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