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However, over 87,000 applicants who fall in the 80-90% range still end up with a handful of options in the first cut list.
Courses like BSc (H) Home Science and BSc (Electronics) are some of the options for science students.
At Bhagini Nivedita College, the threshold for the BSc (H) Home Science has increased by one percentage point and has been set at 86% this year. The threshold for the BSc (Prog) Physical Sciences with Chemistry and the BSc (Prog) Physical Sciences with Computer is set at 80% this year. Last year, the threshold for both courses was 78%.
At Deshbandhu College, on the other hand, with a requested score of 89%, the BSc Applied Physical Science with Industrial Chemistry is the only science course where the cut-off is below 90%.
The threshold for courses like BSc (H) Instrumentation at Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women is set at 87%, a percentage point lower than last year.
Similarly for aspirants in the Humanities stream, some of the courses available to students in this bracket are BA (H) Social Work and BA (H) Philosophy.
The threshold for BA (H) social work at Aditi Mahavidyalaya is 84%, an increase of one percentage point from last year.
With a threshold above 90% for BA (H) philosophy at most colleges offering the course, at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College for Women it is 86%, at Lakshmibai College 87% and 88% at Mata Sundri College for Women.
These are outside of language courses like Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and others for which the threshold is below 80% and as low as 45% in some cases.
Stating that students in this category should not give up hope, Hem Chand Jain, Principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, said: “It is quite possible that in the second and third lists they have a chance. The reason our college has dramatically high thresholds is also due to our improved rankings. In several other colleges, it is because of the results of the jury. Students shouldn’t lose heart because the next cut-off list should be slightly reasonable. ”