DU cut-offs to soar up as about 70,000 students score 95% in CBSE XII Results

With more than 70,00 students scoring more than 95% out of 220,000 students who scored more than 90% in CBSE XII results in 2021. DU cut-offs are expected to be on the higher sides because of the results. The Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) announced Class XII on July 30. The University of Delhi offers about 70,000 seats for many courses equivalent to students scoring above 95% in CBSE alone, without considering other boards.

“From whatever information we are getting right now, it appears that the cut-offs will increase. But more can be said once the results have been properly analysed. The colleges will now have to analyse and decide. We are also waiting for the remaining state boards to release their results, after which we will have more clarity,” said Rajeev Gupta, Chairperson, DU Admission Committee.

“The respective admission committees of colleges will analyse the trend. It is difficult to say at this point but seeing the numbers, the cut-offs are going to be higher. The admissions happen on the basis of best of three or best of four subjects and students usually have 100 per cent scores in them,” he added.

Around 70% of DU students who take admission in UG courses each year are from the CBSE board. The first cut-off is likely to be announced by September 8-10.


Principals of various DU colleges had given their intake on the cutoffs this year. Miranda House principal Bijayalaxmi Nanda said, “Cutoffs in popular courses will increase as per our calibration. In certain subjects, cutoffs may remain the same as per the choices of students. We will also be analysing the admissions data of previous years to ascertain the more popular courses.”

Anju Srivastava, principal, Hindu College, said, “With the high number of students scoring more than 95 per cent, we have no choice but to keep the cut-offs on the higher side. We have limited number of seats for every course and despite the very high cut-offs, we end up admitting students above the sanctioned strength. If the student is meeting the cut-off and the eligibility criterion, we have to give them admission.” They will go by the scores in the state boards, CBSE, and ISC boards, she added.

“It will be studied. It will increase more than last year but whether the increase will be 0.5 per cent or one per cent and for which course, it will have to be seen. Also, some popular courses like B.Com (Hons), BA (Hons) English, Political Science (Hons) are likely to see higher cut-offs,” Rama Sharma, principal, Hansraj College told PTI

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Manoj Sinha, principal of Aryabhatta College, said the exact picture will be clear once the applications come but he said the cut-offs are expected to soar this year. LSR principal Suman Sharma said they will have a meeting with their college officials over DU cut-offs and noted that it is too early to comment.

Last year, Lady Shri Ram College had the first cut-off of 100% for three programs, and across colleges, about 30 programs had cut-offs over 99%. Potentially, the number of colleges and courses opening with a 100% cut-off in the first list could go up this year. As many important examinations like NEET, JNUEE, and CUCET remain pending, DU is expected to receive a high number of applications this year. Even last year, many examinations were delayed, because of the pandemic which subsequently resulted in huge numbers of applications and cut off marks as high as 100%.

DU cut-offs 2021 will be prepared based on Delhi University’s best of four calculations, which includes the highest score of four subjects in the Class 12 scores. The number of candidates scoring above 95 percent has almost doubled from last year 38,686 to 70,004 this year. Girls outshone boys by a slender margin of 0.54 percent.


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