In 2011, the 100 per cent cut off for B.Com (Hons) at prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) had sparked a major outcry, prompting the then HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to intervene and ask the Vice Chancellor to look into the issue.
If the first cut off issued late last night is of any indication, admission for the new four-year undergraduate programme in DU will not be any easier for aspirants as the cut-offs for the various courses remained high.
Both Hindu College and Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science have kept their cut off in the bracket of 96.75-99.75 and 97-99.75 for Commerce and B.Tech courses respectively.
Last year Hindu college was the front runner among DU colleges for having a high cut off range of 96.25 to 99.25 per cent. The SRCC, last year, had kept its cut off for Commerce and Economics at 97 and 97.5 respectively.
Students aspiring to study Commerce as their major will have to fight a tough competition to get admission into their college of choice as almost all of them kept a high range of cut off for the subject.
The Commerce cut offs for almost all colleges were above 90 per cent with Hansraj having a cut off range at 96.75-98.75, Lady Shri Ram College at 97.75-98.75, Shaheed Bhagat Singh at 96-99 and Sri Venkateswara at 96.75 per cent.
For the highly sought after Economics course, Hindu has put its cut off at 97.5 per cent, while LSR declared a cut off of 97.75 per cent.
Other high cut offs were of Hansraj (97.25), Miranda House (96.5-97), Kirorimal (95.5-98.5) and Ramjas (94.5-97.5).
English and Journalism courses, admissions for which were carried out through common entrance tests until this year, also saw a high cut off.
While the cut off for English ranged till 98.5 per cent with the highest being at Hindu college, the first ever cut off marks for the Journalism course were above the 90 per cent mark in all the six colleges offering the course.
This year Delhi University is introducing the new four-year structure which will be a shift from the present 10+2+3 scheme.
The course entails awarding a diploma if a student exits after two years, a bachelor's degree after three years and a bachelor's degree with honours or a B Tech degree on completion of four years.
Under the pattern, the students will study 11 compulsory foundation courses covering arts, sciences, social sciences and commerce subjects which will equip them with several skills including communication and mathematics.
There will be 20 papers in Discipline-I and 6 papers in Discipline-II besides four Application papers. Admissions to the four year undergraduate programme will be based on the eligibility criterion for Discipline-I.