In the current admission drive of 2019, the University of Delhi witnessed the highest number of applications per seat in the B.A. (Hons) Journalism course where 1,12,233 students competed for admissions in only 306 seats. It also became the 8th highest applied course in terms of numbers after English. However, unexpectedly, the B.A. Journalism course sees one of the lowest numbers of admissions in the first cutoff where only 55 students took admissions in the course at Delhi University.
In contrast to that, other courses with the highest application numbers are, Political Science, English, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Geography have seen almost full occupancy of seats in many top colleges after the first cutoff admissions. Even some surplus students have been granted admissions in these courses at Ramjas College and Hindu College.
The highest cutoff for the B.A. (Honours) Journalism was 98.5% which was announced by the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), and it has reported only two admissions till Saturday where it offers 34 seats in the course. The principal of the college Prof. Rajiv Chopra expressed that the admissions will increase when more successive cutoff lists will be rolled out.
The course which is offered in only seven colleges of Delhi University has been seeing very fewer admissions. In Kalindi College, Bharti College, and Maharaja Agrasen College which offers the course, only 4 students took admissions. However, Kamala Nehru College has reported the number of admission takers as 10. The highest number of admission takers in B.A. Honours in Journalism course has been reported from Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) where 35 students have taken admissions so far.
From the Institute of Home Economics for Women, the nodal officer Mr. Chanchal has said that in the last two days, very few students took admission in the college. She did not give the exact figure though.
Asish Sehgal (19) who is an aspirant of the course under Delhi University said that he was unable to get admissions in two co-ed colleges as the cutoff was higher than his obtained marks in the 10+2 level. He expressed his wish to wait for the second cutoff list where he expects his 95% aggregate will be met.
The officials, however, seemed to have a reason behind the high cutoffs. They said the high cutoffs were rolled out to stop over-admissions. The courses which saw cutoffs of 98/99% will be brought down by 1% or 2% in the successive lists as one of the officials suggested.
A University Admission Committee member informed that the common application system allows students to apply for multiple courses. Thus, it is possible that the students have chosen B.A. Hons in Journalism just to get more opportunities.
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