New Delhi: As many as eight colleges have reopened commerce admissions in the forth cutoff list. Admissions to BCom(H) will be open at 18 colleges and in economics at 16 colleges, including Shri Ram College of Commerce (though at the same cutoff as third list, 97.375%).

Seats in BCom(H) are available in north campus colleges Hindu, Kirori Mal and Hans Raj. At Hindu, the cutoff has dropped by 0.25% from the third list to 96.75%; Hans Raj’s is 96.75% (same as third list) and KMC has reopened at a cutoff of 96.5% — a one mark drop.

Miranda House has re-opened admissions for political science (closed after the first list) at a cutoff of 96% (two marks lower). Gargi and Shaheed Bhagat Singh have both reopened for BCom with cutoffs of 94.5% and 95%, respectively. Bhagat Singh has also reopened for English, dropping the cutoff to 92.75% from second list’s 94%. Kamala Nehru College has reopened in maths (now 94%). Ram Lal Anand has vacancies in both BCom and BCom(H) at cutoffs of 94.5% and 95.5%.

The drop is significant even at typically cautious colleges such as Miranda House and Lady Shri Ram College who have reduced their BA(Programme) cutoffs by 1.5% and 1.25%, respectively, to 92.25% and 94. Admission processes, though, may be more stringent. University sources said some colleges have cancelled many admissions following a June 29 letter of the dean (students’ welfare) saying those not following guidelines will be considered “illegal.” Colleges were directed to not admit candidates who haven’t filled the pre-admission form or haven’t marked the subject to which they are now seeking admission. Those who’ve studied papers in which the practical component is over 30% will have 10 marks (2.5%) deducted from each of the relevant papers.

University sources say colleges, particularly three — two in north campus and one off-campus — have cancelled large numbers of admissions. “One college has refused to accept painting marks instead of simply docking marks, as was directed. Large numbers want admission in subjects they haven’t applied for,” said an official.

“We’re in a bind,” said a principal, admitting they’ve cancelled admissions where 10 marks weren’t deducted from the score for the requirement on practical tests. “The guideline said ‘may be deducted, not that we have to. Students with PCB (physics, chemistry, biology) from state-boards — losing 30 marks (10 in each paper) — are worst off. We’ve cancelled admissions as the issue could have emerged in the second semester,” he added.

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