St Stephen’s releases UG cutoff; at 99.5% Economics (H) highest

Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College on Friday released the cut-off for ten undergraduate courses with the highest cut-off set for the Economics (Honours) course at 99.5% for students with commerce and humanities stream. Applicants from the science stream need to have a score of 98.75% to get admission to the course.

Last year too, the college saw its highest cut-off for Economics (Honours) at 99.25%

This year, the college has increased the cutoff for the course with a marginal increase of 0.25 percentage points for students from commerce background. Like last year, applicants seeking admission for Economics (Honours) need to score 95% or above in Mathematics.

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The college has also set a 99% cut-off for History (Honours), English (Honours), and BA Programme for students with commerce and science backgrounds. For humanities students, the cut-off in these subjects stands at 98.25%, 98.7% and 97.75% respectively. Last year too, commerce students needed 99% in these three subjects.

With around 220,000 students scoring 90% and above marks in CBSE class 12 results this year and 70,000 of them scoring around 95% or more, several principals and stakeholders had said that the UG cut-offs were likely to soar this year.

St.Stephen’s College, however, has only increased the cut-off marginally in a few subjects while keeping it the same or reducing it fractionally compared to last year.

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At 97.66%, the cut-off for BSc Physics (Hons) has not been increased this year. For Chemistry (Hons), the cut-offs are kept at 96.33%, a marginal dip from 96.67% last year. For Mathematics (Hons), applicants from science and commerce backgrounds need to score 98.5% – a marginal increase of .50 percentage points from last year – and applicants from humanities background need to score 98% to seek admission – recording a jump of 1.5 percentage points from last year.

The cut-off for Philosophy (Honours) is set at 98%, 98.75%, and 97% for students from commerce, humanities, and science background respectively similar to last year. For BA programme too, the cut-offs have been set at 99% for students from commerce and science backgrounds whereas it has dipped for students from humanities backgrounds at 97.75%. Last year, applicants from humanities backgrounds needed to score 98%.

The lowest range of cutoffs, like last year, is for Sanskrit (Hons) at 69% – a drop of one percentage point from last year.

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St Stephen’s offers around 450 seats across 11 undergraduate courses, including BA (Hons) in English, History, Economics, Philosophy, Sanskrit, BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, among others.

Being a religious minority institute, St Stephen’s College has its own admission process and reserves 50% seats for Christian students. After releasing cutoffs for its undergraduate courses, the college conducts tests and interviews, which together have a weightage of 15 marks. The remaining 85 marks are decided on the performance of candidates in their class 12 exams. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the college will conduct online interviews and the schedule will be announced in the coming days.

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