Due to COVID-19, CBSE and several state boards did not conduct board exams this year, with the results being declared on the basis of special evaluation. Hence, this year the class 12 result surpassed many records, with the maximum number of students securing more than 95 per cent marks in class 12.
With such increased marks, there was an increase in the number of applicants in the government universities. This year, Delhi University received 1,70,186 applications against 70,000 seats for undergraduate courses.
As a result, at least 6 Delhi University colleges, including SRCC and Hindu College, scored 100 percentile cut-offs for admission to some undergraduate programs. Even after the release of five cut-offs and two special drive cut-offs, the percentage required for popular courses has not fallen below 95 per cent, while many colleges have closed admissions.
Similarly, several colleges of Mumbai University saw an increase of 10-13 per cent in the cut-off. In Jai Hind College, a total of 5,513 applications were received for 60 seats for admission to the popular Bachelor in Management Studies (BMS) course, a college official said.
Rajasthan University also admitted students this year at 100 percent cut-off. In the first merit list for B.Com (Pass), students of class 12th with 100 percent to 95 percent marks were admitted. The fifth merit list released for the course did not see much change as only two students were admitted to the BCom (pass) course at 96 and 93.80 per cent.
With such high cut-offs and limited seats in government universities, students are now seeking admission in private universities.
In private universities, 90% score applicants increase
Aashna Mendiratta, a resident of Noida, has secured 95.5 percent marks in the CBSE 12th examination. Mendiratta was planning to pursue BA Economics (H) from any DU college but could not make it to any good college in the five cut-off.
“I was hopeful to get admission in any reputed off-campus college as campus colleges usually have a high cut-off for this course. But this year off-campus colleges also have high cut off. So, I took admission in the B.Com program at Motilal Nehru College,” Mendiratta told indianexpress.com.
There are many other students who could not make it to the higher cut-off in government universities despite getting a good percentage and are now moving towards private colleges.
Sharda University in Greater Noida has received 30 per cent more admission inquiries this year, claim admissions departments. “Around 2.25 lakh students inquired for various undergraduate programs offered by the university as compared to 1.75 lakh enquiries last year. The number of students registering for the admission process has almost doubled this year,” Rajeev Gupta, Director Admissions Department, Sharda University told indianexpress.com.
“There has also been an increase in the number of marks especially 90 per cent from the CBSE board applying to the university. Moreover, as Sharda University admits students on the basis of entrance test, more students are participating in the admission process here,” said Gupta.
Bharat Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER), Chennai has witnessed an increase of around 50 percent in applicants. As the institute conducts a special entrance test for UG admissions, this year the cut-off for popular cases has increased due to more number of applications.
“The institute conducts the annual All India Entrance Test and this year also, the increased board scores and cut-offs did not directly affect our admission process. However, the entrance exam cut-off cited some changes for courses like BTech, CSE and ESE. This year the cut-off is slightly higher – 72 per cent and 65 per cent as against 65 per cent and 60 per cent respectively,” said Dr R Hariprakash, Additional Registrar, BIHER.
Similarly, Amity University Mumbai has also seen an increase in the number of students applying to the university this year.
Scheme to increase the seats of universities
Flame University, Pune has expanded the number of seats in undergraduate courses citing increase in the number of students applying to the university.
“We have seen an increase in applications from students who have scored very well. The number of seats this year is more than last year, and we are seeing an upward trend year after year in applications. Some of the popular majors include finance, economics, psychology, public policy and international studies,” explained an admissions officer.
KL University, Hyderabad also plans to expand seats in high demand courses. The university has identified a great interest from students in Artificial Intelligence and Data Sciences, while Business Analytics in Management courses in non-engineering streams has attracted the interest of students.
“We are planning to increase the number of seats as we are witnessing increasing demand this year not only for engineering courses but also for management, science and humanities courses. This year, 10 per cent seats have been increased in Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and select Management, Humanities and Sciences (MHS) programmes.
Whereas, Jindal Global University, Haryana is now witnessing a surge in applications for undergraduate programs. The university had started its admission process long before the board result declaration, as the university conducts its own entrance exam for UG admission.
“Graduate admissions were wrapped around July and sessions started in mid-August. However, as per the UGC guidelines we have kept the admission window open and more students have approached the university for admission once the DU cut-off is released,” Upasana Mahanta, Dean, JGU Admission Office told indianexpress.com .
Asked about the expansion of seats citing the increasing number of applicants, Ashwini Awasthi, MD, RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, said, “The seat allotment will be done at least for the last 3 to 4 years after analyzing the situation. Will be amended later. Since CBSE has introduced a new board exam pattern, it remains to be seen how the students adapt and score as per the new norms. ,
Increased interest in job oriented courses
A global survey conducted by INTO University Partnerships states that 67 per cent of Indian Gen Z students think that the ability of a university to give them the skills they need for their future is more important than their ranking, hence more students are looking for private universities. To carry
Apart from the usual courses in Amity University, students are also inquiring about the unconventional programs.
“Inquiries on unconventional programs like real-estate management, logistics management, BBA international trends are also high this year as students show more interest in skill-based and job-oriented courses,” said Awasthi of Amity University.
While FLAME University has added new interdisciplinary majors such as Data Science and Economics, Computer Science and Design and Design Management, bringing the total number of major offerings from 21 to 24.
“The decision to expand the number of seats was due to an increase in the number of applicants for admission as well as an increase in the demand for programs that help equip the next generation with the requisite skills and knowledge that are needed in this rapidly changing time. Ignite the imagination. environment,” said a university official.
Bharat Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER), Chennai has launched B Tech Defense Technology, B Tech Computer Science with specialization in Artificial Intelligence, Data Security, Machine Learning. Apart from engineering, it has launched these courses at the BSc level – including BSc Data Science and BSc Data Analytics.
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