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Cut-offs for commerce and arts to soar

With the II PU results out, students will now have to brace for the admission season. Cut-offs for seats in degree colleges are set to soar in the commerce and arts streams, while they are likely to remain the same for science courses.

Many top colleges have stated that only students who have secured above 90% are eligible to apply for courses in the commerce stream.

Students, who got their II PU results on Monday, made a beeline to various degree colleges on Tuesday.

Charmaine Jerome, Vice Principal, Mount Carmel College, said though they won’t be able to predict what percentage the commerce cut-offs will increase by, she said that the arts cut-offs will increase marginally while the science cut-offs will remain the same compared to the previous year.

“We started distributing applications on Monday as soon as the results were out. Many students have, in fact, completed the admission process as well. Although the cut-offs will differ based on the combination, we have seen students with very high percentages opting for commerce courses,” she said. She added that the cut-offs would be reduced for the second list.

 

Fr Abraham V M, Vice Chancellor of Christ University, said that the commerce cut-offs will increase as students with higher percentages had applied. “We will put out the cut-offs for commerce courses. For arts and science courses, we will not put up a cut-off list. We have written tests and interviews,” he said.

Experts point out that this trend was because the pass percentage in the science stream has dipped compared to last year by 0.9% points. This year, the pass percentage in science stands at 66.58%. However, pass percentage in both commerce (66.39%) and arts (50.53%) has improved compared to 2018. The number of centums in science subjects also has reduced compared to the previous year.

Anticipating higher cut-offs in commerce, many students are applying to multiple colleges.

Shriram S, a II PU student, said, “I have got 86%. But I am unsure if I will make it to some colleges. So I am applying for two combinations in four different colleges.”

Some colleges have, however, decided to start admissions only next week.

D Leelavathi, principal, MES Degree College of Arts, Commerce and Science, said that they would distribute applications both offline and online from Monday onwards, as their college buildings will be used as polling booths for the parliamentary elections. She said that as the demand for commerce courses is high, the admissions would be done online while the admissions for the remaining streams would be done offline.

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