Rise in demand for commerce courses at the PU level

The month of May marks the onset of ‘admission season’ with students making a beeline for PU colleges as they decide on courses that will dictate their choice of career in the future.

Several PU colleges have already begun issuing application forms since the announcement of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) results, but most will start the process on Monday, following which the admission process is likely to begin.

While science remains in demand, several PU colleges are seeing an increase in demand for commerce courses.

At REVA Independent PU College, for instance, there has been a 50% increase in demand for commerce seats. This is based on the number of application forms issued so far, said Manjunath E.R., college spokesperson.

College managements believe that one of the reasons for the growing popularity of commerce could be the higher availability of jobs in this field.

“Over the past few years, the number of students opting for Chartered Accountancy (CA) is increasing. This is one of the reasons for the rise in demand for commerce courses at the PU level,” said Chandrashekar A.B., principal of PES PU College.

Another reason cited is the high cost of professional courses, especially medicine.

“Securing a medical seat is difficult. Students have to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Affordability is an issue,” said Ramu L., principal of MES PU College of Arts, Commerce and Science. He added that declining job prospects for engineering graduates is another contributing factor.

For many colleges, this increase in demand may have a direct impact on cut-off percentages. The cut-offs for commerce courses range from 75% to 94%, depending on the college, and may increase further at the time of admissions.

However, the cut-offs for science courses continue to be higher than that of commerce and humanities courses.

At MES College, the expected cut-off for science this year is 96% while that for commerce is 94%, said Mr. Ramu, who added that the final cut-offs will be announced on Wednesday.

Some colleges maintain a standard cut-off every year.

Mount Carmel College PU College, for instance, will be maintaining the same cut-off this year as well — between 88% and 90% for science, and above 90% for commerce, said Sr. Ashwini, principal.

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