New Delhi, Aug 8: A common entrance test for college admissions may soon be a reality. If everything goes as per plan, the Human resource development ministry might introduce a common entrance test for all central universities. This change is being planned to end the unrealistic high cutoffs for admissions in premier central universities such as Delhi University. For students the race to get admission in Delhi University is a nightmare as the cut offs announced are as high as 100% percent marks. To match the cut offs offered for an honors degree in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Economics and History candidates need to secure 100 per cent.
In case this move of HRD ministry headed by Prakash Javadekar is implemented it may prove beneficial for the students. The students seeking admissions will get another opportunity to prove themselves in case their marks are not upto the mark. Another important point to note is that all the students across the state board will get a chance. It is often argued that the marking of state boards is tougher than Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISC). The difference in marking pattern hampers the chances of other students. A common entrance test will bring all the students at par with each other. Another important fact to note that the travelling expenses for the students will also be curbed. It is seen that in order to get admissions to the best possible college, the students travel from across the country. ALSO READ: Delhi University Students Union Elections 2016: All you need to know about the DU polls
Another point of view is that this will burden students with another examination after class 12 board exams. Students seeking admissions already need to appear for entrance exams such as IIT JEE, CBSE AIPMT and other entrance exams for various courses. The Centre is likely to call a meeting of central university vice-chancellors on October 6 to discuss the common test. This year when the cut-offs for Delhi University were announced the Chief Minister of Arvind Kejriwal has tweeted that Delhi University admission system is most bizarre. They don’t have either quota for locals or normalisation of marks or entrance tests. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had asked former HRD Minister Smriti Irani for a 5% relaxation for students from Delhi seeking admissions in Delhi University admissions. ALSO READ: Mobile app to ensure women safety launched at Delhi University
In 2o16, the Delhi University had received 2.5 lakh applications.The highest cut-off was announced by Ramjas college at 99.25 per cent for BCom Honours, 98.75 for BCom and 98.5 for Economics Honours. Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), ranked among the best in the country for higher studies in Commerce and Economics, announced its cut off at 98.25 per cent for Economics Honours and 98 per cent for BCom Honours. Miranda House has announced the cutoff for Economics Honours at 97.75 per cent while Lady Sri Ram College announced its cut-off for Psychology at (98.50 per cent), English (98.25 per cent), Economics (98 per cent) and Commerce (H) (98 per cent).This year, Delhi University had launched seven vocational courses in four colleges Maharaja Agrasen College, Kalindi College, Jesus and Mary College and Ramanujan College in subjects such as printing technology, software development and healthcare management, from the upcoming academic session.