BA Journalism (Hons) and BA English (Hons) received the highest number of applicants at Delhi University this year, revealed the varsity. Almost a total of 367 applicants are vying for a single seat in Journalism honours. There were as many as 112,233 applications for the available 306 seats in this course. Similarly, BA English (Hons) received 142,970 applications for 2477 seats.
Seven DU colleges offer BA Journalism (Hons) while 46 colleges offer the graduation course in English. Almost 58 applicants are vying for one single seat this year.
The total number of applications for the available 62,000 seats for undergraduate courses was a whopping 258,388. Cut-offs for English, economics are highest at 98.75% at DU’s St Stephen’s College.
“The journalism course should be taught in more colleges with the required infrastructure, considering it has so much demand. Only two co-educational colleges offer the course. The rest five are all-women colleges. This is the main reason why the competition is so high for the course,” said Tarjeet Sabharwal, teacher at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC).
The growing demand for the course is due to its professional nature, as stated by the students. DU also offers an integrated five-year programme from the Delhi School of Journalism where applicants need to clear an entrance test to book their seat among the total of 120 seats.
“This year, the application forms had all the courses automatically selected and the candidates had to deselect the ones they were not interested in. It seems that a large number of applicants have applied for multiple courses,” mentioned a member of the admission committee.
‘The cut-off is unlikely to go down in any of these courses. It will continue to remain between 96.5% and 98.5%,’ added the official.