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As the race hots up for admission to undergraduate courses, with most colleges releasing provisional admission lists, academicians say there has been a rise in the cutoffs for B.Com courses over last year. College administrators attribute the rise in the B.Com cutoffs to an increase in the number of students looking for a future in the financial sector, who see a bachelor’s degree in commerce as the gateway to the career of their choice. The cutoffs for basic science courses, meanwhile, has either remained the same as last year or dropped by a few marks.
College officials say this is because students with reasonably high marks can choose from several options, including engineering, medicine and paramedical courses. Prince Annadurai, the official in charge of admissions at Madras Christian College, says the cutoff marks for B.Com have been increasing consistently with every passing year. Commerce now appears to be the equivalent of a professional course in humanities, like engineering and medicine are in science, he said. The college received more applications from students who scored 98% or 99% than it did last year, said Annadurai.MOP Vaishnav College for Women also received several applications for admission to the BCom course from students with near perfect marks in the core subjects and even from some students who scored 800 / 800. It was encouraging to see that the students who attended the interview had a good idea of what they wanted to do, say a faculty member of the college. Admission officials at SDNB Vaishnav College for Women set the cutoff at 95% as they got a lot of applications from students with perfect scores.College faculty members said there is such a high demand for seats that only students with 90% and above get a seat in the B.Com (Hons) course. Students with between 85% and 90% get B.Com (Accounts and Finance) seats, and the college gives general B.Com course seats to students who have 75% or more. Students who have taken commerce in higher secondary school only want to get into B.Com. There are other options but because of lack of career counselling and the general perception that a B.Com degree can lead to a high salary job in finance, students only opt for B.Com, said S Rathi, a commerce professor at SDNB Vaishnav College for Women.A basic science course is for the most part considered a second option to a professional course. Some students make up their mind only after they join college. They wait to get a seat through the counselling process, which only begins in July and then leave the seat they have taken and join engineering courses, said Annadurai.
Courtesy: Times of India
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