Due to Covid-19, the CBSE and several state councils did not hold the board reviews this year, resulting in the reporting of results based on special assessments. As a result, Class 12 scores this year have broken several records with a maximum number of students scoring above 95 percent in Class 12.

With such inflated scores, government universities have seen an increase in the number of applicants. This year, the University of Delhi received 1,70,186 applications against 70,000 places for undergraduate courses.

As a result, at least 6 university colleges in Delhi, including SRCC and Hindu College, have set a 100% threshold for admission to certain undergraduate programs. Even after the publication of five thresholds and two special training thresholds, the required percentage has not moved below 95% for popular courses as several colleges have closed admissions.

Likewise, many colleges in the University of Mumbai have witnessed a 10 to 13 percentage point increase in thresholds. At Jai Hind College, a total of 5,513 applications were received for 60 places to be admitted to the popular Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) course, the college official said.

The University of Rajasthan has also admitted students 100% this year. For BCom (Pass), the first merit list admitted students with 12 class grades between 100 percent and 95 percent. The fifth published merit list for the course has not changed much as only two students were admitted to the BCom (Pass) course at 96 and 93.80 percent.

With such high thresholds and a limited number of seats in government universities, students are now seeking admission to private universities.

In private universities, 90% increase in candidates who score

Aashna Mendiratta, a resident of Noida, scored 95.5% in the CBSE Class 12 exams. Mendiratta planned to study BA Economics (H) at one of the DU colleges, but was unable to attend any of the vouchers. colleges of the five thresholds.

“I was hoping to get into one of the reputable off-campus colleges because on-campus colleges usually have a higher threshold for this course. But this year, even off-campus colleges have sky-high thresholds. Therefore, I was admitted to the BCom program at Motilal Nehru College, ”Mendiratta told indianexpress.com.

There are several other students who despite having a decent percentage failed to meet the high thresholds of government universities and are now heading to private colleges.

Sharda University of Greater Noida received 30% more admissions applications this year, admissions departments say. “About 2.25 lakh students applied for various undergraduate programs offered by the university, up from 1.75 lakh last year. The number of students entering the admissions process has almost doubled this year, ”Rajeev Gupta, director of the admissions department at Sharda University told indianexpress.com.

“There has also been an increase in the number of scores of 90 percent, especially from the CBSE board applying to the university. Also, as Sharda University inducts students on the basis of the entrance exam, more and more students are participating in the admissions process here, ”added Gupta.

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER), Chennai observed an increase of nearly 50 percent in the number of applicants. As the institute holds a special entrance exam for admissions to UG, the thresholds for popular cases have increased this year due to the greater number of applicants.

“The institution holds an entrance exam to India every year and this year too the inflated grades and thresholds did not directly affect our admissions process. However, the entrance exam limits have mentioned some changes for courses like BTech CSE and ESE. The threshold this year is slightly higher – 72% and 65% versus 65% and 60%, respectively, ”said Dr R Hariprakash, Additional Registrar, BIHER.

Likewise, Amity University Mumbai has also observed an increase in the number of students applying to the university this year.

Universities plan to increase the number of seats

Flame Univesity, Pune has increased the number of places in undergraduate courses, citing an increase in the number of students applying to the university.

“We have seen an increase in applications from students who have achieved very good results. The number of seats this year is up from last year, and we see a year-over-year upward trend in applications. Some of the popular majors include finance, economics, psychology, public policy and international studies, ”said an admissions official.

KL University, Hyderabad has also planned for an expansion of places in high demand courses. The university has identified a huge student interest in artificial intelligence and data science, while in non-technical fields, business analysis in management courses has sparked student interest.

“We plan to increase the number of places, as this year we see an increasing demand not only for engineering courses, but also for management, science and humanities courses. This year, 10% of places have been increased in Computer Engineering, Electronic and Communication Engineering and some Management, Humanities and Sciences (MHS) programs, ”said G Pardha Saradhi, VC of KL University.

While Jindal Global University, Haryana is now seeing an increase in applications for undergraduate programs. The university started its admissions process long before the jury’s results were announced, as the university holds its own entrance exam for admissions to UG.

“Undergraduate admissions ended around July and sessions started in mid-August. However, in accordance with the guidelines of the UGC, we kept the admission window open and more and more students approached the university for admissions after the publication of the DU thresholds, ”said Upasna Mahanta. , dean of the JGU admissions office at indianexpress.com.

Asked about the increase in seats citing the growing number of candidates, Ashwani Awasthi, MD, RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, said, “The seat allocation will only be revised after analyzing the situation of the 3 to Last 4 years. Since the CBSE introduced a new jury exam model, it’s all about seeing how students adapt and get grades according to the new criteria. “

Interest in job-oriented courses is increasing

Global survey by INTO University Partnerships shows that 67% of Indian Gen Z students believe a university’s ability to give them the skills they need for their future is more important than their ranking, which drives more of students to private universities.

At Amity University, besides the usual courses, students also learn about unconventional programs.

Inquiries on unconventional programs such as property management, logistics management, international BBA trends are also high this year, with students showing more interest in skills-based courses and employment, ”said Awasthi of Amity Univesity.

As FLAME University added new interdisciplinary specializations such as data science and economics, computer science and design and design management, bringing the total number of major offerings from 21 to 24.

“The decision to increase the number of seats was due to the increase in the number of applicants for admission as well as the increased demand for such programs which help equip the next generation with skills and knowledge. requirements that ignite the imagination in this rapid development. environment, ”said a university official.

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER), Chennai presented B Tech Defense Technology, B Tech Computer Science with specialization in artificial intelligence, data security, machine learning. Besides engineering, he started these courses at BSc level – which include BSc Data Science and BSc Data Analytics.

CollegeDekho, an education service provider that connects students to colleges and universities, also reported an increase in the number of applicants applying for employment-oriented courses this year.

“We have seen an increase in applications for the BCA (by 28.35%) and BSc in Agriculture (by 22.8%) compared to 2020. We have also seen an increase in the number of applicants for courses like B. Pharm, BSc in Biotechnology, BSc in Nursing Compared to 2020. ”Ruchir Arora, Founder and CEO, CollegeDekho shared.

“The employment situation observed during the pandemic has changed the selection criteria for courses for students, which has resulted in an increase in the number of courses selected at several universities. The increase in admissions to fields such as information technology (63.42%), paramedics (42.07%), pharmacy (22.93%), management (16.48%), commerce and banking (15.34%) experienced a strong increase in student preference because compared to previous years, which could have led universities to increase the size of their lots. he further added