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Release of the second cut-off list to undergraduate courses at Delhi University on Wednesday prompted withdrawal of nearly 2,000 admissions on Thursday.

According to university officials, there have also been 26,692 “unique admissions”till Thursday night, compared to 23,266 at the close of the first list. At Kirori Mal College, student volunteers reported that many applicants inquired about the 1% reduction announced for women students at selected colleges of the university and whetherit applied there. Others were especially disappointed to find out that their marks exceeded the first cut-off at colleges they now wished to apply to.

Colleges such as Lady Shri Ram saw a marginal crowd, after seats in most courses had been filled up in the first cut-off list itself.  Other colleges, including Kamala Nehru and Gargi, saw a steady rush of students who were eagerto cancel their admission after popular courses at other colleges saw a marginal dip in the second cut-off list. 

“I had taken admission into B.Com afterthe first list but the second cut-off has made me eligible for B.Com (Hons.) in the same college, so I am here to change my course,” said 18- year-old Shivani Goel who had come to seek admission in Kamala Nehru College. “I had taken admission in B.A. Programme as a standby, but in the present cut-off, I am eligible for political science in Janki Devi Memorial College, so I am withdrawing my admission from here,” said Meenal Gupta, 17, waiting at Gargi College. Students were faced by a slowed-down process as some colleges handled a high number of applications with limited resources, after categories such as SC and ST saw a significant decline in the cut-off percentage. “I have come here to cancel my admission but there is a huge rush and it is taking a lot time. I also have to go to Miranda House, since I am eligible for admission there, but I don’t think that will be possible today,” said Aashi Bhandari, 19, who was withdrawing her admission from Kamala Nehru College.

Meanwhile, students’ union ABVP held demonstrations at Arts Faculty overincrease in the fees at several colleges and certain issues faced by applicants during the admission process. Student leaders accused the university administration of being underprepared forthe admissions process, including a lack of arrangements for sports trials and lack of clear communication to college officials which caused problems for aspirants.