There’s no denying the fact that Class 12 students face a lot of stress while taking board examinations. A contributor to that stress is the high cut-offs by colleges for admission to undergraduate courses.
Journalist Shiv Aroor recently shared a news snippet detailing cut-offs of St Stephen’s College, Delhi University for the BA (Hons) Economics course which are 99.3%, 98% and 98.8% for Commerce, Science and Humanities students respectively. Apart from this overall score, students seeking admission are required to have 95% in Mathematics as well.
Holy shit! pic.twitter.com/AiNiyLLXcN
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) September 16, 2020
People on Twitter said that this will affect the mental health of both parents and applicants. A few believed that it would also encourage more rote learning and mugging of syllabus rather than focusing on actual learning. Others wondered what would become of average students who couldn’t score such high marks.
I will have to combine my 10th and 12th marks to stand a chance.
— Anuj Singhal अनुज सिंघल (@_anujsinghal) September 16, 2020
Do they want students or vacant seats.. 👀🙄 99 percent is too high..
When colleges set so high eligiblity, the parents along with the students will be stressed and panicked.. 🙄
Why our education system so Percentage oriented ? Still the focus of our colleges and universities is on percentages – how this affects the mental well being of our kids -time has come for our education system to bring in the changes n bring focus on Learning the concepts better
— RuchiAngrish (@RuchiAngrish) September 16, 2020
This is not good..not good at all. Means someone with 80% is not good..he/she is mediocre..where is this leading our education system to? Isnt good education a right of everyone?
— Tushar Singh (@Tushapj) September 16, 2020
It's a nightmare to be a college aspirant in today's date in India.
Be it DU, IITs or any other. https://t.co/RQ8dbJE6h2
— Ashni Dhaor (@DhaorAshni) September 16, 2020
And not ONE college from India makes it to the top 100 colleges of the world. 90-95% marks in 10th or 12th is very common. Thousands of students vie for few hundreds seats in very few (so called) good colleges. Rot learning is killing our entire education system.
— Uday Kant Choudhary (@UKChoudhary25) September 16, 2020
In India, all parents want their kids to be either first race or take 100% Mark. So all mug up things without time to understand fundamentals. Since now bench mark is 99.99 person the competition is between the 0.01 percent. Rest take the consolation
— kumaran🇮🇳 (@kumaranganesan) September 16, 2020
This entire cut off’s are getting absurd! Need to conduct a single exam like SAT’s
— Kunal Agrawal (@arkunalagrawal) September 16, 2020
What left for mediocre students???????? Completely lost in education system in our country
— Avinash Singh (@CitizenAvinash) September 16, 2020
What’s your take on these sky-high cut-offs? Do they act as motivators for students or induce unnecessary stress?