With admissions approved to approximately 73% of the seats at DU colleges, the last day of admissions under the third cutoff list drew to a close at the Delhi University on Monday.

The fourth cutoff list is to be released on Thursday, however, the qualifying percentage requirement is not expected to drop by more than a mark or two for most popular courses at sought after colleges.

DU has around 56,000 seats at its 60-odd constituent colleges.

“Admission to almost 41,000 seats have been approved. Of these, around 37,000 students have paid their fees,” said a DU official, who works with the admissions committee. Students, whose admissions have been approved, have until noon on Tuesday to pay their admission fees online.

However, seats for popular course choices may still be available under the fourth list in many colleges. While colleges like Kamala Nehru College are likely to close admissions to most popular courses and others like Ramjas College claimed that they are yet to collate data on the availability of seats, some institutes still have few seats left in sought after courses like BCom (Hons), BA Programme, English (Hons), and History (Hons), among others.

Miranda House has filled over 90% of their seats by the end of the third cycle of admissions. Though they still have a few seats left for courses like English (Hons) and BA Programme, the percentage point requirement is not expected to drop significantly in the fourth list, with most courses seeing no more than a 0.2% point drop.

“The cutoff for English (Hons) will either remain the same or be reduced by one mark,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.

Though History is expected to be closed at Miranda, few seats are still available at Lady Shri Ram College. LSR had closed admissions to History (Hons) under the third list, alongwith 17 other colleges such as Gargi and Hindu, but seats are now available because of withdrawals.

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LSR also has seats for honours programmes in Psychology, English, Journalism, and Philosophy. However, these courses will also not see a drop of more than 0.25% points in the fourth list, according to Suman Sharma, the principal, while adding that they have had to deal with over admissions in the past.

Sri Venkateswara College, which had all of its courses other than Chemistry and Sanskrit (Hons) open under the third list, will probably have a fourth list for most of its courses, other than English (Hons). They may even have a few seats left for Economics (Hons), which was closed at nine colleges including Sri Ram College of Commerce, under the third list.

“We have filled around 888 seats, out of our available 1,089. We have around four or five seats for BCom (Hons). We also have around 20 seats each for BCom and BA programmes,” said Venkat Kumar, the admission convenor of the college. The cutoff for the general category here too is not likely to drop by more than one mark, however, for certain reserved categories the cutoff may drop by upto 2% points, added Kumar.