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Only half of those who have applied here will get a regular seat in the University. And with only a small minority likely to get a place in the college and course of their choice, the coming days will be full of tension and drama for the concerned students.
The last day of form submission may have been dominated by rain, but that did not seem to have stopped students from making last minuted trips to the campus, with many regretting their decision to leave it to the last day.
``I had been a little laid back about it and was a little nervous when it started raining in the morning. But I managed to apply in the four colleges of my choice on the North Campus despite that,'' said Vishal Goel, a student with an Arts background.
According to colleges, the student crowd actually started trickling in only after rain had stopped. "It did seem to have had an effect, but then since the rain was heavy only earlier in the morning, most still managed to reach the campus by 11 a.m.,'' said an official of the Hindu College, which has received around 25,000 applications for the 350 odd seats that it has on offer.
Most students making a beeline for the University on Wednesday were those from nearby States like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, results to which were only recently announced. And for those who did not manage to get everything arranged in time, it was tension that ruled the day.
"I still don't have the necessary certificates and since I come from Rohtak it won't be possible for me to go back and get them in time,'' said a visibly upset Neha Kapoor who wanted to apply for the Sciences courses in North Campus colleges.
Many students were, in fact, seen waiting in colleges after the 1 p.m. deadline in the hope that colleges would accept their forms after lunch. "We were told by the officials here that they would be taking the applications after 2 p.m., so we decided to wait. They will be apparently taking them till 4 p.m.,'' said a parent at Hindu college.
University officials, however, maintained that colleges have the right to decide if they want to extend their deadlines. "If there are ten students already in the line when the 1 p.m. deadline was reached, then it is obviously not a students fault. In such cases colleges do often take special consideration,'' says University Registrar, Atindra Sen.
The University announced date of declaring the cut-off is as of now July 26, although last year had seen many colleges announcing them much before the official date.
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