How Delhi University puts its seats up for grabs: Just a demographic shift in the unfairness


There's a bidding process which has been going on in Delhi for years. It's just that not enough people knew about it so far. 

For the admission year 2016, SRCC is in the news because Tamil Nadu students have grabbed 80% of the seats
This stunning offer to TN students arises from an unbelievable policy of Delhi University to directly compare _raw_ marks of applicants across different boards.
So a 95% from Kerala board is better than a 93% from Bengal and a 90% from CBSE. And so, a 90% from UP Board, CBSE, ICSE and TN State board are all equal in their eyes. 

From the little that I've read, it turns out this outstanding notion of equality has been in place for decades, at DU. One can only wonder about what kind of statistics education DU Profs impart, but I think we know. Education boards in India are trapped in a vicious grade inflation spiral. Both the central boards are grade inflators. About 25% of their candidates score above 85% or so. They are still no match for South Indian boards though - about 20% of candidates in TN, AP and Telangana score above 95% in the board exam. 
Whereas, even after paying bribes going into lakhs, our recent superstar from Bihar, topped the Humanities stream with barely 89%. Several thousands score above 99%. Delhites should thank their stars that they didn't have their eyes on DU so far. But the good times are over.

Even Arvind Kejriwal tweeted about how bizarre the DU admission process is. There is neither any quota for locals, or normalization of marks, or entrance test. He is correct. That kind of a situation has made it possible for such a large number of students from a single state (50 from a single school!) to march into SRCC. We should be careful not to blame or shame these kids - they used a completely legitimate channel to enter DU, however illogical it may be. Their good luck that their board out-inflated even CBSE and ISC. 
People are completely correct in saying that the process is terribly unfair. Minority colleges can avoid this kind of an academic murder in the cathedral as they are permitted to hold a second screening or interview. DU should either allow this for other colleges - or figure out a way to compare scores across boards, though this one is quite hard - without using some sort of third party test as an anchor.
 
But. And here's the BIG but. 

THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN UNFAIR FOR AGES

Here's a quick look at how SRCC sets went to students of different boards in 2015.
I had to manually populate this data from this rather crude PDF

How the seats went, on a board wise basis. 

 CBSE 550
 Tamil Nadu100 
 ISC 90
 Telangana 15
 Karnataka 8
 AP 5
 Kerala     5
 All other boards (mostly foreign) 8

The ISC number, is in fact, more interesting than anything else - given that they have barely 25k commerce students. However, ISC/CBSE students do perform significantly better than state board counterparts even in third party tests like the JEE (consequence of more fovorable socio-economic demographics in part) so it is a bit unclear as to how much of this fraction might be attributed to inflation. 

The main take-away from this chart should be, that out of over 30 examining boards in the country ONLY 8 send anything more than a single student to SRCC.
There is not a single student from boards of large states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar etc! So the process has always been unfair. It is just that the unfairness has manifested in different demographics this time. 

As of now, the easiest way to elite DU colleges is to join a state board school in Tamil Nadu in Class 11 and 12.