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Aligarh Muslim University - AMU B.A/B.Sc./B.Com and other courses entrance cut off and merit

Aligarh Muslim University has reached heights of performance by maintaining its position among the best universities of India. Being a highly renowned public university, thousands of students yearn to be a part of this institution and plant their careers. Therefore, AMU maintains rigid and merit-based entrance exams at all levels that are called AMU entrance cut off. Lakhs of students from the country, as well as international, are made eligible to take admission here based on merit.

Meaning of cut off or merit in AMU

Amu Cut-off is basically the minimum marks a student is required to obtain in order to be eligible for admission in any of the institutions. If the student scores less than that particular number then he/she won’t be given admission. For e.g., if the cut-off is 50 for a 100 marks entrance exam then, students scoring less than 50 will not make it to the selected list. Even students scoring 49 will not be given an acceptance or they are included in the waiting lists in AMU entrance.

What is the criteria of merit in AMU?

Every university has some general criteria for setting cut off or merit for entrance just like AMU entrance cut off and some of their factors for that. In AMU, the merit depends on the following basic aspects-

  • Several students appearing for the entrance test- The quantity of candidates shares a positive correlation with the high cut-off. In other words, it is quite obvious that the more the number of candidates giving the test; the more the competition would be. Especially in public universities where there are a limited amount of seats available; students from so many educational backgrounds with their level of skills and knowledge appear for this, which therefore increases the competition among the candidates.

  • The difficulty level of the test- When tests are quite easy, then most of the students tend to score high. Concerning that merit would also turn high. E.g. if most of the students score around 70 due to the test being too easy; then the merit might get up to 75 or 80. This factor has a great role in identifying and setting the merit. The merit takes a major turn; it rises too high or experiences a major downfall comparatively.

  • Availability of seats- Cut-off differs for each level based on the number of seats. E.g. at the UG level in B.A, there are more than 300 seats whereas at the PG level there are 40-50 seats in different programs. Hence, the cut-off might be less at the UG level than that of at PG level due to the more accessibility of seats at the former level.

  • Internal and external- This is a very general factor of any university that internals is given more preference. In AMU, internals gets a 50% advantage and as a result, the cut-off of the internals is comparatively low.

Categories of SC/ST/other- The students of certain categories of experience are less cut off as compared to general. Being one of the focal universities, certain categories are supposed to receive a bit of relaxation.

There are certain marks or ranges which are observed as regular like

The marks for general might range from 60-70 for science and for arts it gets to 50-55 for general externals. Also, it will vary to different categories. But still, on the basis of some factors, the range may increase and decrease every year. And sometimes the range for arts/humanities might rise.

The range is 50-55 and sometimes it might get 40-45 or 60-65 for general externals.  Here, again the range varies.

The Waiting list in amu

  • The waiting list is made to give chances to other students if any of the selected students did not appear for admission or he/she refused to take admission. The students whose scores are somewhat low than the cut-off are included in the list and according to the number of seats. Those of the students whose marks are much distanced from the merit are not included in the waiting list. This list is made in general as well of the other categories.


  • Even though certain ranges are considered, we cannot rely on any standard one. Every year, the pattern changes, the interests of the majority might change. E.g. if there is a huge population of candidates applying for the r B.SC entrance exam this year; then it might be possible that the student’s quantity get an increase in B.An entrance the next year. Things remain quite uncertain.

    Yes, there is a change in the ranges now as compared to earlier, like some 7-8 years before. The cut-off used to be very low for the arts or social sciences and they used to be quite static. The number of students opting for this field was low. But, now with the increased demands in all the streams; the competition has increased and improved even.