What is Clearing in UK colleges and why should Indian students be interested in it?

As 3.50 lakh students rush to fill up the 60,000 seats at Delhi University, a similar process is underway in UK universities. Clearing is how UK universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. Here s how you can make the most of it.

Hindu College sets its cut off at a skyrocketing high score, of 99 percent for their Political Science Honours course" -- that was a recent headline of a widely circulated newspaper. As a keen observer of education trends in India, I was intrigued by the reaction students had to the Delhi University (DU) cut offs, as the announcements of the cut-off lists kick off one of the biggest admission recruitment cycles, with approximately 3.50 lakh students applying for admissions for just over 60,000 seats.

Ironically, although DU is a much-coveted institution, par excellence within India it actually ranks between 601-800th on the QS World University Rankings 2019, and at 156th on the QS Asia University Rankings 2019

Over in the UK, there is a similar situation with the release of A levels and International Baccalaureate results, with students anxious about their results day and awaiting a process called Clearing to kick off. The similarity between the two systems of education is unbelievable.

UK universities happily accept CBSE, ISC and local boards from India and even waive off English language or ILETS criteria if you have good grades in English. This makes UK an excellent alternative for those who can afford it.

Not scoring 90% not the end of the road