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By Robert C. Gormley

The number of applicants vying for admissions to selective majors varies only slightly from last year's figures, officials of those departments said yesterday.

Spokesmen for both the Social Studies and the History and Literature departments reported small increases in their number of applications.

Applications to the Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) department stayed the same, while the History of Science department experienced a slight decrease, officials of those departments said.

John L. Clive, professor of History and acting chairman of the History and Literature department, said yesterday that the absence of any significant variation in the application numbers made it difficult to speculate on figures.

Arthur L. Loeb, head tutor in VES, said the only surprise is that the application numbers came out right on target.

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