The first list for degree college admissions, which was declared on Tuesday, showed a considerable rise in the cut-offs for degree courses in self-financing streams such as bachelor of management studies, media studies, accounting and finance and banking and insurance.
At NM College, the cut-off for BMS rose for arts (from last year’s 75.83% to 80%), for science (86.2% to 90.4%) and commerce (93.4% to 94.8%), for BAF from 91% to 94.33%.
At HR College, the BAF cut-off rose from 94.2% to 95% and for BMS (commerce) from 94.5% to 95.4%. At Jai Hind College, the BAF cut-off rose from 91.67% to 93.5%. At RA Podar College in Matunga, the BMM (commerce) cut-off rose from 90.6% to 92.67%.
“It’s a fad among students to rush for these courses,” said Harsha Mehta, principal of SIES College in Sion.
This year, the number of Mumbai division HSC students scoring distinction from commerce stream rose to 12,182 from last year’s 10,088, while in the arts stream it rose to 1,058 from 912.
“Students did well this time, the results were good,” said Shobhana Vasudevan, principal of RA Podar College in Ruparel.
Though detailed data was not available, the CBSE and ISC board exam results too, were excellent this time. “More students coming from non-state board schools are boosting the cut-offs,” said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College in Churchgate.
“I’m also surprised by the cut-offs.”
Cut-off trend in other streams was uneven. For BSc (IT), the maths cut-off dipped in most places. “As the engineering entrance test results came out earlier this time, students with higher scores might have applied for those courses,” said Tushar Desai, principal of Ruparel College in Matunga.
“It is depressing to know that you have missed out by a few marks,” said Amrita Korde, an arts student with 80.6% in the HSC exam, who missed out on Ruia’s BMM cut-off by 1% point.