At least 37% of the Masters of Management studies (MMS) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) seats in Maharashtra B-schools could remain vacant after the second round of the common admission process (CAP) this year.
Out of 20,466 seats available for round two of admissions, only 9,160 seats were allotted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), the authority for admissions.
This means that the third CAP round (by counselling), which will begin from July 20, will have at least 11,306 available out of the total 30, 070. This has the institutes worried, as it is very unlikely that a large number of the seats will be filled.
Overall, there are close to 42,300 seats available for admissions, including institute level, minority and all-India quota seats. The CAP rounds are only for the open seats.
The second round of admissions ended on Saturday evening. The DTE will display the institute-wise vacancies on Monday. According to DTE officials, the number of vacant seats is likely to increase, as aspirants will not confirm all the seats allotted.
As reported by HT on July 3, more than 68 % of the seats remained vacant after the first round of admissions. There are 30,070 seats under the CAP round this year, out of which 17,396 were allotted to students on June 27 by the DTE during the first round. However, only 9,604 confirmed their admissions, leaving more than 7,700 seats vacant.
“This year, more number of students have been seen waiting for third round of admissions (by counseling) to see if they get admission to colleges of their choice. We are hoping the number of vacant seats goes down after round three,” a DTE official said on a condition of anonymity.
Professors at management colleges feel students consider the state entrance exam only the second option. “It is observed that most students take the state entrance exams as a fall-back option and focus on national-level exams such as the Common Admission Test (CAT), to get through to top management colleges,” said a director of a management college, on condition of anonymity.