Students aspiring for online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) were disappointed after the second merit list was declared on Tuesday.
Cut-offs for commerce and arts in the second merit list remained almost the same as the first merit list, dipping only by 0.2 to 2 percentage points. In contrast, science cut-offs plunged by 3 to 4 percentage points.
Out of the 44, 123 students who were allotted seats in the second merit list, only 10, 464 were new allocations, while 33,659 got their preferred colleges.
Around 2,000 students still have not got a seat after two rounds of admissions. “The first cut-off at Mithibai for commerce was 91.34% and the second 88.8%. I expected to make it in the second list but I haven’t,” said an aspirant from Matunga, who scored 88.17%.
Only 14,000 seats will be available in the third merit list expected on July 6. “If all students allotted to us in this round confirm their admissions, we will only have few seats left in the science stream,” said Jyoti Thakur, executive coordinator, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
Commerce cut-offs remained high across colleges such as Vaze College, Mulund, at 89.8%. There was a marginal decrease of 0.2 percentage points in RA Podar College, Matunga, and Sathaye College, Vile Parle, at 91.8% and 88.1% respectively.
At Ruparel College, commerce cut-off in the handicapped category rose to 76% from 62.8%. Similarly, science cut-off from the other backward classes (OBC) category increased by a mark. “Ninety percent of admissions are done and a few seats will be left for the next round,” said Tushar Desai, principal.
Both arts and science cut-offs remained in the 90s in many colleges. At St Xavier’s College, Fort, arts cut-off dipped to 93.4% from 93.8%. Science cut-off also dipped to 90.60% from 91.8%.
In science, colleges offering integrated courses had cut-offs above 92%. Pace Junior Science College in Thane and Andheri closed at 93.5%and 93.4% respectively.
“Most of the high scorers in science are turning to integrated courses, driving up their cut-offs,” said BD Phadtare, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
(Inputs from Aadesh Bhangre)