The first merit list for First Year Junior College (FYJC) online admissions released on Monday showed that cut-offs across streams shot up by 4% this year.
Keeping up with last year’s trend, the cut-offs for arts and commerce soared more than science, with more high scorers opting for these two streams.
Out of 2.06 lakh students who applied for online admissions, more than 1.88 lakh students were allocated seats in the first round of admissions. Among them, 50,888 students were allotted a college of their first preference.
Only 8,125 students were allotted seats in the arts stream but the rise in cut-offs for the stream, matched that of commerce, which had maximum takers at 25,166 students.
Commerce and arts cut-offs in Jai Hind College, Churchgate, rose by 4.6% and 3.8% respectively. In comparison, the cut-offs for science increased only by 2%.
In many colleges, the increase in arts cut-off was more than commerce.
Arts cut-off increased to 81.6% from last year’s 77% in Mulund’s Vaze College. The commerce cut-off dipped to 89.85 from last year’s 90%.
Similarly, at DG Ruparel College, Matunga, arts cut-off shot up by 2% while commerce remained at 89.8% and science marginally dropped to 92.81%.
“More students have been opting for arts in the last couple of years,” said Tushar Desai, principal, DG Ruparel College. “Students prefer pursuing arts and preparing for competitive exams.”
Others attributed the rise in arts cut-offs to high scorers preferring the stream. “Students with higher percentages are opting for arts because of the increasing awareness on career opportunities,” said CA Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal of Vaze College.
In the science stream, only the colleges offering integrated courses saw a significant rise in cut-offs. Cut-offs at Pace Junior Science College, Andheri, rose marginally to 95% from 94.4% last year, one of the highest cut-offs this year. However, the college’s Powai branch fell to 88.83% from 94.4% last year.
Similarly, cut-offs for science in St Xavier’s College increased slightly to 91.85% from last year’s 91.2%. Arts cut-off was 93.8%, just 0.8% higher than last year.
Commerce-only colleges performed better than their other counterparts. NM College, Vile Parle, had a cut-off of 93.8%, much better than last year’s 91.2%. The cut-off in HR College, Churchgate, increased to 93% from last year’s 91.8%.
After the first round, more than 28,000 seats are yet to be filled.