The second list for junior colleges declared on Sunday saw a marginal drop of one to two percentage points in the cut-off as expected. However, 59,094 students were fortunate to be allotted colleges higher on their preference list.
A total of 1,30,178 students have been allotted seats in the second round, of which 71, 084 are newly allotted students.
In the first list, 1.23 lakh students were allotted 1.55 lakh seats. At the end of the first round only 76,443 students had secured their seats.
The state is now left with total of 35,010 students to accommodate in the third list.
However, a tedious job of finding seats for the over- 80,000 students who will benefit from the ATKT scheme and the 46,000-odd left from the first round, will be done after all the merit lists are over.
One of the highest cut-offs was for Mulund College of Commerce at 90.15 per cent, a minor dip from 90.60 per cent in the first list.
“It was expected considering the demand for the second list was very evident,” said Shobhana Vasudevan, principal, Podar College, whose cut-off also only came down by 1 per cent at 89.69 per cent compared to the 90.76 per cent in the first list.
Principals said as some students were given admissions in two streams at one time, the cut-offs saw a slight dip. The provision for switching streams during the first round has also convinced principals that many students will cancel admissions to move to their preferred stream.
Students, who were not allotted any college in the first round, have also been incorporated in the second.
The admissions for the second merit list will begin on Monday. The colleges will finally have an idea of the number of seats secured and those left vacant for the third list.