There was meant to be a queue, but students broke all lines and thronged into colleges to check the first merit list for junior colleges. Colleges have seen a jump of 2 to 4 per cent in cut-offs from last year in top colleges like Ruia, DG Ruparel, NM and Sathaye. Several ‘Option 2’ colleges had cut-offs jumping by about 10 per cent because more students applied.
A 6-per cent increase in the pass percentage and the percentile system, that was meant to equalise scores of the ICSE, CBSE and SSC Boards, has sent cut-offs spiralling. “We have a 3-per cent jump in cut-offs across streams. The list is a mixed bag with SSC and ICSE figuring in the list for the first time,” said Kiran Mangoankar, principal of Mithibai College.
Colleges had put up a common percentile cut-off for each stream and then calculated what percentage of each Board would reach this percentile cut-off.
For example at HR College, the common percentile cut-off was 91.59. This means the cut-off for SSC students was 88, ICSE was 89.57 and CBSE was 89.83.
The day saw several disappointed students. “The competition is unbelievable. No matter what we score it will not get us in. Good results are irrelevant. My 89 per cent is not good enough,” said Shashikant Sharma, a disappointed SSC student who did not get through in DG Ruparel College, whose first list closed at 92.8 for SSC students in Science.
Even a 2-per cent rise in cut-offs this year would translate into a lot as last year cuts-offs had jumped because of the 30 extra marks awarded in Maths.
Last year cut-offs jumped by 7 per cent, so effectively there has been a 10 per cent jump in two years. Last year Jai Hind College had a Commerce cut-off of 87 per cent, this year the percentile was 91.
The percentile system also saw several SSC students gain mileage. In Mithibai, the Commerce list was evenly distributed between SSC and ICSE students. But Science lists in several colleges had a lot of SSC students taking up top slots.