While the first admission lists of coveted degree colleges had only a marginal increase in their cut-offs from last year, the usually less-preferred colleges have witnessed a significant rise in cut-offs this year.
The profile of students applying to these colleges, especially for self-financed courses such as BMS and BMM, has changed and has led to a rise in cut-offs. For example, at Khalsa College in Matunga, the cut-off for BCom (account and financing) was 74.5 per cent last year and has gone up by six percentage points to 80.33 this year.
College principals said they are attracting more students because of better facilities and wider range of courses on offer.
“We have started a dual degree, five year science course this year. We have also got a new NAAC accreditation (3.5 on a scale of 5). All these factors are adding to the appeal of the college and students with higher percentages are applying,” said Ajit Singh, director, Khalsa College.
St Andrew’s College in Bandra witnessed a similar situation. While last year the Bachelor of Management Studies cut-off for commerce students was 70.67, this year it is 79.67 per cent.
“We have got a lot of applications this year because we are offering students a lot more. We now have six self-financed courses. With the big colleges the cut-offs can’t get higher than they already are,” said principal Marie Fernandes.
Reena Thakkar, who scored 87 per cent in Class 12, has applied to the coveted colleges and the less preferred ones. “With cut-offs at the big-name colleges not dipping below the 90s for courses like BMM and BMS, it is a good idea to apply to the next in line as well. In recent times, these colleges have been faring well with more facilities,” said Thakkar.
At Raheja College, the cut-off for BCom, finance and marketing, jumped by eight percentage points.