Only 20 to 30 seats to the first year junior college (FYJC) are vacant in each of the coveted colleges at the end of the second round of online admissions.
This means cut-offs in the third merit list to be declared today (Tuesday) will not drop much and a fourth list is unlikely, said colleges.
Cut-off indicates the marks at which admissions closed in the college. The third merit list will be announced at 5pm today. The list was postponed from its scheduled date on Monday as students were given one extra day on Saturday to confirm admissions in the second round.
The core committee for FYJC admissions consisting of officials and principals will meet on Tuesday to decide whether releasing a fourth list will be necessary.
“The third list is meant to be the final one according to our schedule. But if many students are left without a seat after the third round, then we might announce a fourth round,” said BB Chavan, deputy directorate of education, Mumbai region.
There are less than 30 seats vacant in HR College, Churchgate, which closed at 92.60% in the second list.
“A majority of the students allotted to us in the second round confirmed their admissions so we don’t have many seats remaining,” said Deepika Bhatia, vice-principal of the college.
VG Vaze Kelkar College, Mulund, has a total of 75 seats across arts, science and commerce streams. “We expect the cut-off to drop only by one or two marks,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal of the college.
It is the same story at KJ Somaiya, College of Commerce and Science, Vidyavihar. “We don’t expect the cut-offs to drop drastically in the third list,” said Vijay Joshi, principal of the college. The college asked for 90% for science and 86.8% for commerce in the second list.
A few minority colleges are expecting leftover seats from the minority quota to increase the number of seats in general quota slightly but cut-offs will still remain high. “Even after adding the quota seats, the cut-offs will remain above 85%,” said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College, Churchgate.