The state education department declared its final merit list for this year’s online admissions to first-year junior colleges (FYJC) on Wednesday. Of the 2, 501 applicants, 2,498 were allotted seats in this round, while the remaining three students will be admitted directly by the department, said officials.
This was the eleventh online admission round for students who did not bag a seat in the earlier rounds. It included close to 1,000 students who had passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) re-exams July and another 1,000 students who hadn’t registered before.
“This is the last admission round. If a few students are left without seats, we will admit them directly depending on their merit,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
Among those allotted seats, 1,711 received their first preference, while 382 and 184 got their second and third preferences, respectively.
At the end of this round, 58,000 seats are still left vacant in colleges, said officials, adding that last year there were 80,000 seats left.
Most of these seats are in smaller, lesser-known colleges, said Chavan, adding, “Our intake capacity was much more than the number of students. They prefer coveted colleges or those that have degree colleges attached to them.”