Around 1.16 lakh seats are still available in junior colleges across the city, according to the latest data from the education department.
While nearly 1.5 lakh students have secured admission to junior colleges both offline and online so far, the total intake capacity this year is 2.6 lakh seats.
“This year there may be fewer admissions compared to the previous year because students might prefer to go to polytechnics after the directorate of technical education lowered their entry requirements,” said an official from the education department on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Of the total 1.54 lakh seats available online, 76,631 seats have been secured in the two bifocal rounds and one round of general stream admissions. The department still has the remaining seats left to allot in addition to the 38,805 seats that junior colleges surrendered from the quota seats that were left vacant.
Junior colleges conducted admission to management, minority and in-house quotas offline before the online process began. Around 35% of the seats remained vacant.
Seats in several top colleges are still vacant, leaving hope to students for the second round. The next merit list will be declared on Monday.
Students are hoping that the betterment option will help them rise to higher preference colleges in the next merit list. The second general merit list will be declared on August 1.
“I think I should be able to make it to KC, which was my second preference,” said Benaz Contractor, 15, who got into MMK College, her sixth preference.
“In the meantime, everyone is just waiting for college to begin, and many people have already started studying the Class 11 syllabus.”