After the end of the online admission process, there are around 60,000 seats up for grabs in First Year Junior College (FYJC) through the offline process that begins from July 9.
Students from IGCSE board, CBSE students who opted for school-based exam, and students with Allowed to Keep Term (ATKT) – where students who have not cleared all subjects are given provisional admissions which are confirmed once they clear all papers - now have their hopes pinned on the seats available offline.
However, to their disappointment, very few seats are vacant in the coveted colleges of the city.
At Jai Hind College, Churchgate, all the commerce seats have been filled. There are only 15 seats available in the arts stream and 30 seats in the science stream.
“Compared to last year, more students have been admitted through the online process in our college this year. There are very few seats available offline,’’ said Jyoti Thakur, vice principal of the college.
Similarly, St Andrew’s College, Bandra, has only 20 seats left in commerce and 30 seats each in arts and science.
The arts seats in colleges filled fast this year.
“I think the trend is shifting now from science to arts. One of the reasons is that nationalised entrance exams have made medicine and engineering difficult to get into and parents have to spend a lot of money for coaching,’’ said the spokesperson from Mithibai College, Vile Parle.
She added that students have also made mistakes in filling their application forms . “Students have not yet understood how to fill the option form correctly. In many cases they have opted for colleges that are too far from home,’’ she said.
Students from the IGCSE board are in a fix as they will only receive their original results in August. “We could not opt for online admissions as our marksheets will be out only in August,’’ said Anjali Mukherjee, a FYJC aspirant from Vile Parle.