Students who have not gotten into their preferred colleges will have to wait a while before they know by how much they fell short and whether they have a chance to make it to the second merit list.
The first merit list for the science and commerce vocational streams came out on Friday after a three-hour delay.
“It seems difficult,” said Jeet Mehta, who scored 95.8 per cent in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and got into Sion’s SIES College, which was his second preference. “I don’t even know by how much I missed the cut-off for Ruia, my first preference.”
Colleges were unable to access merit lists until 10.30 pm as their logins were not working. When Birla College Principal Naresh Chandra finally accessed the computer science list, he found that the top students admitted had scored 100 per cent (students get extra marks for sports, which often pushes high scorers’ totals to 100 per cent). “The lowest score was 97.6 per cent,” he said.
Several high-scoring students were unable to get into their preferred colleges. Anurag Gangal, who scored 93.82 per cent, got his sixth preference. His mother Shubhangi said: “We were disappointed Anurag didn’t get into his preferred college.”
Many plan to play safe and take admission wherever they have made it so far, but hope to get onto the second merit lists of their preferred colleges.
Students, anxious over the delay, could not call the admissions helpline as it closed at 5 pm. The list came out after 8 pm. “Students call to ask what to do if they get into a college’s first list but they prefer another college,” said Neeta Patil, an MKCL official. The helpline gets 150 to 200 calls a day but was shut when students needed to access it urgently on Friday.
Earlier this year, a series of court cases over the Best-Five policy delayed admissions until the Supreme Court extended the scheme to ICSE students as well. Earlier, ICSE students were going to be admitted to junior colleges based on their scores in all seven subjects.