Dhawani Kapadia, 18, a Delhi resident is hoping not to move to Mumbai to do her degree but her 94% in CBSE Class 12 is not getting her a economics seat in a good college in Delhi University (DU), so Mumbai is her backup option.
“The DU cut-offs are ridiculously high and I have no option but to look outside and Mumbai is my next option,” said Kapadia who has now made it to NMIMS, a deemed university in Juhu. “I am waiting for the admission process to end in Delhi and keeping Mumbai as plan B.”
Several students who could not make it to the prestigious DU are now looking at Mumbai University as an option. Even city colleges have noticed a rise in number of applicants from out of the state.
“Just at a glance, I was amazed to see so many applications from out of Maharashtra. While many were from Delhi, there were a few from Haryana and Shillong as well,” said Kirti Narian, principal, Jai Hind College.
At RN Podar College, Khushit Mehta, 19, a resident of Gujarat, looked hopefully at the list only to be disappointed. After not making it to Sri Ram College of Commerce, Mehta who scored 90.4% was turned away from Mumbai colleges too.
At NM College, which was on top of his list of preferred colleges, all the 960 seats were allotted to in-house students, while at RN Podar College, the first merit list closed at 91.6%. “Such high cut-offs are ridiculous for plain aided courses. In spite of crossing the 90 percent mark, I am forced to run in and out of colleges,” said Mehta, who is hoping to make it through the second merit list.
Several such as Mrigank Sanghvi from Delhi are keeping their options open. “If I don’t make it to a Delhi college then I will look apply through the management quota in Mumbai colleges,” said Sanghvi.
Yamini Joshi already tried her luck at the BMM course in St. Xavier’s. She flew down for the entrance test last month but did not make it. “I want to do psychology but am not getting a good college in Delhi despite score 95 in the subject,” she said.