Though Thursday was meant to be the last day for filling forms for online admission to junior colleges, by evening, the deadline was extended to 11am on Friday. The officials of the education department were unavailable to comment on the reasons behind the last-minute change.
A total of 1.98 lakh students applied for the online admission to junior colleges this year as on Thursday evening. With 1.54 lakh seats available through the online admission process, all students will get a seat as the 1.98 lakh figure is inclusive of students applying for both vocational and general streams online, and offline applications through the in-house, management or minority quotas. The number of applications dropped by 8,500, as compared to last year’s 2.06 lakh applications.
“We are not aware of the reason behind the drop. But, this year, the process was smooth. We did not receive any complaints,” said an education department official.
This year, the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) pass percentage dropped, possibly accounting for the fall in the number of SSC applicants from 1.98 lakh last year to 1.89 lakh students this year.
On the other hand, there was a slight increase in the number of ICSE and CBSE students applying online this year as compared to last year.
Colleges will surrender their remaining seats to the department on Friday after completing the offline admissions. Last year, the colleges had surrendered more than 30,000 seats, and 40,000-odd seats remained vacant after the entire process was completed.
The application process was smooth this year, except for one day when the admission website slowed down. A few students also reported that they were facing technical errors when they tried to fill in their forms, with some visiting the guidance centres on the last day to sort out the issue.