With a score of 92.9%, Prajakta Khare missed Ruia College’s first merit list for science by a shade. Stranded a few marks below the cut-off, which closed at 93.27%, Khare will now have to take admission to her third preference college – SIES College in Sion, and wait for the next merit list.
“I am confident of getting in on the second merit list of Ruia, and perhaps even Ruparel College,” said Khare, who came to Ruia to check the cut off, as students only get their allotment online, and have no sense of where they stand for the next round.
Students have one betterment option in the online admission process. This means that students like Khare, who didn’t make it to their first preference college in the first round have one chance of moving up in the second round. However, if Khare makes it to Ruia in the next merit list, she will not have a chance to make it to the third merit list of Ruparel, her top preference.
However, many feel a single chance at betterment is not good enough. “There should be at least two betterment options so that students can make it to a college of their preference in the third list,” said Nizar Mesani, 16.