Many students found their names missing from the first admission list put by degree colleges on Wednesday. The cut-offs for self-financed courses, which always have the highest demand, continued to be in the 90s in top colleges.
For instance, while Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) cut-off was 90 per cent (science) at St Xavier’s College, it was 96.4 per cent at HR College.
The cut-offs have gone up by one to four percentage points in these colleges from last year, increasing competition among students. Self-financed courses are semi professional courses that have an edge over the traditional courses and have become popular.
These courses are Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), BCom in Banking and Insurance (BBI), BCom in Accounts and Finance (BAF), BCom in Financial Markets or BFM and BSc in Information Technology (BSc IT).
“We had sold around 1,900 forms for BMS for just 60 seats and around 1,300 for BMM. This goes on to show the craze for these courses,” said Kirti Narain, principal, Jai Hind College.
But is the rise in cut-offs significant? “Cut-offs have remained more or less the same other than a marginal increase which is proportional to the rise in applicants,” said Ruia College Principal, Suhas Pednekar. The B.Sc(computer science) course saw a mere two per centage points rise over last year, while biotechnology went up by 1.67 percentage points.
There were exceptions such as HR College where BMS cut-off was up by five percentage points or Hinduja College, where the BMS cut-off in arts had risen by almost six percentage points. Among the regular degree courses, BCom continued to remain popular, while BSc was the least preferred.
“There are usually more withdrawals in conventional BSc because students join professional colleges,” said Father Frazer Mascarenhas, principal, St Xavier’s College. Some colleges such as Narsee Monjee and Hinduja did not even put up lists for traditional courses as in-house students filled up all seats.