CBSE and ICSE Class 10 students have set the bar high for their state board peers, as many have scored more than 95% in their board exams. This is likely to push up the cut-offs for junior college courses.
State board Class 10 students — whose results are yet to be announced — will have to compete with these scores.
Experts said the cut-offs for first year junior college (FYJC) seats for bifocal courses could jump by three to four percent.
This year, 15,471 students in the Chennai region, which includes Mumbai, got a 10 CGPA — or 95% and above — compared to last year’s 12,887.
Heating up the competition are the ICSE students, whose top scores crossed 99.2%.
State board students will be pitted against these scores because most ICSE and CBSE students turn to the state board in Class 11, in a bid to score higher, principals said.
“The cut-off for bifocal subjects should go up this time, as a lot of students from both ICSE and CBSE have scored high percentages,” said Suhas Pednekar, principal, Ruia College, Matunga.
“More students shift to the state board as it makes it easier for them to prepare for engineering entrance exams,” he said.
Pednekar said state board students looking to get into top colleges will have to score very high marks.
The cut-offs for popular commerce and humanities courses could also go up, as these attract non-state board students.
Rachana Shetty, currently studying in DAV Public School, Thane, scored a 9.4 CGPA, but wants to move to the state board for a commerce course.
“It will give me an option to apply through the in-house quota after Class 12,” she said.
“It will be easier for students scoring above 90 to get admission to FYJC courses. But it will depend on cut-offs and the board the students opt for,” said Manju Nichani, Principal, KC College, Churchgate.
But Jyoti Thakur, executive coordinator, Jai Hind College, Churchgate, said, “I don’t think the high scores will affect admissions, as the number of students scoring high is less when compared to the number of seats available. Cut offs may increase, but only marginally.”