With a 100% in the Class 10 SSC exams, Anisha Motwani, 15, could have walked into any junior college of her choice. But she chose to continue in the junior college attached to her Thane school.
The first cut-off list for the bifocal stream at Saraswati Education Society’s High School and Junior College in Thane closed at 94.9%.
Coveted colleges such as Ruia, Ruparel, Sathaye, KC, Jai Hind have their merit lists closing on impossibly high cut-offs every year. But beyond these obvious choices, there is a whole set of lesser-known colleges, which students flock to because even though their profiles are low, their cut-offs are still high.
“Many of my friends were applying to the well-known colleges, but that was not my intention. I wanted to study somewhere close to home,” said Motwani, who is preparing for the engineering entrance exams. “I did not want to waste time in travelling.”
The science (bifocal) cut-off for one sub-stream at Motilal Hargovindas College in Thane closed at 97.63%. It was the highest cut-off across 800-odd junior colleges in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. When the science (general) was declared, MH, as it is popularly known, once again had the highest cut-off: 96.18%.
“This happens every year,” said Rajput Jaisingh, principal of the Motilal Hargovindas School and junior college. “The junior college is an extension of our school, so the atmosphere is very much like a school. We have close ties with our students and parents.” For the 240 seats in the science stream, the college usually gets around 5,000 applications.
Though this year’s data showed that junior colleges attached to schools had poorer results in the HSC exams compared to standalone junior colleges, the former has its own attractions, say principals.
“We are very strict about school discipline, something you will not find in a regular college,” said Suresh Nair, principal of Vivek Vidyalaya and Junior College in Goregaon, whose science (general) cut-off was 92.73% this year.