When Danish Chaus, 15, went to Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, on Tuesday to check the first merit list for the science bifocal (vocational) streams, he could not find his name on it.
"I had scored 501 marks out of 550. While another student with the same marks was on the list, I was not," said Chaus.
"I informed a professor who was standing nearby and he told me to come back tomorrow and speak to the teacher concerned about the problem," added the Wadala resident.
Chaus, who passed his Class 10 from Shri Bansidhar Agarwal Model School in Wadala, was one of several students who were confused by the first merit lists for vocational courses that were displayed in city junior colleges.
Many students found the lists difficult to understand since there was a single list comprising scores from all categories, instead of separate ones for the open and reserved categories.
Many students misread the list due to this and were unable to determine the cut-offs for each category.
Karan Kadam, 17, was also flummoxed by the Ruia College list.
"I applied in the Scheduled Caste category and did not get a place in the first merit list," he said, adding, "At first I thought that others who had got less marks than me had secured a spot, but realised much later that they were from other categories."
Siddharaj Suryavanshi, 15, from UP Waghe High School, Colaba, could not find his name on the Jai Hind College merit list.
He claimed that others, who had scored less than him, were on it.
"I asked around and was told to come back for the second merit list, despite the fact that others with less marks than me were on the first merit list," said the Kurla resident.