Cut-offs across streams and colleges fell, as expected, when the first general merit list for junior college (Class 11) was declared on Wednesday evening.
The fall was up to six percentage points compared to last year’s cut-offs, with the biggest dip in the arts stream. Only at St Xavier's College did the arts cut-off rise marginally, from 91.82% last year to 92% this year.
At Ruia college, cut-offs to the science stream fell from 95.09% last year to 93.27% this year, at Ruparel college from 95.64% to 94%, at Sathaye College from 95.45% to 94% and at Jai Hind college from 93.45% to 90.36% - all among the city’s top colleges. Commerce cut-offs too dipped across the board, falling at RA Podar College from 92.9% to 91.63% and at NM College from 93.85% to 93.27%.
“As expected, this was because of poorer Class 10 state board results,” said Shobhana Vasudevan, principal of RA Podar College.
“Lower cut-offs is a good sign. Students were disappointed by their results, but the cut-offs have fallen correspondingly. Hopefully, the level of depression will be lower.”
This year, 7,459 students from the state board’s Mumbai division got 90% and above, compared to 14,523 last year.
“When colleges issue lists for bi-focal streams, the cut-offs will go down there too,” said Swapna Durve, junior college coordinator at Mithibai college.
Though students felt that non-state board students who scored better could dominate the merit lists. However, the online data does not indicate a student’s board on the merit list.