Cut-offs for degree courses in city colleges rose between one and four percentage points compared to last year, as seen in the first merit list released on Monday. This despite a seven-percentage point dip in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) pass percentage this year.
At RN Podar College, the first list cut-off for BCom was 91.6%. Professional, self-financing courses such as Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM), Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) and Bachelors of Accounting and Finance (BAF) had cut-offs as high as 95%. The cut-off for science students for BMS at Jai Hind College rose from 89.5% last year to 93.2% this year.
“Despite the dip in the HSC pass percentage, top scores, which determine the first list, are very high,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College. Top scores of ISC and CBSE students were also very high.
At St Xavier's College, the cut-off for BA was 84% for HSC students and 93% for students from other boards.
“Two years ago, we introduced a 10% quota for HSC students, who were not getting into our college because of high scorers from other boards,” said principal Father Frazer Mascarhenas.
Tushar Desai, principal DG Ruparel College, expects the cut-offs for BSc courses to drop drastically in the second list. “This would happen as students opt for engineering and medicine. But for commerce and arts courses they will only fall marginally,” said Desai.