With fewer CBSE students scoring in the 90s compared with their Indian School Certificate (ISC) counterparts, the degree college-cut offs will now hinge on the performance of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) students.
Following the ISC results on May 18, college principals had predicted a jump in the cut-offs by two to three percent, as the number of ISC students scoring in the 90s had surged this year.
However, Monday’s CBSE results were disappointing for most schools, as they did not see many students scoring 90%. “We had five students out of 117 scoring above 90%,” said Ganesh Parmeshwaran, principal, Balbharti School, Airoli.
Admissions to sought-after colleges may get tougher this year, said city college principals. “With ISC students outperforming those from the CBSE, and a blanket ban on colleges in Mumbai to start new courses or add new divisions, the competition for admissions to popular colleges is set to get tougher,” said Manju Nichani, principal, KC College, Churchgate.
The HSC results will decide cut-offs, she said. “We have to admit in-house students in aided courses and the cut-off for professional courses are always high. Since HSC students constitute a majority when it comes to admissions, those scores will be the deciding factor,” she said.
Vishnu Magre, principal of Kirti College, Dadar, said students from the ICSE and the CBSE boards usually tend to pursue professional courses, while aided courses such as BA, BSc and B.com are preferred by the state board students.
“However, looking at the trend of scores, admission to aided courses looks tough. HSC scores will play a very important role in deciding the trend of admissions this year, more so than usual,” he said.
On the other hand, many of the schools said they had several students scoring 100 in maths and physics, and 99 in history and geography, which could drive up cut-offs for these subjects.