Though no junior college merit list will open with 100% scorers this year, cut-offs are likely to be high, with more state board candidates scoring 90% and above. This is the first year after the state repealed the 25 marks for sports scheme, making a full score impossible.
Though top scores at individual schools have fallen, more candidates from the board’s Mumbai division have scored 90% and above — 9,500 students this year, compared with 7,459 students last year.
College principals are unsure about how things might pan out this year, as there are fewer students in the very high bracket, but more in the 90% and above bracket. This means the cut-offs could either rise or stay the same.
"Cut-offs will definitely not fall; it could either stay the same or go up based on these statistics," said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College in Vile Parle.
In 2012, 7,459 students from the Mumbai division got 90% and above, compared to 14,523 in 2011, leading to a dramatic fall in cut-offs across streams and colleges last year.
"Cut-offs will rise across all streams if the numbers have gone up," said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College in Bandra.
The top scores at schools have dropped significantly. For instance at Utpal Sanghvi it has fallen to 94.91% from 99.27%.
Students from other boards have already got their results, which have also been very good. State board students had earlier been concerned that ICSE and CBSE students would grab the top spots in coveted colleges.
"ICSE students won’t change much. The situation will be the same as last year," said Jyoti Thakur, vice-principal (junior college), Jai Hind College.