Disappointed with the soaring cut-offs for bifocal (vocational) courses in city colleges, 16-year-old Vaibhav Prakash has now pinned his hopes on the first general merit list that will be declared on Friday evening.
“Despite scoring 93% in my Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam, I did not make it to DG Ruparel College and Ramnarain Ruia College for the computer science course,” said Prakash who will now have to settle for biology and an additional language in his junior college. “I hope I make it to Ruia College at least for the general science course in the first list. I will be completely disheartened otherwise,” he added.
Like Prakash, several high-scorers have switched course preferences at the junior college level, giving rise to the probability of high cut-offs even for the first general merit list.
According to the city principals, as most students have scored well in their Class 10 exams, there is a probability of cut-offs being higher in the general lists of all three streams. This year, 10 city students scored a perfect 100% in their SSC exam.
“By choosing the general science stream, students retain the possibility of pursuing engineering later on. So, it doesn’t affect their career prospects eventually,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew’s College, Bandra.
The first general merit list for the three streams including arts, commerce and science will be put up on Friday evening. Students can log on to http://fyjc.org/mumbai to find check the first general merit list. Even as the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited, the state’s technical partner, is supposed to send text messages to students, some students had earlier complained about the inefficiency of this service. “I did not receive any text message on the two days that the bifocal merit lists were up. I doubt whether we will receive a message even now,” said Siddharaj Suryavanshi, 15, who scored 91% in his Class 10 exams.