Cut-offs in the city's top colleges went up marginally, between 0.2 and 2 percentage points, when the first merit lists for the commerce and science bifocal (vocational) streams were declared on Tuesday.
This is the third year that the lists for junior colleges were declared online. Unlike previous years, this time neither students nor colleges reported any glitches.
The number of vocational seats available through the online process also increased from 7,860 seats last year to 12,474 this year.
At Ruia College and Ruparel colleges, the cut offs rose by 0.5 percentage points to 98.18% and 96.36 % for science (with computer science). At RA Podar the cut-offs for commerce (with office management) rose to 96% this year from 94.18% last year.
"The results were good this year, the marks were very high," said Shobhana Vasudevan, principal of RA Podar College.
Seats in the vocational stream are most coveted as students don't have to study a second language for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam.
Principals said it was unlikely that cut-offs would drop by more than 1 or 2 percentage points in the second vocational merit list.
"Ruia is the top choice college for many students, so it is very unlikely that people will not secure their seat, which means the next list cut off will barely fall," said Suhas Pednekar, principal of Ruia College.
Cut-offs fell marginally at a few colleges, but principals were unable to explain the dip. At SIES College, KC College and Birla College, first list cut-offs fell by 1-2 percentage points. However, a marginal rise or fall in cut-offs is routine.
"There are slight fluctuations every year depending on the number of applications, there is no overall trend of a rise or fall in cut-offs as such," said Tushar Desai, principal of Ruparel College.
In total, 11,022 students were allotted seats in the first round, with 506 seats going vacant.
"No one applied to these colleges, so these seats will remain unfilled," said an education department official.