Out of the 51,117 students who were allotted a seat in the second merit list that was released on Sunday, only 19,000 students have secured a seat in the first year junior college through the online admission process.
The rest of the students have now pinned their hopes on the third merit list that will be declared on July 5.
There will be no paucity of seats in the third round as more than 2,716 seats that have been surrendered by colleges have been added to the open category.
“There is no need to be disheartened; there are plenty of seats in the third round. Everyone will get a seat,’’ said NB Chavan, deputy director of education.
One of the major reasons behind the number of students securing admission in the second round being less than the number of allocations is that many students applied through quotas such as cultural and sports quota but did not have documents.
Also, many students did not secure admission by choice as they could have received a better college in the first list, the official said.
“Many applications were rejected because they did not have necessary documents,’’ said a senior education official.
One such student from Sion who refused to be named, said, “My school messed up my application.
They told me I could apply through the cultural quota based on my elementary and intermediate drawing certificates.’’ But, the 15-year-old says, she was turned away by Khalsa College, Matunga where she was allotted a seat in the second list.