The first merit list for admission to first-year degree colleges left many aspirants disappointed, as the cut-offs across colleges saw a rise across all streams.
Commerce continued to remain a popular choice with sought-after colleges such as HR announcing a cut-off at 95% — last year it was 93%. Meanwhile, Podar College, Matunga, closed the list at 94.2%.
But the self-financed courses left the BCom cut-off percentage far behind. For instance, HR College closed the Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) first list for commerce students at 95.8%, while at RA Podar College it was 94.2%.
While pure science courses may have dropped in some colleges, the cut-off rose substantially in others. The cut-off at Ramnarain Ruia College for FYBSc (general) went up from 70% to 78.77%, but at DG Ruparel College, it dropped to 66.15% from 78% last year.
“There has been a dip in the number of students choosing pure science in degree colleges. Most youngsters want to take up engineering or medicine apart from professional science courses,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College, Vile Parle.
Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) also saw a rise with the cut-off at Ruia College for arts at 88%, compared to 85% last year.
Even KC College and St Andrew’s College, Bandra, reportedly had higher cut-offs for the course.
“There is no change in the popularity of these professional courses. The cut-offs have been increasing each year,” said Dinesh Panjwani, principal, RD National College, Bandra.
But what had students surprised was the rise in cut-off percentage for the arts stream.
St Xavier’s College closed the first merit list for FYBA at 97.80% for students from non-HSC boards.
According to principals, the rise can be attributed to the good performance by HSC students and ones from other boards.
“The high percentage in the Class 12 exams is reflected in the merit lists for all courses. BMM and BMS have always been popular with youngsters,” said Manju Nichani, principal, KC College, Churchgate.