Even with a 94 per cent Class 10 score, Vrutti Merchant (15) did not make it to either Ruparel or Ruia junior colleges, her top preferences for a science course.
The high cut-offs of the first general merit list declared on Monday left several high-scorers such as Merchant disappointed.
Merchant, a Matunga resident, has decided to take provisional admission in Khalsa College, which was her third preference. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will make it in at least the second list at Ruia or Ruparel," she said.
In the island city, Alefiya Rangwala (16) stood looking disappointed outside St Xavier's College in Dhobi Talao. With a CBSE score of 91.4 per cent, the Byculla resident was keen on studying in a south Mumbai college. She missed the St Xavier's College science cut off by 0.4 per cent. She didn’t make it to Jai Hind or KC College either. She plans to take provisional admission at Sophia College, which was her fifth preference. "Only if I had studied a little more I would have made the mark," rued Rangwala.
Sagar Shah (16) too missed the HR College cut off by 0.5 per cent.
"I was confident about making it to Jai Hind, which was my second choice after HR," said the St Xavier’s Boys’ Academy student. While Shah score 90.55 per cent, the commerce stream cut-off at HR was 90.9 per cent. The 0.5 per cent difference is a silver lining for Shah, who is hopeful of making the second list cut off.
Jainika Shah (16), scored 520 out of 550 marks in the ICSE exam, but didn't make to Ruia College at Matunga where the admission list closed at 521.4 marks.
"I worked all year with the aim of getting into Ruia, so I was very disappointed to find that I had not made it," said the Hiranandani Foundation School student.