Devika Madnani is not taking any chances for her junior college admission. Despite scoring 89% in Class 10, Madnani is applying in both the minority and general categories for junior colleges.
She hopes to get into NM College in Vile Parle through the online admission process, but is currently applying to Jai Hind College under the minority quota.
“To be on the safer side, I want to secure admission in Jai Hind College. If I get admission in NM College once the merit list is out, I will withdraw my admission from Jai Hind College,” said the resident of Khar.
Several high scorers such as Madnani are playing safe and applying for both minority and general quota, but this would mean blocking a seat as standby in a coveted college.
“Students who fall under the minority quota have an edge over other students,” said Manju Nichani, principal, KC College in Churchgate which has a Sindhi quota.
Colleges such as KC, NM, Jai Hind, and St Xavier’s, which are among the most sought after in the city, all have quotas for minority groups. These colleges reserve 50% of their seats for those groups.
This year, more than 65,000 seats of the 2.5 lakh seats available for junior college admissions are set aside under the minority quota. After the minority admissions, the vacant seats are surrendered to the education department or added to the offline procedure.
“Generally, students with a low percentage want to play it safe and secure admission under the minority quota. The problem arises when students who have scored well shift from one minority college to another one.
This procedure creates confusion at times and some seats remain vacant,” said Jyoti Thakur, vice principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.