Most coveted degree colleges in the city have only a few seats to offer to students who want to enrol in their regular graduate programmes as the majority of the seats have been allocated to students who have done their junior college there. Fewer seats mean higher cut-offs. The first merit list for degree colleges will be put up on Monday.
Authorities at NM College, for instance, are still sieving through the 1,100 in-house applications for their first year BCom course that has 960 seats. “Most students who did junior college with us wish to continue here. We end up with few seats for outside applicants,” said Sangita Kher, vice-principal, NM College. “Scoring well in the Class 10 exams can thus ensure a seat for the graduation course as well.”
While most colleges will put up the list on their notice boards by Monday afternoon, a few such as St Xavier’s and St Andrew’s will post them on their websites.
At Sathaye College in Vile Parle, 410 of 600 seats for first year Bcom and 150 of 360 seats for first year BA have been allotted to students from the college. “Even if our students have scored 35% in HSC, they have to be admitted,” said Dr Kavitha Rege, principal, Sathaye College.
However, while in-house students have a right to regular BCom, BSc and BA programmes, the self-financing courses don’t have to prioritise these students, and have only 50% seats reserved for religious minority.
These courses see the real competition, and cut-offs for bachelors in mass media and management studies or BSc in information technology have cut-offs as high as 90%.
Principals claim that in the case of BSc and BA, most in-house students confirm their seats as a stopgap arrangement. “My students have fared well in the engineering and medicine entrance exams. So, of the 440 seats available for the BSc course, few will retain the seats they have secured,” said Dr Harsha Mehta, principal, SIES College, Sion.
“It’s the same case for the BA course, as most students take the law entrance exam or apply for BMM and BMS.”