A few junior colleges released their merit lists for their quota seats (in-house and minority) on Wednesday, with several others gearing up to do so on Thursday.
At Sathaye College, which has an in-house quota for two schools, the first list cut-off for science was 82.55% and 71.09% for commerce. At HR College, which also released its list on Wednesday evening, the commerce cut-off for minority students was 75%.
Admission to minority, management and in-house quotas take place offline and is entirely handled by the junior colleges. Open category admissions are conducted through the online process by the education department.
With an increase in this year’s Class 10 scores, principals anticipate that even the minority lists will see a rise in cut-offs. Many have said that they have received double and triple the number of applications compared to the number of seats they have.
Jai Hind, St Andrew’s, Khalsa and St Xavier’s Colleges will release their first lists for minority quota admissions on Thursday.
“Our minority cut-offs are often higher than our open category cut-offs and that is likely to happen this year too,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College in Bandra.
At NM and Mithibai, this was the first year that the colleges conducted the admission to the minority seats (for the Gujarati minority) online. Their first minority list will be out on July 2. At NM and Mithibai a total of 3,500 students have applied for around 1,100 seats. The colleges are run by the same trust.
“It is very dicey, no student wants to take a risk and only apply online for the open seats if they can also apply through the minority quota,” said Swapne Durve, vice-principal of Mithibai College. “The cut-offs will definitely go higher by a few percentage points this year.”
Even with good scores, students are not confident about securing admission. “Getting into NM seems dicey with 87%, I doubt it will be possible even through the quota,” said Dimple Maru, who finished Class 10 from Bombay Cambridge School. Colleges said they would most likely issue second and third lists for the minority seats.
Colleges that have seats remaining after the process will have to surrender the seats to the education department on July 7.