While the most sought after colleges saw a rise of one to three percentage points in cut-offs as compared to last year, the less-preferred one saw a much higher jump of about six percentage points.
This is because the Best-five policy mainly pushed up scores of students in the 80s, who make it to the lesser-preferred colleges.
More than 52,000 students of the 2.6 lakh SSC students who passed in the city have scored above 80 per cent, making the competition tougher.
At R.D National College in Bandra the cut-offs jumped by almost six percentage points to almost 90 per cent in science, which has never happened before.
"This year the results have been phenomenal because of the Best-five policy and there are so many students in the eighties," said principal Dinesh Panjwani.
Riya Jogani could not believe it when she only managed to make it to Bhavan's College in Andheri with a score as high as 88.8 per cent.
"It is almost a 90 per cent. Bhavan's was my last preference," said the 15-year old.
Even at Bhavan's College at Gigraum, the cut-offs rose by six per cent.
"The increase has been quite dramatic this year thanks to the Best-five scheme. There are several students on every decimal point score." said a college official.
The second general list might not see cut-offs drop with panicked students taking admission wherever they have got and not waiting for the second list. "I can't afford to wait, it is just too stressful. I'll take provisional admission at least," said Radhika Jumani, a student who scored 84 per cent.