Cut-offs to coveted colleges in the city stayed in the 90s for the science and commerce streams when the second merit list was declared on Monday evening.
Across most colleges, the cut-offs fell marginally between 0.5 and 3 percentage points, for the science and commerce streams.
At DG Ruparel College, the science cut-off dropped from 95.64% to 93.64% and at Ruia from 95.09% to 93.09%.
Principals said that it is unlikely that there will be too many seats available in the third list in preferred colleges.
“This time the cut-offs have been really high,” said Kirti Narain, principal of Jai Hind College. “There seems to be more demand than supply, and students also did very well in the Class 10 exams this year.”
The fall in the cut-offs for the arts stream was far more dramatic, by 5 percentage points at Mithibai College, 7 percentage points at SIES and 20 percentage points at National College.
“Arts is usually the last option for students,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College in Bandra, where the arts cut-off plunged by 20 percentage points. “This big drop from our first to second list is also because the department did not allot the full quota of seats in the first list. That is why the cut-offs were so high.”
Students can pay their fees on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The department has said that colleges can begin teaching if most seats are filled by the end of the second round.
A total of 88,163 students were allocated seats in the second admission round for the general merit list, with 51,282 benefiting from the betterment option and rising to a higher preference college. The remaining 36,881 seats were fresh allotments.
More than one fifth of the students who applied for admission to junior colleges online, have still not made it to any of the merit lists declared so far. Around 28,000 students of the 1.2 lakh students who applied will have to wait until the third round.
“We will wait until the next merit list to see what happens and then decide what to do depending on how many students remain,” said an education department official.
Aug 2,3,4: Payment of fees 10am to 2pm
Aug 8: Third merit list at 5pm
Aug 9,10: Payment of fees, 10am to 2pm
After Aug 10: Admissions to go offline
Students have one betterment option. If for instance, a student made it to the merit list of his fourth preference college in the first list and then to his second preference college in the second list, that student will have no chances for betterment.
If a student made it to the first merit list of a college and did not get allotted to a higher preference college in the second round, he will have one chance to do so in the third merit list.