Merit lists for minority, in-house and management quota seats at two prominent city colleges – St Xavier’s College, Fort and Sathaye College, Vile Parle – were released on Friday evening. The cut-offs fell by up to 4% for minority quota in the science stream, while they increased by up to 2% for the in-house quota. Cut-offs for the arts stream increased by 3%.
Admission for these categories is conducted offline by colleges themselves.
While the science cut-off for Christian minority students at St Xavier’s dipped from 84.18% last year to 81.4%, the arts cut-off increased from 77.4% last year to 79% this year. The cut-off for arts is high this year across all the colleges that have announced their minority lists until now.
“This year, the percentage of students scoring above 90% has increased. Even high scorers are attracted to the arts stream nowadays, so that could be one of the reasons for the rise in the cut-off,’’ said Frazer Mascarenhas, principal of St Xavier’s College.
The number of state board candidates from the city scoring 90% and above in the Class 10 exams jumped from 7,459 last year to 9,500 this year. Despite this, cut-offs for science and commerce in the minority quota have fallen. St Andrew’s College, Bandra saw a drop in science cut-offs by 1.5% points from last year.
Unlike the minority quota, the cut-offs in the in-house quota increased this year. At Sathaye College, Vile Parle which has an in-house quota for students from Parle Tilak Vidyalaya and Paranjape Vidyalaya, the science cut-offs rose from 80.2% to 81.4% this year. Even the cut-offs for commerce were a shade higher than last year, going from 70.2% to 70.6%.
“More students are taking up arts these days because professional courses such as mass media and management studies have become attractive,’’ said Kavita Rege, Sathaye’s principal. “Our cut-offs have increased as students from both schools performed really well this year.”