More students this year got their first preference college compared to last year when the first general merit list was declared on Wednesday evening.
Of the 1.64 lakh seats allotted in the first list, 40,977 students got their first preference college, compared to 26,000-odd students last year.
Of all the seats allotted in the first round, 13,278 were for arts, 1,00,626 for commerce and 50,771 for science.
This year, more students have been allotted seats in the first merit list, compared to 1.19 lakh students who got a seat in the first merit list last year.
“This is good for students,” said an official from the school education department. “More students made it, and more made their first preference.”
Those that got into colleges of their choice, were thrilled. “Naturally I’m very happy to get my first preference,” said Akshatha Nayak, 15, who scored 92.73% made it to the commerce stream of RA Podar College in Matunga. “I opted for it as it is one of the best colleges in the city. I’ve heard that the faculty is good and the campus is excellent.”
Students have three days to pay their fees and secure their seat.