At the SIES College campus in Sion, the longest queues for admission were outside the counters for the Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) and Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) courses.
Students, who made it to the first merit list on Monday, thronged the college campus on Tuesday to secure admission for the sought after self-financing courses. “Of the 60 seats available for each of the courses, very few will remain vacant for the second merit list,” said Harsha Mehta, principal, SIES College. Thus, cut-offs would drop by only one or two percentage points, she added.
City colleges will release the second merit list for admissions on Wednesday by 4.30pm.
In case of the traditional bachelor of arts and science courses, only 40% of the seats were filled on Tuesday, the first day of admissions, after accommodating the in-house students, Mehta said.
For students applying to NM College in Vile Parle, the chance of seeing their names on the second merit list are bleak. “Right now, there are more than 35 in-house students, who are still on the waiting list,” said Sangeeta Kher, NM College. In-house students get preference over students from other colleges.
The college is still awaiting permission from the government to start four new self-financing courses this year. These include Bachelor of Science (Information Technology), Bachelor of Banking and Insurance (BBI), Bachelor of Accounts and Finance (BAF) and Bachelor of Financial Markets (BFM).
At Jai Hind College, Churchgate, authorities are admitting more students than the number of seats available to account for subsequent cancellation of admissions. “Many students withdraw their admissions after getting into an engineering or medical college,” said Kirti Narain, principal, Jai Hind College.
“However, the BMM and BMS courses have limited seats and their high demand will result in only a marginal dip in cut-offs in the second merit list.”
Manju Nichani, principal, KC College, said that owing to the relatively mediocre performance of students in the engineering and medical entrance exam, more students were enrolling for the BSc course as a backup option.
She said students could expect only a 1.5% dip in the cut-offs on Wednesday.