More than 25% students, who have applied for online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) this year in Mumbai, have scored between 80% and 99% in Class 10 exams. This means that cut-offs in the second merit list, which will be released on June 30, will continue to be high.
The general merit list announced on June 21 gave students an idea of how they ranked in the admission process this year. It revealed that toppers from non-state boards --- Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Council of Secondary Examination -- have opted for admissions to state board junior colleges, driving up the cut-offs for the FYJC online admissions this year.
Out of 2.06 lakh applicants, 13,513 students scored more than 90% in Class 10 exams. Among them, 1,683 scored more than 95% and 11,829 students between 90% and 94.99%.
With better results than Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students, the CBSE and ICSE board toppers took the 10 spots in the general merit list.
The Mumbai topper in CBSE Class 10 exams, Mihir Chavarkar (99%), got his first choice of college in FYJC online admissions. He stood first on the general merit list for admissions and he was allotted a seat in Pace Junior Science College, Nerul.
Chavarkar said he switched from CBSE to the state board to study the integrated course. “Integrated courses will help me save time by preparing for Class 12 and Joint Entrance Exam simultaneously,” said Chavarkar. “My preferred college was only offering state board so I switched to it.”
Many of the high scorers also chose to pursue arts, pushing cut-offs by more than 4% in some colleges.
Ananya Unnikrishnan Nair scored 98.8% in ICSE exams and applied for arts. She ranked second on the merit list and was allotted a seat in St Xavier’s College -- her first choice. “I want to study arts at St Xavier’s as it is renowned for it,” said Nair, who wants to pursue a career in law.
She said, “India needs to wake up from this illusion that the arts stream doesn’t offer lucrative careers.”
On the other hand, SSC board students securing less than 90% did not get the college of their choice in the first list. “I knew I would never get through NM College, Vile Parle,” said Saina Parmar, an FYJC aspirant. “So, I applied for admission through the minority quota.”
** Toughest colleges to get into for junior college
Pace Junior Science College, Andheri (cut-off: 95%)
The college offers integrated courses that prepare students for board exams and medical or engineering entrance tests, making it the top choice of Indian Institute of Technology aspirants. Though the college is on the fourth floor of a commercial building in Andheri, high scorers across boards have opted for this college. As a result, it had the highest cut-off at 95% in the science stream in the first merit list.
NM College, Vile Parle, (cut-off: 93.8%)
The college is one of the top commerce colleges in the city. Getting into the college is extremely tough for candidates applying through the open category. This year, the college had a cut-off of 93.8% in the first merit list. This was higher than other coveted commerce colleges such as Churchgate’s HR College (93.17%) and Matunga’s RA Podar College (92%) among others. Even the Gujarati linguistic minority admissions closed at more than 91%.
St Xavier’s College, Fort, (cut-off: 93.80%)
Considered one of the best institutes for arts education in the country, the arts cut-off soared at 93.80% in the first merit list. More and more high scorers are taking up arts stream in the last couple of years and Xavier’s remains their first choice. This has pushed the college cut-offs this year. Arts cut-off for Ruia College, Matunga, comes close at 93%.