Coveted colleges had higher cut-offs in the offline admission process than the previous online list.
Principals said this might be because students have withdrawn admissions to give one last attempt for colleges of their choice. But this round was only meant for those who had not yet been admitted anywhere.
The offline admission list was declared in individual colleges on Monday. With students getting only one chance to better their college, many high scorers seem to have been left out of top colleges though the cut-offs fell in subsequent lists.
"It's all been haywire this year," said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College. "It is possible that students with high scores were left out in initial lists but by the time our cut-offs fell, it was too late because they had exhausted their betterment option."
At Sathaye, the science cut-off was 93.6 per cent in the offline round and 92.18 per cent in the previous online list. At Ruparel College it was 94.18 per cent compared to 92.54 per cent.
The offline round of admissions was intended for the 4,479 students who were not allotted any seat and those who could not apply previously.
"Some students seem to have come to us after taking the risk of cancelling their admission elsewhere," said Swapna Duvre, supervisor at Mithibai College.
In some cases, IGCSE students who could not apply earlier with their provisional results, had high scores, which ensured the cut-offs stayed high.
At other colleges the cut-offs stayed the same or dropped by a few percentage points. At St Xavier's, Science stream cut-off fell by 0.3 percentage points while at St Andrews it stayed at 83.27.
The education department had previously said only those students who were above the last cut-off of the particular college could apply, though some colleges said they were unaware of this. "They asked us to sell forms to those students who brought their original documents," said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew's College.
Students allotted seats in the offline round can pay their fees until Wednesday.
"After Wednesday, colleges can take students lower than the cut-off depending on the vacancies," said an official from the education department.