As city colleges put up the first offline admission list on Saturday, cut offs at a few colleges were higher than those in the final online admission lists.
At Mithibai College, the offline cut-off for science went up from 86.18% in the previous list to 91.4%, while commerce stayed the same at 86.6%.
At Sathaye College, the cut-off for science closed at 92.4%, a shade higher than the third online admission list, which closed at 91.8%. “In the offline round we had students from the international boards who had very good marks, which is why the cut-off went up,” said Swapne Durve, vice-principal of Mithibai College.
The education department said colleges can continue to put up merit lists depending on the number of vacancies. Some colleges will put up their final offline lists on Tuesday.
The offline round was intended for CBSE students who gave the school exam, international board students and those who were not allotted a seat through the online system.
“The offline round is a complete fallacy. Those with higher marks must have already got into colleges they wanted, what is the point of asking colleges to only admit students above the cut-off?” asked Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College in Vile Parle. “Ideally, the cut-off should fall with each round.”
Jai Hind College in Churchgate, SIES College in Sion and St Andrew’s College in Bandra will put up their lists on Tuesday. “Colleges can continue with the offline process as per their convenience,” said an education department official.
“Hopefully everything will get back on track after the much delayed start to the term,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s college.