There were long queues of parents and students outside colleges on Thursday, the last day of sale of admission forms for degree colleges.
The best-known colleges sold many more forms than the seats they had on offer. Degree colleges enroll their own junior college students first and then open seats to outside students for courses like Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Science. Self-financing courses, such as Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) and Bachelor of Science (Information Technology) are based on merit.
NM College at Vile Parle sold 1,850 BMS applications and 1,800 BCom applications. With only 960 seats to offer and 1,060 in-house junior college students, the elite commerce college has few seats for external students.
"There have been times when we have barely had a first list because our students fill up all our seats," said Vice-Principal Sangeeta Kher.
It is not the same with science colleges because most of their students apply for engineering and medical courses.
"Science seats are more or less open for all because most students get into professional courses," said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College. The college has already admitted its own students and has 200 out of 400 arts seats and 185 out of 600 commerce seats open for external students. Ruia College will put out a separate list for its own students on Friday. "There are no cut-offs for our own students and on June 16 we will put out a list for outside students. We have 400 seats in arts and 440 in science," said Principal Suhas Pednekar.