Despite scoring 90.65% in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam, Anupriya Dhange, 17, did not make it to the first merit list of RN Podar College, Matunga, for the BCom course on Monday.
The college’s first merit list stopped at 91.6% for the BCom course. “I was confident that I would easily make it to the first merit list. But the cut-off was higher than what I had expected,” said Dhange, who has also applied to NM College, which on Monday put up a notice saying that it had already filled up its 960 seats with in-house students.
Only if the in-house students opt not to take admission will the seat be made available to other students.
“I hope they put up a second merit list,” Dhange said.
After the high cut-offs shocker for students at Delhi University, the first merit lists of several coveted colleges across the city too left several high-scorers disappointed. While in-house college students remained assured about their seats, fresh applicants were dejected with the relatively higher cut-off scores in the city’s top-notch colleges.
Accompanied by parents and friends, students checked for their names on the first merit lists put up in city colleges on Monday.
While only the high scorers managed to trace their names on the list, most others were unhappy.
The mood at the DG Ruparel College campus was glum. Students, who had applied for the Bachelor of Science (Information Technology) course, had to have secured 89 out of 100 marks in their mathematics paper in the Class 12 exam to make the cut.
“I missed out on the list only because I scored 79 in my math paper,” rued Sania Shinde, 18, who scored 81% in her HSC exam in the science stream. “My friend, who scored 76% overall, managed to make it,” she said, adding that equal weightage should have been given to all subjects.”
But amid the anxiety, Madhur Prakash, 18, looked quite relaxed. Seated on the ‘katta’ (seating area) opposite Ramnarain Ruia College, Prakash, who scored only 50% in his HSC exam, was confident that he would have to wait till the final lists were put up.
“I came here only to accompany my scholar friends whose names appeared on the list. Since we have met after such a long time, we will be watching a movie to celebrate their feat,” he grinned.