Much to the surprise of students and college authorities, cut-offs for the second bifocal science list stayed the same as the first list in coveted colleges in the city.
For instance, at Ruia College, the cut-off for science (with computer science) stream stayed the same at 96.55%. The situation was similar for some streams at Jai Hind College, Birla College and Patkar College.
The second list was declared on Monday evening.
Principals too didn’t have an explanation on why the cut-off percentages had not dropped. “I don’t know why the cut-offs have not reduced,” said Naresh Chandra, principal of Birla College in Kalyan. “May be, they had a waiting list and now those students have moved up.”
Principals said that since several students had the same marks, lists were ending on the same score. Students are allotted colleges based on the order of preferences they mention in their application form. If two students have the same marks then the student who had rated the college higher on the preference list would get priority.
Since the state’s technical partner, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited, is conducting allotments online, principals are unaware of the process of allotments. They only receive their compiled merit lists online.
At most colleges such as KC, St Andrew’s and Ruparel, however, cut-offs followed the usual pattern, dipping by up to 1.5%. “There were hardly any seats left which is why the cut-offs dropped only marginally,” said MB Kekare, principal of Patkar College.
Meanwhile, students with high scores were left without a seat in their preferred colleges. A case in point could be Samiksha Kadam who despite scoring 96.55% could not make it to the second list for science (computer science) stream at Ruia College.
Cut-offs higher than the first list?
mumbai: Confusion prevailed on Monday evening when the cut-off percentages in the second list for science bifocal streams at SIES College in Sion and Patkar College in Goregaon rose by 2%.
The second merit lists for science and commerce bifocal streams were declared online on Monday.
According to the data provided by the college officials, while SIES’s first list cut-off for science (with electronics) stream was 92.36%, the second list had a cut-off of 94.26%. Similarly, for science (with computer science) stream, the first list cut-off was 92.72% and the second list cut off was 93.81%.
“This is mysterious,” said Harsha Mehta, principal of SIES. “I cannot understand this. As the allotment is done online, we don’t know how this could have happened.”
Mehta assured that she would be re-checking the data on Tuesday.
At Patkar College, the cut-off for science (with computer science) stream for the aided section rose from 92.54% to 94.76%.
“I will have to double check this tomorrow. I don’t remember the details about the first list,” said MB Kekare, principal of Patkar College.
Education department officials said a rise in cut-offs was impossible. “It is impossible that the cut-offs go up in the second list,” said a department official on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“There must be some error in the way the college is reading the list. Perhaps they have confused the open category and the quota category students,” he added.
In total, 3,029 seats were allotted in the second round, with 1,855 students being freshly allotted seats and 1,174 students getting high-preference colleges thanks to the betterment option.
The betterment option gives students an opportunity to move up to a high-preference college based on the vacancies available.
In the second round, 379 seats remained vacant.