Cut-offs are unlikely to fall by much in the second merit lists of junior colleges, principals said on Tuesday.
The second merit list will be declared online at 5pm on Wednesday. Students will be able to check their status online on the junior college admission website.
While around 79,000 seats are vacant in total, seats at most top city junior colleges have been filled. “Given that 95% of our seats are filled, the fall in the cut-offs will be marginal,” said Shobhana Vasudevan, principal of RA Podar College in Matunga.
Colleges had to surrender the seats left over from the previous round on Monday.
“We didn’t have too many to surrender, a majority of the students had secured provisional admission,” said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College in Vile Parle. On the eve of the second merit list, the education department appeared confident that process would go off smoothly on Wednesday evening. “Everything will be smooth, and students shouldn’t worry,” said an education department official.
Students who make it to the second merit list will have until Saturday to pay their fees and secure a seat.
If students who were allotted colleges in the first round make it to a more preferred college in the second round, they will not get any further betterment options. If a student gets allotted a college in the second round for the first time, he or she will be eligible for a betterment in the final round.