HSC students awaiting their results will face tough competition to get into the city’s top degree colleges. These students will not only have to contend for the best seats with students from schools following other curriculums but also with those from other parts of the country.
College principals are expecting the competition to get fiercer in the upcoming admissions session.
“Year after year, more and more students from cities other than Mumbai have been applying for admission in our college. The increasing number is posing tough competition for our students,” said Indu Shahani, principal, HR College, Churchgate.
She said that every year, she receives maximum applications from students from Rajasthan, especially for the integrated BCom and Chartered Accountancy (CA) course.
According to statistics made available by the University of Mumbai (MU), in 2015-16, more than 61,000 applications came from students from states other than Maharashtra. Of these, 11,101 students ended up confirming admissions in various city colleges. Among the applications from the state, 20,892 were from the Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) students followed by 7,446 from Indian Secondary Certificate (ISC) students.
“More and more outstation students have started applying for Arts, which is a good trend. Students are finally seeing more opportunities post a BA degree. There’s an increase in demand for majors in psychology,” said Harsha Mehta, principal, SIES College of Science and Commerce, Sion.
Mehta said the number of applications pouring in from cities other than Mumbai has increased over the past five years.
Last year, Mumbai colleges received 12,044 applications from Rajasthan, followed by 10,110 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,727 from Madhya Pradesh. Of the students who finally got seats, 11,101 were from outside Maharashtra. Most of the applications from outside Mumbai opt for 10 or 15 colleges.
“MU offers various specialisations with courses, including BCom with Banking and Insurance or BCom with Accounting and Finance. Similarly, Arts students get the chance to pursue their degree in Film and TV Production, among other options, which attracts many students,” said Shahani.
Another principal said more students from outside Mumbai started seeking admissions to colleges in Mumbai after education boards in other states became more lenient in awarding marks, leading to a rise in cut-offs for admissions to popular colleges.
“Five years ago, CBSE students started scoring almost 100% in their board exams, which eventually led to college cut-offs in Delhi getting stuck above 95%. Immediately, the overflowing students started realising the importance of top Mumbai colleges, and the trend continues,” said another college principal
He said that the high marks scored by students in Class 10 and Class 12 exams is responsible for the increase in competition among students during admissions, and the trend is here to stay.