Karan Patel (16), who scored 95.45 per cent in the SSC exam, did not make it to Ruia College’s first science vocational merit list.
But Patel secured provisional admission at Ruparel College by paying the requisite fee of Rs 50. “I did not want to be left without an option and so I took provisional admission at Ruparel,” said the Matunga resident. “I am anticipating that the second list cut off at Ruia will fall and I will be able to secure admission there.”
Students have two options while securing admission in a college. If they are sure of joining a particular college then they can pay the entire fee amount or else secure provisional admission by paying Rs 50. However, some colleges are currently allowing students to only secure provisional admission. They will confirm the admissions only after second merit list is announced on August 5.
Several students across the city have opted to take provisional admission in junior colleges they have made it to, so as to be eligible for the betterment option.
“If students do not secure their seat in the first round then they will not be eligible for an upgrade as they will not remain in the online system,” said Swapna Durve, supervisor of Mithibai College and a member of the Online Admissions Core Committee.
Some colleges such as RA Podar at Matunga and Birla at Kalyan have begun accepting fees from students who are sure about their choice while others such as Sathaye at Vile Parle have advised them to start paying at the earliest.
“Students will have to secure their seats provisionally but if they are certain that they want to go to a particular college they can also pay up the entire fee amount,” said SR Chouhan, deputy director of education.
On Monday, several colleges also made phone calls to students who had not come in to pay their fees and secure their seats, to find out why they were doing so. “Many said they were still on their way and would be coming,” said Harsha Mehta, principal of SIES College at Sion. “Some others had gotten into other colleges through the various quotas.