With 92.18%, Dipitha Rao, 15, got into Khalsa College, which was her second preference college. However, Rao is biding time until the second merit list, hoping a miracle, and a fall in cut-offs will grant her a seat at Ruia College.
The first list for science at Ruia closed at 95.09%. But with around 40% of the seats still vacant, many more students will be allotted seats when the second list is announced on Monday.
“Online admissions have not been a problem, the only problem has been that of high cut-offs,” said Rao.
Students who made it to the first general merit list have one betterment option, and one gripe: why weren’t they given more betterment options.
“Two options would have been good, then we could have used the second one in the round after this,” said Masoom Parekh, 16, who scored 84% and was allotted KC College, her third preference college for arts. She is hoping that in the second round she will be able to leapfrog to Jai Hind, her first preference college.
With high-scorers left with colleges of their fourth and fifth preference, rising to a higher preference college in the second merit list could be their only chance.
“I was stressed out after not getting into Mithibai, which was my second preference,” said Divya Kalati, 16, who scored 92.8%, and was allotted to the merit list of National College, her third preference. “I hope that the next list throws up a surprise.”