Students aspiring for first year junior college (FYJC) online admissions, who were left out of preferred colleges in the first merit list, have pinned their hopes on the second list which will be released on Tuesday evening.
While the first merit list had extremely high cut-offs, the students are hoping that a fall in cut-offs would get them a seat in the college of their choice.
Around 1.88 lakh students were allotted seats in the first merit list released last Monday, but only around 40,000 students were allotted college of their first preference. Those students, who were not allotted their first preference, still had to secure provisional admission in the allotted college to remain in the online admission process.
Students are now counting on the second list to get admission to the college of their choice. “I had applied for both arts and science at Ruia College, but could make it only to the arts list. I missed science by 5 marks, but I am sure I will make it in the next list,” said Yash Thakkar, an FYJC aspirant.
Riddhi Gandhi, another student from Matunga, too, is anxiously waiting for the second merit list. “I was allotted a seat in SIES but would prefer a college near my house,” she said.
Many students have opted for a college they believe would offer better infrastructure. “I secured admission in Bhavan’s in the first round. But, I hope to make it to Mithibai as I think it is much better in terms of facilities, management and academics as compared to Bhavan’s,” said an FYJC applicant from Andheri.
However, academicians warned that the cut-offs in coveted colleges might not drop too much in the second round. “We have completed 95% of our admissions, so very few seats are left for the next round,” said Father Agnello Menezes, principal, St Xavier’s College, Fort.
Arts and commerce cut-offs specially could remain high, they said. “High scorers seem to be going for arts and commerce this year, instead of science,” said Manju Nichani, principal of KC College, Churchgate. “Cut-offs for those streams will remain high.”