On Tuesday morning, the day after the first general list was declared, Devaki Dhamankar rushed to pay her fees and secure her seat at RA Podar College in Matunga.
"I wanted to make sure I went early as the German language option is given on a first come first serve basis and I was keen to take up the subject," said Dhamankar.
"All my friends too, went to confirm their admissions today itself as they thought it’s best to do it quickly and get it over with."
Colleges witnessed a steady stream of students coming in to secure their seats on the first day itself, even though students have until August 13 to do so.
At Ruparel College, 40 per cent of the seats have been filled, while at St. Xavier’s College 85 per cent and at KC and HR colleges more than 50 per cent seats were taken on Tuesday.
"It’s been a long wait for students which is probably why they want to come in quickly and secure the seat that they have in hand," said
Manju Nichani, principal of KC College.
A total of 276 students at Sathaye College, 53 at St Andrew’s and 99 at SIES College have secured their seats. At Mithibai College, 15 per cent of the seats were secured.
Data from the education department showed that 17,755 students have taken provisional admission while 1,44,226 allotted seats in the first round are yet to report.
That means about ten per cent have secured their seats.
"The figures we have could be lower than the actual number of admissions completed and may not reflect the full picture if colleges have not updated their status on the admissions site," said an education department official.
Students can provisionally secure seat in a college they have been allotted in the first round by paying Rs 50 and wait and see if they get allotted a seat in a higher preference college in the next round.
"It was extremely crowded today, but we aren't sure how many students will confirm their admission and how many will move out," said HR College Vice-principal Rekha Bahadur.
The second general merit list will come out on August 19.