Last year, after completing her Class 12 in the science stream from Apeejay School, Nerul, Nikita Shenai, 20, decided to pursue a Bachelors in Mass Media (BMM).
But as a student who was switching from the science stream to an arts course, Shenai had to meet a higher cut-off than students with an arts background. At the South Indian Education Society (SIES) College in Nerul the cut-off for the BMM course for those switching streams was 75% compared to 55% for arts students.
Given the popularity of vocational courses such as BMM and Bachelors in Management Studies (BMS), the University of Mumbai has apportioned seats for students from different streams in these courses. Thus students from the science stream, who tend to score higher marks than those in the arts stream, have a different cut-off.
However, students feel that an entrance test to determine admission to the coveted courses would be a fairer option. Till 2007, several city colleges held entrance tests for the BMM and BMS courses.
“The entrance tests were cancelled by the university as they were very subjective with each college conducting its own test,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrews College, Bandra.
The Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) University, Vile Parle, and St. Xavier’s College, an autonomous institute, have conducted entrance exams for some of its courses. “Our entrance exam tests applicants in the areas of logic, mathematics, general knowledge and English. This helps us to gauge the abilities of students with respect to the course,” said Sangita Kher, vice principal, NMIMS. St Xavier’s entrance exam for the BMM course tests applicants’ grammar, critical thinking, general knowledge and data interpretation.