For the last one week, Ajay Hegde, 17, has been having sleepless nights after failing to make it to the first two merit lists despite a score of 84% in his HSC commerce exam. Hegde has now pinned his hopes on the third merit list, which will be up on college notice boards on Monday evening.
Hegde did not trace his name on the admission list for BCom at premier commerce colleges in the city, including RN Podar College, Matunga, NM College, Vile Parle and HR College, Churchgate.
“My chances are bleak, but I am being optimistic. As a back up, I have secured a confirmed seat in a lesser-known college close to my residence,” said Hegde, a resident of Andheri.
The second merit list for admissions to undergraduate courses declared by colleges on June 23 brought little relief to city students. The cut-offs for professional courses in the city saw a marginal drop of one to two percentage points, while those for regular commerce and science courses remained above 90% in coveted city colleges.
“We have received a lot of applications for professional courses from high-scoring students. Thus, the cut-offs are high and seats for the self-financing bachelor of mass media and management courses are almost full,” said Harsha Mehta, principal, SIES College, Sion.
“We will have a third merit list, but there might not be a considerable dip in the cut-offs,” she added.
“As new merit lists are put up, it is inevitable for students to withdraw their admission if they get into a college they prefer. Thus, we put up names of more students to deal with withdrawals,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew’s College, Bandra.
Hari Pradhan, 18, who scored 86 out of 100 in his mathematics paper said, “By now, the admissions for engineering colleges have begun. I’m pretty confident of making it to DG Ruparel College for the BSc (IT) course.”
The second merit list at DG Ruparel College closed at 88 marks for the course.