Top scores at most of the city’s coveted colleges increased slightly at the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams this year.
The HSC results were announced on May 27, but detailed college-wise performance data only became available on Monday. The data suggests that cut-offs for degree college admissions will stay as high as last year or rise slightly.
Though the pass percentage for the Mumbai division fell this year by 1.3% points and the number of distinctions also fell slightly, colleges said their top scores had stayed the same or risen slightly.
At HR College the commerce topper scored 94% this year compared to 92% last year, at RA Podar College the commerce top score increased from 92% to 93.66% and at Birla College from 87.67% to 90.16%.
Science top scores in colleges also improved; at Ruia College it rose from 94.33% to 95.33%, at SIES College it increased from 95% to 95.83%.
“It looks like cut-offs will be higher, especially for the sought after courses including Bachelor of Management Studies and Bachelor of Mass Media,” said Dipika Bhatia, vice-principal of HR College in Churchgate.
However, principals also pointed out that top scores alone would not determine the cut-offs. “We will have to look at the overall result, a few individual scores will not make a difference,” said Harsha Mehta, principal, SIES College in Sion.
At colleges such as NM and KC too, principals said they had better results as compared to last year, with a larger number of students scoring distinctions. But principals across the board emphasised that a variation in a few percentage points up or down every year, was to be expected.
“One or two percentage points won’t affect cut-offs a lot,” said Naresh Chandra, principal of Birla College in Kalyan. “Plus there will be new colleges, and new divisions.”
Arts top scores also registered a rise. At St Andrew’s it rose from 79.83% to 84%, at Birla College from 79.33% to 82%, and at Ruia it stayed the same at 87.17%.
At the HSC exams, the pass percentage for fresh candidates this year improved for the commerce stream but fell for the science and arts streams.