Cut-offs jump as high-scorers battle it out
Priyanka Shah had poured over her commerce textbooks all year so she could pursue a BCom degree in Banking and Insurance (BBI). A student of Mithibai College, the 18-year-old wanted to graduate from Churchgate's HR College of Commerce and Economics. Having scored 83 per cent in her Class 12 exams this year, and going by last year's cut-off of 82 per cent, Shah was sure she would sail into her preferred college.
But on Monday, she was disappointed. The first merit list at HR displayed a cut-off percentage of 85.8 per cent — almost 4.5 per cent higher than 2007.
Many students are now forgoing regular theoretical courses in Science and Commerce to opt for practical professional courses like BCom in Banking and Insurance, BSc in Biotechnhology or Bachelor of Mass Media
"I feel completely dejected. Even 83 per cent is not enough to get in," said Shah, who is not very kicked about the college she has gained admission to.
This year, while regular degree courses have seen a negligible rise in cut-offs, the first cut-off list saw a jump of 4 per cent for professional unaided courses. Besides rising demand, the increase in overall scores and pass percentage this year is also being cited as the reason. For instance, at SIES College of Commerce and Economics this year, the cut-off for the BCom in Banking and Insurance is 80 per cent, as against 76 per cent last year. At Mithibai College, the cut-off for BSc in biotechnology is 79 per cent. Last year, the figure was 75 per cent.
"Employability is the prime concern for students these days," said A.C. Vanjani, principal of MMK College, Bandra. "They opt for unaided courses because the get picked up from campus by good companies with good salaries. Moreover, the financial sector is so robust, be it banking or insurance and it is making students study these courses over the conventional courses."
YOUR GUIDE TO FIRST MERIT LIST
St Xavier's College, Dhobi Talao
Arts: 82% (Only for students of the HSC board) 91% (for students of CBSE, ICSE and HSC board. )
SIES College of Commerce & Economics, Sion East
BCom (Accounting and Finance) 83.2%
BCom (Banking & Insurance) 80%
B.Sc IT: 82 marks in Mathematics.
Mithibai College, Vile Parle
BSc (Biotechnology): 79.50%
BSc (Computer Science): 80.33%
BCom: In-house students only
BA: In-house students only
Jai Hind College, Churchgate
MMK College, Bandra
BCom (Banking and Insurance): 73%
BCom (Accounting and Finance): 76%
Birla College, Kalyan
BSc (IT): 94 marks in math
BSc (Computer Science): 77.83%
BSc (Biotech): 81%
BCom (Banking & Insurance): 72.5%
BCom (Accounting & Finance): 73.33%
BA (English): 53%
BA (Marathi): 68%
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