The first merit list for first-year junior college (FYJC) admissions in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) will be announced at 6pm on Friday. “Students can log in to the admission website to find the colleges allotted to them. Those who wish to take admission in the college allotted to them can click on the ‘proceed to admission’ button. Students who have been allotted the college of their first preference will have to take admission there and will be out of the regular rounds after this,” said an official.Approximately 2.11 lakh students submitted online applications for seats this year as opposed to 2.31 lakh students in 2018. Of these, 1.85 lakh students will be eligible for admissions in the general admission rounds that start on Friday. There are 3.19 lakh seats across 849 junior colleges in the MMR.After a dip in the pass percentage for secondary school certificate (SSC) this year, the education department allowed 98 prominent junior colleges in the MMR to increase their seats by 5-8%. Despite this, city colleges said that it was difficult to predict a trend in the cut-offs that will be announced. College principals said that although there will be additional seats, one cannot predict whether the cut-offs will be high. “Unlike every year, the trend is not clear before the list [is released] this year as there are more seats. Now it all depends on where the applications of top scorers are concentrated,” said Rajpal Hande, principal of Mithibai College. The college closed its first merit list for Science at 88.4% and for Arts at 90.3% in 2018.“With more seats in prominent colleges, more students will get the college of their choice. However, with a lot of top scorers also coming in from the other boards, one cannot predict the exact trend in cut-offs right now,” said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College. Last year, the college closed its first merit list for Arts at 89.8% and for Commerce at 90.6%.Admissions under the first merit list will take place between July 13 and 16.