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FYJC special merit list: Surrendered quota seats make cut-offs plunge

Low-scorers get into top colleges; FCFS round for the rest to be announced by August 21

mumbai Updated: Aug 19, 2018 00:56 IST
Ankita Bhatkhande
Ankita Bhatkhande
Hindustan Times
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Students and parents check the first merit list of FYJC at Ruia College in Mumbai on July 5, 2018. (HT FILE )

For those who gambled on the special merit list, the results are in and there is reason to celebrate.

Colleges across the city, including minority-run colleges, saw a considerable dip in cut-off marks after unclaimed quota seats were opened to general students for the first time, as per the recent order of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court.

Over 38,000 students were allotted seats in the special merit list, which was announced at 11 am on Saturday.

At prominent minority-run colleges like Jai Hind and Mithibai College, the cut-off marks in the science stream were as low as 45% and 60.6% respectively.

Colleges also recorded a significant dip in the cut-offs for arts and commerce.

“With the stay on surrender of quota seats till the end of Centralised Admission Process (CAP), many students especially from the science stream decided to secure a seat in whichever college they got to avoid risk. Those who stayed till the end seem to have got the remaining seats leading to the fall in cut-offs” said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College.

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court allowed minority colleges to surrender their quota seats only at the end of the CAP, which meant a significant number of seats in top minority colleges were surrendered for the general quota in this final round, leading to the fall in cut-offs.

As a result, even low scorers have made the cut in these institutes to make the cut.

One student with a score of 56% got into the science stream at Jai Hind College, where the cut-off till the fourth merit list was 85.2% (see box).

“I was not allotted any college in the earlier rounds as the cut-offs were higher. This time, with a large number of seats in top colleges being vacant, I filled in some top colleges as my initial preferences, but never really thought that I would get into one,” said the student.

For those who didn’t risk waiting this long for seats in their preferred colleges, this year’s seat allocation process feels unfair.

“With the court order, there were no seats left in most prominent colleges by the third list. Since the education department had not given any clarity as to how the [quota] seats would be allotted after they are surrendered, it seemed like a big gamble. Unfortunately, those who decided to wait have made the cut even with lower merit,” said one disgruntled student.

For the remaining students, the state education department will announce a ‘first come first serve’ (FCFS) round by August 21.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 00:56 IST