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Mumbai degree college admissions: High scorers choose arts and commerce

Mumbai city news: Degree colleges witness a drop in cut-off for science courses; cut-offs for commerce and arts reduce too, but only marginally

mumbai Updated: Jun 29, 2017 09:23 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
Xavier's College at Dhobi Talao didn't even publish a second BA merit list for general candidates.
Xavier's College at Dhobi Talao didn't even publish a second BA merit list for general candidates.(HT)

Top degree colleges in the city saw a drop in cut-offs after the second merit list was declared on Wednesday. The cut-off for science courses such as BSc, BSc in computer science (CS) and BSc in information technology (IT) showed a steep drop. The cut-offs for courses such as BA, BCom and BCom (accounting and finance) dropped marginally, showing that many high scorers have opted for humanities and commerce, this year.

Xavier's College at Dhobi Talao didn't even publish a second BA merit list for general candidates. “The trend is changing since the past few years as more meritorious students are looking at humanities as a career option," said Rajpal Hande, principal, Mithibai College, Vile Parle.

Compared to the first merit list, which came out on June 22, the cut-offs for various courses dropped by 1% to 5%. The difference in cut-offs is an indicator of how much the course is in demand. “If there is a huge difference in the cut-offs, it means that many students who were allotted seats in the first merit list didn't secure admissions and were eliminated. Many high scoring students who want to study science choose engineering and medical courses, bringing down the cut-offs in the science stream,” said Usha Mukundan, principal, Jhunjhunwala College, Ghatkopar

On the other hand, in a departure from previous years, the cut-offs for BA have not changed much.

With little change in the cut-offs at coveted colleges, state board students will find it difficult to get a seat in some courses. This is because, compared to last year, the cut-offs have increased across colleges this year, in part because the scores from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) went up this year. Many students from state board schools were unable to get admission in degree colleges of their choice because they did not score as much as their peers from other boards.

“The cut-offs remained static becausese there are many students within a small range of scores,” said Hemlata Bagla, principal of KC College in Churchgate.

The cut-offs for BBI and BFM have seen steeper drops when compared to BCom and BAF. "At our college, the cut-off for BCom and BAF had reached 96%. Very few state board students have reached that mark this year. However, many state board students will get admission in courses such as BCom, BCom in financial markets (BFM) and BCom in banking and insurance (BBI) due to relatively low cut-offs," said Parag Thakkar, in-charge principal, HR College, Churchgate.

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