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SSC cleared, now it’s time for FYJC seat test

Rise in number of top scores across all three boards — ICSE, CBSE and SSC — to make getting a seat in city’s sought-after junior colleges tough

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2018 00:42 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
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Students of Fr Agnel Multipurpose School and Junior College in Vashi on Friday. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)

With a rise in the number of top-scorers in the Indian Certificate for Secondary Education (ICSE), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and secondary school certificate (SSC) examinations, the competition for seats in sought-after first year junior colleges (FYJCs) is set to get tougher, pushing up the cut-offs further.

While more than 10,000 students in Mumbai scored over 90% last year, this year, 13,329 students achieved the feat.

Vidyadhar Joshi, principal, VG Vaze College, said the cut-offs in popular colleges are unlikely to drop below 90%, especially for science and commerce streams. “Every year, there’s a marginal increase in the number of high-scorers in the SSC examination... There seems to be a push for higher marks from the state board,” he said.

Joshi said state board students may face less competition from CBSE students, as many of them continue with CBSE curriculum in junior college. “In the past couple of years, fewer students have switched boards,” he said.

This year, the success rate of Class 10 students from CBSE dipped by four percentage points across the nation and two percent in Chennai region, but there was no dip in the students scoring above 90%, a task for state board students. As many as 1.31 lakh of 16.24 lakh CBSE students scored 90% and above, 24,476 of whom scored 95% or more.

Also, 13 ICSE students, including six from Mumbai and one from Navi Mumbai, scored 99% and above, compared to six students, including one from Mumbai, in the merit list last year.

First Published: Jun 09, 2018 00:42 IST