Mumbai: In a relief to the students, the first special round for the first year junior college (FYJC) sections began on Friday, with 88, 642 vacant seats. But only a few of the seats were left for the arts and commerce streams across Mumbai’s coveted and top notch colleges. This will drive up cut-offs in the upcoming rounds, said principals regarding the current scenario.
A student who has not been allotted a seat or did not secure admission in the earlier rounds can apply for the special round. According to education officials, more than 20,000 applicants are eligible as they were left without a seat at the end of the scheduled rounds, reported Hindustan Times. Even though there are more seats and fewer aspirants cut-offs (minimum marks) are expected to rise as most seats are from lesser-known colleges. Coveted colleges barely have five to 10 seats vacant in arts and commerce as most of the seats are already filled up.
Mulund College of Commerce has filled up all its seats, while RA Podar College, Matunga, has one seat remaining in the forthcoming rounds. Another college in demand, Narsee Monjee, has three seats in the commerce-aided section. Comparatively, HR College, Churchgate, has more seats — 11 in commerce, as they surrendered leftover quota seats to the open category. “We had kept some seats aside for minority students; the department had informed us that we can surrender seats after each round,” said Parag Thakkar, principal of the college.
Thakkar admitted it will be tough for students seeking admission to their college. “Our cut-off in the previous list itself was as high as 88.2%. So now that there are fewer seats left, we expect it to remain high,” he said. The situation in other colleges is also similar as there are more seats available in science stream rather than commerce and arts.