Mumbai: After long hours of waiting, students were in for a surprise as the first merit list for FYJC (First Year Junior College) admissions witnessed a dip in the cut off percentage. This three to four per cent fall has come into play despite a large number of students of all the three boards scoring high marks this year.
The students who were eagerly waiting received a text message at around 1 am on Tuesday saying the college where they have secured a seat for the preferred stream. All this while from the time the results were declared both students and junior colleges feared the cut-off would increase this year as many students scored 100 %.
Students said that the state government tested their patience on Monday. Sana Khan, a student, said, “The list was supposed to be declared at 5 pm, then at 7 pm and, finally, it was declared at 1 am. We were nervous due to the high scores and were awake waiting for the message. Still, a majority of our friends have not made it in the first list as they did not receive any message.”
The city junior colleges said the cut-off percentage in all the three streams — science, commerce and arts — has dipped due to minority quota admissions. Parag Ajagaonkar, Principal of NM College, said, “This year the students who applied in the minority quota could not apply in the open category for admissions. So, a large number of students were categorised in the minority quota as a lot of city colleges have minority quota. This reduced the number of students in the open category which has led to the decrease in percentage.”
Last year, the students would apply both in minority and open category to secure their seat. BB Chavan, deputy director of education, said, “Students generally prefer to apply in the minority quota to be on the safe side. And this year once they have applied in the minority quota and have secured admission they are out of the admission system which makes room for other students in the open category.”
KC College Science 85.40%, commerce 88.80%, Arts 82.83%
St Xavier’s College- science 89.8%, arts 94%
Ruparel College- science 91.25%, commerce 87.57%, arts 82.8%
NM College- commerce 91.83%
St Andrew’s College- science 82.80%, commerce 82.40%, arts 77%