Mumbai : Many students missed opportunities to get into top colleges this year even though they scored high marks as they took several wrong steps during the Frist Year Junior College (FYJC) admission process.
Around 37,000 students are still waiting for third and fourth merit lists and may be at least now they can get the process right and opt for the desired college.
Following are some of the steps that the students are either not aware of or have not paid heed to. But, they could help students get into their desired or at least a satisfactory college.
After every merit list update and change the preference list
Whenever a merit list is out, students ought to check the cut-off percentage of the colleges, availability of seats in the colleges and accordingly update their preference list. The information about seats and cut-offs are available on the state admission website or on the websites of the respective junior colleges.
If there are no seats available in a particular college then the students should not opt for that college even if the cut-off is low. B.B. Chavan, Deputy Director of Education, Mumbai region, said, “Every round of merit is a new round for students. They should check various aspects and update their preference list after every merit list.”
No seats can be blocked
If students are allotted a seat in a college (which is not their first preference) then they can either secure admissions or leave it and wait for the next round. But they cannot block the seats. Tushar Desai, Principal of Ruparel College, said, “Students have the option for betterment and can wait for the next round of merit. But once admissions are secured then they are out of the system and there is no option of blocking seats.”
Mandatory to take admission if allotted a seat in first preference college
If students are allotted a seat in the college which is their first choice in the preference list, then they have to secure admissions. If they fail to do so then they are thrown out of the admission process. Around 10,000 students are currently out of the admission process due to this error.
These students will be considered in a special round after the fourth merit list. “Check thoroughly and only then select the first college in the preference list. We want to provide the college that the students desire, so if it is their first choice and the cut-offs are reasonable then they might get a seat there. They will have to secure admission there,” Chavan added.
Do not listen to useless advice but read the booklet and check the information
Students received free advice from friends, relatives, parents and teachers and that the admission process is the same like last year. Desai said, “The process has few changes this year. Students should read the admission booklet provided by the colleges carefully and also check online for seats and cut-offs. Every student should know what he or she is doing and opting for.”