Mumbai : The much awaited second general merit list for online admissions to First Year Junior College (FYJC) was released on Wednesday evening.

The list did not bring much respite to 26,502 students who did not make it through the first list as the cut offs, especially in elite colleges, did not go down by more than one percent.

The cut off for science stream in St. Xavier’s college went down from 91% in the first list to 90% in the second, HR College’s cut off for commerce came down by 0.6%, from 91.8% in the first list to 91.2% in the second and Jai Hind College’s arts stream cut off came down to 85.2% in the second list from 86.4% in the first  just by 1.2%.

As academicians and experts predicted, it will be difficult for students to get a seat in a college of their choice even after the second merit list.

A major portion of the seats in elite colleges have already been filled after the first list was out as many as 85% of the seats in Jai Hind College were taken up in the commerce stream and 83.3% seats in the arts stream.

Total 80 to 85 percent seats in all streams have been filled up in KC College, Churchgate.

“Students will get the stream of their choice but might not get the college after the second merit list,” said Seema Sabhlok, Principal of S.M. Shetty School and Junior College.

Sabhlok went on to say that students are allotted colleges-based on two or three criterias. The criterias are: percentage secured and the ward where it belong.

The soaring cut offs might mean that students will mostly get colleges near their houses even if they have applied for a better college far from their house.

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