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Comm cut-offs still above 95%, arts 90% in top colleges, students jittery

PUBLISH DATE 29th June 2017

Third List May See A Drop, But Not In Popular Courses

The second merit list for degree colleges, which was released on Wednesday evening, failed to enthuse a majority of the students-even those in the elite 90s club --as cut-offs in commerce and allied courses remained above 95% for sought-after courses. The list for first-year BA, too, closed above 90% in a few colleges, indicating a growing interest in arts among high scorers.

Cut-offs at NM College for first-year BCom dropped by 1% and remained highest in the city at 94.6%, followed by HR, which closed at 94% in the second list. Podar, a non-minority college, saw the cut-off close at 92.6%--a marginal drop from the first list. BMS (commerce), which had recorded cut-offs above 96% in at least three colleges in the first list, saw these drop marginally to 95.8% at NM, HR and Jai Hind colleges. Mithibai and KC colleges, too, had cut-offs above 94% in the second list for commerce students seeking admission to BMS. Cutoffs for BCom (accounting and Finance) also remained higher in the top-rung colleges.

BA in psychology and economics are in great demand among arts' aspirants, leading to higher cut-offs, said Rajpal Hande, principal, Mithibai College. At their college, the cut-offs closed at 94.4%, down from 94.8% in the first list, recording the highest in the city for arts. As St Xavier's close their admissions for arts in the open category after the first list, there was no list displayed on Wednesday . Some of the top colleges saw the cutoffs drop but only by 2-3% in arts. Jai Hind and Ramnarain Ruia colleges closed arts at 92% and 90%, respectively , in the second list. “We have got some arts students who scored 96% coming in for admissions as they missed the deadline for filling form,“ said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind.

On the other hand, Science saw a drastic drop in most colleges, as most students opt for medical and engineering courses post Class XII.

Principals also expect cross-cancellation of seats across colleges post the second merit list. Hemlata Bagla, in-charge principal, KC College, said the same students appear on the list at toprung colleges as they would have applied everywhere and other students do not get a chance. “There will be more cancellations now. The final merit list probably will be an indicator of the actual cut-offs in colleges,“ said Bagla. Top colleges, though, are unlikely to see a major drop in the final list, especially for commerce and allied courses.

She said the highest confusion and disappointment is among students who scored between 87% and 93%. “The ones scoring more than 93% are pretty much clear about where they will get a seat and the ones scoring below 87%, too, are sure about their chances,“ she added.

Amee Vora, vice-principal, NM College, said that higher cut-offs are good for colleges, but really disappointing for students who have scored in the 90s and are unable to get a seat of their choice.

Rashi Jain, a student who got 86%, said, “I applied for BAF but the cut-off is stuck at 92-93%, which is very disappointing. What is the point of scoring well and getting into a mediocre college when I could have scored low and done the same? It would have been satisfactory . An 86% is totally worthless, 76% would have been better.“

Mikael Varghese, a biotechnology aspirant, said, “This year the cut-offs for notso-popular course like BSc (biotechnology) are also very high. I am an in-house student at KC and was expecting to get in the first list. I scored 78% but people with 96% have also applied for this course, which had left us disheartened. But I am glad to have made it to the second list.“