Commerce powers ahead in students' choice of streams

PUBLISH DATE 11th July 2017

Employment Factor Makes It First Option

Applications to the commerce stream have trumped those to science and arts stream for admissions to First Year Junior College (FYJC) in 2017-18.

The first merit list for FYJC declared on Monday revealed that 35,365 students applied for commerce, 33,459 for science, 8,181 for arts and 1,433 for vocational streams.

“There are more number of students applying for commerce probably because it gives more chances of employment after standard XII when compared to science and arts.Fields like chartered accountancy , business administration, and management related fields are also preferred by students. Hence, the increase in numbers,“ Dinkar Temkar, who is the deputy director of education, Pune division, said.

This year, there was an increase in 9,564 seats as compared to last year when the count was 82, 106 for all the branches. The intake for arts is 12,970 seats. For commerce it is 36,755 and for science it is 37,280 and for vocational course it is 4,665.

A total of 8,667 students applied under sports, arts, freedom fighter categories . A total of 29.34% students have got their first choice of college in the first round.

“For all the students who got their first preference of college in the merit list, it is compulsory to take admission in that college or their candidature will be cancelled. Those students who have not yet filled the application form can do so for the second round or third round now.But students who have already filled up the form cannot apply twice,“ Temkar said.

Minakshi Raut, assistant deputy director of education, said students who got their second or the next preference of college in the first round, can either wait or change their preferences in the second round.

“As many as 80.93% students have got one of their 10 choices of college they listed in the first round and 19,806 students were not allotted any college as per their preferences filled in the application form,“ she added.