Over 16,000 Students Allotted Seats
Patience and risk seem to have brought sweet rewards for first year junior college aspirants as students with scores much lower than the fourth list cut-off made it to popular colleges in the special round allotments made on Wednesday . Minimum marks required for admissions dropped at most colleges in the first special round.
Out of the 19,253 students who applied in the special round, 16,253 were allotted a seat.Cut-offs in the arts stream dropped drastically at some of the top colleges in the city . Similar was the case with the science stream.
However, college authorities feel these are not true indicators. “We had only a few seats left for the special rounds but most students have already secured a seat in the previous rounds. Those left either did not get a college because of poor scores or had not selected colleges according to their score. We had 15 allotments in the arts stream and while the student at the top had a score of 82%, the last one on the list has scored 37%,“ said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice principal, VG Vaze College, Mulund. At HR College, Churchgate cut-off dropped from 88.2% to 83.8% while at Jai Hind, Churchgate, it dipped to 86.6% from 87.4% in commerce stream.
However, there were a few colleges which saw the cut-off marginally increase in some streams. For instance, the commerce cut-off at RA Podar College, Matunga was as high as 96.8% in the special round while the previous list cut-off was 91%. Similarly , at VG Vaze College, commerce did not have a fourth merit list but had a single student allotted to them with a score of 92.4%.
Even after the special round allotments, there will be 54,870 seats vacant. While the re are about 4,000 students still without a seat and the education department will continue to hold more rounds for them, the other seats will find no takers. Those who were allotted seats in the special round can now approach colleges to finalise them on August 18 and 19.