MUMBAI: Raqaiya Murtaza Bhusavalwala, 16, scored 71% in her Class 10 exams conducted by an international board. And yet, she found herself at the top of the first-year junior college (FYJC) general merit list, much above 15 students with perfect scores in their SSC exams.
The general merit list was released on Tuesday. However, this is not the admission list.
Raqaiya mistakenly wrote she had secured 1,182 out of 1,182 marks in her FYJC application form, while she had really scored 500 out of 700 marks.
“I filled the form with the help of my sister, but we made a mis- take while applying. My actual score is 71%,” said Raqaiya. an IGCSE student from Dubai.
More than 1,000 students filled incorrect marks in their admission application, said education officials.
They will be allowed to make corrections until 5pm on July 6 through schools or guidance centres. If students do not correct the marks, their names will not appear in the first merit list coming out on July 10 or they will get disqualified during admissions.
“The errors in the merit list are because of students making mistakes in their applications,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region. Students can change their marks, date of birth, caste or any other details mentioned in the application form, he added.
Compared to last year, the number of applicants scoring more than 95% rose to 2,584 from last year’s 2, 066, and 1,683 in 2015.
But students scoring in the nineties reduced to 13,575 from 14,589 last year.
Additionally, as many as 15 students from across the state have scored 100 out of 100, earning them top ranks in the admission process.
The toppers belong to the state board thanks to additional sports and cultural marks — 15 to 25 marks — awarded in the SSC exams. This means that cutoffs will be high in the first merit list in coveted colleges.
If students score identical marks, preference will be given based on their English marks and date of birth.
If this is the plight of 90 scorers, then the future of those scoring in the 80s and 70s is much worse, said principals.
“Since all three important boards — SSC, CBSE and ICSE — recorded good results this year, we are seeing an unprecedented hike in students scoring above 95% and this means others will find it difficult to get into coveted colleges,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College, Vile Parle.
Academicians said students scoring in the 80s, 70s and 60s might be allotted seats only in the third list in coveted colleges. "Students flock to the popular colleges so the cut-offs soar, but those applying in smaller colleges will not face much of a problem. Their cut-offs will dip by the second or third list," said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew's College, Bandra.