The cut off percentage for admission in Arts and Commerce streams in First Year Junior Colleges (FYJC) saw a rise by 2-3% this year. However, in Science stream, there was a drop in cut off percentage.
There are 1,90,809 seats available in the first FYJC merit list, and the education department has received 2,03,378 applications online.
City colleges have 15,168 seats in Arts stream in the first merit list, and 56,136 seats in Science stream. The Commerce stream has 1,05,572 seats.
According to the education department, the number of applications are more than the available seats because students who have got admission under in-house, minority or management quota too have applied online.
In the admission process, 44,806 students have got the college of their first choice; 23,158 got the college of their second choice; 16,211 got college of third choice; 12,517 got institutions of fourth choice and 10,664 students got their fifth choice. The total number of students who got colleges of their first five preferences are 1,07,356.
The students whose names figure in the first merit list have been asked to take admissions on the July 3, 4 or 5 till 3pm and confirm seats. They are required to carry their original mark-sheet, school leaving certificate and their quota certificate.
Sapna Durve, vice principal, Mithibai College, said: "The first student who secured admission in Arts stream is a 95% scorer. This is a welcome trend. The cut off percentage in Art this year is 81.2%; it was 70.5% last year. Commerce is always in demand. Science cut off has seen a drop in percentage; last year it was 92% in the first merit list, this year it is 89.00%. Students are now moving to junior colleges that have integrated courses that help them prepare for competitive exams."
Echoing the sentiment, Mehek Gwalani, vice principal, KC College, said: "Yes, even we got a 90% + scorers in Arts stream. The cut off percentage in Arts and Commerce streams have gone up by a maximum 2% this year. But Science saw dip compared to last year."
Kiran Mangaonkar, principal, Khalsa College, said: "Our cut off percentage went up by around 4% in all streams this year. Overall, in city colleges, the cut offs in first merit list have gone up easily by 5 to 8% this year."
T Shiware, director, KPB Hinduja College, said: "In aided colleges, cut off percentage in Commerce has increased by 2%. But our college (unaided) saw a 3% rise in cut off percentage in the first merit list in Commerce stream."
Cut off marks (first merit list) in reputed colleges
KPB Hinduja College
Commerce (aided): 85.20%
Commerce (unaided): 82.20%
Ruia Junior College
Arts (Marathi med.): 90.2%
Arts (English med.): 64.4%
Payment of fees (merit list-I): July 3 to 5 between 10am and 3pm.
Declaration of merit list-II: July 9 at 5pm.
Payment of fees for merit list-II: July 10, 11 between 10am and 3pm.
Declaration of merit list-III and final: July 15 at 5pm.
Payment of fees (merit list-III and final): July 16 and 17 between 10am and 3pm.