1.5 lakh FYJC seats vacant after first round but cut-offs may stay high

MUMBAI: At the end of round one of first-year junior college admissions, 53,383 students had confirmed the seats allotted to them, leaving 1.5 lakh seats vacant for the next merit list. While seats on offer are aplenty, top colleges have only a handful left, which means second merit list cut-offs are expected to see only a marginal dip.

This year, there are over 3.1 lakh seats for 2.4 lakh students. The education department on Thursday gave students an extra day to confirm their admissions. When admissions closed on Friday night, out of the 1.2 lakh students allotted seats, 53,383 confirmed their place. Of these, 40,476 students were given the college they had listed as their first preference but only 32,685 of them confirmed their admissions. The rest will now have to wait until the third round of admissions is complete before they get a chance again. Simultaneously, 25,227 students have also taken admission under various quotas.

While students are outnumbered by the seats available, there are very few vacancies at popular colleges in the city.

For instance, there are no seats in the open category for the commerce stream at R A Podar College in Matunga. At St Xavier’s College, Fort, there are only four seats in the arts stream for the open category in the second round.

“Over 80% of our seats in science and commerce are already confirmed in round one, so we have less than 100 seats across streams for the second round,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal, V G Vaze College, Mulund. This year, there are 19,437 students who scored above 90% against 16,188 last year.

Education officials said students must be mindful of the colleges they select in the second round. “High scorers prefer a certain set of colleges pushing up their cut-offs. Students must check the cut-offs, vacancies and then shortlist colleges.” Students have until 6pm on September 7 to rejig their choices. The second merit list will be declared at 10am on September 10.

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