All eyes are set on the First Year Junior College (FYJC) merit list to be announced at 5pm on Monday .
The centralized admission process will allot seats to over 2.35 lakh FYJC applicants but many are worried that they may face stiff competition to make it to top colleges.
On offer are 2.92 lakh seats in over 750 junior colleges in the Mumbai metropolitan region. While the seats are more than applicants, the race to get into a select few colleges makes the competition difficult. “This year, we could see a slight increase in cut-offs as top scores have increased. There are state board students with a score of 100% as well,“ said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate. As many as 14 applicants have a perfect 100.
Most worried are students with a score of 80-90%. “I was expecting to cross the 90% mark but got only 88%. Now, many good colleges seem to be out of reach in the first list considering scores of other students. I am also unsure if I must risk waiting for a better choice in following lists as this time we do not have the option of switching colleges after we take admission at one,“ said a Ka lyani Ram, an Arts aspirant.
This year, the education department revamped the admission process to bring in more transparency and change the software agency handling the system. Principals are worried about how the admission pro cess will turn out this time.“The entire process has undergone a change and most of us are unaware about what to expect. The first phase had many glitches so we are worried about the second phase too. The department has delayed the pro cess by several days and hopefully addressed all problems as otherwise it could create panic among students,“ said a principal. The technical glitches have delayed the new academic year by more than five days already . Education department officials said the admission process will ensure all students get seats. “If students fill in application forms realistically , they will definitely get a college of their choice. Systems are being tested to ensure against technical glitches,“ said an official.