?Plan For Spl Rounds To Be Notified Soon
The fourth and final merit list continued to keep top colleges out of reach for several students as cutoffs remained high due to the few seats available in the last round.
For instance, at St Xavier's College, Fort, one of the most sought after colleges in Arts stream, the cut-off for students from the open category dropped from 94% in the first list to 93.4% in the fourth. Similarly , at Ruia College, the Arts cut-off remained high at 93.16%. Several other colleges maintained cut-offs above 80% in Arts. At Jai Hind College, Churchgate, the first student even on the final list had a score of 93.2%.“There were eight Arts seats for the list and we expect all these will be taken up in this round of admissions. We might not have any seats to offer for the special rounds,“ said principal, Ashok Wadia.
But cut-offs at some colleges saw a drop as reserved seats were opened up for students from the open category .At V G Vaze College, the Arts cut-off was down from 85.8% in the third merit list to 62% in the fourth. “In Arts, the few applications in the reserved category were transferred to the open category only in the final round. Students with a higher score may not have waited for our college until the last round, hence our cut offs dropped,“ said vice-principal Vidyadhar Joshi.
Commerce cut-offs at popular colleges were largely unchanged in the fourth list too. “We had only three seats on offer, and there were two students who had got marks equal to our third merit list cut-offs. We have begun classes,“ said Parvati Venkatesh, principal, Mulund College of Commerce. The cut-off at the college differed only from 90.6% in the first list to 89.16% in the last one.
Meanwhile, the education department on Monday met to draw a plan for special rounds to be held after admissions conclude on August 9.“Students who are not admitted even after the four rounds will have a chance to take admission against vacancies at various colleges. The plan, schedule and rules will be notified soon,“ said B B Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai.