In the first merit list, cutoffs of a few courses were lower than last year; educators blamed poor HSC results for the drop
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The first merit list for University of Mumbai (MU) undergraduate courses, which was released on Thursday, saw the cut-offs rise by one percent or less in most courses.
The cut-offs of few courses even dipped in some colleges. At KC College, Churchgate, the BA cut-off was 87.69% against last year’s 89%. Educators blamed poor HSC results for this trend.
“The cut-offs rose but not much. Though we have a new division for BSc Computer Science this year, it did not affect the demand of BSc in our college because the cut-off for BSc is same as last year,” said Tushar Desai, principal of D G Ruparel College, Matunga.
He added that the BA seats are in popular demand and its first list saw a cut-off of 90.46%, a little higher than last year at the institute.
At NM College in Vile Parle, BCom as well as other finance related unaided courses saw huge demand once again this year.
“Our cut-offs for the general category has gone up by a percent in almost all streams and even the cut-offs for the minority category have stayed above 90% in almost all unaided courses. This shows the increasing demand for finance related courses,” said Parag Ajgaonkar, principal of the institute.
At Churchgate’s HR College as well, the cut-off for BCom rose by a percent, from 95% last year to 96% this time round.
“Our BCom cut-off went up by less than one percent but we were surprised to see a slight drop in the BMS cut-off. This goes to show that despite the demand for self-financed courses being high, BCom still seems to be the popular choice,” said Sobhana Vasudevan, principal of R A Podar College, Matunga.
She also blamed this dip on the slightly poor performance of state board students in the HSC results this year.
Students were relieved to find out that the cut-offs were not as high as they expected.
“We were fearing the cut-offs would hit a new high and go up by 4-5%, but most colleges’ cutoffs are same as last year, which is a relief,” said Anurag Bhatnagar, who bagged a seat at Ramnarain Ruia College in the first merit list.