Nearly 30,000 seats are vacant at the end of the four rounds for admissions to First Year Junior College, this year.
The first special round has started and the cut-off list will be out on Friday.
Officials said the distance of the allotted colleges from home, not getting their first preference, admissions in home district are some reasons for students refusing to confirm their admissions who hoped to get their preferred choices in the next round.
In the special fifth round, an overwhelming 65% students who were allotted colleges got their first preference of college.
Of the 7,721 students who applied , 6,662 students were allotted various colleges across Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad.
Of these 4,645 students got their first preference and 1,059 students did not get any college as per their preferences in the application form. “Many students from rural areas apply for colleges in Pune. These students have set their minds on certain colleges. When they don't get them, instead of taking admission in the allotted college, they prefer to take admission back home. Secondly, some realize that the cost of living in Pune is high and prefer hometown colleges even if they have been allotted the first preference college,“ Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of education Pune division, told TOI.
Students allotted colleges who wish to take admission should do so between August 18 and 19.
“There will be a second special round for those who have either not taken admission or haven't got through in the first special round.The details will be out after August 19 on pune.11thadmission.net and also via various media. It is advisable that students go through the last cut-off list along with vacant seats in the college they want to get admission in, before filling in the preference form,“ Temkar said.