The second merit list for the FYJC online admission that was announced on Wednesday showed just a marginal drop in the cut-off percentages of the top colleges in the city. Most of the top colleges claimed they had very few vacant seats after the first round of admission.
Several students who managed to score more than 80 per cent are still left disappointed as they did not manage to get admission to the colleges of their choice. Around 53,602 students were allotted seats in the second round of admission.
According to statistics released by the office of the deputy director of school education, seat allocation in the second round saw 1,646 seats being allotted in arts and 35,295 in commerce. In all, 16,661 students got admission in the second merit list, taking the total number of students allotted seats to 53,602. Out of this, around 34,611 students were allotted seats under the betterment option and 18,991 were first-time allotments.
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In the first merit list that was announced on July 2, nearly 1.76 lakh students, of the 2.03 lakh students who had applied, were allotted seats.
N B Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai, said around 1.07 lakh students had been allotted seats as per their choice in the preference list.
Meanwhile, the cut-offs saw a marginal decrease in some of the top colleges for the seats that remained vacant after the first round of admission that concluded on July 7. In the science stream, Ruia and Ruparel College saw a drop of only 0.6 per cent as compared to the first list, while in commerce, N M College saw a drop of nearly 1.6 per cent. Suburban colleges like Mulund College and Vaze College saw a marginal drop in the percentage between 1-2 per cent. In arts, Ruia College also saw the cut-off drop by just one per cent.
Mayur Shettigar, a student from Santacruz who secured around 85 per cent, said although he could get a seat in a less popular college in the first and second list, he wanted to wait for the third list to get a seat at the college of his choice. The third merit list will be announced on July 15. Students wanting a betterment option can exercise the option till July 11.
Chavan claimed that the situation this time was much better as compared to last year, as more number of students were getting admission to colleges of their choice. “This year, we have managed to create awareness among students through workshops,” he added.