Students applying online for first-year junior college (FYJC) seats this year need to take utmost care while selecting preference in the online form with there being no second chances.
According to directives, students will not be allowed to shift to another college once they are allotted a place through the online centralised admission process.
With over 12,000 students left out of the online rounds last year as they did not accept the online admissions that were allotted to them and were waiting for a seat through the offline process at end of three rounds, district education officials have warned not to repeat the process this year or students will be left out of the admission process.
“This year, students will have to take provisional admission in the college which they have been allotted. Only then, will they get the option of betterment according to their preference list. If students don’t take admissions given in first list, they will come out of the entire process and there will be no guarantee of whether they would get seats or in which colleges,” said Meenakshi Raut, Joint Director of Education. Speaking about the admission procedure for this year, she added that students must remember that it is a completely online process and the most important part of the exercise is to fill up the admission form correctly.
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“We have printed a detailed booklet costing Rs 100 which has not just admission form-related information with images but information on courses, subjects available, cut-offs, fee, documents to be submitted at the time of admission, and so on. Students must read this thoroughly before filling the forms as despite such detailed booklet and nine guidance centres set up, the students still make mistakes in filling forms,” she said.
This year, the forms have to be filled in two parts: Part I to be filled from May 16 which will have personal details of candidates like hall ticket number, name, address and so on, while the second part of the form has to be filled after Class X results are declared which will have details of students scores, a preference list of colleges selected by students, stream of choice, etc.
Experts involved in the admission process said the most common mistake students make is in selection of choice colleges. “The most common mistakes is not being realistic in choice of college. The booklet has details of last year cut-off’s and students must fill the list of choice colleges based on their percentage. Supposing, if they have 70 per cent and all their top choice colleges are 90 per cent and above, chances of them getting into top preference is very little,” added Raut.
However, Jyoti Gaikwad, teacher at Marathwada Mitra Mandal Junior College, who is part of CAP committee, pointed out that merely cut-off percentage is not criteria for selection of colleges.
“Students should also check whether a college is aided or unaided, what is the fee there, if subjects of their choice are available. Last year, we even had cases where students got their first preference college and yet came to us asking to change as they found fee to be high or Sanskrit was not available. This year, an additional facility for students in online form is that once they enter code of college, they can see the fees. Also, the students are generally careful about filling the list of first 20 colleges but after that, they just randomly start filling names as they have to complete 50 colleges list. Rather than doing that, students must prepare list in descending order of preference and fill it sincerely till last college as one never knows which might get allotted,”
Another common mistake is selection of quota. Satinderjeet Kaul, retired vice-principal of the Abasaheb Garware College who was CAP committee member last year, said the students often did not know which quota they qualified for.
“In some cases, students who had passed intermediate drawing exam demanded cultural quota saying it was art too. Sometimes, children of government employees filled defence quota. The details on such quota is very clear and students must read it. Even participation in district or state level competitions is not enough, students have to win to qualify,” Kaul said.