With very few seats still available, the possibility of third merit list appears bleak.

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There was a general air of dismay among students who flocked to colleges to check out the second merit list declared on Thursday.

With a drop between 2 to 4 per cent across courses, the second merit lists were considerably shorter than the first. Though few colleges such as Ruia and St Andrew’s saw a drop of between 5 and 10%, with very few seats now left, students awaiting the third list may not have much to hope for.

Preference for the BMS course still ran high after the second list, though the difference in cut-off percentages were marginal. While HR College had a difference of 0.4%, there was just a 1% drop in KC College.

Simran Jain, who scored 85.7%, felt it was unfair that there weren’t more seats. “Only 70 per cent students have passed in HSC. I applied to HR and Jaihind but haven’t got secured admission in BMS. Now, my hopes are pinned on the third list,” she said.

CBSE students filling up seats

Dr Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind, said, “Students from other states with higher CBSE marks are filling up seats. Our state board students are losing out in the process.”

Another HR student, who requested anonymity, failed to get admission despite scoring 86%. “The cut-off marks are ridiculously high. Despite being an inhouse student, I haven’t got through,” she said.

Professional courses like BMS and BMM have fewer seats in most colleges. Principal Marie Fernandes of St Andrew’s College said, “The cut off percentages has come down marginally across colleges.” She added that certain courses like hospitality did not have a second list in her college.

Xavier’s also did not have a second merit list for BA for HSC students, while the percentage for the other boards was reduced to 95 by 1.2 per cent.

No hope from 2nd Bcom list

Students had little hope from the second B.Com list as well. With university guidelines favouring inhouse students, colleges like KC came out with a second merit list comprising inhouse students alone. “Colleges like KC, HR and Mithibai had come out with a first list of only inhouse students, but KC now had a second list of inhouse students. The positions of all the colleges are so confusing,” said Purnima Meiwal, a parent.

Given the scenario, principals believe a third list appears doubtful in top colleges. “The third list, especially for B.Com, will depend on cancellations. For courses like BMM and BMS, there will be no third list,” said Dr Wadia.

 

 

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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