This year there are over 3.1 lakh places for 2.4 lakh students. Education gave students an extra day on Thursday to confirm admission. When admission closed on Friday evening, 53,383 of the 1.2 lakh students confirmed their place. Of these, 40,476 students got the college they listed as their first preference, but only 32,685 of them confirmed their admission. The rest now have to wait for the third round of admissions to be completed before they get another chance. At the same time, 25,227 students received admission under various quotas.
While the number of students available is below the undergraduate level, there are very few vacancies at popular colleges in the city.
For example, at RA Podar College in Matunga there are no places in the open category for trade flow. At St. Xavier’s College in Fort there are only four places in the Kunststrom for the open category in the second round.
“Over 80% of our seats in science and commerce are confirmed in the first round, so in the second round we have less than 100 seats in different streams,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, deputy director of VG Vaze College in Mulund. This year 19,437 students have scored over 90% compared to 16,188 last year.
Education officials said students should pay attention to the colleges they choose in the second round. “Highscorers prefer a certain group of colleges that raise their cut-offs. Students have to review cut-offs, vacancies, and then shortlist the colleges.” Students have until 6 p.m. on September 7th to change their choices. The second earnings list will be announced on September 10th at 10 a.m.