Pune: Commerce turned out to be a stream in high demand compared to science, a trend that came to the fore as the first list of Std XI (FYJC) online Centralised Admission Process (CAP) was released on July 10. The number of applicants for commerce is high this year (45 per cent), compared to science (42 per cent).
Previous years’ trends across the country have shown that students predominantly favoured science stream.
Speaking with Sakal Times, Chandrakant Rawal, Principal of Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) said, “The admission trend is a mere reflection of the market demand. Earlier, science was the ultimate option chosen by students or by their parents. It was thought to be a safe option. However, as the time passed, people’s perspective expanded and now they can see the array of opportunities that lies for the commerce students in the future.”
On similar lines, Makarand Lele, Vice President, Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Pune Chapter said that the trend is not permanent and keeps shifting every few years.
“It depends upon the global scenario at that particular time. It may be safe to say that looking at the world right now, the craze for engineering or software to be specific has dropped a little today. This may certainly lead to the drop in the percentage of students opting for science and this crowd may turn to commerce. However, this trend keeps changing, and a few years in the line, we may again see science aspirants rising in number,” Lele said.
The number of applicants for commerce stands at 35,365 applicants (45 per cent) for science 33,479 (42 per cent) out of 78, 438 students who have applied for Std XI CAP.