Pune: Even though this year, the marks obtained in Std XII examination of other boards have been higher than the State Board’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), cut-offs for first-year entry in prominent city-based colleges is likely to remain the same as last year.
Whereas, colleges like Fergusson College (FC) and Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce have stated that if not much, the cut-offs are likely to slightly increase considering the high scores in Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian School Certificate Education (ICSE). “The cut-offs have positively shot up by 2-3 per cent this year. Cut-offs in BA is about 95 per cent and for BCom, it is 94 per cent,” Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce Principal Hrishikesh Soman.
“The cut-off for other specialisation courses offered here BA ACCA (Association of Chartered Accountant) is around 91.83 per cent this year. The admissions began from June 7,” Soman said.
FC Principal Ravindra Pardeshi, who also agreed that there are chances of increase in cut-offs, said, “The applications ended on Monday. Now, the college is sorting out the applications and cut-offs will be clear within a couple of days.”
“However, generally high scorers apply here, so the college’s cut-off has been high mostly. Although, the range of cut-off will be similar as like last year, considering the high percentage obtained by students in CBSE and ICSE, it is likely that cut-offs will rise more this year,” said Pardeshi.
Last year, the cut-offs in various streams at Fergusson College was high. For BA, the cut-off was 91.08 per cent, BSc was 89.08 per cent, BSc in Microbiology was 90.77 per cent and BSc Biotech was 94 per cent.
Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce Principal Rajendra Zunjarrao stated there won’t be much of a difference. “Usually, high scorers of CBSE and ICSE students opt for medical, dental or engineering education. Their interest in traditional courses has been low,” said Zunjarrao.
“Moreover, the cut-offs gradually decrease when the admissions process is about to end. For example, one of the trends observed in science streams especially is that many students, who apply for courses in this stream, are aiming for Medicine or Pharmacy. So once they get admission there, they tend to leave these courses making them vacant. So those seats are opened for others,” said Zunjarrao.
Sir Parashurambhau (SP) College Principal Dilip Sheth stated that cut-offs will remain in the range of last year, which was 88 per cent in Arts, 82 per cent in Science and 88 per cent in Commerce. “Probability of no major difference in cut-offs could be that maximum students studying here are from the State Board,” said Sheth.
“But one of the factors of the high cut-off at colleges, which have junior college attached, could be due to institution quota. Because maximum seats are occupied by students who have studied in junior college and are given first priority as per university rules. Therefore, very few seats remain vacant,” he added.
Zunjarrao stated that Modern College is in the process to soon waive off this institution quota under their new autonomous status. “This will happen only after two years. This year, there will be no changes in the admission process. But we will create awareness so that it won’t be a problem later,” he said.
Soman also highlighted that the introduction of two new reservations, 16 per cent quota against socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC) and 10 per cent quota for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) has also led to the increase in the Open category cut-offs.
Many city-based colleges will release their first merit list later this week.