After the announcement of the second general merit list on Monday evening, most city colleges saw a big dip in the Arts cut-offs, while the science and commerce cut-offs remained high.
Colleges are now expecting nearly all seats to be filled by the end of this round, leaving very few seats vacant for the last online merit list. Apart from 36,881 students who got fresh allocations in this list, a little over 51,000 students also availed the betterment option in the round.
"All our seats have been allotted to students in the second round. In fact, the number of students allotted to our college is more than the number of seats available. We don't know how we will manage this situation," said M Kekare, principal of L S Patkar College in Goregaon. With the exception of Jai Hind and Podar colleges, most other educational institutes have been allotted seats to their full capacity and are expecting very few seats to go vacant for the third round of admissions.
Colleges are still unclear about the number of seats that will be filled after the second round of admissions, as most students have taken provisional admission. "Most of the seats in our college have been allotted. Since several students will be getting betterment options, we will have to wait for a few days to note the total number of seats filled," Harsha Mehta, principal of SIES College.
Students were not very kicked about the minimal dip in percentages in top city colleges. The cut-offs for the arts stream at St Xavier's College came down by a mere 0.20% from 91.8 to 91.5%.
While most students were happy with their betterment option, some students, who did not filled the form correctly, are feeling left out.
Colleges are now waiting to start their FYJC academic sessions. "Since most of the students have secured provisional admissions, these seats will be left vacant after students get their betterment options. Most colleges will face the problem as more students are getting betterment options," said T A Shiware, principal of KPB Hinduja College.
Many principals agreed that this process is delaying the admissions process and the start of lectures for the new batch.