After the towering DU cut-offs, it was time for Mumbai students to battle its share of anxiousness and surprises as colleges in the city declared its second merit list on June 23.
While it was Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi that locked its gates on students after announcing 100 percent marks as its criterion for admission, in Mumbai, it was St Xavier's College that turned down hopes of hundreds of students by announcing that they would not accept any more admissions for BSc as their seats for the course are already filled up.
The cut-off for Arts at St Xavier's remained at 74 percent, 69 percent and 62.70 percent for BMM (Bachelors in Mass Media) and BMS (Bachelors in Management Studies) respectively.
Other leading colleges (KC College, HR, SIES, Ramnarain Ruia, Poddar and Ruparel) in the city reported similar trends, where the second cut-off list percentage dropped by a mere 2-5 percent.
For regular BSc at Ruparel College a student requires a score of 250 with a Chemistry-Physics-Mathematics/Biology (CPM/B) combination or 260 for Chemistry-Physics-Zoology (CPZ) combination besides the overall aggregate of 70 percent. However, a few suburban colleges have encouraged direct admissions for students scoring 65 percent and above. Students with less than 60 percent will have to wait for the third merit list to be declared on June 27, followed by the final merit list (in case of vacant seats) on June 29.
Even as the demand for BSc Computer Science has sizeably reduced over the years, colleges like Ruparel and KJ Somaiya have demanded an aggregate of 75 percent and above in the second list. However, as always, Bsc (IT) rules the roost with colleges like Ruparel pegging the second list at 88 percent aggregate with a minimum requirement of 88 marks and above in Mathematics in colleges like KJ Somaiya and SIES. KC College however closed its second list at 61.83 percent.
Demand for management courses
Meanwhile, courses like BMM, BMS, BCom (Financial Management) and BCom (Accounting and Finance) are popular among applicants. Needless to say, colleges have also upped the merit criteria for these courses, the average being 70-75 percent in colleges like KJ Somaiya.