he D-Day is here for nearly 1.97 lakh students. The allocation of seats in the first round of online admission to first-year junior colleges (FYJC) begins on Wednesday.
With their eyes trained on the first merit list, students say that they fear cut-offs will shoot up this year. But experts assure that since not many students have scored in the 80s and 90s, the rise in cut-offs will be marginal.
The first round of allocations will take place online and students will be able to check which seat they have secured at 5pm by logging on to the FYJC online admissions website, www.fyjc.org.in. The merit list will also be displayed by colleges on their notice boards.
Students should seek provisional admission on June 28, 29 and 30 in the college that have been allotted to them. If they fail to do so, they will be eliminated from the process.
Students will also get an SMS update of their admission status.
An education official in charge of online admissions said, “Students should not just rely on the SMS updates, as sometimes the service providers fail to update students. Students should log on to the online admission website to check whether they have been allotted a seat. Last year, lots of students lost out on admission since they received the mobile updates late.”
This year, tensions are running high among students for two reasons. Over 1,88,796 secondary school certificate (SSC) students who have applied for online admissions are worried that ICSE and CBSE students will beat them to seats in top colleges. This year, the SSC students’ performance in the board examinations was poorer compared to their ICSE and CBSE counterparts.
“I have applied to all commerce colleges that had a cut-off of less than 80% last year. But this year, I am afraid that if the cut-offs rise, I will be forced to take admission to a lesser known college,” said Yash Sawant, a student of St Xavier’s High School, who secured 75% in his SSC examinations.
Shobhana Vasudevan, principal of RA Podar College in Matunga, said, “Parents are worried that children who have scored in the range of 87% to 91% will not get a seat in good colleges. Although it is hard to predict cut-offs, looking at the fact that the minority colleges cut-offs were low this year, there is hope for students seeking online admissions as well.” The college had a