Mumbai saw a 40% rise from last year in the number of HSC students scoring 90% and more. In the state, the corresponding number rose almost 65%. With CBSE and ISC recording a massive rise in students scoring above 95% nationally, though, self-financed courses could see a rise in cut-offs.
Several colleges recorded a success rate of almost 100% in arts on Thursday. At St Xavier’s College, success rate for science was 98.5% and arts 99.7%, with one student failing. In arts, 322 of 357 students got distinction.
Jai Hind College principal Ashok Wadia said, “Though HSC marks have improved, state students are still behind other boards for admissions. It is high time one applies one’s mind and brings validation and equivalence among boards. Unrealistic percentage competition should stop somewhere.”
K C College principal Hemlata Bagla said the cut-offs may drop after the first or second list due to high mobility of students among colleges.
Principals say the pandemic may have an impact on the choice of colleges. Some say students seeking to study abroad or even in national institutes in other states may take a year’s drop or decide to study in the city. Within Mumbai, too, some may choose to seek admissions closer home, to avoid the local train commute.
“A lot of things will depend on how students make their choice,” said Parag Thakkar from H R College.
“Students may rethink their study-abroad plans. If that happens, many will want to study here. Within Mumbai, too, there will be questions on mobility. We do not know how many students from Virar-Vasai and Kalyan-Dombivli would want to travel to south Mumbai,” said Thakkar.
Sanjana Ramnath, a topper from Jai Hind College, told TOI she has decided to take a year’s drop from pursuing law.
“I was planning to appear for CLAT this year, but now I have decided to take admission for BA in my college. I may appear for the entrance test next year or will pursue a post-graduate degree in law. I am not comfortable about going to any other city this year,” she said, adding she wants to get into human rights law or civil services.
Meanwhile, though the admission schedule for degree colleges is likely to come out in a day or two, students can start registering with their details on mum.digitaluniversity.ac.