Thresholds for popular University of Mumbai courses increase by 10 to 13 percentage points | Bombay News

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The first general merit list for first-year undergraduate (AF) courses announced on Tuesday saw the thresholds increase by 10 to 13 percentage points on average from last year, according to data shared by colleges of the city.

The increase in Covid-19 cases has forced most school boards to drop their Class 12 exams this year and instead assessed students based on their performance in Classes 10, 11 and 12. The final results saw a massive increase in students in the club to 90%. While the ICSE and CBSE schools boasted of having nearly 50% or more of their grade 12 students scoring above 90-95% this year, the number of 90% of their students across the Status has increased 12-fold from last year. For the first time, 46 HSC students managed to achieve a 100% perfect this year.

While some colleges reported an increase of six to eight percentage points in all courses, the threshold for the Bachelor of Science course at Mithibai College in Vile Parle saw an increase of 29 percentage points – by 55.1% last year to 84.1% this year.

At St Xavier’s College, one of the most popular choices for Bachelor of Arts (BA) aspirants, the top merit list for the FYBA course ended at 98% for State Council students and at 99.17% for state council students – the state council’s list witnessed a jump of six percentage points. The biggest jump, however, was seen in undergraduate biology courses at Dhobi Talao College, where the list ended at 92% for state council students, up 13 percentage points from at 79% last year. Even the minority quota merit list for FYBA ended at 91% for HSC students and 95.8% for non-state council students at the institute this year.

“All the seats in the FYBA course were awarded in the first merit list itself. Vacant seats, if any, will only be revealed after the round is complete, when we know how many students do not confirm their admission, ”said Rajendra Shinde, Principal of St Xavier’s College.

Once again, self-funded courses including Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Bachelor of Media and Mass Communication (BAMMC, formerly BMM), Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (BAF), Bachelor of Commerce in banking-insurance, attracted the best scores in various fields and colleges. .

At Narsee Monjee College, Vile Parle, the first merit list for BMS ended at 95.8% (for arts), 95.2% (for sciences) and 97% (for commerce), or close two to three percentage points higher than last year. At RA Podar College, Matunga, another popular choice for business and BMS aspirants, the BMS merit list ended at 94.6% (for arts), 94.7% (for sciences) and 96.8% (for trade), almost three to ten percentage points higher than last year.

“We knew getting admission to the best colleges would be a challenge this year, but the first merit list shocked us all. In many cases, the first merit list finished at 95-98%, which means that this year even a 90% will not secure anyone a place in a college and / or course of their choice ” said Riddhi Parikh, an ICSE. student who scored 93% in her councils and missed a chance to be assigned to a college of her choice. “I was assigned a seat at another college, which was not high on my priority list. Any other year I would have canceled that admission and waited for the next merit list, but this year I’m not sure anyone can take such a risk, ”she added.

At Jai Hind College, Churchgate, cuts between streams have also increased and hope for students on the next two lists remains low. “We are a minority college, so we have already completed internal minority quota admissions and the remaining seats have been allocated to the open category in the first round itself. I’m sure we’ll have to announce a second merit list in order to fill all the seats, but I highly doubt there will be a third merit list for popular courses, ”said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College.

Additional division for colleges

Earlier this month, the state government issued a circular, allowing colleges to add an additional division to some popular courses to accommodate all students due to the higher number of Class 12 students who pass their exams this year.

“This option will only be available for colleges for the 2021-2022 academic year and can continue for the current batch until the end of their diploma,” the circular said. College directors, however, have not shown interest in the move, with many saying that it will be impossible to add divisions in terms of infrastructure in space-strapped institutes once the colleges will reopen for physical classes.

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