Maharashtra: As 90% club gets crowded, race for FYJC to get fiercer

Maharashtra: As 90% club gets crowded, race for FYJC to get fiercer


Maharashtra FYJC Admission 2020 - SSC toppers have outgrown this year with more than 83,000 students scoring 90% and above. A nearly 200% jump over last year and 175% in the city is seen. As the state and central boards see a massive spike in high scorers, competition to get into top junior colleges will get tougher this year.

Principals predict a 1-2% rise in cut-offs, that will make it tough for even those with 90% to secure a seat of their choice.

Almost 15,000 SSC students have scored 90% and above in Mumbai. It was in 2011 that the city saw over 14,000 90%-plus scorers. Because of the changes in the evaluation pattern, the numbers had dropped last year to 5,399.

Commerce and Arts Seats will be difficult in sought-after junior colleges. Parag Thakkar from HR College said the cut-offs in the fyjc first merit list 2020 will rise by 1-2% in commerce and arts courses in top colleges. Whether the rise of 90% scorers is between 90% and 95% or in the above 95% bracket will decide the cut-offs in subsequent lists too.

Many of the science students are likely to choose junior colleges offering integrated coaching for their NEET and JEE preparation, and are expected to choose a junior college which is near to their home. As the Corona pandemic is continuing in Maharashtra with big cases coming each day, parents would want their wards to choose a college near to their home. As several junior colleges offering integrated coaching are coming up in the suburbs, it will become the best choice of science students. The fyjc cut-offs 2020 are likely to rise even in these junior colleges.

The rise in scores will definitely push up cut-offs. These high scores may have an impact on the psychological well-being of students. There should be a uniform assessment policy across boards," said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College.

Almost two lakh students in the state had sought extra marks for participation in sports and cultural events, taking the total number of students with the perfect score to 242. In Mumbai alone, 32,000 have managed to get those extra marks.

Another Prinicpal said, "Artificial inflation of marks has become a norm across boards. It is difficult to assess the actual capabilities of a child when every board is joining the rat race. No board has managed to set a benchmark for others to follow. Students scoring 90% are also facing dejection as they don't manage to secure a seat in a college of their choice. Where are we headed?"

Due to the Corona pandemic, this year first-year junior college (FYJC) admissions are completely online, the education department will also launch a mobile application to help students fill application forms easily. Meanwhile, Part I of the form-filling process for FYJC admissions started on August 1.

Only a few 90-percenters in FYJC race this time

Only a few 90-percenters in FYJC race this time


MUMBAI: As the scores of SSC students are not good this time, first year junior college aspirants can expect lower cut-offs in the fyjc first merit list 2019 that’s slated to be released on July 12. This year, students with a score of 90% and above has been declined by 1.6% as compared to previous year. There is an increase of 6% for students scoring 95% and above.

After the provisional merit list is announced, 2,974 students with a score of 95% and above have applied for FYJC admission 2019. Last year it was 2,795. This time, it seems the cut-offs would be lower as compared to last year. Only 16,188 students with a score of above 90% have applied as compared to 16,62 last year.
Students getting 90% and above in SSC, most of the of students belong to state board (6,906), and 4,146 are from ICSE and 1,960 are from CBSE boards. Principal of a reputed college in South Mumbai said a lot of their seats would not be taken up by SSC students and instead be taken up by the non-state board students. The Principal said, “We usually have students from the ICSE and CBSE students in the first merit list and these students confirm their fyjc admissions. Most of the students who has got scores of above 95% would be from these boards.
The education department has increased seats at top colleges making sure that SSC students have a fair chance. The cut-off at top colleges could be lower but it could mean higher vacancies in the other colleges as more students will be accommodated in a few colleges.

Commerce has the maximum number of applicants, the most number of students with a score of above 95% are in the science stream. Out of the total 1,608 students with this score, 184 are from SSC, 248 from CBSE board and 349 from ICSE board.

Ashish Shelar meets Principals of Top Junior Colleges

Ashish Shelar meets Top junior colleges in Mumbai on seat increase


Newly appointed school education minister Ashish Shelar met principals of top junior colleges in the city to seek opinion on whether increase of up to 8% seats in arts and commerce and 5% in science for the first year junior college admissions is really possible.

As the SSC results of students had a huge impact by the discontinuation of internal exams in languages and social sciences, the increase of seats is one such solution that has been proposed so that SSC students have a level playing field in FYJC admission 2019.

Shelar and education department officials didi a meeting with around 60 principals at Jai Hind College. A principal said: “We were told that Govt. is planning to increase seats at our colleges and asked for our feedback. There was a mixed reaction from all the Principals. Some answered in affirmative and Some principals raised concerns over the lack of infrastructure or staff and the need for a long term solution for the same.” Presently, aided divisions have 120 seats while unaided divisions have 80 students.