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Cut-off Lists Likely To Be Higher For Junior College Admissions

Updated On: 7 June, 2024   By: Admission

 The passing percentage in the Class 10 (SSC) exams has increased this year. This will likely result in higher cut-off marks required for gaining admission to prominent junior colleges in the city compared to last year.

The Deputy Director of Education (DYDE) in Pune has already started the online admission process for Class 11 from May 22nd. After the SSC results were announced, Class 10 students from any board can now start filling out part 1 of the online admission forms. Out of the total 334 junior colleges in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad area, 28,011 students have registered online for Class 11 admission so far.

Rajendra Zunjarrao, the principal of Modern College of Arts Science and Commerce in Shivajinagar, said, "Compared to last year, there is an increase in the number of students who have scored more than 90% and 80% marks across divisions in the state and in Pune city. Due to this, the cut-off percentage for admission to prominent colleges is expected to increase by around 5 to 7 percent. Students will face tough competition to get into good colleges of their choice."

Shraddha Kanjawe, a Class 10 student who scored over 90%, said, "I want to take admission for the Arts stream in Fergusson College or another good college in Pune. But since the overall passing percentage has gone up this year, there will be intense competition among students to secure admission."

Many other students are also worried about getting admissions in their preferred junior colleges due to the high cut-offs expected this year. Some students may have to settle for their second or third choice college if their scores do not meet the cut-off criteria of the top colleges.

To avoid such situations, several students are already exploring options like taking admissions in colleges located in neighboring cities or towns where the cut-offs may be lower. However, this could mean longer travel times and higher transportation costs for them.

Some educational experts suggest that students should not just focus on getting into the most prestigious colleges but look at other factors like faculty, infrastructure, extracurricular activities etc. An average college with good overall facilities may sometimes be a better option than an elite college with poor amenities.

The education authorities have urged students and parents to stay calm and not panic about admissions. They have assured that efforts will be made to accommodate as many students as possible in the colleges and streams of their choice based on merit.

Overall, while the high cut-offs present a challenge, students need to be prepared to be flexible in their college preferences and keep an open mind to make the best choice for their future careers.

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