The first merit list of errors in FYJC leaves aspirant furious

The Maharashtra Director of Education office released the first merit online for admission to First Year Junior College (FYJC) on Monday June 27, 2016 at 05:00 pm for Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune Region on the official websites. The second and third merit lists will be released on July 04 and July 11 respectively. Although there is a strong murmur that the board is contemplating a fourth merit list, there has been no official announcement about the same.

Amid all this there is the topper of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, who was not able to get admission to any college of her choice. She did not get a seat in the first merit list declared on Monday. The reason thus quoted is an error on the part of the school i.e., they left her application blank. This could cost her an academic year if left uncorrected. Sakshi Rajwani scored 99.8%, the highest in the city. The highest score on the list was 99.4%.

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When this girl approached the state’s education department to inquire into the incident, she learnt the school reset her form on June 16 while submitting it, which erased the details keyed into it. The investigation official said that as per the site history, it shows her form was reset from a school log in. Sakshi stands to lose her academic year if the glitch is not corrected because all First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions — through the open category or quota — are being done online this year. It is mandatory for students to fill in registration and option forms online on the admissions portal.

Despite, the students were asked to make corrections in the forms on June 21 and June 22, but now it is too late to change the form as it will disturb the ongoing admissions. The question is that when on June 21 and 22 students were given the right to make amendments, why didn’t Sakshi did the same? As of now, she would’ve been able to apply to colleges again only after July 15, when the admission process gets over.

As per the reports received from the Deputy Director of Education, of the 2.2 lakh applications received, 1.84 lakh students secured first-class scores whereas more than 47,000 students made it to the first merit list announced on Monday. The First Merit List released by the department, the cut-off percentages for admissions to first year junior colleges (FYJC) in Mumbai were higher than last year’s, especially for the Arts and Commerce streams.

Over 2.21 lakh candidates have registered under FYJC Mumbai in 2016 while FYJC Pune received just about 72,106 applications for which the first merit list is set to be released on June 28, 2016. About 5 thousand more applications were received by FYJC Mumbai when the deadline to submit forms was extended by two days, finally tallying at 2.22 lakh from initial number of 2.17 lakh. The number of candidates from Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) also witnessed surge as compared to previous years for FYJC online admissions. However, the same growth was also registered in seats when 4,500 more seats were surrendered to the education department by schools for in-house quota and minority pool.

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