The announcement of the first online junior college merit lists brought cheer to students, with some top city colleges going for a dip in cut-offs. While most colleges saw a slide of 1.5-2%, cut-offs in a few went down by almost 4%.

At K C College in Churchgate, the commerce cut-off stood at 88.55% this year, compared to 92.54% last year, while Ramnarain Ruia College in Matunga reduced the cut-off for science stream seats to 93.27% from 95.09%.

In fact, some like K P B Hinduja College and St. Xavier’s saw a marginal rise in cut-offs compared to last year. While it went up by 2% at K P B Hinduja, at St Xavier’s the rise in cut-offs was less than a per cent in arts stream.

At SIES College of Commerce cut-off in commerce has dipped from 90.77% to 89.63%. The college also converted management quota seats to merit seats to accommodate more in the open category. Despite having 480 seats, only 135 were available for online admissions in the college.

At H R College in Churchgate, the cut-off was 91.27. The highest percentage of applications under the cultural and sports quota stood at 91%. Even under the physically challenged quota, the highest scorer was 89%.