Mumbai, Sept. 14 -- Even though the overall cut-offs in city colleges dipped by less than a percentage point across courses, a handful of popular colleges had no seats left to be allotted in the third merit list - announced on Monday by the office of the deputy director of education (DyDE) - for first-year junior college (FYJC) courses. NM College in Vile Parle, HR College in Churchgate and RA Podar College in Matunga - all popular colleges for commerce - had no seats left for the third list.

"All our seats were allotted in the first two merit lists and very few withdrawals happened. So no seat was left for the third list. We plan to start the orientation for our new FYJC batch this week, and classes will follow too," said Parag Ajgaonkar,...