Mumbai, Aug. 24 -- Registration figures for the ongoing first-year junior college (FYJC) admissions shows a 40,000 drop this year compared to 2020. Data released by the office of deputy director of education (DyDE) on Monday shows that nearly 2.02 lakh FYJC aspirants completed the registration process this year compared to 2.42 lakh in 2020. This dip has surprised many, especially since a higher number of students cleared Class 10 across school education boards this year.

Registered figures have highlighted a dip in applications from students across boards but the biggest drop in registrations has come from state board students. Last year nearly 2.21 lakh SSC students had registered for FYJC admissions, but this year the figure stood at 1....