Around 2.30 lakh students have registered online for first year junior college (FYJC) admissions by Thursday, when the website re-opened after repairs. Though the website again slowed down in the evening, the state’s education department assured it won’t crash.

The new admission portal was shut on Wednesday for maintenance after it repeatedly crashed over the weekend. The department has now added extra servers and increased the capacity of existing ones.

On Thursday, the number of applicants, who completed the second part of the form and thus the online registration, shot up to 1.75 lakh. This number was 75,000 before the website was shut on Wednesday.

Education officers believe that almost all aspirants have now signed up for online registrations. “I think more or less all students have registered online. We are expecting 4,000 to 5,000 more registrations,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region. Last year, 2.33 lakh students had applied for FYJC online admissions.

Chavan added that if the registrations continue at this rate they would not need to extend the June 27 deadline. “We will watch the performance of the website for the next few days and if any major problems resurface then we will think about extending the deadline,” said Chavan.

Meanwhile, guidance centres said the website slowed down on Thursday evening but the department said they have not received any such complaints. “The website was probably slow because such so many students had logged on to it but it could also be a connectivity problem at centres,” added Chavan.

Suvarna Sawant, guidance officer, Narayan Guru College of Commerce, Chembur, said, “The website was working well till Thursday afternoon, but few students complained that the server slowed down in the evening.”

Centres said students faced more issues earlier this week. “There were many complaints from students in the first week before the site was fixed but now it looks like the technical problem has been solved,” said Hiraman Mali, guidance officer in Ramanand Arya DAV College, Bhandup.

FYJC minority quota cut-offs out for two city colleges

NM College of Commerce and Economics and St Andrew’s College announced their first merit list for junior college seats for in-house and minority students on Thursday. While cut-offs for commerce and arts streams in the top colleges dipped, the minimum marks required for science and bifocal courses increased by few points.

NM College of Commerce and Economics closed its admissions at 80% for in-house students. This is significantly lower than its last year’s cut-off of 90.8%. Jimit Shah was the highest scorer at 97.5% among the applicants.

Last week, St Xavier’s College, Fort, witnessed a similar trend with its science cut-offs for Christian minority students plummeting to 76.8%, registering a 6% drop, this year. The college’s cut-off for the arts stream also dipped by a couple of points.

On the other hand, in the minority merit list announced by St Andrew’s College, Bandra, cut-offs for bifocal courses rose compared to previous years. Computer science and Information technology (IT) for science students closed at 85%. IT for commerce and arts students closed at 84.4% and 81%. “Bifocal courses are always in demand and their cut-offs rise every year as high scorers opt for them,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of the college.

Among the regular courses at the college, commerce stream cut-offs for minority students increased to 80.20% from last year’s 79.8%. The cut-off for science was 78%, higher than last year’s 77% last year, but arts saw its cut-off dip to 75.80% from 76% last year.