A file picture of a serpentine queue to submit admission forms at Jamshedpur Women’s College last year
It is the same old story of intermediate students making a beeline to bag seats in the best colleges, but what’s new is that commerce seems to be the top choice among students this year.
Jamshedpur-based colleges, which started issuing admission forms more than two weeks ago, have received a healthy response so far, with students preferring commerce to science.
Till last year, they were ready to compromise on their choice of college for the sake of studying science. But, this has changed with time.
“The trend is unusual, but we are happy. The age-old tradition has been broken and students are showing interest in commerce. Arts, too, is doing well,” said Graduate School College for Women principal Usha Shukla.
She added that though they have only 90 seats in each of the science subjects, there are not many takers.
In commerce, on the other hand, the college has 120 seats and more than required aspirants.
The situation is quite similar at Karim City College. There are about 240 seats in commerce, while arts and science subjects have around 60 to 70 seats. According to college officials, the seats in commerce disciplines will fill up faster.
“I think the trend has changed more because of career opportunities. Most youngsters, these days, aspire to study MBA from reputed institutes and they think that commerce at the undergraduate level will help them. Besides, chartered accountancy, company secretary, banking, etc have also become popular career choices over the time,” said Mohammad Riyaz, controller of examinations, Karim City College.
Apart from the usual BA, BSc courses, students are also choosing professional courses like BCA, BBA and mass communication.
“The world is no more limited for us. There are ample choices. Students are now much more focussed and know what they want in life. Science is no more the only route to success,” said Ishita Raman, a student from Ghatshila who has applied for commerce in Jamshedpur Women’s College, and feels that it will help her pursue MBA in finance later.
Distribution and submission of forms will continue till first week of July.
Like previous years, Karim City College has seen the greatest rush so far with Jamshedpur Women’s College coming a close second in terms of numbers.
The queues are also swelling at Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur Co-operative College, LBSM College and ABM College.