Students and parents queue up for forms at Graduate School College for Women on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Poor marks in the state’s secondary board exams have made no difference to youngsters’ mindsets in East Singhbhum district, with science continuing to be the preferred intermediate course.
Demand for intermediate seats is high. Around 16,000 students who passed matriculation this year have to be accommodated in around 23 colleges, intermediate cradles or high schools.
Constituent and affiliated cradles, private or otherwise, have started issuing intermediate forms — in arts, commerce and science — from May second week, which cost between Rs 75 to Rs 300 each.
The admission form rush has been greatest at Jamshedpur Women’s College, Graduate School College for Women and Karim City College. However, science forms are the best-sellers in all.
Those who have secured a first division in matric will get direct admission in intermediate, unlike in graduation where eligibility percentage cut-offs vary.
Those with a second division will have to apply and be admitted only if the seats are vacant. But even among students who have not scored well in Class X boards, science is the first choice.
“I will try for science as it has a scope for jobs. I have got 58 per cent in matric,” said Sumati Kumari, a student from Ghatshila who stood in a long queue at the Graduate School College for Women.
Added Jaiprakash Ranjan, an aspirant at Karim City College: “I will try for science. But have kept my option open for commerce too. The point is to get into a good college so that the classes do not get hampered.”
Karim City College has 640 seats each in science and commerce and 512 in arts.
Jamshedpur Women’s College has 512 seats in science and 632 seats each in arts and commerce.
The Graduate School College for Women has sold more than 1,000 forms since May 11 and will sell forms for a month. The college has 640 seats each in arts and commerce and 520 science berths.
“It is mandatory for a student to get above 75 per cent in math and 60 per cent in biology if he wants to take up pure or bio science as we want good students. Aspirants for commerce and arts require 60 and 50 per cent marks. We started giving out the forms from May 10 and will continue for a month,” said Karim City College controller of examinations Mohammad Riyaz.
Apart from the top three, students are also queuing up for Shyama Prosad Intermediate College, Parsudih, where the cut-off is 60 per cent for science, 55 per cent for commerce and 45 per cent for arts.
“Students have started taking forms, which will be issued till May-end,” said senior faculty member H.P. Shukla.