I did not have to appear for any enterance exam. The admission system is based on your total percentile in the 10th standard ICSE or SSC or any other board examination. That is for Junior college, after that you are automatically accepted into the honours course, provided your results are satisfactory - basically, if you don't fail.
FEE STRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
The fee was negligible in my time, about Rs. 150, and is perhaps the same or slightly low now. Despite being one of the best colleges in the country, the fee was subsidised and based on guidelines laid down either by Mumbai University or UGC. In any case, highly affordable.
I am afraid we did not have any placement offers sponsored by a college - perhaps at the graduate level the college exerts itself more. In any case I wouldn't know.
I did not attend the hostel as I grew up in Mumbai. The hostel facilities at St. Xaviers, at least in my time were for men only, and the few times I ate there, the food was satisfactory.
Sure, most alumni I have met are extremely interesting people and credit college with helping them form their opinions and beliefs.
Brilliant. Most teachers were not just highly qualified but also passionate about their areas of expertise. They also went out of their way to install values that extend beyond academia - for example a lot of emphasis is laid of developing a social consciousness, on understanding the complex class structures in our society and developing an attitude that is decidedly post-classist.
Campus life was great, unique, multicultural, diverse, gender friendly and exactly the way college should be. There was an active extracurricular space where you could participate in everything from theatre to sport to debate to quizzes.
My memory is hazy but exam were held twice, perhaps thrice a year if I am not mistake. A lot of stress was laid on attendance which could negatively impact your ability to attend any exam. The one that counts is the end of the year or annual exam.
COURSE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
The course curriculum was set by the Mumbai University standards, and in retrospect could have been far more innovative. Perhaps if students had the opportunity after the first year to design their own curriculum, in consultation with the faculty and head of department, it would result in a more interesting curriculum - one that reflects the current trend.
The big event of the year was the annual Malhar festival - one of the largest festivals of its kind in Mumbai. It's attended by college students from across Mumbai and demands participation from all students. Lots of fun.