KCET row: Karnataka High Court orders KEA to consider 50% PUC marks for repeaters

KCET 2022: Giving its final verdict, the Karnataka High Court on Saturday allowed the petitions filed by the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) repeaters and directed the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) to consider the your Qualifying Examination (QE) marks or PUC marks to assess your marks. CET Classification

On August 2, CET repeaters filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court, seeking consideration of 50 percent of QE marks for CET rankings.

However, the Karnataka Examinations Authority on July 30 issued an order stating that only 100% CET marks will be considered for CET 2021 candidates who appeared in 2022. This is because to the fact that in 2021, the CET assessment was based only on 100% CET. scores against the norm of 50% of QE or PUC marks/class 12 and 50% of CET score.

The decision to consider only 100 percent CET score came after the government promoted all II PUC students due to Covid-19 without conducting the exam and evaluating them based on SSLC, first PU and internal assessment notes.

But while hearing the petition, Justice Krishna Kumar quashed the notification passed by the KEA to consider only 100% CET marks for repeaters.

The KEA also argued that considering 50 percent of QE marks for repeaters would do injustice to CET 2022 students and CET 2021 candidates.

About 25,000 CET 2021 candidates retook the CET 2022 to improve their rank this year. Some students also came down to study NEET 2022 and planned CET as a backup option. The rank of repeaters took a drastic plunge even though it scored well in CET compared to the openers.

Parents and students also protested outside the KEA office in Malleswaram, Bengaluru, demanding justice for the repeaters.

Poornima MS, a parent said, “This win really means a lot to us. For the last one month, my son Sinchan and my family could not be ourselves with so much anxiety and tension clouding us. My son he is the only hope for our family and with such absurd KEA evaluation criteria his academics and career would be disastrous.The hard work over the last year paid off and I believe with 50% QE marks, my son’s rank will be well below 15000 or 10000.”

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