Deduct 6 marks of 2021 K-CET repeaters, raise IT seats by 10%: panel

The government has filed a memo with the Supreme Court detailing the proceedings of a panel of experts set up to find a solution to the problem of 24,000 repeaters from the 2021 K-CET stack.

The government set up the five-member committee after the last hearing to look for a method to make grades awarded to repeat students and those from the 2022 class equal.

The committee, led by B. Thimme Gowda, Vice Chairman of the Karnataka State Education Council, adopted the Root Mean Square (RMS) method for this purpose.

She has proposed a normalization procedure to subtract an average of six grades from the results of the 2021 WET repeaters in physics, chemistry and mathematics.

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It also proposed increasing seats in IT-related industries by about 10% to further level the playing field.

A departmental bench led by Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe adjourned the hearing on written appeals filed by the government and the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) to consider the repeat students’ response until Friday.

On September 3, a single chamber of the High Court ordered authorities to revise the CET ranking for undergraduate engineering and technology admissions for the 2022-23 academic year by increasing both PU and CET grades by a ratio of 50 :50 are taken into account. The government and KEA appealed the order.

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The committee adopted the RMS method because the grades awarded in all subjects during Covid-19 were relatively higher than those achieved in the post-pandemic exam.

The method involves subtracting the difference in RMS scores of covid-time data and post-covid data from the covid-19 dataset.

The average grades in the subjects physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) awarded to the students of the 2021 class were 84.04, 83.20 and 83.26, respectively. In the 2022 batch, the average scores in PCM subjects were 77.77, 78.16, and 76.19, respectively. After applying the method, the committee proposed subtracting the qualifying grades for the 2021 class by an average of six in physics, five in chemistry and seven in mathematics. With 100 qualifying points, this would result in a total deduction of six points.

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However, the committee stated that even after normalization, the ranking of the Covid-19 batch could affect that of the 2022 batch.

“Therefore, in order to also keep the interest of post-Covid batch students, seats in IT-related branches at universities can be increased by about 10% according to the preferred selection of seats of previous years,” the committee suggested.

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