Karnataka: Considering class 10 score unfair to those from CBSE, ICSE, say students | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: With the state government deciding to consider class 10 and I PU marks for calculating II PU score, many students who had completed their class 10 in other boards, especially CBSE and ICSE, before shifting to the state syllabus, are unhappy.
They point out that with the addition of class 10 marks, the level playing field is lost.
“It is common knowledge that SSLC is much easier than CBSE class 10 or ICSE. The highest mark in SSLC is 625 out of 625, while it is unheard of in boards like ICSE, which I had appeared for. We write 10 papers in class 10, while students of state boards write 6. There is a variation in the question paper pattern and valuation. Thus, it’s unfair for students like me from other boards,” said Impu from a PU college in Rajajinagar.
Students point out that during I PU admissions, colleges factor in this difference and provide different cutoffs for students from various boards. “If the cutoff is 90% for SSLC, it will be 85% for ICSE. They should think about such a normalisation process for considering II PU marks too,” a student said.
“My marks in I PU is 94%. But in ICSE, I scored 89%. My II PU marks will obviously be pulled down because of ICSE. If only I PU exams are considered, it’s a level-playing field. When class 10 marks are considered, it is different for everybody. If this happens, I will choose to write the II PU exam later,” said Harshita D, a student of KMW PU College, Mahalakshmipura.
According to many students, the decision gives the state syllabus students an advantage. “I plan to write the competitive exams and the II PU marks might not matter. However, for students in other streams, this will be a disadvantage as college admissions are based on these marks,” said Shreyas C Karanth, a student of MES PU college, who moved from ICSE.
According to the government decision made on Saturday, II PU grades will be based on an average score of class 10 and I PU marks. On Friday, while announcing the cancellation of II PU exam, primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar had announced that the students will be graded on I PU marks. Many had raised concerns that this might not be fair as students usually do not take I PU exams seriously and the scores would not reflect their true potential.

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