The Karnataka High Court on Saturday quashed a note issued by the Karnataka Examinations Authority by which second year pre-university exam marks of students from the 2020-21 batch was not considered for rankings in entrance to professional courses. The KEA note says for students of 2021-22 batch, 50 % in Common Entrance Test marks and 50 % in second year PU marks were considered. The note also continues to say that for students of the 2020-21 batch, only the CET test marks was considered. The KEA did not want to consider second year PU exam marks of 2020-21 students as they were promoted based on internal marks. The main reason was the second PU exams were hampered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice S R Krishna Kumar the single-judge bench quashed the July 30. 2022 note of the KEA. Further it directed it to redo the entire rank list after considering 50 %PUC marks and 50 % CET marks of all students. The Karnataka High Court said, considering PU second year marks as nil would lead to and result in absurd consequences which cannot be countenanced in the facts and circumstances of the instant case. The KEA note was found illegal on several counts. The provision made for CET ranking in 2020-21 cannot be extended to 2021-22. This forced the KEA to revise the rank lists for the admission to professional courses.