Due to Covid19 pandemic, CBSE results were comparatively higher than any other boards, also the checking was lenient and some even received “free marks”. As most of the students decided to study in their home state. The colleges skyrocketed their cutoff list which caused immense trouble for state board students, as most of them couldn’t take admission.
To aid this, the Assam government has urged state colleges and universities to the list, which increase undergraduate seats by 25%, which will be reserved for AHSEC (Assam Higher Secondary Council) students for this year.
It created a heated debate on social media platforms, as students worked hard either AHSEC or CBSE. But CBSE couldn’t complete the entire exams and were given ‘projected marks’, while AHSEC conducted all the examinations with students receiving ‘actual’ marks. Thus, giving more chances to CBSE students to grab seats in state colleges.
However, reservation of seats can never be the absolute solution, it is a well known fact that AHSEC is conventional in case of marking and grading strategy while CBSE adopted new strategies to make the papers scoring. Hitherto the students face this problem every year, and a possible solution can be issuing of separate cut off list for CBSE and AHSEC students, based on highest scores each from the CBSE and AHSEC boards.
This will limit the biases of cutoffs based on CBSE results, also giving a separate space for AHSEC students, who do not have to compete with a different board and fight to grab a seat with strict rules and checking policy.
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