After revaluation, Ballari lad now topper in Karnataka's II PU exam

Kushunaik, however, said he felt unsatisfied with the results even after revaluation as he was sure he had scored more than what he was awarded.
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BENGALURU:  A revaluation process has switched the top two ranks in the Arts stream of II PU examinations. Second-ranked Kushunaik GL from Ballari, son of sugarcane harvesters, has now outranked Tabassum Shaik, who was the topper.

Tabassum from NMKRV PU College for Women in Bengaluru was initially the topper with a score of 593/ 600. Kushunaik from Indu Innovative PU College, Ballari, was ranked second with 592 marks, just one mark behind Tabassum. But following revaluation, he gained two more marks in the Optional Kannada paper, surpassing Tabassum by one mark, with a total of 594 marks.

Kushunaik, however, said he felt unsatisfied with the results even after revaluation as he was sure he had scored more than what he was awarded. “Even now, I am confident of getting more marks. My parents have been sugarcane harvesters for over 20 years. They have worked very hard throughout their lives to ensure that my siblings and I get a good education. And, I wanted to ensure that I scored high for them. They have been supportive throughout my life and I want to be able to repay them,” he said. 

He had felt disappointed when the results were announced as he was sure he had scored full marks in all subjects. “Even now, there is not much joy as it feels like I lost marks unnecessarily. But my parents are very proud of me and it makes me happy. I want to ensure that they live a good life in the future and hope to pursue a career as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer,” he said.

However, he hopes to take up the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) course at Karnataka State Law University (KSLU) in Hubballi because of his family’s poor financial background. “I am hoping to pursue the LLB course. But I have not been able to apply to the university as we are very uncertain about money. Due to the nature of my parents’ work, they will be unable to support me through the course and scholarships only cover a fraction of the course fees.”

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