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From the next II PU exam (2013-14), students will have a question paper of 90 marks. If you are wondering about the remaining 10 marks, the PU department has an answer which is guaranteed to make students, even the brilliant ones, sit up straight. Those 10 marks will be a weighted basket of I PU marks carried over. In other words, starting right away, I PU students had better take their studies seriously, not least because II PU results are very competitive (a single decimal place can make the difference between ranking 30 or 50 in CET).
According to a new rule which comes into force from this academic year, colleges will have to conduct a series of four tests and two exams in I PU, with the marks proportionately weighted, according to PU commissioner V Rashmi. It is common practice for I PU students to skip classes. But hence forth, bunking class will prove costly as even attendance will find a place in the carry-over 10 marks. Every college shall conduct four tests (formative assessment), one mid-term exam and one final exam (summative assessment) in an academic year. Each test will be for an hours duration and will carry 25 marks. The mid-term exam will be for three hours, and the final exam for three hours and 15 minutes.In PCB, the maximum marks will be 70, with 20 marks for practicals and 10 for attendance. In other subjects, the maximum marks will be 90. There will be no separate days earmarked for the tests. A student has to compulsorily attend 75 per cent of all classes in an academic year in each subject. Students who fall short will not be permitted to take the exams. Students who fail to get minimum marks in five subjects or more will have to repeat the year in the same stream, said officials. A student will have to get a minimum of 30 per cent per subject and an aggregate of 35 per cent. However, a student will have a chance to progress to II PU if s/he passes in a minimum of two subjects. There will be no supplementary exams but college make up exams.In case a candidate fails even here, she / he will have to appear for the final exam in the subsequent year along with the II PU exam. The students II PU results will not be announced till she / he clears the I PU exams, according to the new rule. Hitherto, many students managed to keep their parents in the dark about their I PU attendance and results. But now, parents will have to sign off against their wards marks and attendance record after each test and exam. Besides, colleges have also been asked to conduct at least three parent-teacher meetings in an academic year. The PU department claims it is the first in the country to introduce such a radical step.
STRESS-BUSTERThe framework for the new rule, Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), evaluates the progress of a student in scholastic and non-scholastic activities throughout the year in a systematic way. One of its claimed advantages is in reducing the anxiety and stress associated with the current year-end exam.
Courtesy: Times of India
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