Published On : Mon, Apr 20th, 2015

50-50 exam pattern concept triggers hot debate as opinions vary


The ’50-50′ subjective and objective examination pattern contemplated by Dr Siddharth Kane, Vice Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University has stirred wide-ranging opinions with experts calling for deep and meaningful debate over the issue. Even though the scholars have welcomed the initiative, they have advocated hammering out the present problems concerning exams, results, revaluation etc that are bogging down the Nagpur University since years.

Senate Member Mahesh Nimbarte has said that the 50-50 exam pattern needs deliberations at all levels so that a perfect system could be adopted and implemented in best of the ways. “Students are not properly assessed by the objective-type questions. Copying in colleges cant’t be stopped totally. In this situation the students face the risk of losing sense of responsibility. The University is going ahead in making entrance exams, results and revaluation online which would easily consume 20-25 days. Moreover there is need of special focus on tools and materials regarding courses as presently four types of exams of courses are being conducted. Therefore, a time limit should be fixed for implementing matching exam system,” stressed Nimbarte.

Another Senate Member Adv Manmohan Bajpayee said that the colleges should be handed over more responsibilities for lessening the burden of examinations. If complaints regarding a particular college continue to pour in then the University can deal with the situation itself. “Colleges of Mumbai University have been given responsibility of examinations. Now need is to adopt the same pattern in Nagpur University. The beginning can be done from professional exams and subsequently Arts, Commerce and Science branches could be covered in the decided pattern,” said Bajpayee.
Mumbai University Senate Member Prof Ambadas Mohite said, “The paper, result leak is a common fear factor. It would have to be found out whether the paper should be set at college level or university level in accordance with the new technology. What way the responsibility could be shared by the colleges should be decided. Possibilities of copying in objective examinations are more and it is very easy also. This problem should be dealt with systematically,” stressed Mohite.

In the 50-50 exam pattern, two types of exams of students would be conducted. The colleges will be given the responsibility of the exams of 50 percent marks. The students will be given time and opportunity to write down answers comprehensively. Other 50 percent exam will be based on objective. In this exam, the students will have to mark the correct answers. And the students will have to pass both exams. The valuation of papers will be online and the results declared within eight days. The ’50-50′ subjective and objective examination pattern would prove to be the real test of knowledge of the students. The students will have to do a thorough study of the subject for this. It will help the students learn a lot. The present examination system has become outdated. The new pattern will give students an opportunity to write objective, elaborate answers as well as multiple choice questions. Question papers will not be same for all the students. Questions will be different for all. A question bank will be made for this.