CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS)The CBCS provides an opportunity for the students to choose courses from the prescribed courses comprising core, elective/minor or skill based courses. The courses can be evaluated following the grading system, which is considered to be better than the conventional marks system. Therefore, it is necessary to introduce uniform grading system in the entire higher education in India. This will benefit the students to move across institutions within India to begin with and across countries. The uniform grading system will also enable potential employers in assessing the performance of the candidates. In order to bring uniformity in evaluation system and computation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) based on student’s performance in examinations, the UGC has formulated the guidelines to be followed.
Outline of Choice Based Credit System
- Discipline Specific Core (DSC) Course: A course, which should compulsorily be studied by a candidate as a core requirement is termed as a Core course.
- Elective Course: Generally a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses and which may be very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the discipline/ subject of study or which provides an extended scope or which enables an exposure to some other discipline/subject/domain or nurtures the candidate’s proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course.
- Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Course: Elective courses may be offered by the main discipline/subject of study is referred to as Discipline Specific Elective. The University/Institute may also offer discipline related Elective courses of interdisciplinary nature (to be offered by main discipline/subject of study).
- Generic Elective Course (GEC): An elective course chosen generally from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure to other subjects/disciplines is called a Generic Elective Course.
- A core course offered in a discipline/subject may be treated as an elective by other discipline/subject and vice versa and such electives may also be referred to as Generic Elective.
- Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC): Environmental Science, English Communication/MIL Communication.
- Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC): These courses may be chosen from a pool of courses designed to provide value-based and/or skill-based instruction.
CONTACT HOURS: Each course has 5 lectures and 1 tutorial per week in case of DSC, DSE and GE courses. Each course has 4 lectures and 2 Practicals per week in case of SEC courses.
DURATION OF STUDY: This is a three year course. The degree will be awarded when a candidate clears all courses within a maximum period of five years from the date of admission to this course.NOTE: A candidate failing in either one or two subjects/papers will be given compartment in that subject/paper and will be eligible for promotion to the next class. Two chances (one at supplementary stage and one at the annual exam stage) will be given to clear the compartment. A candidate failing in three or more subjects/papers will be treated as “failed” in that year and will be required to repeat the entire year.
COURSE EVALUATIONAll Courses (Core and Elective) offered by Department will have an evaluation system that comprises of the following two components:
- Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) accounting for 30% of the final grade that a student gets in a course.
- End-of-Year Examination (EYE) accounting for the remaining 70% of the final grade that the student gets in a course.
Overall Pass marks are 40%. However, a student has to secure a minimum of 35% in both the components i.e. CCA and EYE separately to become eligible and will be declared successful in a course.
Classroom Attendance- Each student will have to attend a minimum of 75% attendance Lectures/Tutorials. A student having less than 75% attendance will not be allowed to appear in the End-of-Year Examination (EYE).