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Choice Based Credit System

CBCS

  • Aim to bring equity, efficiency and excellence

  • The important measures taken to enhance academic standards and quality in higher education include innovation and improvements in curriculum, teaching-learning process, examination and evaluation systems, besides governance and other matters.

Benefits

Better than conventional system

  • Bring uniformity

  • Better mobility

  • Assess performance

  • Maintain learning pace

  • Available additional courses

  • Subject preference

Important Terms

Academic Year:

Two consecutive (one odd + one even) semesters constitute one academic year.

Choice Based Credit System (CBCS):

The CBCS provides choice for students to select from the prescribed courses (core, elective or minor or soft skill courses).

Course:

Usually referred to, as ‘papers’ is a component of a program. All courses need not carry the same weight. The courses should define learning objectives and learning outcomes. A course may be designed to comprise lectures/ tutorials/laboratory work/ field work/ outreach activities/ project work/ vocational training/viva/ seminars/ term papers/assignments/ presentations/ self-study etc. or a combination of some of these.

Credit Based Semester System (CBSS):

Under the CBSS, the requirement for awarding a degree or diploma or certificate is prescribed in terms of number of credits to be completed by the students.

Credit Point:

It is the product of grade point and number of credits for a course.

Credit:

A unit by which the course work is measured. It determines the number of hours of instructions required per week. One credit is equivalent to one hour of teaching (lecture or tutorial) or two hours of practical work/field work per week.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA):

It is a measure of overall cumulative performance of a student over all semesters. The CGPA is the ratio of total credit points secured by a student in various courses in all semesters and the sum of the total credits of all courses in all the semesters. It is expressed up to two decimal places.

Grade Point:

It is a numerical weight allotted to each letter grade on a 10-point scale.

Letter Grade:

It is an index of the performance of students in a said course. Grades are denoted by letters O, A+, A, B+, B, C, P and F.

Program:

An educational program leading to award of a Degree, diploma or certificate.

Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA):

It is a measure of performance of work done in a semester. It is ratio of total credit points secured by a student in various courses registered in a semester and the total course credits taken during that semester. It shall be expressed up to two decimal places.

Semester:

Each semester will consist of 15-18 weeks of academic work equivalent to 90 actual teaching days. The odd semester may be scheduled from July to December and even semester from January to June.

Transcript or Grade Card or Certificate:

Based on the grades earned, a grade certificate shall be issued to all the registered students after every semester. The grade certificate will display the course details (code, title, number of credits, grade secured) along with SGPA of that semester and CGPA earned till that semester.

Course Types

  • Core

  • Elective Course

    • Disciple Centric Elective

    • Generic (Open) Elective

    • Dissertation or Project

  • Ability Enhancement Courses

    • Compulsory

    • Skill Enhancement

10-Point Grading

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Letter Grade

Grade Point

O (Outstanding)

10

A+ (Excellent)

9

A (Very Good)

8

B+ (Good)

7

B (Above Average)

6

C (Average)

5

P (Pass)

4

F (Fail)

0

Ab (Absent)

0

Implementation

  • Central and State University – max. deviation of 20%

  • Core must be same for UG and UG Hons

  • Credit score to included in overall grade

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Undergraduate Degree with Honors

  • 14 core papers in that discipline

  • 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC)

  • Minimum 2 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC)

  • 4 papers each from a list of Discipline Specific Elective and Generic Elective papers respectively

Undergraduate Degree in Science

  • 4 core papers each in three disciplines of choice

  • 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC)

  • Minimum 4 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC)

  • 2 papers each from a list of Discipline Specific Elective papers based on three disciplines of choice selected above

Undergraduate Degree in Arts

  • 4 core papers each in two disciplines of choice

  • 2 core papers each in English and MIL respectively

  • 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses

  • Minimum 4 Skill Enhancement Courses

  • 2 papers each from a list of Discipline Specific Elective papers based on the two disciplines of choice selected above

  • 2 papers from the list of Generic Electives papers

Consider the Semester Report Card Given below as Per the Choice Based Credit System

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Image of semester report card

Course

Credit

Grade Letter

Grade Point

Semester – I

C-1

6

A

8

C-2

6

B+

7

AECC-1

2

B

6

GE-1

6

B

6

Total

20

What is the SGPA (Semester Grade Point Average) as per the above report card?

  1. 6.9

  2. 6.6

  3. 6.3

  4. 4.5

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