Mumbai University to conduct MCQ based final exams from home, in October

Practical exams to be conducted from September 15, ATKT-backlog examinations from September 25 to 30.

Mumbai University has finally drafted a way to conduct examinations for the terminating batches of 2020 across all varsity colleges. After multiple meetings and deliberations, the university has settled upon the MCQ format of question paper that will be conducted and supervised online. Each paper will be for 50 marks and time limit of 1 hour. Other exams, such as practicals and vivas, along with backlog exams for the final year students will also be conducted online, via phone or other such digital platforms.

Digital MCQ Solution

Most varsity colleges are opting for this option and thus, Mumbai University has devised a formula to ensure a systematic control over the preparation of the online exams. The 41 traditional colleges of the varsity will lead a cluster of 8-10 of its constituent institutes who will submit their question banks to supervising schools, for the formation of a well-rounded question paper. Students will sit through a mock exam to wrap their heads around the new system and get their doubts solved.

Colleges have been directed to map their student body to check what gadgets (smartphones laptops, computers, iPads) they have and if there is enough digital infrastructure to hold the exams. Those students who are not able to take these exams will sit through the second round of exams, the details of which will be drafted later. The first round of final theory exams will be conducted from October 1 to 17 and will have an MCQ question paper that will carry 50 marks as the maximum score and a time period of 1 hour. The MCQ exams will have leaderboards that will generate immediate scores on the completion of exams and all colleges in the varsity ambit will have to submit these results within 2 to 3 days of the exams.

The practicals and viva exams will be conducted from September 15, ATKT and backlog exams have been slated between September 25 and 30. Other detailed guidelines will be issued soon by the University after all colleges, including autonomous institutes, who are directed to draft their question banks and map students independently, submit their final plans to the state government by the deadline of Monday noon.

Knock Knock

While the Mumbai University has finalised upon the idea of online exams in an MCQ format, experts have shared their concerns over the credibility of these exams, especially for heavy theory papers like English Literature. The logistics of the plan require a strong and steady internet connection which happens to be the primary reason why most colleges did not conduct exams by online means in the last 5 months. Most educational professionals feel that the university has taken way too long to draft this option, which is also a sheer compromise for various courses and subjects that cannot be translated into multiple-choice questions.

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