QAU >> Examination >>MSc, MBA & MPA Examinations Rules

I. Paper Marks Distribution

A student shall be evaluated in each course on the basis of sessional tests, class assignments and terminal examinations. 50% marks shall be reserved for sessional tests and class assignments and 50% marks for the terminal examinations.

II. Conduct of Examinations

The terminal examinations will be held at the end of each semester on the dates to be fixed by the controller of examinations in consultation with the chairmen of the departments.

III. Eligibility for Terminal Examinations

A student shall be eligible to appear in the terminal examinations provided with:

(i) He/she has been on the rolls of the university during that semester;
(ii) Has registered himself/herself for the courses of study, and
(iii) Has attended, not less than 80% of the lectures/seminars delivered to his/her class in each course and 80% of the practicals/laboratory demonstrations prescribed for the respective courses. The chairman of the department concerned may, on the recommendations of the teacher of the course concerned, condone the deficiency in attendance upto 5% of the total lectures, seminars, practicals and laboratory demonstrations. The student falling short of the required percentage of attendance of lectures/ seminars/ practicals/ laboratories demonstrations etc., shall not be allowed to appear in the terminal examination of the concerned course and shall be treated as having failed in that course.
(iv) Has paid all the university dues including tuition fee/hostel fee, etc, before the commencement of examinations.

IV. Attendance Record

A date-wise record of the attendance of students shall be maintained by each teacher.

V. Handicapped / Disabled Students

A handicapped/disabled (blind) student will be provided writer/amanuensis at the expense of the university on the recommendations of the chairman of the teaching department. The writer/amanuensis shall be of a lower grade of education than the candidate. He/she would be allowed 45 minutes for solving the question paper over and above the time stipulated for a question paper.

VI. MSc Project / Thesis

Msc students of those departments where project/thesis is a requirement for msc degree, will be required to carry out research on a project/thesis of 6 credits and submit a project report/thesis as a requirement for partial fulfillment of their master degrees in the relevant disciplines.

(a) A student will select the topic of research in consultation with his/her supervisor during the 3rd semester.
(b) The time of summer vacation prior to or following the 4th semester will be utilized for the project report/thesis.
(c) The student will be required to do field work upto 16 weeks where necessary.
(d) The final project report/thesis will be submitted by the student in spiral/loose binding through the supervisor to the department by the end of the 4th semester or during the extended period.
(e) The project report/thesis will be submitted 2 weeks before the commencement of the next semester.

VII. Panel of Examiners

(a) A panel of external examiners for evaluation of project report/thesis and conduct of viva-voce examination shall be recommended by the respective board of studies and approved by the vice-chancellor.
(b) The external examiner shall be appointed by the vice-chancellor on the recommendations of the chairman of the department concerned from the approved panel.
(c) The external examiner shall evaluate the project report/thesis and conduct viva-voce examination of the student on the date and time given by the chairman of the department concerned.
(d) In case, the project report/thesis is adjudged inadequate by the external examiner, he/she may reject the project report/thesis or ask the student to revise the same.
(e) The student shall be required to submit revised version of the project report/thesis within a period of one month from the date of viva-voce examination. Revised version of the project report/thesis shall be examined by the supervisor/chairman of the department concerned.
(f) The result of revised version as received from the supervisor/chairman of the department concerned shall be declared and no further extension would be granted in case the revised version of the project report/thesis has been rejected.
(g) After the viva-voce examination, the successful student shall submit three hard bound copies of the project report/thesis to the department for onward transmission to the quarter concerned for declaration of result.
(h) The result of the student shall not be declared unless he/she has submitted three hard bound copies of the project report/thesis to the department.
(i) A student will have to pass a minimum of 6 credits during the fourth/fifth semester, who carries forward his/her project report/thesis to the fifth/sixth semester.

VIII. Grades, Promotion and Merit

(a) The minimum pass marks for each course shall be 50%. A student obtaining less than 50% marks in any course shall be deemed to have failed in that course. Less than 50% marks secured by a student in any course shall not be counted towards the aggregate marks.
(b) If a student fails to appear in the terminal examination in a course(s) on medical or any other reason, he/she shall be treated as absent and failed.
(c) .
(i) A student shall be required to pass at least 12 credits of course work in each of the 1st and 2nd semesters failing which the student shall be deemed to have failed the respective semester.
A student shall be required to pass at least 9-credits of course work in each of the 3rd and 4th semesters failing which the student shall be deemed to have failed the respective semester
A student failing to pass 60 credits of course work at the end of the 4th semester, shall be required to pass in the 5th semester at least 9 credits of course work or all the remaining credits if less than 9, failing which the student shall be deemed to have failed that semester.
A student failing to pass 60 credits of course work at the end of the 5th semester, shall be required to pass in the 6th semester all the remaining credits, failing which the student shall be deemed to have failed that semester.
A student who has failed under clause viii(c) (i) may be given one chance as a concession to continue his/her studies. Such a concession shall be granted only once during the entire period of study for the master’s degree.
(ii) A student failing twice under clause viii(c)(i) shall cease to be a student of the university.

(iii) A student failing to pass 60 credits course work at the end of the 6th semester shall cease to be a student of the university.
(d) .
(i) A student shall repeat the compulsory courses which he/she had failed, as soon as the course(s) are offered next.
(ii) No student shall be allowed to continue studies beyond six semesters under any circumstances.
(e) The total marks for a course will be based on the number of credits of the course. For each credit, the total marks shall be 50, to be divided between sessional awards and terminal examination in accordance with clause 6.1(a) of these regulations. Courses of different credit values shall be weighed with different total marks, as under:-

 

Course Credit Value Sessional Tests/Assignments Terminal Examination Total Marks
1- Credit 25 25 50
2-Credits 50 50 100
3-Credits 75 75 150
4-Credits and so on 100 100 200

 

The total marks for the master’s degree shall, therefore, be 3000. Fractional part of the marks awarded shall be disregarded.

(f) Percentage of marks shall be calculated upto three significant figures. If the second fraction after decimal is 4 or less, it will be ignored. However, if the second fraction is 5 or more, it will be taken into account by raising the first fraction to the next higher digit. (examples: 59.91 through 59.94 will be considered 59.9 while 59.95 through 59.99 will be raised to 60. Third fraction and higher will be ignored).
(g) Candidates securing 80% marks or more in a course shall be given grade ‘a’, 60% to 79.9% grade ‘b’, 50% to 59.9% grade ‘c’ and less than 50% grade ‘f’ in that course. The overall performance of a student shall be graded in the same manner.

Grade percentage

A 80% and above
B 60%-79.9%
C 50%-59.9%
F less than 50%
M.sc = 60 credit hours with total marks 3000

M.b.a/m.p.a = 63 credit hours with total marks 3150
(h) On successful completion of the requirements of the master’s degree, each candidate shall be awarded the degree of master of science, master of business administration or master of public administration.
A separate transcript shall also be issued to each candidate showing the marks and grades obtained in each course, and also the aggregate marks, percentage marks and the grade. For students completing master’s degree in the normal period of four semesters, a mention to this effect shall be made in their transcripts.
(i) The controller of examination shall issue a certificate of merit to a student who stands first in the subject on the basis of the overall result provided that the student has obtained 80% marks or more in the aggregate, has not failed in, or repeated any course and has completed the course work in four semesters. The recipient for the award of certificate of merit shall also be awarded the chancellor’s medal.
(j) The president’s gold medals shall be awarded to the students who stand first in msc in the faculty of social and natural sciences. The controller of examinations shall also issue a certificate of merit to such students.
(k) There shall be no re-evaluation of answer books. A student may, on payment of fee as prescribed by the syndicate, get the answer book re-checked for totaling and for verification that all questions or parts thereof have been fully marked, in the presence of the concerned teacher, the chairman of the department and the controller of examinations, within one month from the date of declaration of the results. Errors or omissions, if any, shall be rectified.