Monday, 28 July 2014

Mumbai University's Photocopy Rules BSc IT

This article is written for BSc IT students to guide them on how to apply for photocopies of answer sheet. However the rules mentioned here are applicable for all branches of Mumbai University.

What is Photocopy or Xerox Copy

You can apply for copy of your answer sheet from university for any number of subjects irrespective of whether you are failed or passed in that subject. If you think you had written very good paper but marks are severely surprising and you are not happy then you can apply for duplicate copy of your answer book. It is also good idea to apply for at least one answer paper so that you can get idea about how papers are checked in mumbai university and next time you can prepare good strategy ahead of time.

How to apply for photocopy ?

If you are completing graduation from mumbai university affiliated college then you can contact college examination department immediately after mark sheet is displayed. There you will get application form for answer book's photocopy. This application form is not free and will cost you Rs. 100 as application fee. This fee can be paid at same venue from where you get form and can be paid by cash or demand draft. For DD payment kindly inquire at same office. This fee will not be refunded in any event.

If you are not affiliated with any college or doing graduation from distance education program then you can get said form in Mumbai University's office which is located at Vidyanagari Campus in Kalina. You can reach there from Santacruz railway station by auto or bus (BEST). Upon reaching you can find examination section on the second floor of IDOL building(For BSc IT) . Room no 211 will be assigned for the same purpose. Below i have shared the map to reach IDOL.

What is the use of applying for photocopy ?

As said earlier this photocopy will help you understanding what went wrong. Still you may ask yourself is it worth applying for ? And the answer is it depends. If you are confident that there is some mistake in checking then just go for it because you will get chance to correct checking mistakes if there are any. Check rule (10) for detailed explanation.

Rules while applying for Photocopy

University has provided this facility to grant xerox of answer-sheet however you have to keep following rules in mind while applying for it.

  1. There is difference between revaluation and photocopy. So if you are applying for photocopy then don't assume that it will automatically get applied for revaluation and vice versa. However you can apply for both at same time but as said earlier you will have to fill revaluation application differently.

  2. You can only avail this provision for theory examination which is conducted by university. For college exams this provision cannot be used because university does not mandate affiliated colleges to provide this facility.

  3. You cannot apply for photocopy of internal assessment tests such as practical examination, tutorials.

  4. The request for photocopy can only be made within 7 days from result declaration; so do not procrastinate. After application submission college will provide you a receipt of application which you have to keep it with you while collecting answer sheet from college. Also college must forward applications to university's examination controller within 10 days from result declaration.

  5. The fees for application will be Rs 100 which is to be submitted by applicant. Actual fee for application submission is Rs 80 and additional Rs 20 is for college expense.

  6. If you belong to reserved category then you can get 50% concession on application fee by attaching cast certificate along with application.

  7. It is advised to fill application form with utter care and attach all required documents because if any mistake is found or documents are missing during processing of application form then it will get rejected without giving any reason or opportunity for re-application and ultimately you will not get photocopy of your answersheet.

  8. It is expected from university to provide photocopy to applicant within 25 working days from received date of application.

  9. It is college's responsibility to put notice about received photocopies from university and handover photocopies to applicant in person upon authenticating and confirming original receipt of application.

  10. If you find that there is mistake in counting marks or if some question or part of question is not checked then you can meet professor-cum-director of IDOL (BSc IT) with answer sheet and sort issue out with them. But note that you should sort it out within 3 working days from the date of answer sheet received. Also this receipt date is not when you received answer-sheet rather when the office where you applied received this answer sheet from university. Note that you cannot explicitly argue with merit of answers you have written.

  11. If the question or part of question is not checked or paper is previously checked by moderator then moderator or concerned examiner will be called by appropriate authority of university and it is liability of moderator or examiner to show up within 4 working days from given date or else Rs 100/day will be charged as fine against moderator or examiner. However university will provide traveling allowances to moderator or examiner.

  12. If mistake is found then you will get receipt of result rectification upon which within 7 days you have to fill revaluation application form. If you were not eligible for reevaluation previously due to mistakes in checking but after correcting mistakes in rectification you became eligible for revaluation then you can as well apply for revaluation within 7 working days.
  13. These are the some of the rules which are enacted by university after order passed by Bombay High Court to bring transparency in paper assessment. You can read complete rules here at Mumbai University's website.

Friday, 25 July 2014

BSc IT Passing Rules - Mumbai University

This post is about BSc IT passing criterion of Mumbai University however many of this rules are applicable for general BSc streams of Mumbai University.

Basic Passing Rule

Till HSC examination 35% marks were considered as a minimum number of marks to pass examination. However in graduation 40% marks considered as a minimum number of marks. This rule is applicable for all branches of graduation in Mumbai University.

Internal and External Passing

If you know how BSc IT course is structured then you are aware of internal and external assessments. The passing system of BSc IT is also divided as internal passing and external passing which means that you have to secure minimum 40% in both internal and external. So if you have obtained 41% marks in internal examination but 39% in external then you are considered failed in external examination. If you fail in internal or external even of single subject then you considered failed for entire semester.

What constitutes internal assessments ?

  • Practical Examination
  • Case Studies
  • Viva Voce
  • Tutorials
  • Assignments and Journals
  • Project and Mini Projects
  • Project documentation
  • Each subject has some of the aforementioned assessments and has different marks distribution. The details of each subjects assessments and marks distribution can be found in syllabus of respective subjects.

What constitutes external assessment ?

External examination mainly comprises of written examination of subjective theory questions. All subjects make this assessment compulsory except final year project.

As mentioned earlier, you have to pass both internal as well as in external. If you could not pass either of the above then you become subject to ATKT which is again can be Internal ATKT or External ATKT. Unless you break through ATKT you are considered failed in that particular semester.

ATKT Examination

If you could not pass internal or external assessment of any particular subject then you can again reappear for those assessments.

Note that if you failed in external examination but passed internal examination then you need not to reappear for internal examination and vice versa. Typically ATKT examination is conducted within 60 days from result declaration.

Semester wise passing rules.

ATKT allow you to continue upcoming term however this exemption is subject to (but not limited) to following constraints.

  1. You are bluntly admitted in second semester without considering how many back logs (ATKT) you have in first semester.

  2. You only allowed to get admitted in third semester if you have completely cleared (both internal and external) either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

  3. If you have enrolled when university rolled out credit grade system also known as CBSGS then you must secure Grade 'E' or above in both Semester I and Semester II in order to get admitted in Semester 3.

  4. You will be accepted in Semester 4 without considering how many back logs you have in 3rd semester.

  5. Admission criterion for Semester 5 is strict and you must completely pass all previous semesters that is 1st Semester, 2nd Semester, 3rd Semester and 4th Semester in order to become eligible for fifth Semester.

  6. There is no limitation on how many back logs you have in semester V in order to get admitted in semester VI.

  7. However you must successfully clear all 5 Sems before result of Semester VI is out. Otherwise your semester 6 result would be kept reserved.

  8. This rules involve more intricacies and are quite vague to make firm interpretation. So I urge you to go through this rules as circulated by Mumbai University for both non credit based system and amended credit based system. Also carefully scrutinize these circulars with the help of your college examination department and college faculties. In past university has also published circular specific to BSc IT course to explain passing rules of Bsc it.

Re-examination of Repeaters and Absent Students

If you could not pass exams in first attempt or could not attend exam then you can reappear for examination. In case you were absent then you have to take special permission from examination head by explaining reason why could not attend regular exam.

How classes are awarded in BSc IT

Before explaining what percentage range has what class, we must clear following facts.

  • You only become eligible to get class if you pass examination in single attempt. If you failed even in single subject of given semester then you will get pass class for that semester irrespective of how many marks you have in total.
  • Only for last year single class is awarded combining both Semester V and Semester VI. So if you passed semester V successfully but failed in semester VI then you will get pass class and same is applicable in opposite scenario.
  • If you pass 5th Semester and remain absent for 6th Semester then you can give Semester VI afterward and your absence will not be noted as failure. However I have no concrete document to cite this point. I got this information when I called universities examination department but have no proof to stipulate this with utter confidence.
  • If you are admitted in credit system (CBSGS) then for each semester grades will be awarded.

Following table illustrates how class is awarded on basis of percentage marks secured in examination. If you have learned any programming language then you will find this table familiar.

Percentage Marks Class
Marks >= 75% Distinction
Marks >= 60% and Marks < 75% First Class
Marks >= 50% and Marks < 60% Second Class
Marks < 50% Pass Class

Thursday, 17 July 2014

BSc IT Exams - Mumbai University

This post will help you in understanding Bsc IT Exams structure. You may find worthwhile reading that how much efforts you have to put in course before taking admission. Because exams are the crucial in deciding that. If you are pursuing Bsc IT from Mumbai University then this post is for you.

Bsc IT Exams can be mainly distinguished in two.

  1. College Exams
  2. University Exams

If you are familiar with Bsc IT Course Structure then you will notice that for first two years i.e. from semester 1 to semester 4; all exams are conducted by college from which you are completing your course and for last year i.e. for semester 5 and semester 6 exams conducted by university from which you are doing graduation.

College Exams

As mentioned above this exams are conducted by your college in your college itself. Key realization is that all papers will be set by your regular instructor but syllabus would be as prescribed by university. To be honest this exams are easy to pass because many colleges set lenient papers and questions they ask usually come from your assignments. Since it is subjective exams this approach is convenient because students can dedicate more time to the practical project work.

  • Practicals and Internals
  • In internal examination you have to do your assignment work, tutorials, case studies and practicals. The subjects which have lab sessions will have practical examination in lab which usually comprises of programming tasks or equivalent.

  • Theory Exams
  • In theory your college would conduct written examination which contains subjective question answers.

    The grade distribution for Practicals and for Theory exams can be found in syllabus section of first and second year.

University Exam

In the last year of graduation university conducts examination.

  • Internal Assessment
  • Practicals and Internals would be conducted in your same college but only difference is that some university appointed external would be there for grade evaluation. But on many occasions university fails to appoint external, in that event your college faculties evaluate your grades.

  • External Assessment
  • In theory examination (external assessment) university sets paper and decides centers where you have to give your written test. The paper remain same for all students irrespective of their college. Paper evaluation is done by university appointed grader.

  • Project Assessment
  • In the last year you create some software application and document it, it is also known as project work. This project work is evaluated by both internal (college faculty) and external (university evaluator) together.

The details of final year grade distribution can be found in last years syllabus section.