Gracing marks increase to 10 for Mumbai students

MUMBAI: The University of Mumbai has amended its rules for internal gracing to augment the success rate of final-year Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) students.

Students who scored the minimum threshold marks as decided by the university will be awarded 10 marks so that they clear the subject and are saved from the agony of a re-exam.

Change in the minimum marks will definitely effect the minimum pass percentage of the subject. A provision in the exam rules states that if the pass percentage of a particular subject is comparatively lower than that in recent previous years, the moderators and the paper-setter can pass a resolution to grant grace marks to increase the pass percentage of the subject.

Earlier a rule to allow a maximum of up to six marks was allowed and now an amendment of 10 marks. An amendment was passed to increase the grace marks to become 10 instead of 6. The chairman of the board of studies and dean gave their consent.

So, a student with 14 marks or more will be granted 10 marks, taking his or her total in the subject to 24 and will be declared passed in financial management. The arrangement will also pump up the success rate in the subject from 45% to 72%.

Lately, there was a problem in the financial management paper. The problem occurred because of bloopers made by the paper-setter, who provided an “error-ridden” model answer book for evaluation.

The result this year was not good actually it was abnormally poor. Of the 11,254 candidates who appeared, merely 5,072 passed. Even after awarding grace marks to several students pass percentage stood to merely 58% which is still very less compared to other subjects.

While the assessment of the paper, the evaluators were handed a separate book that was model answer booklet. The evaluators were asked to refer to it. The evaluators had a query in this too. According to them, “There is a different method adopted in three questions, of 8, 15 and 8 marks.” They totalled to 31 marks or over 50% of the paper’s total of 60.

Students are very disappointed with all this and ever since the declaration of results, they are on protest. Following the protests, the university decided to take a relook at the evaluation.

There was actually problem in the paper and its assessment. A group of senior teachers were asked to pick four papers from each of the 72 exam centres. They reassessed the papers to find the variation caused because of the goof-up. They all acknowledged that there was some amount of variation and the university needed to rectify the problem.

Students who scored less than 14 will have to take the exam again. But under the credit system, they will get a class based on their scores and not the demeaning ‘pass class’ which earlier used to be given to those who had earlier failed.

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