Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College for Women

Re-Accredited by NAAC with B++ Grade - 2016

FAQ on CBCS

FAQ  ON CBCS

Choice Based Credit System (CBCS):

The CBCS provides an opportunity for the students to choose courses from the prescribed courses comprising core, elective/minor or skill based courses. CBCS introduces uniform grading system in the entire higher education in India. This will benefit the students to move across institutions within India to begin with and across countries. The uniform grading system will also enable potential employers in assessing the performance of the candidates. In order to bring uniformity in evaluation system and computation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) based on student’s performance in examinations, the UGC has formulated the guidelines to be followed.

Outline of Choice Based Credit System:

1. Core Course: A course, which should compulsorily be studied by a candidate as a core requirement of the chosen discipline(s) is termed as a Core course.

2. Elective Course: Generally a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses and which may be very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the discipline/ subject of study or which provides an extended scope or which enables an exposure to some other discipline/subject/domain or nurtures the candidate’s proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course.

2.1 Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Course: Elective courses may be offered by the main discipline/subject of study is referred to as Discipline Specific Elective. The University may also offer discipline related Elective courses of interdisciplinary nature (to be offered by main discipline/subject of study).

2.2 Dissertation/Project: An elective course designed to acquire special/advanced knowledge, such as supplement study/support study to a project work, and a candidate studies such a course on his own with an advisory support by a teacher/faculty member is called dissertation/project.

2.3 Generic Elective (GE) Course: An elective course chosen generally from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure is called a Generic Elective. P.S.: A core course offered in a discipline/subject may be treated as an elective by other discipline/subject and vice versa and such electives may also be referred to as Generic Elective.

3. Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC): The Ability Enhancement (AE) Courses will be of two kinds: Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC) and Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC). “AECC” courses are the courses based upon the content that leads to Knowledge enhancement. These are mandatory for all disciplines. SEC courses are value-based and/or skill-based and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills, etc.

3.1 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC): i) Environmental Science, ii) English Communication/MIL Communication (MIL stand for Modern Indian Language).

3.2 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC): These courses may be chosen from a pool of courses designed to provide value-based and/or skill-based knowledge.

The University also has plans for Introducing Research Component in Under-Graduate Courses at a later stage of the implementation process.  (Project work/Dissertation is considered as a special course involving application of knowledge in solving / analyzing /exploring a real life situation / difficult problem. A Project/Dissertation work would be of 6 credits. A Project/Dissertation work may be given in lieu of a discipline specific elective course.)

4. MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR DEGREE

  1. An undergraduate (B. Sc, B. A., B. Com.) degree  with Honours in a discipline may be awarded if a student completes 14 core courses in that discipline, 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC), minimum 2 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) and 4 courses each from a list of Discipline Specific Elective and Generic Elective courses respectively.
  2. An undergraduate (B. Sc General) Program degree in Science disciplines may be awarded if a student completes 4 core courses each in three disciplines of choice(3 X 4 = 12 core courses), 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC), minimum 4 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) and 2 courses each from a list of Discipline Specific Elective courses based on three disciplines of choice selected above, respectively.
  3. An Undergraduate (B. A. General, B. Com General) program degree in Arts (Humanities/ Social Sciences) / Commerce may be awarded if a student completes 4 core courses each in two disciplines of choice, 2 core courses each in English and MIL respectively, 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC), minimum 4 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC), 2 courses each from a list of Discipline Specific Elective courses based on the two disciplines of choice selected above, respectively, and two courses from the list of Generic Electives courses.

The credit(s) for each theory course/practical/tutorial/project/dissertation will be as per the details given in A, B, C, D for B.Sc. Honours, B.A./B.Com. Honours, B.Sc. Program and B.A./B.Com. Program, respectively.

5. DURATION OF COURSE

For all the students obtaining admissions under the Three Year Under-graduate Program under CBCS starting 2018-19, the period to complete the course will be a maximum5 years from theyear of admission in the first semester, provided thestudent has completed all requirements to become eligible for appearing in the UniversityExaminations as per rules.

6. Distribution of courses in different semesters for Undergraduate course in Sciences

Semester

Core

DSE

GE

AECC

SEC

Total credit

I

DSC 1A

DSC 2A

DSC 3A

   

Environmental Science

 

20

II

DSC 1B

DSC 2B

DSC 3B

   

English/MIL Communication

 

20

III

DSC 1C

DSC 2C

DSC 3C

     

SEC1

20

IV

DSC 1D

DSC 2D

DSC 3D

     

SEC2

20

V

 

DSE1A

DSE2A

DSE3A

   

SEC3

20

VI

 

DSE1B

DSE2B

DSE3B

   

SEC4

20

Total number of courses

12

6

0

2

4

120

Distribution of courses in different semesters for Undergraduate  course in Arts (Humanities/Social Sciences) / Commerce

Semester

Core[1]

DSE

GE

AECC

SEC

Total credit

I

DSC 1A

DSC 2A

English

   

Environmental Science

 

20

II

DSC 1B

DSC 2B

English

   

English/MIL Communication

 

20

III

DSC 1C

DSC 2C

MIL

     

SEC1

20

IV

DSC 1D

DSC 2D

MIL

     

SEC2

20

V

 

DSE1A

DSE2A

GE1

 

SEC3

20

VI

 

DSE1B

DSE2B

GE2

 

SEC4

20

Total number of courses

12

4

2

2

4

120

Distribution of courses in different semesters for Undergraduate  course in Science

Semester

Core

DSE

GE

AECC

SEC

Total credit

I

C1

C2

 

GE1

Environmental Science

 

20

II

C3

C4

 

GE2

English/MIL Communication

 

20

III

C5

C6

C7

 

GE3

 

SEC1

26

IV

C8

C9

C10

 

GE4

 

SEC2

26

V

C11

C12

DSE1

DSE2

     

24

VI

C13

C14

DSE3

DSE4

     

24

Total number of courses

14

4

4

2

2

140

 

 1 credit = 1 Theoretical class of 1 hour duration
1 Credit = 1 Tutorial class of 1 hour duration
1 Credit = 1 Practical class of 2 hour duration

Semester duration: 15 weeks of direct teaching  

MARKS DISTRIBUTION AND GRADING SYSTEM

What is Credit?

One credit is equivalent to one hour of teaching (lecture or tutorial) or two hours of practical work/field work per week of a semester. Each semester consists of 15 to 18 weeks of academic work.

What is the minimum requirement of credit to be qualified as a graduate?

 A student who appears in a semester examination or who is eligible to appear in the semester examinations but remains absent in any or all the courses of the said semester, shall move on to the next semester irrespective of his/her result in the said examinations. This will only be applicable upto the 4th semester examination. A student who has obtained at least 40% in all the courses in theory examination (including internal assessment/ project work) and practical examination separately conducted in the different semester examinations shall be promoted to the next semester without any backlog.

A student who has not obtained at least 40% in all the courses in theory examination (internal assessment/ project work) and practical examinations separately, conducted in the different semester examinations shall be promoted to the next semester with previous uncleared backlog courses. However, the candidate must clear all his backlog courses before he is promoted to the final 6thsemester. In other word, a student cannot be promoted to the 6th semester if he has not cleared all his previous courses. Students who do not fulfill the promotion criteria mentioned above shall be declared fail. However, they shall have the option to retain the marks in the courses in which they have passed.If a student has secured the minimum number of credit necessary for the relevant degree taking together all the courses in theory examination (including internal assessment/ project, wherever applicable) and practical exam separately till the end of the third year, i.e., upto the end of the VIth semester, then she/he shall be awarded the degree in which the student has been admitted. A student who wants to re-appear for clearing backlog in a course will have to do so only when the corresponding course is offered/ evaluated in the next semester under regular examination procedure. A student failing in any Semester examination will have to appear for clearing the backlog when the same semester examination is held next year and so on. However, the internal assessment/internal marks will remain unaltered.

Letter grades and grade points

A student who becomes eligible for the degree will be categorized on the basis of the combined result of semester I tosemester VI examinations under CBCS on a 10 point grading system with thefollowing Letter Grades as given below:

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

 

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