The CIA consists of :

  • The first part is two organized written tests for 30 marks each,
  • The second part is left to the initiative of the teacher(s) of the course, who with the approval of the Head of the Department concerned, conduct(s) a minimum of 4 different components for 40 marks for PG and 35 marks for UG weightage before the dates specified. It is expected that the staff - members incharge of the course explains the modalities of the evaluation pattern adopted for each course well in advance at the begining of each semester. The mark statement of each CIA component evaluated by the staff - member is handed over to the Office of the Controller of Examinations on the dates specified in the College Calendar,
  • attendance for UG students, and
  • library work.
    • i. Organized Written Tests

      Two series of organized written tests (Mid Semester and End Semester) of 2 hours duration each are conducted in the course of the 7th-8th weeks and 15th-16th weeks in each semester, as indicated in the calendar. These written tests carry a weightage for 30% marks for each written test for UG and PG. The Question Pattern of both for organized written tests for CIA and Semester Examination (SE) includes (i) Objective type questions (ii) Paragraph essay type questions (iii) Essay type questions (iv) Annotations / Short answer questions and (v) Case Studies to evaluate the various skills in learning. The evaluated answer scripts are returned to the students within 10 days from the date of the conduct of the tests and the marks would be displayed / read in the Department.
      Any irregularity in the conduct of any CIA component should be brought to the notice of the HoD concerned / Controller of Examinations & Principal for clarification or remediation. Any retest is permitted by the Principal only for special reasons.

      ii. CIA Components

      35 marks for UG and 40 marks for PG are distributed among four specified components of CIA conducted during the course of semester and the marks for each components is submitted to the Office of the Controller of Examinations (COE) on the dates specified in the college calendar.

      • The various CIA Components could be Quiz (written / objective), Snap Test, Viva-Voce, Seminar, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Problem Solving, Map Reading, Group Discussion, Panel Discussion, Field Visit, Paragraph / Essay Writing, Open Book Test, Library Record, Writing Composition, Case Study, online test etc.
      • As a special consideration, students who publish papers in refereed journals would be exempted from one of the CIA Components in one of the papers.

      iii. Attendance

      A student must obtain 75% of attendance per semester in order to appear for the Semester Examinations. For UG Students 5% of CIA marks is given for attendance graded up from the minimum requirements. There is no attendance mark for PG courses. If a student does not fulfil the requirements of attendance he/she must repeat that semester.

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