The University Grants Commission (UGC) has initiated several measures to bring equity, efficiency and excellence in the Higher Education System of country. The important measures taken to enhance academic standards and quality in higher education include innovation and improvements in curriculum, teachinglearning process, examination and evaluation systems, besides governance and other matters.;
The grading system is considered to be better than the conventional marks system and hence it has been followed in the top institutions in India and abroad. So it is desirable to introduce uniform grading system. This will facilitate student mobility across institutions within and across countries and also enable potential employers to assess the performance of students. To bring in the desired uniformity, in grading system and method for computing the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) based on the performance of students in the examinations, the UGC has formulated these guidelines.
The following is the list of B.Tech, M.Tech and MBA Programs offered comes under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)
These guidelines shall apply to all B.Tech, M.Tech and MBA programs under the credit system awarded by the Central, State and Deemed to be universities in India.
The Indian Higher Education Institutions have been moving from the conventional annual system to semester system. Currently many of the institutions have already introduced the choice based credit system. The semester system accelerates the teaching-learning process and enables vertical and horizontal mobility in learning. The credit based semester system provides flexibility in designing curriculum and assigning credits based on the course content and hours of teaching. The choice based credit system provides a ‘cafeteria’ type approach in which the students can take courses of their choice, learn at their own pace, undergo additional courses and acquire more than the required credits, and adopt an interdisciplinary approach to learning. It is desirable that the HEIs move to CBCS and implement the grading system.
A course defines learning objectives and learning outcomes and comprises lectures / tutorials / laboratory work / field work / project work / comprehensive examination / seminars / assignments / MOOCs / alternative assessment tools / presentations / self-study etc., or a combination of some of these. Under the CBCS, the requirement for awarding a degree is prescribed in terms of number of credits to be completed by the students.
Courses in a curriculum may be of three kinds: Foundation / Skill, Core and Elective Courses.
Foundation / Skill Course:
Foundation courses are the courses based upon the content leads to enhancement of skill and knowledge as well as value based and are aimed at man making education. Skill subjects are those areas in which one needs to develop a set of skills to learn anything at all. They are fundamental to learning any subject.
Professional Core Courses:
There may be a core course in every semester. This is the course which is to be compulsorily studied by a student as a core requirement to complete the requirement of a program in the said discipline of study.
Electives provide breadth of experience in respective branch and application areas. Elective course is a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses. It may be:
An elective may be Professional Elective, is a discipline centric focusing on those courses which add generic proficiency to the students or may be Open Elective, chosen from unrelated disciplines.
In Addition, a student can register for courses for audit only with a view to supplement his/her knowledge and/or skills. Here also, the student’s grades shall have to be reflected in the Memorandum of Grades. But, these shall not be taken into account in determining the student’s academic performance in the semester. In view of this, it shall not be necessary for the institute to issue any separate transcript covering the audit courses to the registrants at these courses. Its result shall be declared as “Satisfactory” or “Not Satisfactory” performance.
Mandatory Courses (MC):
These courses are among the compulsory courses but will not carry any credits. However, a pass in each such course during the program shall be necessary requirement for the student to qualify for the award of Degree. Its result shall be declared as “Satisfactory” or “Not Satisfactory” performance.
The HEIs are currently following various methods for examination and assessment suitable for the courses and programs as approved by their respective statutory bodies. In assessing the performance of the students in examinations, the usual approach is to award marks based on the examinations conducted at various stages (sessional, mid-term, end-semester etc.,) in a semester. Some of the HEIs convert these marks to letter grades based on absolute or relative grading system and award the grades. There is a marked variation across the colleges and universities in the number of grades, grade points, letter grades used, which creates difficulties in comparing students across the institutions. The UGC recommends the following system to be implemented in awarding the grades and CGPA under the credit based semester system.
Performances of students in each course are expressed in terms of marks as well as in Letter Grades based on absolute grading system. The UGC recommends a 10-point grading system with the following letter grades as given in the Table 1.
|Range of Marks||Grade Point||Letter Grade|
|100 – 90||10||S (Superior)|
|89 – 80||9||A+ (Excellent)|
|79 – 70||8||A (Very Good)|
|69 – 60||7||B+ (Good)|
|59 – 50||6||B (Average)|
|49 – 40||5||C (Pass)|
|Below 40||0||F (Fail)|
|Authorized Break of Study||0||ABS|
Assessment is an integral part of system of education as it is instrumental in identifying and certifying the academic standards accomplished by a student and projecting them far and wide as an objective and impartial indicator of a student’s performance. Thus, it becomes bounden duty of a University to ensure that it is carried out in fair manner. In this regard, UGC recommends the following system of checks and balances which would enable Universities effectively and fairly carry out the process of assessment and examination.
The UGC recommends the following procedure to compute the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). The credit points earned by a student are used for calculating the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), both of which are important performance indices of the student. SGPA is equal to the sum of all the total points earned by the student in a given semester divided by the number of credits registered by the student in that semester. CGPA gives the sum of all the total points earned in all the previous semesters and the current semester divided by the number of credits registered in all these semesters. Thus,
(Ci Gi) /
Where, Ci is the number of credits of the ith course and Gi is the grade point scored by the student in the ith course and n represent the number of courses in which a student is registered in the concerned semester.
(Cj Sj) /
Where, Sj is the SGPA of the jth semester and Cj is the total number of credits upto the semester and m represent the number of semesters completed in which a student registered upto the semester.
The SGPA and CGPA shall be rounded off to 2 decimal points and reported in the transcripts.
Illustration for SGPA
|Course Name||Course Credits||Grade letter||Grade point||Credit Point
(Credit x Grade)
|Course 1||3||A||8||3 x 8 = 24|
|Course 2||4||B+||7||4 x 7 = 28|
|Course 3||3||B||6||3 x 6 = 18|
|Course 4||3||S||10||3 x 10 = 30|
|Course 5||3||C||5||3 x 5 = 15|
|Course 6||4||B||6||4 x 6 = 24|
Thus, SGPA = 139 / 20 = 6.95
Illustration for CGPA
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3||Semester 4||Semester 5||Semester 6|
Thus, CGPA = (20x6.9 + 22x7.8 + 25x5.6 + 26x6.0 + 26x6.3 + 25x8.0) / 144 = 6 73