CHENNAI: The upcoming semester exams of University of Madras will have familiar and direct questions in an effort to ease students back to the familiar mode.
Physical mode exams will begin on January 20, after a gap of 18 months. The higher education department had postponed the exams by two months to give more time for preparations after protests by students.
Though evaluation of answer sheets is likely to be more liberal, there will not be any changes in the question paper pattern, sources added.
Earlier, the university planned to start semester exams from the first week of December. Exams for first year students were planned after the Pongal holidays.
Now, exams for all students, including those in the first year, will be after January 20.
However, autonomous institutions which have nearly completed the syllabus are planning to conduct physical classes and revise the topics in the next few weeks.
D G Vaishnav College has planned things over the next two months to prepare students for the exams. “The classes have been conducted in a blended mode this semester. So, we will invite all students to physical classes and prepare them for offline mode exams by giving question banks, previous year papers,” said principal S Santhosh Baboo.
A majority of the affiliated colleges have completed three and half units of the syllabus and are planning to complete the rest by December 22. “Our college plans to conduct a model exam from December 23 and practical exams in the first week of January ahead of offline exams,” said S Ramanathan, principal of Asan Memorial College of Arts and Science.
Engineering colleges are also planning to conduct physical classes and hold model exams before the start of the semester exams.
Several autonomous institutions said they had completed the syllabus and were ready to conduct semester exams from next week. “The postponement of exams by two months will affect the final year students who are planning to go for higher studies or get placed in campus recruitment,” said the principal of an autonomous engineering college.