Grading and Examination System in Bits, Pilani

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Preface

Education has always occupied a prominent position in the priorities of a society because of its key role in making its members moral, civilized, creative and productive beings.  
Decisions on the chosen inputs in the educational area, especially during college, have a multiplier-effect, and they tend to influence a person’s life to a large extent. One’s college education is generally assessed by the grades he gets, the courses he takes, the job he gets etc.

In our report, we have tried to throw some light on the examination and grading system in BITS. The CGPA is a much criticized parameter within the campus, and keeps earning bricks and bouquets for itself. We have made an effort to give an overview of the various grading systems around the world in the process of seeking improvement in our existing system. It is in a continuous process of evolvement, and we are confident that our efforts will be able to contribute a constructive mite to the process.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

A comprehensive report always requires the goodwill, encouragement, guidance and support of many people. We are grateful to Ruchika Sharma and Shweta Shree for encouraging us to prepare a report on the topic “Grading and Examination system in BITS”. We also thank them for their continuous support and guidance.

The peer group, as reviewers is an indispensable part of the making of this report. Although we cannot mention all the names, we are thankful to all the people who filled up our questionnaire and helped us perform our analysis.

Nikil K Rao
Nikhil Vijayvergiya
Sriram V

ABSTRACT

Grading forms a very important part of any educational institution. It gives a proper basis for evaluating students in their different fields of interest. This report takes a look at the different grading systems operating globally. The report aims to illustrate why relative grading is preferred to absolute grading in most of the leading colleges of the world. The report also gives an insight into the prevailing 10-point CGPA and the continuous evaluation system in BITS. The report aims to find out the shortcomings, if any, of the current system in BITS and suggest measures for its improvement.

Table of Contents

Preface …………………………………………………………… 1 Acknowledgements ……………………………………………. 2 Abstract ………………………………………………………….. 3 List of Illustrations ……………………………………………... 5

1. Introduction ………………………………………………… 6 2. Grading systems around the world ……………………. 8 2.1 20-point grading system ……………………………….. 8 2.2 United States ……………………………………………. 9 2.3 Advanced system grading standard ………………….. 9 2.4 European Baccalaureate ………………………………. 10 2.5 International Baccalaureate …………………………… 11 2.6 India ……………………………………………………… 12 2.6.1 Norm Referenced System ……………………….. 12 2.6.2 Criterion-referenced System …………………….. 13 3. Grading system in BITS ………………………………….. 14 3.1 CGPA ……………………………………………………. 14 4. Evaluation system in BITS ………………………………. 19 4.1 Continuous evaluation …………………………………. 19 5. Conclusion ………………………………………………….. 21 6. Recommendations ………………………………………… 22 7. Bibliography ………………………………………………... 23 8. References ………………………………………………….. 24 9. Appendix ……………………………………………………..25 List of Illustrations

List of Tables
Table 1: The 20-point grading scale…………………………………… 8 Table 2: The Advanced Placement grading scale …………………… 10 Table 3: European Baccalaureate ……………………………………... 11 Table 4: CGPA system in BITS ………………………………………… 15

List of Graphs
Graph 1: Relative vs. Absolute grading ……………………………….. 17 Graph 2: Intermediate steps in grading ……………………………….. 18 Graph 3: Step-grading vs. Continuous grading ………………………. 18 Graph 4: Is continuous evaluation helpful in learning a subject? …… 19 Graph 5: Attributes required in an exam ………………………………. 20

Introduction

In education a grade (or mark) is a teacher’s standardized evaluation of a student’s work. In certain institutions, evaluations are quantified, and calculated into a numeric grade...
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