The University of Delhi conducts semester exams twice a year that puts the student in an exhaustive procedure of gathering information, scribbling notes, and remembering it in an unthinking fashion. This habit of mindless rote learning is being subconsciously promoted by the question paper framework and pattern set by the committee. The long questions demanding long answers underpins the act of students of not delving into the meaty parts of a concept and getting engaged in the gross lengthening of an answer.
Moreover, the repetitive nature of particular questions every year makes the question paper very predictable and further adds to the scenario. Such medieval predictable pattern of question paper encourages the student to employ the very controversial ‘Guidebooks’ reference to sail through the semester which has always been deemed as an unhealthy practice.
With an increasing demand for skillful students in job sectors, DU’s question paper pattern fails to meet the required standards and this calls for a sharp revision in the methodology of testing in the current scenario. DU examination committee should evaluate the loopholes and try covering it in the subsequent terms.
Instead of few long questions, the question paper must comprise of relatively more short questions covering a greater span of the syllabus. Short question ensures that students are thoroughly going through the given readings as a short question demands a to-the-point answer. An ideal question paper should have more realistic questions where a student can connect the theory into practical applications and realities. This would develop intellect in students’ mind. Largely, a question paper should have more of conceptual questions than the long questions. This would inculcate a habit of active and associative learning among students at all levels.
Its high time that the authorities of the University of Delhi should come together and take the onus to bring about a revolution and overthrow this age-old method of taking an examination and instill a more scientific way of testing knowledge and skills.
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