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The B.Com(H) course in Delhi University is one of the most sought after courses by students all over India. However, a small change in the way the examinations are being conducted now has demotivated students who are currently pursuing the course.
Over 3 years, a student writes 24 papers. Most papers are of 75 marks while a few are of 50. Earlier, in the 75 mark papers, 20 marks were for internal assessment while a student wrote a three hour exam for 55 marks. The 50 mark papers consisted of 12 marks for internal assessment and 38 from writing the exam.
With a view to bring parity in the paper between students who attend college and those who opt for distant learning, the university gives common papers to both. This means that students who attend college regularly have to write for 75 marks instead of 55. Their marks then get scaled down to 55. This is very unfair as the duration of the exam remains the same while the students now have to write more for a 75 mark paper, not to mention the effort that goes into submitting assignments and writing an internal exam for the remaining 20 marks. A student who did not wish to be named said, “Earlier we got 3 hours to write for 55 marks and now we have to write for 75! We submit assignments; write internals, so why should we write for an additional 20 marks when they are just going to get scaled down? What is even more frustrating is that apart from this initial scaling down the University often moderates and reduces our marks even further. It’s very discouraging and highly unfair, but no one can do anything about it and we are at the mercy of a tyrannical university”
These strong words simply echo the increasing feeling of dissatisfaction among the students regarding what they consider an unfair examination procedure.

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