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Political Science Post-Graduates Allege Faulty Marksheets

169 students of Masters in Political Science from DU have alleged that their marksheets contain erroneous marks.

On 12th September 2022, 169 students who have done their Post-Graduate studies in Political Science from the University of Delhi were shocked upon receiving their marksheets. Not only were the results unexpectedly low, but many students also received a “fail” grade. 

DU Beat was approached by some of the affected students who want to bring their situation to light. “We are 169 MA Political Science students whose copies were not checked properly and knowingly given 5 CGPA in subjects just to give second division to most of the students irrespective of performance in the exam. With any lens, a 5 CGPA is not justified because students performed well in the internal exam. Whether copies are checked or not, it also has a question mark. And because of this negligence, most of us are unable to get admissions into PhD courses and can’t qualify for UGC-NET criteria.”

Most of the students will not be applying for re-evaluation since they feel that the chances of marks increasing are very less, and the process of re-evaluation is quite costly. The errors in marking have serious consequences for those applying for further studies as most student’s marks do not fall into the University’s eligibility criteria of 55 per cent for the UGC-NET exam.

I had qualified net and wish to do PhD..but I got less than 55/..this is less than University criteria for pursuing PhD… this marks affecting me mentally…I got 5 CGPA in 2 papers which is very less than my expectations… this marks can be hurdle in my future opportunities…. this is affecting my mental health.

Enclosed here is a letter forwarded to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi, Yogesh Singh.

International students have been affected too. A student from Afghanistan told DU Beat, “Due to the unexpected turmoil in my country, i.e., Afghanistan. All diplomatic relations between my country and India are paused. Because of this situation, I couldn’t get the Indian Visa, which resulted in my being absent for the final semester exams held offline. When I conveyed my concern to the Foreign Students Registry Office, they told us that the marks would be allotted on the basis of previous semesters held, but in the marksheet it shows absent (AB) and the authorities concerned are not addressing my problems. It’s a matter of students’ career and life and those who trusted the Indian education system.”

The students’ disaffection for the administration has only increased, and their experience has been shaped by the global pandemic and the uneven transition to offline college.

We were forced to give offline exams in the last semester even though most classes were taken online. Most of us were already suffering because of covid and many were out of town. We had to come to Delhi from different parts of the country just for a couple of days wherein even the hostels and PGs took advantage of our situations and charged more than required. After all the stress, traveling and pressure, we managed to prepare for offline exams and now the grades that we’ve gotten are below satisfactory. Pretty sure that I’d performed better than what I’ve actually received as a grade. This is just unfair.


All eyes are on the administration now, as these students wait with bated breath to see if their marks will increase. 

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Shiuli Sural

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Shiuli Sural is a third year history student at Hansraj College, Delhi University. She spends her time reading and writing, and is passionate about Greek mythology and menstrual equity. Her favourite Greek goddess is Athena.