Students pursuing B.Com (Honours) express their grievances as the results of the first-semester examinations leave students dissatisfied.

On 12th May 2020, results of the first-semester B.Com (Hons.) were declared. However, there were surfacing concerns regarding discrepancies in the same. Students have put forth the issue of disproportionate results i.e. the marks obtained in practicals and internal assignments not corresponding to the results of the odd semester examinations.

“I believe that my classmates have been marked incorrectly. For someone who scores eleven out of twenty-five in internals, getting a score of nine or ten in the core paper seems to be uncanny,” says a first-year student who responded on the condition of anonymity. The Varsity’s faulty evaluation has repeatedly been a cause of concern to students with respect to their results.

“Our seniors were not surprised when we told them about the discrepancies, this shows how deep-rooted and normalised this problem is,” says a student pursuing B.Com (Hons.) who wished to remain anonymous.

“The results have mostly been fine. Other than a few minor discrepancies in some subjects, the only major cause of concern has been the Microeconomics GE (Generic Elective) paper. Some students feel that the marking has been outrightly random. Students with perfect scores in internals and a well-written test have been marked far below their expectations,” says a first-year student pursuing B.Com. (Hons.)  from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).

Moreover, the issue of revaluation also stands as an inconvenience amidst the contemporary COVID-19 pandemic. With shops closed, attaining photostats becomes a tedious task. Along with the technical constraints, the revaluation and rechecking procedures emerge as faulty systems as students often claim that the Varsity gathers revenue from its own faults.

The recurring glitches in the results along with the University’s proposal of conducting online examinations have been a worrying matter to the students of Delhi University.

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With various faults and inconsistencies in the marking of B.A. (Hons) English papers, University of Delhi (DU) releases a notification regarding the revaluation after students identify  certain flaws in the result.

The release of the B.A (Hons) English result came as a shock to many students due to the severe inconsistencies in the result of students from all the semesters. The inconsistencies have come in the form of a severe dip in the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) of many students. A vast majority of students have revealed that they have gotten 1.5 or 2 Grade Points less then what they get. The suspicion lies on the administration for conducting a hasty evaluation process.

With the outcry rising, DU released a statement saying that those who could not apply for revaluation because of the closure of the University due to the pandemic can submit it now. The University has given time till 26 May 2020. Students have been asked to print revaluation forms fill it and email it. They have also been asked to scan and email their revaluation forms, admit cards, copy of marksheet, and a copy of the fee receipt. While this seems like a good way for English Honours and other students to get their results rectified, there are certain privileges and apathy shown by the Administration in this move.

A Press Release by All India Students Association (AISA) expressing solidarity with the students of B.A (Hons) English points out that the method is inaccessible to a lot of students. It says that “ the admin expects all students to have access to internet, printers,scanners and all their documents (Admit Cards, IDs, etc), completely ignoring the health crisis, lockdown, and financial positions of a vast number of students in DU.” It also points out that the last day gives the student a short time to apply, and the fee of Rs.1000 makes it impossible for a lot of students in their current financial condition due to the lockdown to apply. The statement ends with pointing out how mass failures are the burden of the University not the students and for the conduct of free revaluation for all students.

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Damni Kain, a student activist and a student in DU points out several other negative impacts of the results and the revaluation process suggested. She says “ As a student, I find this very disappointing to see how our hardwork of an entire year is mocked by absolute negligence at the hand of the administration. The effect won’t be limited to just an year’s result but the result of our graduation in totality. Further, those aspiring for Masters in Delhi University through marks-based system have almost lost an opportunity. With no fault of ours, we’re made to face the worst amidst a terrible pandemic. To this, the several restrictions and rules placed on re-evaluation makes it impossible for us to go for it. This is an anti-student move which needs to be condemned and taken back if we wish to maintain the ethos of a university system.”


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In a trophy decision for the student fraternity, the University has waived off the fee that used to be charged for revaluation of the answer scripts of the students subsequent to the declaration of the End-Semester Examinations.

In an unprecedented decision coming out from the High Court of the national capital, it has been proclaimed that the University shall waive off all the fee that was erstwhile charged for the revaluation of the answer scripts, making things easy for the always financially insecure student fraternity.

The court refuses to stay the validity of the Central Information Commission (CIC) order, that allowed the scrutiny of answer scripts through Right to Information (RTI), and instead, plans to undertake a deeper look at the order passed by the council. To ensure that a proper channel is followed, the court also waived off the fee that the University used to charge for the purpose. The court plans to question the right of the students to seek inspection of scripts on a later date. January 30, 2019, has been allotted as the next date of hearing on the matter.

In the light of an RTI filed in the month of September, 2018, the decision comes as a financial set-back for the University, which accrued revenues of around INR three crores between the sessions 2015-16 and 2017-18, through fee levied on the students for revaluation of scripts and charges levied for handing over Xerox copies of the answer scripts to the students.

The case was born when two years ago, in 2016, when a former law student at the Varsity demanded the scrutiny of his evaluated scripts through an RTI petition. The matter dragged in the court for two years, but failed to gather pace. Hence, the student was compelled to move to the CIC, which delivered the verdict in the student’s favour, allowing him the inspection of his scripts as it is prescribed under Section 2(j) of the Indian Right to Information- “larger public interest”.

With figures input from IANS.

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Revaluation for semester results at the University of Delhi may seem complicated, but here is a guide to simplify the process.

University of Delhi (DU) has started to announce results for the academic session 2018-19. Revaluation is an effective tool for students who are dissatisfied with their results.The revaluation process was scrapped off by Delhi University in 2013. But due to continuous protests by the students and Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), the administration re-introduced the system in the University in 2014.

According to the official Delhi University Information Centre, “Revaluation means to re-evaluate the paper of a particular subject completely. For this, a candidate has to completely surrender their original marks of a particular subject and accept the final result as declared by the University as a result of revaluation.”

The revaluation form can be downloaded from the University website, i.e., www.du.ac.in . It has to be filled by the candidate and has to be submitted to the Revaluation Cell Counter in the Examination Branch of North or South Campus between 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 pm to 3:00 p.m.. The revaluation fee per paper is Rs.1000/- and has to be duly submitted with the application form. The form has to be attested either by the Principal or the Head of the Department.

The rules prescribed by the University are as follows:

  1. Revaluation is allowed only for theory papers of non-professional courses, which have not been jointly valued.
  2. No second applications for the same paper shall be accepted.
  3. It shall be applied for within two weeks of the declaration of the result.
  4. The Candidate is required to produce a photocopy of their current Admission Ticket and/or statement of marks for verification of Roll No., marks etc., at the time of submission of application form for revaluation and also to attach self-address envelope of 9 x4 size with postal stamp worth Rs.5/- affixed, for sending revaluation result.  
  5. After completion, the new results will be uploaded on the university website, www.du.ac.in. under the results portal after four to five months.
  6. The revised result may entail either entail no change, an increase or decrease in the candidate’s marks.

Documents required for the same are as follows:

  1. Photocopy of the candidate’s current Admission Ticket and Statement of Marks.
  2. Duly filled and signed revaluation form.
  3. Entries in the form must be verified from the Principal of the candidate’s college. (Students may contact the Administration Office of their college for the same)


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The process of revaluation is inclusive of correcting and marking answer scripts again while rechecking refers to the totalling up of marks received to avoid calculation-based errors. This system was done away with in 2013 on the premise that answer scripts are jointly invigilated, but it was again reinforced following protests. Since then, DU has introduced a restriction that only theory papers of non-professional courses can be sent for revaluation.

To apply for revaluation, the student should fill the application form available on the DU website and should submit it to the nearest centre within two to three weeks after the declaration of the result. For revaluation, a fee of INR 1,000 is required to be submitted along with a copy of the candidate’s recent scorecard. The application form should be verified and attested by the Principal or Head of the Department. An extremely pertinent point to remember in the entire process is that the student will have to surrender his/her original marks and accept the revised result.

The revised result can be any of the following – an increase in the mark, a decrease, or no change. Therefore, a student should apply for revaluation only if he/she has reasons to believe that his/ her marks are less than expected. It should be kept in mind that rechecking is a strenuous process which should not be taken as lightly as it is by students. A paper shuffles from one examiner to the head invigilator, and so on. Students should consult their friends and teachers before sending the application.

Once the application form has been filled by the student, it should be submitted to the nearest Revaluation Cell Counter. The counter can be found in the Examination Branches of both campuses. The updated result will be published on the DU website under the results portal after four to five months. It usually comes in right before the next semester’s result. The entire procedure and rules are described on the Delhi University website and should be browsed well to avoid errors.

Important points for revaluation

1. The application form for revaluation is available on the university website, www.du.ac.in. The application must be submitted within 15 days from the date of publication of results.

2. The fee for revaluation is INR 1,000 per paper and must be paid to the University of Delhi along with the application.

3. A photocopy of the statement of marks for verification of roll number is required. The photocopy should be inclusive of the marks of the subject which is being revaluated. This document must be verified by the Principal or the Head of the Department and must contain the official stamp and signature of the authorities.

4. Candidates are advised to submit their request to Revaluation Cell Counter. The Examination Branches of both campuses receive the revaluation forms. The timings for public dealing are from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

5. The result may be issued by post or uploaded on the university website within 45-60 days of the submission of the form. The marks may increase, decrease, or not change at all, but result after revaluation is final.

6. Revaluation is not undertaken for practical or professional courses. The student must carry his/her admit card along with a self?addressed envelope of 9”x 4” size with a postal stamp worth Rs. 5 affixed thereon when submitting the application form.


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Exam results are generally not what most students look forward to. So when Delhi University decides to go ahead and make the experience even more harrowing, you can’t really blame them for being disgruntled.

Most of them would agree without question that the revaluation system is a major pain. Under the system, if there’s a difference of 5% between the original and the revaluated marks, no change would be made. In case the difference in between 5-10%, average of the two marks would be awarded. And if it is more than 10%, the paper would be reexamined and the average of the two highest marks amongst them would be awarded.

Something that appears to be troubling most students is the methodology of awarding marks within this system itself. The question that’s on their minds, put simply, would read something like this- why am I being awarded averaged marks instead of what I actually secured? “Why am I being penalized for the examiner’s mistake and why am I being charged for it? This is rubbish”, says Rudrakshica, a 3rd year economics student.

The whole system, however, now seems like a money making gimmick. Not only has the revaluation fee sky rocketed from Rs. 250 per paper a few  years ago to Rs. 1000 per paper in the present day, it also seems as if the papers have been deliberately marked less to possibly increase revenue from this source. Take for instance, the curious case of notoriously low marks in one of the Economics 2nd year papers- Indian Economic Development (IED). It is true that students were given grace marks in Microeconomics on account of the horrifying paper but that in no way justifies the enormous scaling down that has happened in IED. This has led to most of the students applying for revaluation in this paper. Taking into account the number of students currently pursuing this course in DU, the revenue that they would have generated from this is something that boggles the mind.

There is no questioning the fact that such a steep increase in revaluation fee is to deter those who give in their papers just for the sake of it. However, what they seem to forgetting is the fact that those who are genuinely facing a problem are also students and Rs. 1000 per paper might not be something that they could afford. Time to become a little more student friendly, DU?


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