ABBS School of Management, and an Initiative of, registered under Samagra Shikshana Samiti Trust (SSST) is a business school that offers Post Graduate Diploma in Management in Regular, Global and in Banking, Insurance, Finance and Allied Services. These three Programmes are of two years duration and duly approved by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). The detailed Examination policy, process and procedure have been formulated and approved for implementation by the Controller of Examination, Academic coordinators, Faculty and other stakeholders and this is applicable to all the three Programmes.
Sanctity of Examination
The students have to go through rigorous and continuous tests, assessments, evaluations and examinations as an integral part of academic program. The Faculty would adopt both Formative and summative methods in assessing the students overall academic performance. The examination pattern would be somewhat similar to the best practices adopted in B-schools and the university pattern. However the Faculty members are encouraged to adopt innovative approaches in designing and conducting the examination without compromising the guidelines of Regulatory authorities and accreditation bodies. ABBS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT believes in undertaking examination as a rigorous, holistic and fool proof system to assess and evaluate the performance of students in a transparent manner. The Controller of Examination under the supervision and guidance of the Director would implement this SOP on Examination policy, process and guidelines strictly.
Controller of Examination
The Director in consultation with the Management Committee or the Governing Board will nominate, designate and appoint one senior Faculty as Controller of Examination for a specific period. The Controller will work independently and ensure strict implementation of Examination policy, process and procedure and he will be the custodian of all the Examination related records, documents, mark scripts and such important Registers
Duties and Responsibilities of the Controller includes the following
- The Examination committee is an apex body of the Institute that is coordinated by Controller of Examinations (CE). The Examination Committee (EC) will consist of Director, CE and selected senior faculty Members.
- The main function of this CE is to carry out examinations, publish results and award certificates (provided by the ABBS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Institute) to the students who pass the final examinations. Keeping the record of each and every issue related to the examination and organizing workshop and seminars for the improvement of the examination system are also the responsibilities of CE.
- The Controller of Examination (CE) is a faculty member of the Institute chosen by the EC and the position is for a maximum period of two years.
- The CE shall function under the Director and shall report to the Director.
- The Committee shall comprise of 4-5 members and is responsible for carrying out Class Tests and University Exams.
- The EC shall meet at least twice in a semester and record minutes of the meeting and submit a copy of the same to the Director.
- The CE shall follow the internal/Midterm/End Term Exam schedule as per the Academic Calendar and exam schedule approved by the Director in consultation with the Examination Committee and the Academic committee.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Controller of Examination(CE)
- Responsible for the due custody of the records pertaining to exam work.
- Shall have administrative control over the members working under him/her.
- The controller of examinations shall and will maintain the confidentiality of his/her office at all times.
- The controller of examinations will source the Question Papers from relevant sources and maintain the secrecy until such time that the question papers are opened in the examination hall or in authorised places.
- Shall conduct the Examinations at ABBS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT and therefore make all other arrangements and be responsible for the due execution of all processes connected therewith.
- All the corrections, collations and final marks shall be maintained with highest confidentiality until such time that the results are announced.
- To ensure that final year mark sheets are issued only to such students who produce a clearance certificate from the concerned authorities.
Examination ArchitectureThe Examination would be undertaken at different levels in a continuous manner :
- Continuous formative assessment will be undertaken from the starting of the modules/semester in different manner including class participation, conducting quiz, surprise test, presentation etc.
- INTERNAL Examination to be conducted after the completion of minimum 10/15 sessions.
- EXTERNAL Examination would be conducted after the completion of course taught for minimum 30/40 Sessions as per the prescribed credits
- The final mark sheet and the results would be prepared by consolidating both the above examination marks i.e. both the external and internal components of the examinations
Scheme of INTERNAL Examination
- INTERNAL Exams will be conducted for both core and Elective courses after completion of minimum10/15 sessions .
- INTERNAL Exam for a course will be a written exam with a common question paper PATTERN across sections irrespective of different faculty teaching the subject.
- The date of Exam would be intimated to the students in writing from the office of Controller of Examination.
- The duration of INTERNAL Examinations will be for 2 Hours and the exam would be for 50 Marks.
Scheme of Final Examination
The EXTERNAL Exam would be conducted at the end of completion of modules or semester.
EXTERNAL Exam for a course will be a written exam with a common question paper across sections irrespective of different faculty teaching the subject in different section
The date of Exam would be intimated to the students in writing from the office of Controller of Examination.
The duration of EXTERNAL Examinations will be for 3 Hours and the exam would be for 100 Marks.
Ratio of Internal and External Marks
The ratio of Internal Assessment marks and the final examination needs to be maintained uniformly by the entire faculty across all the core and Elective papers as per the following schedule. However if there is any genuine and authentic reason like Purely Lab oriented courses etc., the Academic committee consisting of Director, Controller and the Senior Faculty would discuss and decide the ratio . The decision arrived at needs to be signed by all concerned and recorded accordingly.
Internal Assessment Test Marks: 40 marks
External (Final) Examination Marks: 60 Marks
Internal assessment Test Marks: 50 marks Final Examination Marks: 50 Marks
The components to be included in the Internal Assessment Marks
It is recommended to include the components and weightage mentioned below by all the faculty members and any changes in the components need to be approved by the Examination Committee (EC) in writing.
|Sl. No.||Components||Core Paper||Elective Papers|
|1||Class Participation||5 Marks||5 Marks|
|2||Written Test||20 Marks||20 Marks|
|3||Individual/Group minor academic project preparation and presentation||10 Marks||20 Marks|
|4||Individual assignment & presentation||05 Marks||05 Marks|
Eligibility for writing Exams
No student of ABBS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT shall be considered to have pursued a regular full-time programme in PGDM unless he/she is certified by the Director that he/she has attended at least 75% of the lectures, seminars, case studies, classroom exercise or participation, quizzes, tutorials and syndicate discussions in each course. Each student should have maintained minimum 75% of attendance in each course as an eligibility to appear for the examination
Code of Conduct of Students in the Examination Hall
- Students should occupy the seat allotted to him / her 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the start of the examination.
- Students will not be allowed to carry any food and drinks other than drinking water into the examination hall.
- No student will be allowed to leave the examination room except with the special permission of the invigilator in charge of the examination. The Invigilator may allow the students to go the Rest room in case of necessity under the supervision of an Attendant. Such permission report stating the circumstances granted by the Invigilator/Examination In charge should be submitted to the concerned authority/Director.
- Students must carry their ID cards and Hall ticket and make them available to the invigilator on demand.
- Books, notes, electronic gadgets or any form of storable device that can be referred to while in the examination hall will not be permitted. A student caught copying, exchanging notes or talking to another student will be rusticated and the decision of the Director in this regard will be final. This could include debarring from the examination.
- All writing, including the entry of names or other information on the question paper, answer booklets, or the numbering of questions must be completed during the examination time.
- Answer books must be submitted completely intact.
- Under no circumstances should the answer booklets can be taken out of the examination hall. The student must hand them over to the invigilator before leaving the exam hall.
Zero Tolerance of Unfair Means in Examinations
- The Institute has a "zero tolerance" approach towards candidates who are caught adopting unfair means during examinations.
- A student found guilty of any kind of malpractice during any examination will face severe action. Candidates caught red-handed with a chit and/or any other incriminating documents and/or any other material/ GADGETS to gain unfair advantage will be severely punished. Based on the severity of the mal practice, the punishment could include; fail the student in the subject or make the student repeat the course, suspend him / her for a specific period, rustication for one to three years, and in the rarest and severe case expulsion from the Institute. The decision taken by the Disciplinary Committee is final and binding upon the student.
- The same rules will apply in the case of malpractice regarding plagiarism in Internship report / Project Reports or any other form of assignment given by the Faculty.
Opportunity for Re-examination
A student who fails to attend an examination at the time and place published in the final timetable, displayed on the notice board, will be deemed to be absent in that subject. Opportunity for re-examination will be given as per the rules and regulations are mentioned below.
Internal Make-up Examinations
Students who have missed any INTERNAL examination / test or quizzes or assignments without any substantial reasons will not be given any marks for the missed component of evaluation, in the case of internal marks.
- In such cases, the Make-up examinations shall be conducted for students due to substantial reasons like illness of self or sudden serious illness of parents, or close relations, or sudden demise of parents, or close relations. The decision of the Director is final in these matters and the total marks would be only 40 but not 50.
- There is no provision for conducting Improvement Examination in case of Mid Term Examination
- The concerned Faculty member will show the corrected Internal examination papers, assignments etc to all the students and modify or revise the marks in case of any totaling or any other mistakes. However they have to avail this opportunity within three days of announcement of the Internal examination result.
- The students who could not appear for MAIN END TERM Examination as per the scheduled and announced date will be given one more opportunity based on the genuine reasons and approval by the Faculty committee coordinated by both the Controller of Examination and Director.
- The concerned student should request for supplementary examination in writing to the Controller within seven working days after the actual date of examination already completed.
- They have to pay the prescribed fee of Rs.2000 (Rupees Two Thousand) per paper along with the request application for each paper.
- Genuine reasons for applying for supplementary exams include severe medical conditions, surgery, and death of close family members, appearing for related certificate value added course approved by the Director, any other natural calamity and acts of God. However the same has to be examined and approved by the Faculty committee.
- Accordingly a separate supplementary examination schedule would be announced and conducted as per the End term Examination process.
- We do not encourage the provision for improvement examination in normal circumstances after writing the end term final examination.
Re-examination for the Students Failing in End Term / Supplementary Examination
- The students who could not secure minimum 50% in the End Term/Supplementary Examination would be given one more opportunity to appear and clear the particular paper.
- They have to apply in writing within seven working days after the declaration of End Term/Supplementary Examination to the controller along with payment of Prescribed fee of Rs 2000/ (two thousand) per paper
- Accordingly the Examination would be scheduled and conducted by the Controller
- The finally scored marks would be adjusted in such a way that higher marks above 60% would be moderately reduced to provide parity for the other students who have cleared in the first attempt
- The students who still fail in this Reexamination would not be given another opportunity. However they can appear with the next batch of students in the concerned semesters.
Scheme of Valuation of End Term Papers
- The paper would be valuated by the Faculty who has been assigned to teach the course /paper. However the same would also be evaluated by one other faculty either from ABBS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT /ABBS or from outside based on the major discrepancy noted by the Controller of Examination and Director.
- In such case the average of first two valuations would be awarded as final marks to the students.
- If the difference between first two valuations is more than 15 marks, then the paper would be sent for third valuation.
- The marks obtained in the third valuation would be averaged with the closest marks of the first two evaluations and that would be the final mark of the student.
Re-totaling and Re-Valuation
The students may submit written request application along with the payment of prescribed fees for Retotaling or Revaluation of papers by complying with procedure
The student can apply for availing any one of the options within seven working days after the declaration of respective declaration result in normal circumstances. In case of genuine reasons like terminally ill, met with an accident or any other natural calamity, the students' late submission of request application up to period of one month may be condoned by the Faculty committee headed by the Director.
The reexamination fee is Rs.4000 (Four Thousand) per paper to be paid initially. In case the revaluation result proves the anomaly in the marks awarded by the first valuation, Rs 3000/-(Three thousand) would be refunded back to the concernedstudent. This deterrent system has been built to avoid indiscriminate misuse of revaluation by few of them that can be responsible for the delay in declaring the overall result of all the students
Re-totaling: The retotaling fees is Rs.1000/ (One thousand rupees per paper)
The outcome of re-totaling will supersede the marks obtained earlier. The marks obtained in the re-totaling (even if it is lower) will be final.
Re-Evaluation: Only if there is a difference of more than 10 marks between the marks awarded earlier and the marks awarded in the re-evaluation, then the new marks will be awarded. Otherwise, the earlier marks shall be final. However, the student is entitled to the marks advantages in case of the deviation is more than 10.
If there is a significant difference in the marks to the tune of more than 15, between the first two sets of examiners, the paper may be referred by the Director to the third Examiner .The committee will then take a final decision by considering many issues including the average scores and accordingly the final marks will be declared by the Director.
In case a student is unable to clear the failures even after re-examination, he / she will have to take re-admission in the same class, by paying the requisite fees and begin all over again as if one is entering the course for the first time.
Computation of Marks for declaring the Final Result: Internal and External Marks
The students have to score the minimum stipulated marks to be eligible to be declared as passing each paper.
Each subject carries 150 marks. Out of these 50 marks is an internal and 100 mark for term end exam.
They should secure minimum 20 marks out of 50 of internal assessment marks to be eligible to appear for the end term examination. In case of moderately less marks secured by the students compared to the above norms in case of genuine reasons like sickness etc., the Faculty may ask him to submit additional assignments with the approval of Director. However the extra marks obtained through this process will not be added for improving the overall grade as it may affect the relative grading pattern of other students. This process only enables him/her to appear for the end term final examinationSimilarly the student should secure minimum 50 % out 100% marks in the end term final examination as eligibility criteria to be declared as having passed the examination
The students who are not getting the above-stipulated minimum marks in the end term would be given one more opportunity to appear for Improvement examination by paying the fee of Rs 2000 per paper.
Rules regarding Project Report along with IIP
It is mandatory that the student complete the project report under the prescribed rules and regulations. The completion of the project report is mandatory for the award of Post Graduate Diploma in Management. The details regarding IIP and the Project work is given below .
Institute Industry Project (IIP)
PGDM students complete their core and electives courses and then they are required to undertake IIP for a minimum period of 3 to 4 months in an Industry .IIP is a part of well designed academic curriculum architecture and it is a mandatory academic practical course. This IIP will carry six credits and each student has to undergo and secure the minimum prescribed marks to be eligible to obtain the PGDM degree. It is a compulsory and mandatory course leading to the culmination of completion of PGDM academic program.
Eligibility to Undergo IIP
The students should have completed minimum 24 courses out of 26 courses and should have passed and cleared minimum16 courses before undertaking the IIP. They can continue to reappear and clear the remaining courses as per the Examination policy, rules and regulations.
Scheme & Governance of IIP
The objective of this course is to provide practical and applied experience to the students in the real life Industry situation. They get an opportunity to apply the core and conceptual learning in solving some of the actual issues concerning the business in an experiential manner.
The written project along with the evaluation report of Industry Guide/mentor will carry 150 marks. Two examiners will evaluate this project report independently and the Faculty committee will moderate the marks by taking in to consideration of the marks awarded by both examiners.
They have to appear for an interview to explain the project report and the interview carries 50 marks.
The minimum passing marks is 75 marks in the written report and 25 marks in the interview.
The students who are not scoring the minimum stipulated marks would be given one more opportunity to resubmit the report. They have to appeal to the controller/director to avail this provision in writing within 10 days of the declaration of this IIP result. They have to make the payment of Rs 5000/(Five thousand) as fees for re submitting the project and getting the same evaluated again by different examiners.
Procedure for Joining IIP
- The eligible students will submit their CV and the request letter for IIP to the Placement department by NOV.
- They can also highlight the choice of company and the areas of specialization in doing the IIP. ABBS will make all efforts in arranging the IIP based on the students academic overall performance
- They can also inform the company selected by them in writing to Placement department for their evaluation and approval
- The students will be given maximum two choice and they have to join based on the first or second choice. They will not be permitted for additional choice at any cost.
IIP and Pre Placement
IIP has been designed to achieve two main purposes and to meet the objectives of all the stakeholders. It is a primary and main academic requirement.
Further Industry is looking for competent and capable candidates to join their organization. The students are also looking for a suitable placement and hence this
scheme meets the dual purpose to the mutual benefit of both the students and the business organizations.
The students are therefore advised and encouraged to do an effective IIP and try to convert the same to a pre placement offer.
The students are required to submit the Final Project based on the Industry Internship .However in some unavoidable circumstances, the students will also be allowed to submit an Academic project. They have to source the secondary data in case of academic project and accordingly submit an application of academic concepts in Industry by undertaking secondary data research without actually going to the Industry.
In case of failure to score the minimum stipulated marks, they will be given one more opportunity to resubmit and go through the process within 45 day after the - declaration of project marks
The students who are clearing the above mentioned eligibility pass marks in Internal, External and Project only would be getting the final Grades awarded by complying with the below mentioned process
Moderation Committee for Declaring the Result
The Moderation committee consisting of Director, Controller of Examination, and the nominated senior Faculty members would be studying the overall performance of students, marks pattern across different subjects and different Faculty evaluation approaches and methods.
Based on the study, the committee may moderate and validate , if need be, the marks obtained by the students to provide for consistency, reliability and transparency and authenticity.