The Mumbai University final year exams, which is slated to commence from October 1, 2020, would be conducted online and would comprise multiple choice questions (MCQs). The varsity has recently released a circular clarifying queries raised by various affiliated colleges regarding the exam pattern and the mode in which exam would be conducted. In the circular, MU has also clarified the role of the cluster or lead college and mock tests demanded by colleges.
The notice published on the official website of the varsity by the controller of examination says, “The concept of a lead or cluster college is to bring together a group of affiliated colleges in a given geographical region offering similar programs (arts, commerce, science, engineering, pharmacy, etc) and facilitate the synchronisation and coordination with respect to the execution of various academic and examination work.”
For the students’ information, the varsity has again clarified that MCQs would be framed only from the syllabus covered till March 13, 2020. However, for those writing the backlog exams, the question paper would be based on the entire syllabus.
Role of lead colleges
Lead colleges would also have the responsibility of coordinating with all the affiliated colleges in the particular area or cluster to encourage the involvement of teachers of a particular subject in putting together their MCQs to generate a question bank for the students to practise before exams. “Inter-cluster support in order to facilitate the preparation of a large base of MCQs will also be encouraged, colleges have also been requested to keep in mind the level of difficulty while framing questions for the upcoming exams, ” states the circular.
MCQ question paper pattern
The MCQ paper for each subject would comprise 25-40 questions. The one-hour paper would carry a maximum of 50 marks. “Sample MCQs should be prepared and provided to develop the understanding about exam pattern for students and mock tests too should be conducted for the purpose of practice,” states the circular. The students and colleges had asked for mock tests to be better acquainted with the new question paper. Teachers have been asked to put together a question bank of 250 questions for every subject which would then be used for the exams. Students would also get question banks before exams for practice.
Source: TimesNowNews, States