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Vikash Sharma

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has issued guidelines for the conduct of laboratory examinations for various courses of the Certificate Programme in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT) and Post Graduate Diploma in Analytical Chemistry (PGDAC) Programmes.

As per an official notification, a written lab exam will be conducted on September 25, 2021. It will be similar to the laboratory exam conducted earlier.

The lab examination will be conducted for candidates who have not been able to complete the practical work of various courses of the Certificate Programme in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT) and Post Graduate Diploma in Analytical Chemistry (PGDAC) Programme due to the continuing COVID pandemic situation.

Eligibility for Appearing in the Examination PGDAC Programme:

If you have taken admission in Jan/July 2018 or Jan/July 2019 or Jan/July 2020 CPLT Programme:

If you have taken admission in Jan/July 2019 or Jan/July 2020, or Jan 2021 If the candidates were eligible for appearing in August, 2021 term-end theory examinations as per the SED records; and if they failed in any of the lab exams conducted earlier (Oct, 2020 and March, 2021).

Conduct of Examination and Pattern of Question Papers: The examination would be conducted at designated centres and the candidates will be informed in advance about the examination centres.

- All the question papers will be of multiple choice (objective) types.

- The duration of each examination will be 30 minutes for a 2-credit course.

-The maximum marks is 25 for a 2-credit course. Each question would carry 2½ marks.

-Candidates will be required to attempt 10 questions out of 15 for a 2 credit course.

How to Prepare for the Examination

-All the question papers will be based on the printed materials of Laboratory Courses sent to the candidates.

-If printed course materials are not available, these may be accessed from e-Gyankosh.

The candidates are advised to:

-Study thoroughly the course materials of the Laboratory Courses that have been sent to you.

-Learn the basic theory and procedures as well as all the details given in the experiments comprehensively.

- Study the Observation Tables, sources of errors, etc. given in each experiment.

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