New Exam Pattern for Plus 3 Students from this year

Bhubaneswar: Plus III students of Odisha are set to have a new pattern of examination and marking scheme as the State government has decided to implement several new norms from this academic session.

The State Higher Education department has decided to implement multiple question sets for the Plus III students for the first time in the State.

As per the new system, the question paper sets will bear four types of multiple and descriptive questions. The papers having practical examinations will have 100 marks out of which 60 will be theory, 15 internal and the rest 25 will be graded for practical. In other papers, which do not have practical, the assessment of theory will be done for 80 marks and the rest will be reserved for internal marking.

The decision regarding implementation of the new scheme was finalised during a convention of the Vice Chancellors’ meeting held recently.

The first type of questions will be like Yes/No kind which will carry one mark each, second type will questions will carry two marks each. The third type of questions, which students have to answer in 75 words, will carry three marks each; and the last one, long-type questions which need to be answered in 500 words will carry seven marks each

— Ashok Das, Vice Chairman of State Higher Education Council.

Ishan Patra, Vice Chancellor, Ravenshaw University said that the new scheme will definitely reduce the load on the students and it will be more mark-fetching than the earlier system. This apart, it will make students go through the entire syllabus thoroughly, he added.

After the formation of State Higher Education Council, the Odisha government has decided to implement new reforms in the marking, exam pattern, question and syllabus which will be uniformly implemented at all Universities across the State.

While students have welcomed the new move, principals of some colleges have urged the State government to develop infrastructure and fill up the vacant lecturer posts.

A student, Silpismita Tripathy, said the new scheme will be easier for students and help better competitive preparedness. “Earlier we used to devote more time for lengthy preparation but now, we will have to understand the papers thoroughly rather than indulging in rote learning.”

Principal of Baripada College Ranjan Mohanty expressed concerns over the new system of examination. “The government needs to ensure that proper infrastructure and adequate facilities are there for students in the colleges or else, the new system will not be effective,” said Mohanty.