Colleges and Universities of West Bengal have not yet opened owing to the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the state. However, odd semester exams are scheduled to be held in March. Hence, most of the Universities have opted for online/digital exams that candidates can give from their homes.
Schools have opened offline classes from class 9 to class 12. However, all classes from class 8 or below are being conducted in online mode until further notice. Parents have petitioned the school authorities for conducting online exams, but the school authorities are reluctant to conduct final board exams and annual exams online.
The Maulana Abul Kalam University of Technology, which has 192 engineering colleges all over West Bengal, is conducting digital exams from March 17 to March 22. The entire exam will be MCQ-based, with 30 questions of 1 marks each and 20 questions of 2 marks each. The total time of the online examination will be 90 minutes for a 70 marks exam.
The Presidency University and the Calcutta Universities have drawn up a schedule of online exams throughout March. All theory papers are time-bound, where students will get 15 minutes before the exam for downloading the question paper and 30 minutes after the exam for submission. The Asutosh college wants examinees to write the answers in A4 sheets with a black pen, compile them in a PDF, and upload the PDF in a Google drive link. Jadavpur University is also going to conduct online exams in the first half of April.
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences has also opted for an online examination starting March 27 onwards. The exams will continue for a month. Offline classes will begin in May for a new semester.
Schools following CBSC, ICSC/ISC, and State Boards have decided that annual exams for class 9 and class 11 will be held offline since the schools are open. Classes 8 or below will have no examinations as of now. The board exams of class 10 and class 12 will also be conducted offline when the pandemic situation normalizes.
All details of the online exams, the schedule, mode of conduct, and rules and regulations are available (except Jadavpur University, which will be published soon) on the official website of the above Universities.
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Written by Himadri Paul