“Students would still have scored full marks in the multiple-choice questions, but since the descriptive questions were assessed by the teachers and not by the software, it was easier to control the unrealistic scores students bagged last time,” said the principal of a law college. In the October exam, 96% of students cleared Semester VI. In a programme where the highest scores hover around 65 and 70, at least four students scored 100/100 in all four subjects and over 600 bagged 100 in one, two, or three subjects, in October. In the Semester V exam held now, 92% of the 5,400 students passed.
A teacher said they got enough time to set question papers for this semester exam and therefore an attempt was made to set papers with a slightly higher difficulty level. “For the October exam, we got less than 15 days to set more than three question papers. This time, some may have managed to set tricky questions and also may have improved their proctoring methods, making it difficult to indulge in malpractices,” said the teacher.
A principal said several students are still getting higher scores, which was not possible in offline exams. “The success rate is still higher for law exams. It is not possible to have a foolproof proctoring method for online exams. Students are smarter with technology. Also, with the university not identifying a common software for conducting exams, their sanctity is lost. There is no uniformity in the conduct of exams. There are no checks and balances. Everyone is conducting them in a way best suited to them,” said the principal.