Students of MCom (Part I) on Tuesday complained to the University of Mumbai (MU) authorities about receiving question paper that was set using the old pattern, instead of the revised one.
Student complained that the mistake could cost them marks, as they did not get the chance to score well in the Choice Based section of the paper, worth 15 marks. Compared to the old Credit Based Grading System (CBGS), the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) allows more choice-based questions, which students find to be more scoring.
“As per to the old paper pattern, the entire subject of Strategic Management is more theory and no choice-based questions. The new paper pattern has 15 marks for choice-based questions, which is very scoring and we have lost out on this opportunity, despite having opted for the new paper pattern,” said a student.
Some of the students who got question papers in the old pattern were from a college in Mumbra. “We checked with our friends in other colleges and found out that their question paper was based on the new pattern,” he added.
Officials said while the university sends question papers set in the old and the new pattern — the student can choose between the two — the examination centre (college) is responsible for handing the right question paper to the students. Deepak Wasave,Controller of Examinations (in-charge), MU, said the institute might not have understood the difference and distributed the same question paper to all the students.
Wassave told HT that the change in paper pattern should not affect students much because the syllabus for both the papers was similar. “MU used to follow the CBGS until last year and this year the format has changed a little as per the CBCS. However, the difference is very little so students should have no problem. We’ll anyway look into this matter.”