The pass percentage for the second semester engineering exams, the results of which were announced on Thursday night, has risen this year to 39.4% from last year’s 37%.
The second semester engineering exams for first year students, which began in May, were plagued by a series of paper leaks. While exams on two papers – Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics – had to be held again after they were leaked, one paper – Applied Chemistry – was swapped by the University at the last minute before the exam was to begin.
Exams for first and fourth year engineering exams are conducted by the university, whereas second and third year exams are conducted by individual colleges.
“The pass percentage is normally within this range,” said S Deo, director of exams at the university.
“As students can fail in up to five papers and still get promoted to the second year, the admission rate into second year, however, can go as high as 90%.”
The 39.4% pass percentage constitutes the students who have cleared all the papers. First year students have to appear for six exams in each semester. More than 20,000 students had appeared for the second semester exams.
Following the paper leak, exams were held again later.
The Applied Physics paper was first held on May 18 and then later on June 14. The Applied Mathematics paper was first held on May 23, and then again on July 16. A third paper – Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering – was also leaked. It is a first semester ‘allowed to keep term’ paper and also had to be rescheduled.