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MCom students who got wrong question paper will not lose marks, says Mumbai university

The University of Mumbai on Tuesday pinned the blame on the five colleges, where the mix-up was reported.

mumbai Updated: Jan 31, 2018 10:05 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
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HT had reported how hundreds of students of first year of MCom got question papers based on the old syllabus. (FILE)

Students of Masters of Commerce (MCom) students who got wrong question paper of Strategic Management on Monday are likely to get full marks for the out-of-syllabus questions.

The University of Mumbai (MU) on Tuesday pinned the blame on the five colleges, where the mix-up was reported. It has sent letters to the colleges seeking details of the incident.

“In case of a mix-up of question papers, we usually give students full marks for the questions that are not from their syllabus,” said Siddheshwar Gadade, in-charge dean for commerce, adding the varsity will decide the course of action in a day or two. He promised that the students won’t suffer any “academic loss”.

HT had reported how hundreds of students of first year of MCom got question papers based on the old syllabus. The colleges told the university officials that they didn’t get the new choice-based credit system (CBCS) paper and so distributed the old credit-based semester and grading system (CBSGS) paper, the MU said in a statement.

A total of 11,134 MCom students were registered to take the CBCS paper at 96 centres, while 106 students were to appear for CBSGS paper. The university is yet to find the number of students who got the wrong question paper.

A student from a college in Navi Mumbai said it wasn’t the difference in syllabi, but the variation in the paper pattern that caused panic. “There were one or two unfamiliar questions. The new syllabus has objective-type questions, while the old one has subjective ones,” said the student.

A principal, who requested anonymity, said often colleges mix up question papers due to the burden of frequent examinations. “The university provides a summary of question paper (QP) codes corresponding to specific subjects and examinations. But sometimes the college staff misreads the code and downloads the wrong paper,” he said.

To make matters worse, both the MCom papers were in the same online ‘basket’. Unable to figure out which had the new syllabus, a college in Churchgate printed one set of question papers and asked students if they had the right paper.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 10:05 IST