Although there was resentment among a section of students over the cancellation of offline exams this year, only 2,082 applied for the special exams held on the board exam line last month. However, in the end 1,414 students attended. A maximum of 74 students sat for the examination in the arts department. In science and commerce, 48 and 61 students took the test respectively. In the vocational stream, only three candidates took part in the examination and only one of them passed with 33.33%.
The pass rate has decreased in all the three sections. In 2020, in the science stream, the pass rate rose to 88.06. The pass rate in arts and commerce increased by 78.28% and 88.18% respectively. In the science and arts segment, last year’s performance was the best of the previous four years, with the trade recording the highest pass percentage of the last decade.
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Pankaj Borthakur, Controller of Examinations, AHSEC, said that the students were given a fair chance to prove their merits. Although a large number of students participating in the special exam failed the formula-based assessment, many tried to improve their performance. “The previous results announced a few months ago were based on the method adopted by the Alternative Evaluation Committee. But today’s results were based on a written test and accurate assessment,” Borthakur said.
The special test was held after the state recorded a significant improvement in the Covid situation. Borthakur said that every effort was made to announce the results within a month. “We were even prepared to conduct exams for one lakh students. But the level of dissatisfaction reflected by the low voter turnout was very low,” he added.
Although regular classes at state colleges began several weeks ago, AHSEC sources said the higher education department now needs to find a way to accommodate successful students who are not enrolled for various reasons. “We are not saying that successful students will lose an academic year. They should join the graduation course this year,” the AHSEC official said.
He added that some meritorious students have been able to significantly improve their performance in offline exams. “Some students got about 94% of the total marks, which was quite satisfactory,” the official said.
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