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The Examination System (For Degree)

Regular testing and evaluation is indispensable for a systematic and consistent intellectual work.


Intermediate courses are affiliated to Board of Intermediate education, AP (BIE). As per BIE, annual examination system is followed. It is mandatory for Students to appear for regular monthly tests and year end examinations.

PG Course:

PG Courses offered are affiliated to Andhra University and the semester system is followed. Evaluation of the students shall be based on both internal assessment and External examinations as per University rules.

UG Course:

All UG programmes are based on the semester pattern, requiring completion of all six semesters of study (3 academic years) for a bachelor’s degree in the relevant program. Each semester has 90 to 120 days. The College has been awarded an Autonomous status; hence the College conducts examinations for UG courses.

Examination and evaluation-Theory:

Evaluation of students shall be based on formative assessment (Internal) for 40 marks and summative assessment (External) for 60 marks.

Formative assessment (FA):

Formative assessment (FA) consists of two Mid semester examinations (M.S.E.), one accessory assessment and marks for regular attendance during the semester. The 40 marks allotted for each paper under the formative assessment in each semester will be distributed as follows.

Mid Semester Examination 1        –          15 marks

Mid Semester Examination 2        –          15 marks

Accessory Assessment                    –          05 marks

Attendance                                        –          05 marks

Mid Semester Examinations:

The First M.S.E. will be held after 40 days post the beginning of the new semester, and the second M.S.E. will be after 30 days, after the first M.S.E. Attendance is compulsory for both Mid semester examinations. The syllabus and model question papers for each MSE will be decided by the respective departments. No second attempt at M.S.E. will be permitted for students ineligible, due to absenteeism. No % pass minimum for M.S.E. is required.

Accessory assessment:

Accessory assessment methods provide greater degree of flexibility which enables the evaluation of a variety of skills, and not just memory retention oriented skills, tested by the conventional examination system. The Accessory assessment is usually innovative and different departments follow different patterns to suit the needs of specific courses. Nature of these tests (online/offline) and the time limit for the same will be decided by the staff concerned.


Subject wise attendance will be calculated in terms of percentage while awarding marks.

% of Attendance                     Marks

96-100                                        5

91-95                                           4

86-90                                          3

81-85                                          2

75-80                                          1

<75                                              0

Summative assessment:

here shall be regular and supplementary End Semester Examinations (E.S.E). These exams will be tentatively conducted in October/November (for semester I, III, V) and March/April (for semester II, IV.VI) every academic year.


75% Attendance is required in every subject to appear for the E.S.E. Any student who has an attendance between 60-75%, due to health related issues, may be permitted to take the E.S.E. duly approved by the management, on payment of the prescribed condonation fee for attendance, and immediate submission of medical certificate/reports, issued by a registered medical practioner, on rejoining classes after the ailment.

Any student having less than 60% attendance in a semester will not be permitted to take the theory ESE but allowed for supplementary examinations.


Practical’s are conducted regularly and the student is assessed for every practical. Attendance and Submission of the certified record is compulsory to take up Practical E.S.E. Practical evaluation is completely internal and double evaluation. The formative assessment of practical is usually innovative and different departments follow different patterns to suit the needs of specific subjects.


St. Joseph’s College for Women (A) introduced the CBCS (Choice Based Credit System) W.e.f the academic year 2015-16 as per the UGC guidelines. The CBCS provides an opportunity for the students to choose courses from the prescribed courses comprising core, elective and skill based courses. The courses can be evaluated following the credits and grading system, which is considered to be better than the conventional marking system. Credit is a unit by which the course work is measured. It determines the number of hours of instructions required per week.

Award of Grades: Depending on the aggregate percentage of marks obtained in the paper, specific letter grade will be assigned for that paper which has grade points on 10 point scale.

GRADING SYSTEM (w. e. f 2018-19 admitted batch)

% Aggregated marksDescriptionGrade LetterGrade points
> 85%OutstandingO10.0
75%-<85%Very goodA9.0
57%-<66% Above AverageC7.0
< 34%FailF0.0

Student should Achieve Aggregate ‘E’ Grade in each course for getting a degree. 

Total minimum Credits for Undergraduate Programme

–Part I-38 for all groups

-Part II–96 for B.A. and B.B.A:102 for B.Com. : 120 for B.Sc. and H.Sc.( Refer to table)

Students can earn extra credits for their achievements in extra and co-curricular activities.

Credit Distribution 

SubjectI Sem.II Sem.III Sem.IV Sem.V Sem.VI Sem.Total

Foundation Courses – Part I

II Lang3339
G. Edn.444820

B.A.  –  Part II

Core I44444+4=8428
Core II4444  4+4=8428
Core III4444  4+4=8428
Cluster (3Papers)3×4=1212
Part II12121212242496

B.B.A.  – Part II

Core I44444+4=84+4=832
Core II4444  4+4=84+4=832
Core III4444  4+4=84+4=832
Part II12121212242496

B.Com. – Part II

Part II131213122626102

B.Sc. & B.Sc.(Home Science) – Part II

Core I555510535
Core II555510535
Core III555510535
Cluster (3Papers)3×5=1515
Part II151515153030120

 Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA):

A Grade Point Average (GPA) for a year is calculated as:

∑ (C * G)

SGPA =    —————-



C= Number of credits for the subject paper

G= Grade points obtained by the candidate in that subject paper

Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) is awarded to a candidate who successfully clears all the subject papers in academic year.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is calculated by the end of third year using similar formula provided a candidate is successful in all subject papers of all the three years.

CGPA multiplied by “10” gives aggregate percentage of marks obtained by a candidate.

B.Sc. (H.Sc.)110036004700