DU EXAMS 2020: Important Instructions To Keep In Mind for DU OBEs

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As of August 10, 2020, the Delhi University has begun to conduct the Open Book Examinations(OBEs) for the final year students in online mode. The proposal for the OBEs was met with a lot of opposition, with several petitions being filed against it thus making it a difficult task to carry out this exercise with several petitions. However, DU was eventually granted sanction to go ahead with its plan from August 10, 2020, under strict guidelines. There are several suggestions and Court-ordered mandates that have been taken into consideration by the University for framing the examination guidelines that are crucial for the students.

For the majority of undergraduate courses, examinations would begin at 11:30 am, while the examination of the postgraduate courses would start from 9:30 am.  It is advisable that the students log on to to the official website du.ac.in in order to confirm their slots on the datasheet available.

Important Instructions for the Open Book Examinations 2020:

  1. Three hours shall be provided to the students to complete the paper. Additionally, one hour shall be provided to the students for other procedures- downloading, scanning, uploading, and emailing the answer sheets.
  2. Students belonging to the PwD category would be provided with a total of six hours, including the extra time allowed and an additional one hour for downloading, scanning, and uploading the answer sheets.
  3. The answer sheets can be either JPEG (photo) or PDF format, and should not exceed 7 MB.
  4. Answer sheets need to be scanned either page by page, or question-wise and should be then uploaded on the portal.
  5. Students also have the option to convert the answer-sheets in PDF format. The answer sheets can again be organized either as a single document or question-wise and then emailed to their respective faculty, departments, or colleges. Students can also send their answer sheets on obescript@exam.du.ac.in.
  6. Note: The students can either email to all the email ids or to the central email address that has been provided.
  7. The email subject should contain the details in the following format- roll number, unique paper code (UPC), date of the examination (dd/mm/yyyy) format. (For example, if the roll number is 1220, UPC is ABC1220, and the date is 10/08/2020, then the email subject should be 1220-ABC1220-10/08/2020.)
  8. The body of the email should mention the following details of the students as mentioned below:
    • Student Name
    • Examination Roll Number
    • Name of the Course
    • Unique Paper Code (UPC)
    • Title of the Paper (attempted)
    • Name of the College
    • Semester
    • Date and Time of Examination: dd/mm/yy; hrs: min
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NOTE- Avoid changing the above sequence while writing the details.


While the students who would send in their answer-sheets to the central email address would get an auto-generated mail that contains the confirming receipt of the answer sheet, the students who have uploaded directly to the portal would get an acknowledgement receipt.

There is a list on the official website that comprises Nodal Persons in Department/Centre/Faculty to deal with OBE matters and to monitor answer script. The same has been attached here.

The entire DU Express team wishes the students all the very best for their examinations.


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Apoorva Iyer
Apoorva Iyer is a student of B.A Political Science (Hons.) at Deshbandhu College, Delhi University.

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