MHRD Against ‘Extra Marks’ Policy Of State Boards Which Leads To High DU Cutoffs

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Ministry of Human Resource & Development is planning to do away with the ‘Extra Marks’ policy for difficult questions in Class 12th exams which ultimately leads to high inflated cutoffs in popular universities like University of Delhi.

The cutoffs at Delhi University are abnormally high and tough to cross with the percentage marks required to get into DU increasing every year.For sought after courses like B Com Honours and Economics Hons at Delhi University,cutoffs at most of the colleges are above 95 with some touching even 100% in North Campus colleges.

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The government wants to control this practice which leads to increased competition among students and many deserving candidates are unable to get admission in top Indian universities.

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This policy will be discussed at a meeting called by Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) of state education and secretaries and chairman of state boards on 24th April 2017.

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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is also against the policy and wants it scrapped according to reports.

It has been going on for quite sometime and is unjust on those working hard and getting 95% without moderation” a senior government official told Hindustan Times.

This decision can only be taken once every state is on board and is willing to scrap the policy.

Last year at Shri Ram College For Commerce,as many as 50 odd students from a single Tamil Nadu school got admission at SRCC with SRCC students always mentioning that there is a majority of students from some particular state boards at the college.This incident has always raised questions on the kind of course curriculum and marking adopted by different state boards which gives marks freely to students which ultimately leads to such high cutoffs and denied admission to students who seriously work hard without getting any push from the board. (Click Here To Read : 50 students from the same school make it into SRCC)

Hope the policy is scrapped fast as this decision will provide some relief to aspirants and will also drop the ever increasing Delhi University cutoffs.

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Shivam Malhotra
A social media enthusiast who is in love with this digital world! Wrote the first article for DU Express in May 2016.

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