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Academic System

Karnataka State Open University has developed the following set of norms and procedure to conduct the examinations

Procedure of Examination: Candidate shall register for all subjects (whole examination) when he/she appears for the examination for the first time (during the year of admission).

Examination Centres: Depending upon the quality, performance and the number of students enrolled, the university will identify the Examination centres from among the study centres. In addition to these Examination Centres, the University conducts examination in other Institutions also which will be notified in the examination fee circular, time table etc. If any changes are made regarding examination centres, the same will be updated on the KSOU website Supplementary examinations will have lesser number of examination centres depending on the strength of the students.

Minimum Marks required for a Passing: No Candidate shall be declared to have passed in any course unless he / she obtains 35% in the aggregate of term-end examination and internal assessment put together for all the subjects.

Course Exemption: Exemption is granted in courses in which a minimum of 35% is secured.

Classification of Successful Candidates: University will declare the grade of successful candidates on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidates both in Grade and Class.

Grading System for the Programs: The following table shows the grading of successful candidates.

GRADEQUALITATIVE LEVEL GRADEPOINTSPERCENT(%)
AExcellent575 % above
BVery Good460 - 74 %
CGood350 - 59 %
DSatisfactory240 - 49 %
EUnsatisfactory1Below 40 %
Class for the Programs:
First Class60% and above
Second ClassAbove 50% but below 60 %
Third ClassAbove 40 % but below 50 %
Scheme of Examination: Please see the prospectus for more details

Re-totalling of Answer scripts: The University will send the marks card to the candidate through registered post after announcing the examination results on the Karnataka State Open University website. Candidates have provision to apply for re-totaling, within 30 days from the date of dispatch of marks card from the University. In this regard, application may be submitted to the Registrar (Evaluation), Karnataka State Open University, Manasagangotri, Mysore-6, through registered post within 30 days from the date of dispatch of marks card

Eligibility to appear for Examination: To be eligible to appear at the term-end examination in any course, the students are required to fulfill the following conditions:

They should have paid the Programme / Tuition fee due for that year
They should have opted and pursued the prescribed Programme
They should submit the examination form on time
The admission to the course should have been approved by the University.

Examination Time-table: Schedule of Examination dates indicating the date and time will be sent to all the Regional Centres/Examination Centres within 15 days before the commencement of Examination. The students can obtain the detailed Time-Table from their nearest Regional Centre or Examination Centre. They can also log on to the University site. No individual intimation will be sent to the student regarding Examination Time Table.

Lateral Entry/ Exemption:

Students who have passed Diploma in any branch of Engineering from State/Central Govt. recognized Technical Board / Institution / University or B.Sc. in any stream with subject as Mathematics shall be allowed direct admission in 2nd year i.e. (III semester) of B. Tech. Such candidate may also change their branch of study at B. Tech level.

12th Technical or I.T.I or M.C.V.C or N.C.V.T (should be 2 Years) or equivalent can join any branch in the 2nd year (III semester) of Diploma irrespective of their trade.

BCA/B.SC (IT/CS/AIT), B.E IN (IT/CS/ET), B.TECH IN (IT/CS/EXC) or equivalent can directly join for MCA 2nd Year.

Exemptions may be granted in paper(s) or semester(s) depending on the subject(s) cleared by the candidate by actually passing of the subject(s) and successfully completing the exam, which include those subjects from the recognized Institution / colleges / University. Exemptions if eligible are not to be taken for 'granted' but must be asked for while submitting the Registration and Exam form along with the attested copies of relevant certificates, mark sheets and exemption fee. Exemptions granted will be shown only in the mark list of the examination sent to the candidate. No separate individual intimation will be given.
The student who is doing similar courses from a recognized University/ Board of Education/Institution will be allowed to join the next semester for the same course but in such case the student shall be appearing for the papers which were not covered in the previous semester but the student has to study at least for two years in the University for the award of certificate.

Credit System: KSOU follows a credit system that is based on the time factor involved in studying. One credit is equivalent to 30 study hours inclusive of all learning activities. Different programmes have different credit requirements. Students have the right to collect credits at their own pace, convenience and according to their own capability. KSOU also provides a credit transfer facility whereby credits may be transferred from any other University to KSOU after fulfilling the necessary requirements.