PUNE: The final semester students of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will be able to give mock tests from October 7 to 9 before the regular exams start from October 12 onwards. The exam will be conducted in an online as well as offline multiple-choice questions (MCQ) format and a detailed time-table will soon be uploaded on the university’s website.
Tenders were floated for agencies to bid for the rights to conduct the examinations and a private agency was selected on Wednesday night.“There would be two mock tests. The first one will be a full length test with questions about general knowledge and reasoning among others. The results will be published then and there. The second examination would be a small one, with just 5-10 questions. These mock tests will be held so that students get familiar with the paper pattern,” Mahesh Kakade, director, Board of Examination and Evaluation, Savitribai Phule Pune University, said.
“Both the backlog examinations as well as the regular examinations would be held in this period. But when we prepare the time table, we will make sure that there is no overlap of two examinations. The time schedules will be fixed and there won’t be a choice for students to opt for. Even if a student has to appear for two examinations in a day, plenty of time intervals would be given in between two examinations,” he added.
While Kakade said that the agency has the capacity to hold examinations of about 30,000 students in one go, this would only be applicable in case of some subjects. “While the autonomous university departments will make use of this platform, the autonomous colleges are free to choose their own method. They can use our system,” Kakade said.
The university’s commerce department conducted a mock test on Thursday. “There were 22 questions and the examination was for about 30 minutes. A question bank would have helped,” a commerce student said.