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Examination Rules

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Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Examination Rules


The following are the Examination Rules of DSNLU which will come into effect from the academic year 2015-16.


1. Examination Rules for the Undergraduate Course -B.A., LL.B. (Hons):

1.1  The Examination and Evaluation shall be entirely internal. In-house subject faculty shall evaluate the subject under the supervision of the Examination Committee. The faculty member who offers the subject shall be responsible in conducting the evaluation of any Test / Assignment / Group Discussion / Role Play or any other method in consultation with the Examination Committee and approved by the Vice Chancellor. The End Semester Examination question paper will be framed by the subject faculty and shall be moderated by a Committee constituted by the Vice-Chancellor. The faculty shall evaluate the performance of the student on regular basis. If a course is offered by more than one teacher, the setting of question paper and evaluation will be done jointly.

1.2  Constitution of the Examination Committee:

The  Examination Committee shall be constituted by the Vice Chancellor consisting of not less than three faculty members of the University which shall include a senior most faculty member. In the event of any vacancy arising in the Examination Committee the Vice Chancellor shall nominate another faculty member to fill in the vacancy. The Examination Committee may co-opt a member with the approval of the Vice Chancellor in writing.

1.3  Attendance:

The Student have to obtain a minimum of 70% in Aggregate and 70% in each subject. Candidates who fulfill the above only are eligible to appear for the End –Term Examination. No Exemption of this rule is provided for.

1.4  Internal Assessment – Project and other Assignments:

1.4.1  Every subject, prescribed in the curriculum of study shall, unless otherwise decided by the University, have a component in the form of project assignment for 15 Marks. The moot court assignment/class test/group discussion/role play/group assignment, etc. shall be the other component carrying 10 marks in the subject. Under this component the subject faculty may adopt any method of evaluation in consultation and information to the Examination Committee in writing.

1.4.2  Students participating in the National Moot Court Competitions shall be exempted from submission of project in one subject. Students participating in the International Moot Court Competition shall be exempted from submission of Projects in two subjects. In place of Project(s) the participants shall submit moot court memorials and shall attend the Viva-Voce prepared for a National/International Moot Court Competition. The memorial will be evaluated by such faculty member competent in the subject matter as the Examination Committee may decide.

1.4.3  The exemption from the submission of projects will be given only in respect of law subjects.

1.4.4  Students having backlog shall not be eligible to participate in Moot Court or any other competitions.

Note: Rule 1.3 and Rule 1.4 shall come into force from the academic year 2014-15

1.5  Mid Semester Examination:

1.5.1  There shall be a Mid-Semester Written Examination for 25 marks from out of the total marks allotted to a subject.

1.5.2  The duration of the Mid Semester Examination shall be of one and half hour.

1.6  End Semester Examination:

1.6.1  There shall be a written examination at the end of each semester for each subject.

1.6.2  The End Semester Examination shall be conducted for each subject carrying maximum 50 marks.

1.6.3  The duration of the End Semester Examination shall be two and half hour.

1.7   Break-up of maximum marks in each subject offered:

The following is the break up for evaluation:

 1.  Periodical Evaluation shall consist of Project submission and Viva-Voce and any other method which can be adopted by the subject faculty in consultation with the Examination Committee.  (i) 15 Marks Project Submission & Viva-Voce
(ii) 10 Marks for Moot Court Assignment / Class Test / Group Discussion / Role Play / Group Assignment, Etc.
 2.  Mid Semester Examination  25 Marks – one hour thirty minutes duration
 3.  End Semester Examination  50 Marks – Two hours thirty minutes duration

1.8  Non-Appearance in Examinations:

1.8.1  Mid Semester Examination:  If a student is unable to appear in the mid-term examinations for whatsoever reason other than participation in the National/International Moot Court Competition etc.(duly approved by the University) he/she shall be marked as Absent (Zero marks).  If a student is unable to appear in the Mid-Semester Examination due to participation in the University team for National/International Moot Court Competitions only, then he/she will be evaluated proportionately basing on the marks secured in the end-semester examination. Provided that the student’s application for not appearing in the mid-semester examination will be accepted only upon the recommendation of the Convener, Moot & Advocacy Society (MAS). If the student fails in End Term Main and Repeat Examinations and is unable to obtain a minimum of 20 marks or below 20 marks in their internals, they may be given an opportunity with appropriate reasons and with due permission of the Vice- Chancellor, to appear for a Repeat Mid Term Examination with a payment of Fee of Rs. 500/- per subject. The Repeat Mid Term Examination shall be conducted after End Term Main/Repeat Examinations. The Repeat Mid Term Examination will be conducted for 25 marks. This opportunity can be availed only once by the candidate.

1.8.2   End Semester Examination:   

If a student is unable to appear in the End-Semester Examinations for whatsoever reason he/she shall be marked as Absent (Zero marks).

1.8.3 Repeat End Semester Examination:

The Odd Semester Repeat Examinations will be conducted after the commencement of Even-Semester (January) and the Even-semester Repeat Examinations will be conducted after the commencement of the Odd Semester (July) with a payment of Rs.1000/- per subject. And if the student fails to attain Pass Marks, he/she will have to appear in Repeat Examination with the Junior batch with a Fee payment of Rs 2000/- Per subject.
If the student fails to attain Pass marks with the junior batch, he or she will Not be promoted to the higher class as per the Promotion Scheme (Rule 2). Any student who attains a Pass Marks in Any Repeat Examinations (including Mid-Term Repeat Examinations) the Grade Sheet will indicate an ‘R’.

1.8.4   Periodical Evaluation: Student failing to appear in Periodical Evaluation for whatsoever reason, except participation in Moot Court or any other National or International Competition on behalf of/representing the University, he/she shall be marked as Absent (Zero marks).  No separate test or viva-voce will be conducted or project be given in these cases. Provided that student participating in any moot court competition shall be evaluated on the basis of the memorials. The students participating in any National or International Competition on behalf of/representing the University during the period when the periodical evaluation is conducted shall take prior permission of the concerned faculty and appear for the same later. This shall not apply to project submission in whatsoever reason.  If the student fails to appear in the Class Test/Group Discussion/Group Assignments/Case study, he/she shall be marked as Absent (Zero marks).

2.  Promotion Scheme:


2.1  DSNLU offers 10 subjects in a year except in the 1st two semesters where the students shall have 12 subjects (from academic year 2014-15). From the Academic Year 2016 onwards 12 subjects will be offered in a Year.

2.2  Promotion scheme for the student is based on the following criteria:

2.2.1  Student shall be promoted to the third year only after he/she clears all the subjects offered in the first year.

2.2.2  Student shall be promoted to the fourth year only after he/she clears all the subjects offered in the second year.

2.2.3  Student shall be promoted to fifth year only after he/she clears all the subjects offered in the third year.

2.3  If a student fails to clear as per Rule (2.2), he/she shall not be promoted to the next year. He/she shall seek re-admission to the same class after clearing the subjects as per Rule (2.2) on payment of the yearly fees according to the fees structure prescribed for the year.

2.4  The facility of re-admission in respect of one academic year may be available to a student only once.

2.5  (a) “Re-admission” means – seeking admission into an academic year, afresh.
(b) “Re-registration” means registration for taking the examination in a subject again, when the student has not taken the option of “Re-admission”.

2.6  Student who has failed shall re-register for Repeat Backlog Examination. The Repeat Backlog Examination in a subject shall be conducted only when the subject is next offered in due course. The Examination committee may lay down procedural rules in respect of all repeat examinations.

2.7 In the event of a student failing by marginal marks in a subject, the Vice-Chancellor shall have the discretion to round it off to the minimum qualifying marks on the recommendation of the Examination Committee to enable such student to obtain minimum marks for passing; Provided that the student has cleared all subjects offered in that semester with minimum qualifying marks. The maximum marks to be rounded off may be up to 1% of marks in the particular semester.

2.8  In the final tally of marks or grade points for each subject or in the aggregate fractions of “0.5 or more” shall be rounded off to the next whole number and fractions of less than “0.5” will be rounded off to the previous whole number.

2.9  The syllabus for the repeat examination shall be the syllabus offered during the current semester in which the student is appearing for the repeat examination and not the previous syllabus.

2.10  The Maximum period within which a student can complete the entire course shall be eight years.


3.  Grade, Grade Points and Marks Equivalents:


3.1 The Results are announced through grades in a seven-point scale. The corresponding Grade values are as follows up to 2015 batch:

Percentage of Marks GRADE GRADE VALUE
1. 80 and above O (Excellent/outstanding) 7
2. 75 – 79 D (Distinction) 6.5
3. 70 – 74 A++ 6
4. 65 – 69 A+ 5.5
5. 60 – 64 A 5
6. 55 – 59 B+ 4.5
7. 50 – 54 B 4
8. Below 50 F  (Fail) 0

 3.2 The Results are announced through grades in a Ten-point scale as per the UGC guidelines. The corresponding Grade values are as follows from 2016 batch onwards:

Percentage of Marks GRADE GRADE VALUE
1. 80 and above O (Excellent/outstanding) 10
2. 75 – 79 D (Distinction) 9
3. 70 – 74 A++ 8
4. 65 – 69 A+ 7
5. 60 – 64 A 6
6. 55 – 59 B+ 5
7. 50 – 54 B 4
8. Below 50 F  (Fail) 0
9. Absent AB  (Absent) 0


4.  Publication of Results:


4.1  The Examination Results shall be duly published by the Examination Committee as announced in the academic calendar.

4.2  The format and method of publication of result shall be determined by the Examination Committee from time to time.

4.3  The examination results shall be signed by the Chief Examiner.

4.4  Student shall be provided with a statement of marks, which shall be issued after completion of each semester and upon announcement of final results.

4.5  The Examination Committee reserves the right to make necessary corrections if required, in the results declared, even after the declaration of results with the approval of the Vice Chancellor.


5.  Process of Examination:


5.1  Each subject faculty shall devise a process of examination in her/his respective subject with the approval of the Examination Committee.

5.2  Each subject faculty is responsible for the entire process of Examination of his / her subject.

5.3  The evaluation of examination papers shall be performed by the subject faculty who has offered the subject for the semester.

5.4  In the event of a subject faculty having a close family relation with a candidate for the examination, he / she shall refrain from any examination work after informing the Examination Committee. The Vice Chancellor may on the recommendations of the Examination Committee, appoint an examiner to that subject.

5.5  Each subject faculty shall adhere to the examination programme scheduled by the Examination Committee and shall be responsible for the evaluation and declaration of results as announced in the academic calendar.

5.6  The scheme of Examination and evaluation shall be given to the Examination Committee in writing by each subject faculty within fifteen days of commencement of the semester. Any subsequent changes in the scheme of evaluation shall be made only with the prior approval of the Examination Committee.


6.  Duty of the Invigilator:


6.1 It shall be the duty of each faculty member to invigilate the Examinations according to the schedule set by the Examination Committee.

 6.2  Invigilators shall report at the Examination Centre 15 minutes before the commencement of the examination.

6.3  Invigilators shall enter the Examination Hall 10 minutes before the commencement of the examination.

6.4  Invigilators shall be vigilant during examination and shall record instances of any mal-practice during invigilation in the invigilation diary, bring them to the notice of the Examination Committee without delay, and take appropriate actions in consultation with the Examination Committee.

6.5  Invigilators shall submit the duly filled-in Invigilator’s diary and the Answer scripts to the Examination Committee immediately after the examination.

6.6  Invigilators shall initial with date the answer scripts only after verification of the relevant entries; and additional scripts before issuing them to the candidates in the Examination Hall.


7.  Rules for Setting Question Paper:


7.1  Each subject faculty shall submit to the Examination Committee the question paper along with a Model Answer on or before the date fixed by the Examination Committee. Once a question paper is set and filed with the Examination Committee, it shall not be altered, save in special circumstances approved by the Chief Examiner.

7.1.1  A Model/Key answers shall be submitted along with the question paper/at the time of collecting the answer scripts by each subject faculty to the Examination Committee

7.2  So far as practicable, each question paper shall be designed to test the understanding of the students in the relevant subject. It should, as far as practicable, be problem-oriented or of a nature that it requires application of knowledge.

7.3  The subject faculty shall ensure that the question paper covers as far as possible all the topics from the syllabus. The subject faculty to strictly follow the rigor sheet.

7.3.1  The End Semester Question paper shall consist of 40-60 or 30-70 percent of Questions; Pre-mid term and Post mid term respectively. The End Term Examinations to cover the entire syllabus.

7.4  Each subject faculty shall submit a copy of the current syllabus of the subject being offered by him/her to the Examination Committee.


8.  Moderation of Question Papers and Model Answers:


8.1  The Chief Examiner of the Examination Committee shall moderate on the question papers submitted by the subject faculty.

8.2  The Moderator shall ensure that the questions are from within the syllabus and framed in a manner intelligible to the student.

8.3  The Moderator shall ensure that the question paper model conforms to the scheme of evaluation submitted by the subject faculty at the beginning of the semester.


9.  Evaluation process:


9.1  The evaluation of all examinations shall be made by the respective individual subject faculty.

9.2  The pattern for the End-semester Examination shall be set by the Examination Committee.

9.2.1. The Evaluation shall be on the basis of the Model Answer submitted.

9.3  The subject faculty shall submit a duly filled evaluation sheet to the Examination Committee after completing evaluation of the answer scripts.

9.4  The evaluation of the projects shall be devised by the individual subject faculty with information to the Examination Committee.

9.5  The allocation of marks to each answer and totaling and re-totaling thereof shall be done by individual subject faculty with the approval of the Examination Committee.


10.  Re-totaling of Marks:


The Examination Committee shall be responsible for entering of Marks in each of the subject for the purpose of declaration of results and it shall only check the grand total of marks allotted  given by the subject faculty.



A student shall be eligible for award of Five year Integrated B.A. LL.B (Honours) Degree only when he / she shall have successfully completed the number of subjects prescribed in the five year period of study by obtaining a minimum of ‘B’/ ‘P’ Grade (As per Rule 3). Provided that a student who has completed the semester or trimester under a Student Exchange Programme, he/she shall submit a report to the Examination Committee immediately after completing the programme for deciding the equivalency, providing the details of the subjects completed. The Vice Chancellor may constitute a committee to decide on the equivalency of the subjects (As per Rule 17).


12.  Access to Answer Scripts/Correction of Errors in Published Results:


12.1 Right to Access:
The students are given answer scripts for access without any payment and only arithmetical or technical error found are corrected, the same are changed after due approval and changes (if any) in Results are declared.

12.2 Revaluation:
The Revaluation may be provided in exceptional cases, after due review by the Vice Chancellor. The same may be evaluated by an External Faculty, preferably by a faculty from any other National Law School. The student has to apply for Revaluation with a Fee Payment of Rs. 1500/- Per Subject (To be fixed from time to time).

12.3  The subject faculty shall provide access to answer scripts after publication of results of the mid-semester examination as per the instructions specified by the Examination Committee from time to time.

12.4 The Examination Committee shall have suo-motu power to effect any corrections of clerical/computing errors that may appear in the published results as well as in answer scripts.


13.  Rules for Examination Committee: General Rules:


13.1  The Examination Committee shall be under the direct supervision of the Chief Examiner, reporting to the Vice Chancellor.

13.2  The Examination Committee shall facilitate to conduct of all Examinations, Evaluations, Publication of results and Maintenance of records.


14.  Conduct of Examination:


14.1  The Examination Committee shall notify the schedule for the examinations.

14.2  The Examination Committee shall communicate to the subject faculty the date for submission of the question papers.

14.3  The Examination Committee shall allot registration numbers to the students, valid for the entire duration of their study at the University.

14.4  The Examination Committee shall communicate the seating plan to the students.

14.5  All members of faculty and administration of the University have a duty to render all necessary assistance to the Examination Committee for the conduct of all the examinations.

14.6  a) No student shall be allowed into the Examination Hall 15 minutes after the commencement of the examination.
b) No student shall be allowed to leave the examination hall before the expiry of one hour from the commencement of the examination.
c) No student shall be allowed to leave the examination hall during the last ten minutes after the warning bell.

14.7  No educational aids or materials, books or papers or any electronic gadgets are permitted into the Examination halls.

14.8  Resorting to unfair means in examinations shall entail summary cancellation of candidature of the student and shall be on the recommendations of the Examination Committee which may lead to debarring from the semester examinations after inquiry by a Committee as the Vice-Chancellor may decide.


15.  Evaluation:


The Examination Committee may organize evaluation of the End-semester answer scripts, including fixing of deadlines whenever required, and may fix the maximum number of scripts to be evaluated each day by each subject faculty.


16.  Credit Allocation:


16.1  The Academic Council shall decide the number of subjects, their syllabi and the number of credits to be assigned to each subject.

16.2  Subject to the discretion of the Academic Council, the credit of the Arts courses shall be at least four credits and the law courses shall be at least of five credits each.
Explanation: Number of credits corresponds to the number of contact hours each week that a subject must be taught.

16.3  The University may decide to offer extra credit courses whenever possible on the basis of rules framed by the Examination Committee for that purpose.

16.4  The University may also decide to offer non-credit compulsory /optional courses, as it may deem fit.


17.  Student Exchange Programmes:


17.1  The University may decide to send students to other Universities for study on exchange basis or otherwise and have the grades/credits transferred to DSNLU.

17.2  Grade transfer shall be affected only on the basis of equivalency/similarity of subjects/courses being offered in another University, with those offered in this University in the relevant Semester. Transfer of grade will be decided by the Committee referred as “Degree Equivalence Committee” of the University with the approval of the Vice Chancellor.

17.3  The attendance obtained by a student in the University may ordinarily be transferred to this University for the purpose of calculation of attendance.

17.4  The Examination Committee may recommend to the Academic Council on all other matters in relation to the transfer of credits and subject/course equivalence as far as possible in terms of the principle of Periodical Evaluation and End Semester Examination.


18.  Matters not provided:


18.1   The Vice Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Examination Committee and in consultation with the Committee consisting of Head, Academic Affairs and two senior faculty members may make provisions for all matters not provided in this rules. The Vice Chancellor may also like wise decide on special rules including deviations from the existing rules to suit special situations. Provided he shall report on them to the Academic Council in its next meeting

18.2  The Vice Chancellor may likewise take action in case of emergencies upon recommendation of the Examination Committee and in consultation with Head, Academic Affairs and two senior faculty members.

18.3  The University reserves the right to modify, change, amend or review the examination rules, as it may at any time deem fit: provided that no changes shall apply retrospectively to the detriment of students. All changes shall be duly notified.

18.4  Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules the Academic Council may, in special circumstances, give appropriate dispensation on the merits of each case.

18.5  The rules shall always be subject to the UGC and Bar Council of India regulations and any other applicable rules.