DU OBE guidelines are vital as the varsity has successfully transitioned from physical examinations to OBE via digital mode. Hence, all the students must be well versed with the Dos and Don’ts. A minor mistake made by any student can lead to unwanted problems.
DU has successfully held 2 OBEs for the regular students and 1 for the SOL students in past. However, there are more Open Book Examinations (OBE) likely to be held in the future as the varsity is yet planning on college reopenings.
The varsity had to take this step due to the spread of Covid-19 and the subsequent nationwide lockdown. All DU Colleges are closed ever since March 2020. Hence, it became a necessity to conduct online examinations and classes as it wasn’t possible to make the students appear physically. Therefore, the concept of Open Book Examination (OBE) was adopted by the varsity which is being conducted digitally.
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Ideally, the final year students were supposed to give their final examination after the summer break and graduate subsequently. However, there occurred an unnecessary delay as DU was chalking out the exam procedure amidst the lockdown. Hence, they did conduct the August OBE for the final year students of DU. However, the first and second-year students were marked based on their assignments and simply promoted. The 1st ever DU OBE was held in August for regular, NCWEB, and SOL final year students. Help desks, guidelines, webinars, etc. were set up for students’ help. The university also organized mock tests to improve the clarity of the procedure.
However, a lot of complications occurred. Several students missed their exams due to ignorance or making mistakes in the procedure. For example, several students uploaded answer sheets on Google Drive supported by passwords, and some uploaded wrong answers. Hence, the administration couldn’t yield a lot of answer sheets as the students failed to follow the DU OBE Guidelines.
The December OBE was held for all second and third-year regular students along with essential repeaters. The Examination Commission issued several DU OBE guidelines for the students to follow. Also, the shortcomings of the previous OBE were eliminated. Hence, by following the exact guidelines, it was easy for the students to pass the OBE exams. However, the students were given an option between the Digital OBE mode and the physical mode. They could choose their preferred mode.
To appear for the OBE exams, the students are first required to fill their Exam forms. Here, they also have to select their preferred mode of writing and various other details. Hence, each appearing candidate must fill this form.
The Admit Cards for DU OBE is generally made available between 2 to 5 days before the exams. Hence, all the appearing candidates are guided to download their E Admit Cards as soon as possible. They need to check the details given on their Admit Cards. The Admit Cards for OBE is downloaded from the student’s portal.
The students have to feed simple details like college name, student’s name, and Exam Roll number. Hence, they can then click on the Generate Admit Card option and download it for future reference.
All the students appearing for the OBE Exams are guided to register to the DU OBE Portal. Hence, a few basic details are required to log in. The details include –
The students are guided to fill in these details correctly. They can then generate a password for themselves. Hence, with the exam roll number and password, they can easily login or logout from the portal.
The DU OBE portal is made only for the conductance of Open Book Examinations for all regular, NCWEB, and SOL students. Hence, students can get access to their Question papers here, and are guided to upload answer sheets here. Student’s Profile is also created on this portal which consists of various details. It includes all the papers opted by the student, the student’s detail, and more.
The students have been constantly guided to follow the right procedure of examination. Any minor error can cause the problem of missing the paper. However, the varsity always holds a Mock Test before the exams so that the students understand the process better. Helpline numbers are also available on the DU Website if a student falls into any trouble. The college administration is also directed to be in touch with the students and constantly help them.
The first sheet of each answer should consist of details including:
Hence, it is a must for all answers.
Hence, they can successfully upload their answer sheets if they follow all the steps properly. After a successful submission within the designated time, the varsity will send a confirmation email. This email will be sent on the registered email id of each student after submission.
All regular, SOL, and NCWEB students appearing for the examination are given a time limit of 4 hours. Hence, the first three hours are for writing and the additional hour is for IT-related activities like scanning and uploading answers. However, for the PWD/Divyaang students, the time limit is 6 hours. Therefore, they have a writing time of 4 hours and 2 hours for the IT-related activities i.e. uploading.
Extra 60 minutes will be given to students with poor internet connectivity or to those who witness issues on the portal. In such a case, the answer scripts have to be mailed to the Nodal officer with the documentary proves. These proofs include screenshots from the OBE portal showing the notification of failed upload. This procedure of sending answer scripts via email has to be done within 60 minutes, I.e. in the 5th hour However, this option should be used only in case of an extreme situation. The students submitting the scripts through alternate mediums i.e. other than OBE Portal may face delay in the declaration of their results due to the verification and validation process of submission. However, in the past OBE Exams, around 95 percent of students use the OBE Portal and very few adopt the email method.
Prescribed format for the email-based answers:
In the mail body, students must include:
Hence, these details are necessary along with the answer sheets and documentary proofs. Also, all this has to be completed within 60 minutes.
The students who have opted for the physical mode will visit the college for giving exams. Hence, they are required to carry their own A4 sheets, pens, and other required equipment. They will be allowed to use the IT-based facilities provided by the colleges. However, they can switch to the remote mode i.e. home-based, if they desire. Other guidelines remain the same for them.
Hence, these are some applications that will be useful for students appearing for OBE.
DU SOL students were supposed to have their OBE in December. However, it has been postponed and will be held in March 2021. Over 3 lakh students will appear for DU exams in March 2021. Hence, these DU OBE Guidelines will be a great help to them.
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