GOKHALE INSTITUTE OF POLITICS & ECONOMICS

Deemed to be University u/s 3 of UGC Act, 1956

Re-accredited by NAAC with Grade 'A'
Rules Governing M.Sc. Program

Rules Governing M.Sc. Program

  1. The two year M.Sc. Programme is spread over four semesters. All students admitted to the M.Sc. programmes shall be required to register for sixteen compulsory papers and four optional papers within two years, spread over four semesters, from the date of admission.

    Course structure of 16 compulsory papers and 4 optional papers shall be standardized for all M.Sc. programs. Any additional paper offered by a student shall be treated as a Certificate Course and the student shall be required to pay the requisite fees for such Certificate Course. Consequently, the consolidated statement of marks shall display only 20 papers, and a Certificate shall be issued for additional paper/s offered by the student, if any, upon successful completion of the Course.

    However, where an additional paper is offered as a compulsory paper with due approval of the Board of Studies and the Academic Council, and notified accordingly, the students will not be charged extra fees.

  2. Each student shall be required to complete the programme within a maximum period of three years from the date of admission. Failure to register for required number of compulsory and optional papers during the specified time will automatically lead to termination of the student’s tenure in the programmme at the end of three years from the date of admission.
  3. At the time of admission, the student shall be required to indicate his/her preference for the optional papers, in the prescribed format.
  4. On the basis of preference of optional papers, the Institute will announce the optional papers on offer at the beginning of each semester. The choice of optional papers in the semester will be limited to those announced by the Institute. If the optional paper preferred by a student is not offered in that semester, the student will be required to opt for another paper on offer in that semester, in the order of preference indicated by him/her.

    The optional papers will be offered subject to preference by minimum 15 students, and at the discretion of the Institute, and subject to availability of suitable faculty. However no student shall be entitled to change his preference of optional papers.

  5. Each paper will be of 100 marks. Continuous internal assessment during the semester (based on periodical tests/assignments) will account for 40 marks, and the semester-end examination 60 marks.
  6. Fractional marks shall be rounded off in the case of all examinations including periodical tests.
  7. Continuous internal assessment shall comprise three periodical tests of 20 marks each (of 1 hour duration each) for every paper in each semester. Of the three tests, two best performances will be counted to arrive at total periodical test marks for each paper.

    Attendance in 2 out of 3 periodical tests/assignments in a paper is an essential pre-requisite for eligibility to take the semester-end examination in that paper.

    Of the three periodical tests, the first and the third shall be tests, while the second examination shall be either a test or an assignment.

  8. Attendance in at least 75% of the lectures delivered in each paper, including the qualifying paper/s and appearance for at least two out of three periodical tests/assignments is compulsory, failing which the student shall not be allowed to appear for the semester-end examination for the paper/s. In this case, the consolidated statement of marks will carry the remark “Not Eligible” against the said paper.
  9. Students of M.Sc. Part I shall be required to take papers (of one semester duration) in Basic Mathematics and Statistics. Marks obtained in this paper shall not be included in the total marks for award of class. However, every

    student shall be required to pass the qualifying examination in this paper in maximum three attempts during the 1st year. Failure to pass in Basic

    Mathematics and Statistics will lead to termination of the student’s tenure in the programme.

    The qualifying paper in Basic Mathematics and Statistics shall commence immediately after the last date of admission. Examinations of 10 marks each shall be held after every 6-8 lectures. The students shall be required to pass the qualifying paper with minimum 40% marks in the aggregate.

  10. The hostel admission of students who fail to fulfill the requirement of 75% attendance or answer at least two of the three tutorials/assignments in any paper during any semester, is liable to be cancelled.

Award of Degree

For the award of the M.Sc. degree, a student shall be required to complete all the course requirements (i.e., twelve compulsory and four optional courses) within a period of three years from the date of admission.

Performance Improvement Scheme:

A student shall be offered an opportunity to improve performance if he/she has secured minimum passing marks, but less than 60 per cent marks in an individual paper only.

  1. A student shall be given a chance to improve his/her performance in the papers offered by him/her in each semester.
  2. When a student chooses to improve his/her performance in any paper, he/she will be required to surrender the marks earlier obtained by him/her in the semester-end examination of that paper. Thus, only the marks obtained by him/her in the improvement examination for the paper shall be considered for the award of the degree, even if his/her earlier marks in the paper are higher than the marks obtained by him/her in the improvement examination. The marks obtained by him/her in the internal assessment for the paper shall, however, remain unchanged.
  3. If a student appears for the improvement examination in a paper but fails in that improvement examination, he/she will not be allowed to appear again and he/she will be treated as failed.
  4. After registering for improvement examination in a paper, if a student remains absent at the time of the improvement examination of that paper for any reason, his/her earlier marks will be retained; however he/she shall not be eligible for another attempt at improvement in that paper.
  5. In the case of a paper where a student has opted for improvement, the caption ‘Improvement’ will appear in the remarks column against the said paper in the consolidated statement of marks of all four semesters.

11. Rule for Passing: A candidate must obtain minimum 40% marks in the aggregate; taking together the marks obtained in the periodical tests and the semester-end examinations, in a paper, in order to pass in that paper.

12. The scheme of audit and taking extra paper is no longer available. In lieu thereof a student can apply for a certificate course in any paper of his/her interest, which does not form part of his/her regular sixteen papers.

13. A student shall be eligible for maximum two attempts for each paper to clear the semester-end examination, i.e. the main examination, and second time as backlog. Under any circumstances the student shall not be eligible to answer the semester-end examination in a paper more than two times.

Students shall appear for Backlog papers in the next immediate semester.

14. Gracing Rule: In case a candidate fails to get an aggregate of 40 per cent marks in a paper, he shall be given not more than three grace marks by the Examination Committee to enable him to pass in that paper. The grace marks will be added to the marks obtained by him/her in the end semester examination. The consolidated statement of marks will carry the remark

15. Grace marks for getting Higher Grade: A candidate who passes in all papers but falls short of 10 marks or less for getting the next higher grade shall be awarded the requisite grace marks by the Examination Committee to enable him/her obtain the next higher grade. Such grace marks will not be indicated separately in the statement of marks of the candidate. However, such marks will be adjusted in the papers for which the candidate appeared in the last semester.

16. Condonation: If a candidate fails only in one paper, having passed in all the remaining papers, his/her deficiency of marks in that paper up to a maximum of 10 marks will be condoned and these marks will be added to the concerned paper. The consolidated statement of marks will carry the remark

17. No candidate shall be eligible for benefit under Grace Marks for getting higher grade, as well as Condonation simultaneously.

18. The provisions under Rule 14, 15, 16 are not a matter of right of the student. The cases of grant of grace marks for passing, grace marks for higher grade, and condonation shall be considered by the Examination Committee comprising all Professors, Associate Professors and all teachers teaching papers in that Semester. The decision of the Committee in this regard shall be final and binding.

The proposal for award of grace marks for passing, grace marks for grade improvement, and condonation shall be considered by the Examination Committee upon recommendation by the respective Course Coordinator.

Rules of Revaluation

  1. Revaluation includes the process of verification. If, upon verification of marks, it is found that the marks shown in the original mark-list issued to a candidate have changed, the new marks shall be considered as original marks for the purpose of revaluation.
  2. The revaluation of answer-book(s), however, shall not be permitted in respect of periodical tests/assignments.
  3. A candidate shall apply for revaluation in the prescribed form to the Registrar of the Institute within three weeks from the date of declaration of the result, along with a non-refundable fee of Rs. 500/- per paper.
  4. No application for revaluation will be entertained unless original statement of marks in the examination concerned is enclosed with the application.
  5. The result of the revaluation of a candidate’s answer-book(s) shall be binding on him/her and that he/she shall accept the revised marks as final.
  6. If a candidate, whose answer-book has been reassessed, becomes eligible for any prize or any other award, the same shall be granted to him/her and the award previously announced shall be cancelled. If as a result of revaluation, a candidate becomes eligible for the provision of condonation of deficiency, the same shall be given to him/her.