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Allows Books During Engineering Exams, AICTE New Exam Reform Policy

Allowing Books during engineering exams, National-level council for technical education in India, AICTE has approved this proposed new educational reform. Exams with having books i.e Open book exams may soon be implemented in technical institutes. This is in continuation with the AICTE new reform policy such as induction and training programmes. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTEhas accepted the recommendations sent in April-May, this year, for open book exams.

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Very soon, engineering students will be allowed to take their books with them, while writing examinations in their colleges. In a landmark decision, the statutory body for technical education, AICTE has decided to allow books inside the examination hall. Meanwhile, AICTE has confirmed that GATE is not mandatory for engineering students, for exit exam.


This is part of Examination Reforms Policy by AICTE. Besides Open Book Examination, there will other reforms too, such as mandatory internships, research work, group projects and more.

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AICTE will be implementing this new exam pattern soon, most likely next year onwards as per an official statement carried by few media outlets. Considering the recommendation of the panel which stated that, written exam encourages rote learning in students, AICTE has decided to adopt the ‘less stressful’ exam pattern for Indian engineering education system.

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As per the new examination policy of AICTE, traditional examinations in India are very mechanical and they tend to promote rote learning rather than focusing on the overall development of the person. Therefore, AICTE came up with open book examination policy i.e allowing books during Engineering Exams. They are designed in such a manner that students can refer to their class textbooks, notes and other approved study material. Open Book Examination will help to test the student’s practical knowledge, analysis and evaluation. It will also encourage students to read more and be attentive during the lectures.

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According to many academicians, this open book examination system is a great step towards transforming the examination system in the country. Students will be more attentive and motivated to read in the class. This will promote engineering colleges and institutes to invest more in their libraries and digital labs.

Traditionally, exams have been conducted with a focus on memorizing the content in the books, and reproduce them in the answers sheet. But with Google now available in practical life (and in a job), this exam for reproducing knowledge has become old-fashioned.

AICTE now wants to see and judge what students can do with that information, rather than reproducing that information. This new exam policy is to match the assessment system with the outcome-based framework our education and industry has adopted based on performance indicators.”

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Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE stated that open book exam policy will only be applicable for those exams in which its possible. Some exams can include questions on the basis of memory. According to him, there are many other ways to test the knowledge and ability of the student which includes understanding the concept, analysing a situation, problem-solving, case study and others.

AICTE approved colleges have been asked to prepare question papers differently now, which will focus on ‘application of the information and develop problem-solving abilities in students.’ For this AICTE plans to provide training to around 400 Senior faculties of the major Engineering Colleges across the nation on how to frame the questions for Open book Examinations in Engineering exams.

AICTE-approved colleges will soon announce the implementation of this new exam policy this for all engineering students. From 2019 onwards, the engineering students of the All India Council of Technical Education approved colleges might get an opportunity to refer the books during Engineering Exams.

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Do you think that to implementing this new exam policy – ‘Allowing Books During Engineering Exams’ will be helpful to students to be more practical and logical rather than just reproducing what is learnt? Do let us know by commenting on our AfterGraduation Forum or below comment box!

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