ICSI Open Book Examination (OBE) Pattern: ICSI has introduced OBE in all the Elective papers of Professional Programme Old and New Syllabus
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ICSI Open Book Examination Pattern For Professional Programme

ICSI Open Book Examination Pattern: The ICSI has introduced Open Book Examination (OBE) in all the Elective papers of CS Professional ProgrammeOld and New Syllabus including ‘Multidisciplinary Case Studies’  paper of Professional Programme – New  Syllabus.  There would be major questions running in the minds of CS aspirants, is “What are Open Book Exams?”.

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Why ICSI Introduced OBE?

ICSI introduced Open Book Exam in order to inculcate and develop skills of creative thinking, problem-solving and decision making amongst students and to assess their analytical ability, a real understanding of Acts, Rules, Regulations, concepts and capability to apply, rather than to simply recall, replicate and reproduce concepts and principles in the examination.


However, in all other subjects of Professional Programme (Old and New Syllabus), candidates would continue to be examined as per the traditional pattern of examination.

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ICSI Open Book Examination Pattern

Open Book Examination would be conducted for the following papers of CS Professional Programme (Old and New Syllabus) as per the broad pattern of question paper  given below:

Professional Programme (Old Syllabus)

Sr No.  Papers/Subjects Broad Pattern of Question Paper
1. Banking – Law and Practice Each question paper (mentioned on Sr. No 1-5) would contain six questions carrying 100 marks each.

  • Question No.1 of the exam paper will be based on a case study of 50 marks ranging between 1800-2000 words.
  • Question No.2 will be of 30 marks based on the study of regulatory framework related to the subject.
  • Question No.3-6 of the exam paper will be of 5 marks each covering important topics of the syllabus.
2. Capital, Commodity and Money Market
3. Insurance -Law and Practice
4.  Intellectual Property Rights – Law and Practice
5. International Business – Law and Practices

Professional Programme (New Syllabus)

Sr No.  Papers/Subjects Broad Pattern of Question Paper
1. Multidisciplinary Case Studies Each question paper of the examination paper would contain 6 (six) questions carrying 100 marks.

Exam pattern for Sr. No. 1-7 and 9 Papers:

  • Question No. 1 will be of 40 marks based on case study comprising of 1000 to 1500  words.
  • Question No. 2-6 will be of 12 marks each preferably having a practical orientation.

Exam Pattern for Sr. No. 8 Paper:

Part I-


  • Question No. 1 will be  40 marks of case study comprising of 1000 to 1500  words.
  • Question No. 2-4 will be of 10 marks each.

Part II-

  • Question No. 5-6 will be of  15 marks each.
Electives:
2. Banking – Law and Practice
3.  Insurance – Law and Practice
4.  Intellectual Property Rights – Laws and Practice
5. Forensic Audit
6. Direct Tax Laws  and Practice
7. Labour Laws and Practice
8. Valuations and Business Modelling
9. Insolvency – Law and Practice

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What is ICSI Open Book Exam?

In Open Book Examinations, as the name indicates, the students are allowed to take notes, texts, Study Material,  books or other reference materials into the examination hall. As per requirement of the questions, the candidates shall be allowed to consult their study material, class notes, textbooks, Bare Acts and other relevant papers, while attempting answers.

The emphasis throughout the examination would be in assessing the candidates’ understanding of the subject, application of their minds, rather than the ability to memorise large texts, rules or law.

A conventional/traditional way of examination, which assesses how much information candidates have been able to store in their minds. But in the open book type of examination, it is expected that candidate will understand the question properly, identify inherent issues, apply the various techniques, laws, principles, etc. while writing answers with the help of supporting reference materials.

Points to Be taken Care in ICSI Open Book Exam

  • In the examination hall, Candidates are not allowed to consult their fellow examinees or exchange their study material/notes etc., with each other.
  • Examinees are prohibited to bring any electronic devices, such as a laptop, tab, I-pad, palmtop, mobile phone, smartwatch, health band, blue tooth, scientific/programmable calculator, or any other electronic device or gadget at the examination hall/room.
  • However, ICSI will permit the Examinees to use their own battery operated noiseless and cordless pocket calculator with not more than six functions, twelve digits and two memories.

Previous years’ question papers of Open Book Examination of Professional Programme (Old Syllabus) are available on the Institute’s website for reference of candidates.

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