Exam Matters

Examination Procedure

  1. Candidates are required to be at the examination hall at least 15 minutes before the commencement of each paper, but shall not enter the hall until they are requested to do so by the Supervisor.
  2. No candidate shall be admitted to the examination hall for any reason whatsoever after the expiry of half an hour from the commencement of the examination.  Nor shall a candidate be allowed to leave the hall until half-an-hour has lapsed from the commencement of the examination or during the last 15 minutes of the paper.
  3. On admission to the hall, a candidate shall occupy the seat allotted to him/her and shall not change it except on the specific instructions of the Supervisor.
  4. A candidate shall have his/her student Identity Card and the Admission Card with him/her in the examination hall on every occasion he/she presents himself/herself for a paper.  His/her candidature is liable to be cancelled if he/she does not produce the Identity Card when requested to do so.  If he/she failed to bring his/her Identity Card on any occasion, he/she shall sign a declaration in respect of the paper for which he/she had not produced the Identity Card in the form provided for it and produce the Identity Card to the Registrar on the following day. If a candidate loses his/her Identity Card in the course of the Examination, he/she shall obtain a duplicate Identity Card from the Registrar, for production at the examination hall.
  5. Admission Cards signed in the presence of the Supervisor/Invigilator shall be handed over to the Supervisor/Invigilator on the day of your last paper.
  6. Candidates shall bring their own pens, ink, mathematical instruments, erasers, pencils or any other approved equipment or stationery which have been instructed to bring.
  7. Examination stationery (ie. Writing paper, graph paper, drawing paper, ledger paper, precise etc.) will be supplied as and when necessary. No sheet of paper or answer book supplied to a candidate may be torn, crumpled, folded or otherwise mutilated. No papers than those supplied to him/her by the Supervisor/Invigilator shall be used by a candidate. Log tables or any other material provided shall be used with care and left behind on the desk. All material supplied whether used or unused other than the answer scripts, shall be left behind on the desk and not removed from the examination hall.
  8. No candidate shall have on his/her person or in his/her clothes or on the Admission Card, Time Tables or any other object he/she is permitted to bring into the examination hall any notes, signs and formula or any other unauthorized material. Books, notes, parcels, hand bags, cellular phones etc. which a candidate has brought with him/her should be kept at a place indicated by the Supervisor/Invigilator. The supervisor shall not in case any of these material kept is lost.
  9. A candidate may be required by the Supervisor to declare any item in his/her possession or person.
  10. Every candidate shall enter his/her Index Number at the appropriate place on the answer book and on every continuation paper.  He/she shall also enter all necessary particulars as indicated in the cover of the answer book.  A candidate who inserts on his/her script an Index Number other than his/her own is liable to be considered as having attempted to cheat.  The Supervisor/Invigilator has the authority to check the answer scripts of the candidate.  A script that bears no Index Number or an Index Number which cannot be identified is liable to be rejected.  No candidate shall write his name or any other identifying mark on the answer scripts.
  11. Candidates are under the authority of the Supervisor and shall assist him/her by carrying out his/her instructions and those of the Invigilators, during the examination and immediately before and after it.
  12. Every candidate shall conduct himself/herself in the examination hall and its precincts so as not to cause disturbance or inconvenience to the Supervisor or his/her staff or to the other candidates.  In entering and leaving the hall, he/she shall conduct himself/herself as quietly as possible.  A candidate is liable to be excluded from the examination hall for disorderly conduct. 
  13. Absolute silence shall be maintained in the examination hall and its precincts.  A candidate is not permitted for any reason whatsoever to communicate or to have any dealings with any person other than the Supervisor/Invigilator.  The attention of the Supervisor/ Invigilator shall be drawn by the candidate by raising his hand from where he is seated.
  14. After the examination has commenced no candidate shall be permitted to leave the examination hall even temporarily.  Incase of an emergency, the Supervisor/ Invigilator shall grant him permission to do so but the candidate shall be under constant surveillance.
  15. Candidate shall stop work promptly when ordered by the Supervisor/Invigilator to do so.  If this  instruction is not strictly followed the Supervisor/Invigilator has the authority to make an endorsement to this effect on the answer scripts.
  16. All calculations and rough work shall be done only on paper supplied for the examination, and shall be cancelled and attached to the answer scripts.  Such work should not be done on admission cards, time tables,  question papers, record books or on any other paper.  Any  candidate who disregards these instructions is liable to be considered as having written notes or outlines of answer with the intention of copying.
  17. Any answer or part of the answer which is not to be considered for the purpose of assessment shall be neatly crossed out.  If the same question has been attempted in more than one place the answer or answers that are not to be considered shall be neatly crossed out. 
  18. Every candidate shall hand over the answer script personally to the Supervisor/Invigilator or remain in his/her seat until it is collected. On no account shall a candidate hand over his/her answer script to an Attendant, a minor employee or another candidate.    
  19. A candidate who handed over his/her answer script shall under no circumstances be entitled to request  it be returned.
  20. No candidate shall remove his/her or any other candidate’s answer script from the examination hall.
  21. No candidate shall copy or attempt to copy from any book or paper notes or similar materials or from the scripts of another candidate. Nor shall any candidate wither help another candidate or obtain help from another candidate or any other person. Nor shall any candidate conduct himself/herself so negligently that an opportunity is given to any other candidate to read anything written by him/her or to watch any practical examination performed by her/his. Nor shall any candidate use any other unfair means or obtain or render improper assistance at the examination.
  22. No candidate shall submit a practical or field book or dissertation or project study or term paper or assignment or answer script which has been done wholly or by anyone other than the candidate himself/herself.
  23. No person shall impersonate a candidate at the examination, nor shall any candidate allow himself/herself to be impersonated by another person.
  24. If circumstances arise which in the opinion of the Supervisor render the cancellation or postponement of the examination necessary, he/she shall stop the examination, collect the script already written and then report the matter as soon as possible to the Vice-Chancellor/Registrar.
  25. The Supervisor/Invigilator is empowered to request any candidate to make a statement in writing on any matter which may have arisen during the course of the examination and such statement shall be signed by the candidate. No candidate shall refuse to make such as a statement or to sign it.
  26. Every candidate who registers for an examination shall be deemed to have sat the examination unless:
    a)         He/she is permitted by the Senate for valid reason to withdraw from such examination on a ground acceptable to the Senate within the specified period.
    b)         He/she submit a medical certificate prior to the commencement of the examination. The medical certificate shall be from the University Medical Officer. If this is not possible, the medical certificate should be obtained from the Government Medical Practitioner and submitted to the University Medical Officer at the earliest possible time, but in any case not later than one week from the first day of the examination. (Please indicate the Faculty and Registration Number in your Medical Certificate.)
  27. When a candidate is unable to present himself/herself for any part/section of an examination, he/she shall notify or cause to be notified this fact to the Registrar, immediately. This should be confirmed in writing with support documents within 48 hours by registered post.
  28. A student eligible to sit the examination shall be deemed to have sat the first scheduled examination irrespective of the whether he/she has already sat or not unless the Senate is satisfied that he/she has been prevented from sitting the examination due to lines or any other reasonable cause.
  29. A student who withdraws or absents himself/herself from the examination shall not be eligible for Honours at the next examination unless the Senate decides otherwise.
  30. Candidates who are unsuccessful at the attempt will be given two further consecutive attempts to complete the examination. The student shall be deemed to have sat the examination irrespective of the fact whether he/she sat or not unless the Senate is satisfied that he/she has been prevented from sitting the examination due to illness or any other reasonable cause.
  31. No student shall sit an examination, if he/she has exhausted the number of attempt that he/she is allowed to sit the particular examination, unless he/she has been granted special permission to do so by the Senate.    

    Examination Offences and Punishments

  32. Any candidate who violates any of the requirements or conditions stipulated in Part I shall be considered  as having committed an examination offence.
  33. Examination offences may be classified as follows:
    a)         Possession of unauthorized documents or removal of examination stationery.
    b)         Disorderly conduct
    c)         Copying
    d)         Obtaining or attempting to obtain improper assistance or cheating or attempting to cheat.
    e)         Impersonation
    f)         Aiding and abetting the commission of any of these offences.
    g)         Violation of any of the requirements or conditions stipulated in Part I.
  34. There shall be an Examination Disciplinary Committee consisting of the Vice-Chancellor and the Deans of the Faculties to investigate into and make recommendations (including punishments) regarding examination offences referred to it. The punishments recommended by the Examination Disciplinary Committee shall be submitted to the Senate for decision.
  35. In all cases of commission of examination offences detected, the Supervisor shall take action ad outlined below and forward his report to the Registrar.
  36. Prior knowledge of a question paper, or part thereof, shall constitute an examination offence.
  37. Where a student has been in possession of unauthorized material at an examination hall, he/she shall be presumed to have made use of such material until the contrary is proved by him/her.
  38. In cases of disorderly conduct the Supervisor shall in the first instance warn the candidate to be of good behavior, where the candidate persists in unruly or disorderly conduct the Supervisor may exclude the candidate from the examination hall and issue him/her a letter cancelling his/her candidature from the examination. Where a candidate’s offence is only disobedience, the Supervisor shall warn the candidate and forward a report to the Registrar.
  39. In all other cases of examination offences detected, the Supervisor shall on the detection of the offence take possession of unauthorized documents if any, obtain a statement from the candidate and write his report on the matter on the form provided for this purpose.
  40. The Registrar shall place all reports of examination offences submitted by the Supervisors for the consideration of the Vice-Chancellor who shall decide whether they shall be referred to the Examination Disciplinary Committee for further action.
  41. Any examiner, Head of Department, Dean of Faculty or any other official of the University who detects an examination offence, shall report the matter in writing to the Registrar, who shall submit same to the Vice-Chancellor for necessary action.
  42. Any allegations regarding the commission of Examination Offences from whomsoever received shall be submitted by the Registrar to the Vice-Chancellor, who shall decide whether these shall be referred to the Examination Disciplinary Committee for necessary action.
  43. A candidate who is found guilty of an examination offence is liable to any one or more of the following punishments.
    a)         Removal of his/her name from the pass list.
    b)         Cancellation of his/her candidature from whole or part of the examination, or
    c)         Suspension from any University examination for such period as the senate may decide or indefinitely, or
    d)         Suspension from the University for such period as the Senate may decide or indefinitely.
  44. Any candidate found aiding and abetting the commission of any examination offence shall be liable to the same punishment as that applicable to the offence.
  45. Any appeal against the decision of the Senate shall be made to the Council.    

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Awards and prizes presented to eligible students who have completed their University education

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