The Present Exam System In India

The most important function of a Board or a Council or a University in India is to hold examinations. From the very beginning of his student life, the very impression of an examination is ingrained in his mind. He is given to understand that, in due course, the observations are the sole determinants of his future life.

Here are advantages and disadvantages in this system.

Advantages are that this is the only valid and proper way of judging a student’s intellect and preparation and dedication towards the things taught. Apart from this the importance and scare attached to the examination system also make the careless student sit up and take notice to complete his studies and be well prepared. Because examiners are not known to students (especially in examinations at a higher level and free levels), there is the fair and honest judgment of an individual’s correct interpretation of an individual’s capabilities or knowledge there is no bias or prejudice.

The best contribution made by or examination system is to teach the desire to learn and to prove oneself and also to try and achieve, and outshine the peer group this also encourages healthy competition. Thanks to this examination system even mediocre students strive to perform better, and they succeed.


This system has always been criticised for the problems it brings with it. The first being that it encourages rote learning it does not allow the child to explore. It evades the gathering of actual knowledge; it is no judge of right intelligence anyone who can achieve excellent marks are declared the winner irrespective of the real depth of his experience.

It kills the initiative of the student to go deep down into discovering real knowledge he is so busy and tied down in preparing for the exams, learning from the books that he has no time left to explore. It kills his desire to learn.   Another blame levied on the present examination system is that it does not test real intelligence even a mediocre student can learn or cram and go ahead whereas an intelligent one may lag behind.

The examiners too come under scrutiny and are charged with being victims of the human factor namely succumbing to their mood swings and the circumstances affecting their social life. A tragedy at home may be the cause of his wrong assessment of the student’s performances.

So looking at both the pros and cons we can assume that until a better alternative becomes feasible in the Indian context to let us try and increase the transparency and effectiveness of the present system, Which in spite of its loopholes has been providing the country with some of the best talents recognised internationally. 

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