CBCS

UNIVERSITY OF MADRAS
CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS)

The University of Madras has introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the academic year 2008-09. Following are the details of CBCS.
1) Each academic year shall be divided into two semesters, and the entire course of three years consists of 6 semesters.
2) A candidate shall be eligible for the award of the Degree only if he/she has undergone the prescribed course of study in a College affiliated to the University for a period of not less than three academic years, passed the examinations of all the six semesters prescribed earning 140 credits and also fulfilled the such conditions as have been prescribed thereof.
3) The UG degree programme under CBCS system consists of 5 parts.

PART – I
Tamil or Other Languages.

PART – II
English

PART – III
CORE Subjects, ALLIED Subjects and PROJECT / ELECTIVE with three courses.

PART – IV
1. (a) Those who have not studied Tamil upto XII Std, and taken a non-Tamil language under Part-I shall take Tamil comprising of two courses (level will be at 6th standard)
(b) Those who have studied Tamil upto XII Std, and have taken a non-Tamil language under Part-I shall take

Advanced Tamil comprising of two courses.
(c) Others who do not come under (a) and (b) can choose Non-Major Elective comprising of two courses.
2. Skill based subjects (Elective) (Soft Skills)
3. Environmental Studies
4. Value Education

PART – V
EXTENSION ACTIVITIES.
1. A candidate shall be awarded a maximum of 1 credit for Extension Service
2. All the students have to enroll for NSS/NCC/NSO (Sports & Games)/Rotaract/Youth Red Cross/Nature Club or any other service organizations in the college and shall have to put in compulsory minimum attendance of 40 hours which shall be duly certified by the principal of the college before 31st March in a year. If a student LACKS 40 HOURS ATTENDANCE in the first year, he/she will have to compensate the same during the subsequent years.
3. Students who complete minimum attendance of 40 hours in one year will get HALF CREDIT and those who complete attendance of 80 or more hours in two years will get ONE CREDIT.
4. Literacy and Population Education Field Work shall be compulsory components in the above extension service activities.
5. Passing Minimum :
a) Internal Assessment Marks-25. Details are given below:

THEORY PAPERS : INTERNAL MARKS 25 :
Best of 2 tests out of 3 – 10 Marks
Attendance – 5 Marks
Assignment – 5 Marks
Seminars / Others – 5 Marks

PRACTICAL : INTERNAL MARKS 40 :
Attendance – 5 Marks Practical Test best of 2 out of 3 – 30 Marks Record – 5 Marks

PROJECT :
Internal Marks best of 2 out of 3 Presentations – 20 Marks
Viva – 20 Marks
Project Report – 60 Marks
b) For External Examination, passing minimum shall be 40% (Forty Percent of maximum marks prescribed for the Paper/Practical/Project and viva-voce).
c) In the aggregate (External+Internal) the passing minimum shall be 40%.
d) He/she shall be declared to have passed the whole examination, if he/she passes in all the papers and practicals wherever prescribed, as per the scheme of examinations by earning 140 credits in Parts-I, II, III, IV & V. He/she shall also fulfill the extension activities prescribed earning a minimum of 1 credit to qualify for the Degree.