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Notification No. CSR/97/18

It is notified for information of all concerned that the Syndicate in its meeting held on 13.07.2018 (vide item N. 11) approved the amendmends in the existing Syllabus and Regulations of Two-Year (Four-Semester) M.A. Course of Study in Bengali under CBCS (as notified in Notification. No. CSR/30/18 dated 13.08.2018) in the Post-Graduate Departments of the University and in the affiliated Colleges offering Post-Graduate Courses under this University, as laid down in the accompanying pamphlet.

The above shall be effective from the academic session 2018-2019.

KOLKATA- 700073
The 10th August, 2018
(Dr. Soumitra Sarkar
Registrar (Officiating)

University of Calcutta

Department of Bengali Language & Literature

Asutosh Building (1st Floor), 87/1,College Street, Kolkata-700073

Regulation for Two-year Semesterised Post-Graduate(M.A.) Programme in Bengali Language & Literature(i.e. Bengali) Under
CBCS w.e.f. the Academic Session 2018-2019.


The Post-Graduate department for two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Bengali Language & Literature (i.e. Bengali) was introduced in 1919. At that time the department was named Modern Indian Language (MIL) under the Faculty of Arts. From 1919 to 1991, the examination system was biennial.
From 1992 to 2008, the course was divided into two parts (Part-I & Part-II) and the examination system was annual. From the academic session 2009-UO, the full-fledged Semester system was introduced in the department and the said PG course of study was divided into four semesters , making provision for examinations (both Internal & External) at six months regular intervals. On and from 2018-2019,the CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS) has been introduced in the department.


1. General

1.1 These Regulations shall be called The Regulation for Two-year Semesterised Post-Graduate(M.A.) Programme in Bengali Language & Literature(i.e. Bengali) Under CBCS, 2018.
1.2 The regulation is meant for the course of study leading to the Post-graduate degree in Master of Arts (hereinafter referred to as M.A. Course or Course) of the University of Calcutta (hereinafter
referred to as University) and shall be conducted by the Department of Bengali Language & Literature, University of Calcutta.
1.3 These Regulations shall come into force with effect from the Academic Session 2018-2019.
1.4 The University may lay down, from time to time, such subsidiary rules of admission, course of study, methods of examination etc., as may be deemed necessary for the maintenance of appropriate
standard of University Education.
1.5 The medium of instruction and answering the examination papers for the M.A. course shall be Bengali only.

2. Duration of the Programme

2.1 The2 year M.A. Programme shall be for a minimum duration of Four (4) consecutive semesters of six (6) months each, i.e., two (2) years. The odd semester will start ordinarily in the month of July and the even semester in the month of January of every year.
2.2 A candidate pursuing a regular course of study for two-year semester-wise M.A course shall have to clear all the semesters in all respects within a span of four (4) years from the year of admission to the particular course , failing which enrolment of the candidate shall stand cancelled.

3. Applicability of the Regulations

These regulations shall be applicable to:
A. The students who are taking admission to the M.A. Course from the academic session 2018-2019.
B. The students who were admitted in earlier sessions but did not enroll for M.A. First Semester Examinations up to 2018.
C. The students who were admitted in earlier sessions and enrolled for M.A. Semester-I Examinations but did not appear in Semester-I Examinations up to 2018.
D. The students who were admitted in earlier sessions and appeared in M.A. First Semester Examinations in 2018 or earlier shall continue to be guided by the existing Regulations
of Semesterised System

4. Definition of Key Terms Used in the Regulation

4.1 Academic Year: Two consecutive (one odd + one even) semesters constitute one academic year.
4.2 Choice Based Credit System (CBCS): The CBCS provides choice for students to select from the prescribed papers/courses.
4.3 Credit: A unit by which the course work is measured. Itdetermines the number of hours of instructions required per week. One credit is equivalent to one hour of teaching (lecture or tutorial).
4.4 Credit Point: It is the product of grade point and number of credits for a paper/course.
4.5 Grade Point: It is a numerical weight allotted to each letter grade on a 10-point scale.
4.6 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): It is a measure of overall cumulative performance of a student over all semesters. The CGPA is the ratio of total credit points secured by a student in various papers in all semesters and the sum of the total credits of all papers in all the semesters. It
is expressed up to three decimal places.
4.7 Letter Grade: It is an index of the performance of students in a course. Grades are denoted by letters such as A++, A+, A, B+, B, C+, C and F.
4.8 Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA): It is a measure of performance of work done in a semester. It is the ratio of total credit points secured by a student in various papers registered in a semester and the total credits taken during that semester. It shall be expressed up to three decimal places.

5. Course Structure

5.1 The total marks of the M.A. Course shall be 1000 with the following semester-wise distribution.

The above structure conforms to Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with fourteen (14) Core Papers, four (04) Discipline Specific Elective (DSE) Papers which are offered during the third and fourth semester (two DSEs in each of third and fourth semester) and two (02) Generic Elective Papers
(one GEs in each of third and fourth semester).

5.2. The Course shall offer Seven (07) groups of Discipline Specific Electives (four papers in each group). The choice of the DSE group must be made by the students during the second semester at an
appropriate time as to be decided by the Department. Every student has to select only one elective group among the groups offered to him abide by the existing reservation policy as constituted by the
State Govt. and other considerations fixed by the Department as and when required. The Elective Groups are as follows:

5.3 Each paper (Core, GE or DSE) shall have three modules. The paper-wise syllabus of the Course is given in Annexure II. The syllabus, however, shall be amendable to changes, if so required, by the appropriate authorities from time to time.

6. Admission Procedure

6.1. The minimum qualification for the admission to the Course shall be a second class B.A.(Three Year Honours in Bengali) degree (after completion of 10+2 years’ course of study) of University of Calcutta or a similar degree of any other university/ institution as equivalent there to as per the rules framed by the University of Calcutta from time to time
6.2. Admission process for the Course shall start after the declaration of results of B.A. (Three Year Honours) Course of University of Calcutta. The detail guidelines for admission procedure shall be announced by the University.
6.3. Of the total number of seats (i.e. intake), 60% of the seats shall be reserved for the students passing out from the University of Calcutta. Balance 40% of the total seats shall remain open to
students of all UGC recognized universities including the University of Calcutta. For the balance 40% seats, selection shall be made on a basis of a written test or by any other appropriate means as decided by the University.
6.4. Reservation Policy, as per the notifications issued by the University from time to time, shall be strictly adhered to during the admission process.
6.5. The applicant must have passed Graduation Examination (i.e. 10+2+3) not earlier than one year from the date of application for the M.A. in Bengali Course in the University.
6.6. Candidates already admitted in the previous year will not be permitted to take fresh admission again.
6.7. A student who is selected for enrolment in the Course will have to complete admission procedure within the notified time period.
6.8. A candidate admitted to the M.A. in Bengali Course shall be registered as a student of the University of Calcutta. Hence the enrolled candidates, who have graduated from the universities other than the University of Calcutta, must get themselves registered with the University of Calcutta within the notified time period.
6.9. A student of M.A. in Bengali Course shall not be permitted to seek admission concurrently to any other equivalent or higher degree course in this university.

7. Examination

7.1. Eligibility criteria for appearing for the examinations
7.1.1. Students admitted to the M.A. in Bengali Course shall compulsorily pursue the regular course of lectures and other academic arrangements made for the Course. A student must have required attendance to be eligible to appear for the Semester-end Examinations. For this purpose, the required attendance shall be at least 65% of the classes held as a whole in the respective semester. Candidates having attendance of 55% and more but less than 65% will be treated as non-collegiate. These candidates may be condoned by the University and allowed to appear in the Semester[1]end Examination. However, they shall have to pay a condonation fee as per the notification. Candidates having attendance of less than 55% shall be treated dis-collegiate and they shall not be allowed to appear in the respective Semester Examination. Dis[1]st collegiate students of 1 semester are not allowed to sit for semester-end examination as well as for next semesters. He/she may be allowed to continue his/her studies from next academic session in same semester by taking re-admission. This rule will be nd rd th applicable for 2 ,3 & 4 semester also.
7.1.2. For the aforesaid purpose, the attendance of a candidate in first semester shall be counted from the date on which the classes begin or from the date on which he/she is admitted, whichever is later. For all the subsequent semesters, the same shall be calculated from the date on which the classes in the respective semester begin. The name of a student, who is continuously absent for 15 working days, shall be struck off from the Rolls.
7.1.3. A student against whom there are any disciplinary charges may not be permitted to appear in the Semester-end Examination and written test for Internal Assessment.
7.1.4. A candidate may pursue the course of study of a subsequent semester without appearing in the Semester-end examination of the previous semester subject to clause 7.5.1
7.1.5. A student, who satisfies the above attendance criteria (7.1.1) and who is not debarred from appearing in the examination for any other reason (7.1.3), must submit the examination form and requisite fee within the stipulated time period as per the notification.

7.2. Evaluation Process
7.2.1. The evaluation process shall comprise of Semester-end Examination and Internal Assessment (IA). For each paper, 80% of the total marks (i.e. 80% of 50 = 40) shall be allotted for Semesterend Examinations and 20% of the total marks (i.e. 20% of 50 = 10) shall be allotted for IA. 7.2.2 Internal Assessment (IA) must be done in the form of Written Examination. The pattern of I.A. must be descriptive and illustrative. Duration of each paper of I.A. Examination will be of 30 minutes. 7.2.3. Semester-end Examinations shall ordinarily be conducted as per the following time frame:

Duration of each paper of Semester-end Examination will be of 2hours

7.2.4. Written Internal Assessment Examination to be conducted by the Department during each semester at an appropriate date duly notified. A candidate shall be given only one chance to appear in the Written Internal Assessment. A non-collegiate candidate shall not be allowed to appear for the Written Internal Assessment Examination. If a candidate remains absent in the Internal Assessment Examination, he/she shall not be awarded any marks.
7.2.5. The paper setters, examiners, moderators and re-examiners for each paper shall be appointed by the University Authorities on the recommendations of the Departmental P.G Board of Studies.
7.2.6. An Examination shall be held always under the current syllabus.
7.3. Minimum Qualifying Marks
7.3.1. Qualifying marks for each paper shall be 40%. A candidate obtaining 40% marks in aggregate taking all four semesters shall be declared to have passed the M.A. in Bengali Examination.
7.4. Re-examination
7.4.1. A candidate shall be eligible to re-examine/review his/her script if he/she appears at the concerned Semester-end Examination as a whole.

7.4.2. In any semester, re-examination shall be allowed only in two papers (maximum). However, to be eligible for re-examination, the candidate must obtain at least 40% marks in the remaining papers.
7.4.3. Application for re examination must be submitted within the stipulated date notified by the University after the publication of results of the respective semester. Requisite fee has to be submitted as per notification.
7.4.4. If the marks after re-examination are reduced by more than 5% or increased by more than 15% (of the total marks in written examination) from the original marks given by the first examiner, the
answer scripts shall be subject to evaluation by a third examiner. Among the marks awarded by the three examiners i.e. first examiner, re-examiner and third examiner, the average of the two closer marks obtained will be finally awarded, provided that such a final award does not result in lowering of the grade point obtained by the candidate prior to re examination in which case the original award will be retained.
7.4.5. Re-examination is not applicable for IA portion of any paper.
7.5 Arrear Papers
7.5.1. An arrear paper is defined as one in which a candidate has failed to
secure minimum pass marks (i.e. 40%) or in which he/she remains
absent in the Semester-end Examination. A student shall be permitted to appear in such arrear paper(s) only when the respective Semester-end Examination will be subsequently held, and this will be applicable st nd for the 1 and 2 semester only. A candidate who is eligible st nd to appear for the 1 and 2 semester-end examination, but not actually appeared in the examination on valid ground, he/she be permitted to continue the next semester as per ‘No Detention System ‘provided that the candidate has to clear/qualify the previous semester with his/her current semester at a time.
7.6. Re-enrollment
7.6.1. If a candidate, after having completed a regular course of study in
any semester (i) fails to register as a candidate for the Semester-end
Examination due to reason specified in 7.1.1 or 7.1.3 or (ii) registers
but fails to appear in the Semester-end Examination or (ii) appears
but fails to secure the minimum qualifying marks, he/she may appear
in the semester-end examination of the concerned semester as a
non-collegiate student only in the immediately next academic
session. Such a student will not be permitted to appear in the Internal
Assessment Examination of the concerned semester (refer to 7.2.4).
Such a non-collegiate candidate will need to pay requisite fee as
decided by the University Authorities

7.6.2. A student with disciplinary charges against him/her (refer to 7.1.3),
shall be treated separately and such cases shall be forwarded to the
University Authorities for final decisione

7.6.3. Re-enrollment in the previous semester as a non-collegiate
candidate will also be required by candidates who wish to pursue
any subsequent semester without appearing in the concerned
Semester-end Examination.
7.6.4. A candidate will have to complete the course within a period of
maximum four (4) years from the date of admission.8 Grade Point System and Award of Degree

8. Grade Point System and Award of Degree

8.1. Grade Point System
8.1.1. Point Grade System shall be followed for the purpose of Grade Point
calculation, as shown below.

a) Numerical Grade Point shall not be calculated in respect of a failed
b) The multiplicative factors shall be 0.10 for all Grades for the purpose
of calculating numerical Grade Point.
For Example:
If the student secures P ³, where 30, his/her grade point will be
[3.0 + {(P- 30) × 0.1}] or simply P×0.10.
If a student scores 52% in a particular paper, his/her grade point for the paper
will be (3.00 + 0.1× 22) = 5.20 or simply, 52 × 0.10 = 5.2.

8.1.2. Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA)
The Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) will be the weighted average of the numerical grade points obtained in all the papers of the given semester, where Weights refer to the Credits assigned to the concerned papers. If the Numerical Grade Points obtained by a student in different papers of a Semester are denoted by P and the i credit of the corresponding papers are denoted by C , the SGPA will i be [{SP ×C )÷SC ] where i=1 to n, and n= no. of papers in the i i i respective semester. The SGPA shall be shown in the mark sheet up to the third decimal point.
8.1.3. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) over four semesters shall be the weighted average of the four SGPAs. CGPA= [S(SGPA ×C )÷SC ]where is the SGPAof the j-th Semester, j j j Cj is the total credit of j-th semester used for Grade Point Calculation and j = 1 to 4. CGPA shall be calculated and shown up to three decimal places. The grade of the candidate on the basis of CGPA will be as follows.

Both SGPA and CGPA will be rounded off to the third place of the decimal and will be shown as such on the mark sheet. The mark sheet issued at the end of each semester shall include the total marks obtained in each paper / module as well as the SGPA, the total marks obtained in that semester and the credit earned in the Semester concerned. The final marks sheet, on completion of four semesters, shall include the SGPA of four Semesters, CGPA, Letter Grade, the marks obtained, total marks and the total Credits earned.

8.1.4. Grace Marks A candidate who fails to obtain pass mark (in terms of clauses 7.3) in any paper(s) in any semester for shortage of one mark shall be awarded one grace mark in such paper(s).
Award of Degree
a) If a candidate pursuing M.A.(Bengali) course of study, clears all the papers and secures 40% and above marks in aggregate of all semesters or CGPA 4.000 and above, he/she will be declared as obtaining M.A. Degree with his / her CGPA and corresponding Letter Grade (C, B, B+, A, A+ or A++).
b) If such candidate secures 60% and above marks in aggregate of all semesters or CGPA 6.000 and above, First Class Degree will be awarded to him/her.
c) If such candidate secures 40% and above but less than 60% marks in aggregate of all semesters i.e. CGPA4.000 and above but less than 6.000, Second Class Degree will be awarded to him/her.
d) Successful candidates [as per clause (a) of 8.2] will be issued Certificate by the University in the format given in Annexure I.