The College conducts three assessments for all theory and practical courses in each semester, in the following manner:

  • Two Continuous Internal Assessments (CIA I and CIA II) for 40 % of the total marks per course.
  • One End Semester Examination (ESE) for 60 % of the total marks of the said course.


Theory: Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA):

  • Usually two CIAs are held during a semester per course:
  1. 15 and 25 marks respectively in the 1st Semester only
  2. 20 marks per CIA in the remaining Semesters.
  3. It is possible that a course (in consultation with the Principal) may club the two CIAs into one (40 marks). In this case the lecturer concerned has to give to the Principal the breakup of continuous marking scheme.
  4. It is also possible that the 20 marks of CIA II could be broken down into assignments running throughout the concerned Semester (in consultation with the Principal).
  5. The clubbing of CIAs and the breakup of CIA II marks does not apply to Semester I.
  • There will be no retests for the CIAs. Any student who misses either CIA I or CIA II or both can acquire the 40% required to pass the course through the 60-mark ESE.
  • Special CIA Clause: The Principal will request the concerned Department(s) to hold a Special CIA Test (of one or more courses) for a student, within the same semester, under the following circumstances:
  1. If the Principal allows a student to represent the College at or to participate in some event (academic / cultural / sports) and this causes the student to miss a CIA Test (of one or more courses) (Note:The concerned event could be either a couple of weeks prior to or during the CIA period).
  2. If, just prior to or during a CIA, a student is stricken by a serious illness and the presented medical papers have been verified by the College.  (Note: The medical papers and the Parent's note would have to be presented to the College within two days of the sickness, for this clause to hold).
  3. If just prior to or during the CIA a bereavement (of an immediate family member) occurs. (Note:In this case the Death Certificate of the departed and the Parent's note will have to be given to the College within 2 days of returning to College, for this clause to hold).
  4. For the same student, the Principal will exercise this discretionary power for only one of the two CIAs of a semester.
  • If a student fails to score 40 % in the overall total of that paper, such a student will have to appear for the Additional 100 marks Examination (in the subsequent semester) and forego all the CIA marks earned in the on-going semester in that course.


Theory: End Semester Examination (ESE)

  • The ESE is for a maximum of 60 marks of 2 hours duration.
  • There will be bar coding (for TYs) and masking (for FYs and SYs) of the answer sheets prior to assessment.
  • For the F.Y / S.Y. courses there will be a Single Evaluation with Moderation for all courses as shown below:
  1. The assessed papers of the top 4 scores of the course from each division;
  2. 20% of the rest of the assessed papers on a random basis.
  • If a moderator finds some problems with the assessment of a paper, the option to increase the number of papers moderated could be exercised in consultation with the Principal.
  • If 30% or more of the moderated papers assessed by a particular examiner of a course have a change of more than 15% of total marks assigned to the paper, a blind moderation will be required by a second moderator. If the change is upheld, all the answer papers of that group will have to be re-evaluated blind by the second moderator. The re-evaluated marks will be the final score awarded.
  • At the Third Year, there will be a Double-Blind Evaluation through an external examiner and the teacher of the course and an average of the two scores will be the marks awarded. If 30% or more of the double blind evaluated papers assessed by a particular examiner of a course have a change of more than 15% of total marks assigned to the paper, a third blind evaluation will be required. The average of the internal and final evaluated marks will be the ultimate score awarded.



  • The Practical component per course is for 50 marks, of which Journal is for 5 marks and the ESE is for 45 marks or CIA for 15 marks and ESE for 30 marks.
  • Science subjects have a Practical component per course as:

FYBSc (except Mathematics)        (2 courses / semester)

SYBSc (except Mathematics)        (3 courses / semester)

TYBSc (including Mathematics)     (4 courses / semester)

  • For Mathematics in:

FYBSc there are no Practicals.

SYBSc the Practical Component is for Courses 3.03 and 4.03

TYBSc there is a Practical Component in all the Courses.

  • In Statistics for Arts:

FYBA           (1 course / semester)

SYBA           (2 courses / semester)

TYBA           (3 courses / semester)

  • In Psychology (Courses: A.PSY.5.05 and A.PSY.6.05 - TYBA) there is a 100 marks Practical Course per semester. The breakup of the 100 marks is: Journal 20; viva-voce 20 and ESE 60.
  • All practical journals have to be signed by the Faculty-in-Charge (FIC) at each of these Practicals. The HoD along with the FIC will certify these Journals. No marks will be given for attendance at practicals, but the journal will be certified only against the completion of 75% attendance at the Practicals. 
    • A student whose Journal is not certified in a Course will be given ZERO marks for the Journal in that Course. 
    • The Journal Marks will be carried forward if a student fails or is absent for the corresponding practical of the Course.
  • The ESE Practical Examination (45 marks) of any Course need not be held only at the end of that semester; it could be held (in consultation with the Principal) through the semester. In such a case, the Department is expected to ultimately submit to the Examination Department the Consolidated Marks (per Course).
  • The Practical ESE marks per Course in the subject would be recorded and maintained by the Department and submitted at the end of the Semester to the Examination Department.
  • NO Additional ESE for Practicals will be held within the on-going semester, unless permitted by the Principal. 
  • If, for the Practicals, a student is absent or fails to get 40% of the total practical marks (i.e., 40/100 or 60/150 or 50/200) then an Additional Practical ESE will be held when the concerned Practical Examination is held for the next batch of students in the subsequent academic year(s). However, for Mathematics and Statistics, the Additional Exams will be held in the subsequent semester.
  • A student will have to appear for the Practicals of all the Courses of the subject that he / she has chosen.  
  • If a TYBSc / TYBA student fails in or is absent for one or more of the Practicals in Semester V, he / she will be allowed to appear for the Additional Examination in Semester VI of the concerned academic year. 
  • If a TYBSc / TYBA student fails in or is absent for the Practicals in Semester VI, he / she will have to appear for these practicals in the subsequent Semester V of the following academic year.
  • The Practical marks per Course in the subject (i.e., CIA marks from those Departments who hold CIA for Practicals and ESE) would be recorded & maintained by the Dept. and submitted at the end of the semester to the Examination Department.

The Indian higher education has mainly been under the affiliating system, wherein all colleges are linked to a University which prescribes its syllabus and organizes, controls and oversees the evaluation system.  However, with a view to improve the quality of higher education, the Government of India, through the UGC, has recommended the delinking of academically well-established colleges from the affiliating system with a view to promote academic excellence. Hence, the emergence of an autonomous college, which is mandated to:

  • Determines and prescribes its own course of study and syllabi
  • Prescribes rules for admission in consonance with the Reservation Policy of the State Government.
  • Evolve methods of assessing students’ performance, conduct examinations and declare the examination results along with the corresponding marksheets.
  • Uses modern tools of educational technology to achieve higher standards, incentivize creativity and promote best practices for the benefits of society at large.

Recognizing the academic excellence of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, the UGC, State Government and University of Mumbai, have conferred on it the status of an academically Autonomous College from June 2010. Although St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, is academically autonomous, the Graduation Degree will be conferred by University of Mumbai.

  • To Pass a Theory Course a student is required to obtain a minimum of 40% of the total marks allotted to that course, which includes CIA I, CIA II and the ESE. 
    • If a student fails to secure the required minimum 40 % of the total marks or was absent at one or more of the three assessments per semester, that student will have to re-appear for the Additional 3-hours Examination for 100 marks at the end of the subsequent semester.
    • Unless permitted by the Principal, no additional CIA will be held. 
    • There will only be an Additional Examination (3 hours, 100 - marks) one semester later, with 40% as the passing marks.
    • Only the marks secured by a student at the Additional 100 -marks paper will be the marks ultimately awarded.

  • To Pass a Practical Course: A student is required to secure a minimum of 40% of the total marks allotted for the said course.
    • If a student appears for an Additional Practical Examination, the Practical Marks obtained earlier are annulled.
    • The marks obtained at the Additional Practical Examination will be the marks ultimately awarded.

  • Grace marks for passing: Up to a maximum 1% of the Grand Total per semester can be added to any Course(s) to fulfill the passing norms.
  • Grace marks for Award of Class: Up to 1% will be added to the Grand Total to obtain a 2nd Class or 1st Class provided the student has not obtained grace marks for passing in any Course. (Note: this applies only to the final Consolidated Marksheet).
  • A student will be entitled for 10 Grace Marks, which will be added to his / her Even Semester Marksheet in the academic year when he / she represented the College in sports, NCC or cultural activities and were among the winners (1st, 2nd or Runners-up) or have reached the quarter finals of any competition held by the University of Mumbai.
  • The students who have passed in all subjects are still be eligible for the Grace Marks as indicated in 5.4.3. In this case these Grace Marks will be distributed over 3 subjects so that the benefit is reflected in such a student’s Grade Point Average.
  • There are no Grace Marks awarded for the Additional Examination.

  • 4-Point Grade System is adopted – it involves calculations for a Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and the final Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).
  • Marksheets are issued per Semester & per Additional Examination.
  • Those students who do not register for the Additional Examination within the stipulated period will not be permitted to appear for the concerned examination(s).
  • Those students who fail in Courses adding up to 12 credits or less, across both semesters in an academic year, will be ‘Allowed to Keep Terms’ (ATKT) and appear for the Additional Examination(s) in the subsequent Semester.
  • Those students who fail in Courses adding up to more than 12 credits across both semesters in an academic year will be declared failed in that academic year.
  • Students who have not cleared Semester I or II or III or IV will not be allowed to appear for the Semester VI examination.
  • The Semester VI results of any student will not be declared until that student has cleared all the Courses from Semesters I to V.
  • A student who is not satisfied with the evaluation of his / her paper in any Course, can apply (by the date notified on the Examination Notice Board), for a photo-copy and / or a re-evaluation of the answer paper.
  1. If the re-evaluation reveals a (+ / -) 15% or greater difference, an average of the first evaluation and of the re-evaluation will be the final score awarded.
  2. If the re-evaluation reveals a less than (+ / -) 15% then the original marks will be retained.
  • Error(s) in the marksheet (i.e., change in name, marks, SGPA, CGPA) have to be brought to the notice of the General Office via the Principal / Vice-Principal within 30 days of the distribution of the marksheets.  No changes in the marksheet will be entertained after the lapse of these 30 days.