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Jan 2015 Source: UGC Website

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The University Grants Commission has directed all 400 universities in India to implement grading system in their educational curriculum from the 2015-16 academic session.

UGC has also asked the universities to adopt semester wise curriculum to take effect at the earliest.

Grading System

Currently majority of the colleges in India follow the numerical marking system. However, the grading system, once implemented, will be helpful to numerous students all over the country.






A+ (Excellent)


A (Very Good)


B+ (Good)


B (Above Average)


C (Average)


P (Pass)

Note: F (Failed Candidates) Ab (Absentees)


CBCS & CFSD Framework from 2015-16

UGC initiated such a move after the HRD ministry, headed by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and all state education ministers, decided to implement choice-based credit system (CBCS) and credit framework for skill development (CFSD) in the educational system from the
2015-16 academic session.

CBCS Model

Under the CBCS model, students will be able to follow three types of courses

  • Foundation
  • Elective
  • Core

Students will be required to study core subjects every semester, at the same time choosing electives from the list of offered subjects. The elective courses will be value-based and not related to their disciplines.

Following the unanimous decision taken in the meeting between HRD Minister Smriti Irani, in consultation with all state education ministers, UGC has asked 400 universities in India to implement choice-based credit framework into the curriculum from the next academic session.

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