Tools of CIA

Many tools are available for CIA (i) quiz (ii) written and oral tests (iii) assignment in the class, library or home (iv) practical work in the laboratory, field or project (v) term paper / dissertation / thesis and (vi) tutorial group discussion / seminar. Almost any type of tests (tool) could be used, provided, it is designed to test one or more of the stated learning outcomes.

Utilising the relevant tools, the programmes of CIA are designed by all the teachers together. They decide in advance, how much weightage is to be given for the different tools of evaluation and inform the students in the beginning itself.

CIA was first introduced in Avinashilingam Home Science College in the year 1976 and continued in the autonomous set-up for over 10 years. The CIA component which was 25% originally was raised to 40% and then to 50%. It was raised to 100% for the Master 's Degree students in the year 1988-89, when the college was conferred the Deemed University status. For the Bachelor 's Degree Courses 100 per cent CIA was introduced from 1990-91.

At present in the CBCS pattern, the weightage of Continuous Internal Assessment : Comprehensive examination is as follows Programme

Programme CIA : CE
UG 50 : 50
PG 40 : 60
BE 20 :80
Diploma/Certificate course 50 :50

Teacher Student Co - operation in CIA

This concept of CIA must find full acceptance with both the teacher and the taught on the one hand and with the parents and the community on the other hand for ensuring favourable teaching learning situation.

To the student, CIA should mean

  1. Faith and confidence in the teacher.
  2. Full understanding of (a) How she is to be assessed and the components of the internal Assessment, even before she starts the First Semester, (b) The safeguards provided to protect her interests and the organisation and procedures she has to adopt to have her grievances, if any, with regard to evaluation, redressed.
  3. Regularity in attending classes and completing the work allotted within the stipulated time frame.
  4. Alertness in checking the materials corrected by the teacher and bringing any discrepancy to the notice of the teacher, at the appointed time.
  5. Access to the records maintained by the teacher who teaches and evaluates her performance.
  6. An opportunity to obtain high percentage of marks and
  7. Resolving never to miss a test.

To the teacher, CIA should mean

  1. Greater responsibility in conducting the tests at the scheduled time, evaluating objectively and fairly, recording correctly and making available to the student the corrected material at the appointed time.
  2. Preparing question banks
  3. Checking the performance of the student and correcting errors through remedial teaching and other ways and
  4. Taking proper steps to warn both the student and the parent through the HOD and the Dean, when the student 's performance is unsatisfactory (deteriorates) or if the student is irregular in attendance.

Components of CIA and marks for the Bachelor's Degree Courses

Every course / paper taught carries 100 marks. The breakup of marks for the internal assessment is as follow
Evaluation Tool Number Marks Reduced to Total
Continuous Internal Assessment Tests of 2hrs 2 60 20 20 x 2 = 40
Assignment / Seminar 1 10 10 1 x 10 = 10
Comprehensive Examination of three hours duration (i.e. Examination on the complete syllabus) 1 100 50 1 x 50 = 50
Total Marks 1

Attendance - Bachelor's Degree

Seventy five per cent is the minimum attendance required for writing the Comprehensive/Final Semester Examination.

Passing Minimum

A candidate must secure not less than 40% in the Comprehensive Final Semester Examination and not less than 50% marks in the aggregate i.e. Continuous Assessment (Monthly tests, assignments and attendance) and the Comprehensive Final Semester Examination put together, to be declared to have passed in that paper (Theory / Practical)

Those who do not secure pass marks in a paper will reappear for the same at the next Supplementary Examination held in June.

Grade - Credit System

The University is implementing credit based curriculum and grade system from 1995-96, for all courses. In the credit system, each paper offered in the Degree Programme is assigned a relative weight (credit)

A student is deemed to have completed a paper successfully and earned the credit if she secures a letter grade other than F. A letter grade F implies failure in that paper.

For each Semester, the grade sheet issued to the student will have the following information:

  1. Name and Register no
  2. Month and year of Examination conducted
  3. Date of publication of results
  4. Credit for each paper
  5. The performance in each paper in terms of continuous Internal and final semester marks

NSS / NCC/Sports/ Medical Camp

NSS/NCC is part of the curriculum and is compulsory to all undergraduate students. MASTER 'S DEGREE / POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA / B.Ed. PROGRAMMES


For all students Seventy five per cent is the minimum attendance required for writing the Comprehensive Final Semester Examination.


The break-up of the internal assessment marks for the Master’s Degree Courses (M.A., M.Sc., M.C.A., M.B.A., M.F.C., M.Ed.,) and Post Graduate Diploma is given below.

Evaluation Tool No Marks Total Marks
Test 2 2 x 20 40
Assignments 1 1 X 10 10
Seminar / Project 1 1 X 10 10
Comprehensive Examination 1 1 X 40 40

Total Marks



A candidate shall be declared to have passed an examination if she obtains not less than 45 per cent in the Comprehensive Final Semester Examination and not less than 50 per cent marks in the aggregate for each paper.


CSS is part of the curriculum and is compulsory for all post graduate students.


C.S.S Max . Marks
CSS written paper (1)
Field work - 15 marks / semester I & II
Mid-Term test - 10 marks / semester I & II






Max . Marks

CSS written paper (1)

Field work - 25 marks / semester I,II,III & IV