Sunday 27 October 2019




Viva-Voce examination as one of the stereotype components of the evaluation procedure at the end of the semester is one activity which affects the grades of the students in real erratic manner. Neither students nor teachers are ever confident of their individual performances. The earned grades are not the desired grades on most occasions. This grey area always makes one spend sleepless nights. This limitation of the Viva Voce procedure has been finally overcome by bringing in the ‘Written Format’. It has the following advantages:
  1. Converts present discriminatory Viva-Voce examination into an equal opportunity procedure for all the students in a class.
  2. All the students of a class are asked to respond to exactly the same set of questions at the same time and duration. This offers exactly same opportunity to all the students.
  3. The biggest advantage of engaging all the students simultaneously makes it possible to offer 50~100 True / False type statements in a written format. All that students have to do is to write True / False (T / F) in a box against every statement. 
  4. The statements are designed to bring in brainstorming and to prevent any guess work.
  5. Evaluation could be further based on ‘+1’ for every correct response and ‘-2’ for every wrong response.
  6. No marks would be deducted for unattempted or skipped statements. Therefore students will ATTEMPT ONLY WHEN SURE. Please note, engineering education has no room for guessing.
  7. The current discriminatory and monotonous faculty – students engagement will be a matter of past instead the whole procedure could be over may be in 30~ 45 minutes.
  8. All the students are convinced of 100% transparency and zero nepotism / favouritism.
  9. Response sheets are shown and discussed with the students for ensuring additional knowledge gain and confidence of the students. 
  10. 50~100 True / False statements leave no room for casual attitude and instead motivate students continuously to learn.
  11. This makes it possible for a teacher to do the relative grading seamlessly for all the students in a class in a transparent manner
All teachers and students must try this format right at the earliest opportunity. I am convinced that a very major irregularity has been addressed effectively. I am following it for over twenty years.

I have provided SAMPLE RESPONSE sheet for reference. Actual statements and responses will however differ from teacher to teacher. The common practice of asking the students to write the answers has been done away with. Instead students are asked to comment whether what we have written is ‘True’ or ‘False’. This brings end to all possible complaints or grievances.


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  2. Great opportunity who are interested in VIVA which is now officially be a part of the educational conferences.
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  4. Respected Sir, I have my some of my points which contradict your observations.

    Sir, Vivas are also a sort of personality test. The way you speak, and the way you act while providing the answers to the asked question matters too, which in someway is similar to a Job interview which are inevitable and one has to go through such times. Viva prepares you for such events.

    Secondly, if a person has thorough knowledge of his / her material, he will provide a solution which, if not perfect, will always be good enough to tackle the problem.

    Sir, I also have a few additional points against Written Format examination. In the case of preparing 100 questions for the exam, examiner will find out questions from every nook and corner of the given material, some of which are absolutely useless information, and this promotes rotten learning. On the contrary, Vivas provide real world situation to deal with, where candidate applies his thinking capabilities to quickly come up to a solution. This thus helps the examiner to examine not only the solution, but also the thought process and the approach that the candidate took to arrive at the answer.

  5. Respected sir,
    Viva voice is not only the part of exam we give like other exams but it buids the confidence among students, and it is the real test which will be preparing them for further exams of life. Academic exam pattern is just following conventional way to give assign marks which are used nowhere. But Viva is something that let's you open up and speak confidently and due to viva students prepares for these skills. Marks may not be satisfactory for students but the preparation of viva and viva is alone able to develop their skills. Knowledge and its presentation both are important in real life challenges. As an engineer we focus more on practical aspects, theory can't be understood without practical experiments. Viva is same like this.
    For grievances and dissatisfaction, we can find other solution. Omitting viva is not a solution.

    Your sincerely.

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