UGC guidelines on Terminal Semester & Intermediate Semester exam 2020 explained

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced new guidelines for Terminal Semester and Intermediate Semester exam 2020 today. In a press note issued here on April 29, 2020, UGC stated that Terminal semester exams would be held in July month and that intermediate semester grades will be provided on the basis of internal assessment only on containment zones. Here are the highlights from UGC guidelines for University and college semester exams, for the academic calendar starting 2020 and thereon.

Latest News: The UGC guidelines on semester exams and academic calendar related activities for university and colleges was released in the presence of Sri Ramesh Pokhriyal, MHRD minister. The UGC also noted that a COVID 19 panel will be constituted in every university with power to resolve students’ exams and academic calendar related issues. Apart from that, a central COVID 19 cell will also be formed at UGC for faster decision making about the university/college semester exam and academic activities.

UGC guidelines for Exam 2020:

Terminal semester: Terminal semester exams will be held in July month for all university. Terminal semester meaning, the last semester of a course. The rule also applies to final year’s exams for all courses, which are considered as terminal semester. Pending semester exams will be held in July in non-containment zones.

Intermediate semester: Intermediate semester grading will be done on the basis of internal assessment in previous and next semester. Intermediate semester meaning the semester other than last or first. For example, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 7th semester. However, Intermediate semester exams would only be conducted in the universities outside containment zones.

What it means for the students: Students currently in last semester ( all courses) will have to take exams in July month. Yes, that includes supplementary/reappear/arrear exams.

As for the students in middle semesters (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th semester) of any course (2 year courses, 3 year degree courses, 4 year degree courses, 5 year integrated courses), the exams will only be held in areas/regions/states that are not in containment zone. The list of containment zones are released state-wise and is updated frequently depending on the COVID 19 pandemic situation in that region. Keep check of the local state news or government websites for knowing about that.

The best way for the students to know what’s happening with college/university semester exams and academic calendar, is to inquire with your University/College and keep checking their official portals.

UGC guidelines terminal intermediate semester exam

The University Grants Commission also released guidelines about academic calendar.

  • New University/college semester academic session 2020-2021 for freshers (new admissions) will begin from September 1st, 2020.
  • The Universities will open for 6 days a week.
  • The P.hD students have been given 6 months extension.
  • Old semester will begin in August 2020.

Proposed Academic calendar:

UGC university college semester news

Find full notification at UGC website here.

More UGC and University college semester exam news here.

56 Replies to “UGC guidelines on Terminal Semester & Intermediate Semester exam 2020 explained”

  1. There are some students who have completed their entire course
    (i.e. passed out batch) but left with some pending backlogs in that course, how about those students ??

    Requesting clarification regarding this matter asap

  2. Does the technical universities also came under UGC. I am a 1st semester polytechnic student of 2019-2022 session. Our 1st Sem Exam are pending.What about us ? In which category does the 1st sem lies? Intermediate or terminal?

  3. Sir,
    Mai Bihar Patna me hu
    Mai B. Ed session 19-21 me hu ,mera 1st year ka exam kab tak hoga, or doubt jo v hai, usko clear karwane k Lia Kya kiya jayega, online class to ho hi nhi raha hai…
    Kirpaya suggest Kare….
    Thank you

  4. i was supposed to appear for my final year sem 6 exam on 16 april of 1 atkt subject.that exam was not held due to lockdown.when the exam of 1 atkt subject of final semester will be held

    1. Syed, like I said here many times, complete details will be notified by your university soon. Keep checking on your University’s website.

  5. I m in 1st sesmtr in . Its been one year i havent appear any exms nd internal yet. On mrch our clg held Registration procedures for our exms but due to this lockdown its again postpone. So i wnna know about 1st semstr exm . Whn nd how it will be hld ?

  6. Sir me BSc ka chhatra hu mere ke wal 4 sem me ATKT hai Mera 6 sem clear hai mujhe aur kisi semester mein ATKT nahin hai sir hamen degree ke liye keval 4 sem clear karna he sir hamara Kya hoga sir

  7. Sir me BSc ka chhatra hu mere ke wal 4 sem me ATKT hai Mera 6 sem clear hai mujhe aur kisi semester mein ATKT nahin hai sir hamen degree ke liye keval 4 sem hi clear karna hai sir hamara Kya hoga sir

  8. Sir I am doing bsc biotechnology..And i had cleared all my semester exams but in my 4th sem i have a back in one subject.So when i will reappear for 4th sem exam?

  9. Amresh Bhatt sir my name is Apoorva Anikethana. I am a final year final semester student from Mangalore university and my exams come under terminal semester exams which will be held in July according to UGC and mangalore has been moved from red zone to orange zone in covid19 so will my exams be held in July according to UGC guidelines?

  10. Sir what if I have not appeared for internal exam of this semester because of medical issue? And last semester I got 8.22 pointer latihu

  11. Sir,please tell about 2 year semester according to time table exams are held from16/7 but on intermediate terminal it show different meaning

      1. Sir, I am a student of B.E. 4 year course & I have to give 1 ppr of 5th semester & 3 pprs of 6th semester. According to guidelines for intermediate students will graded on basis of 50% previous semester & 50% on basis of next semester. How it is possible to evaluate 50% from next semester?

  12. Sir, What about the first year students who are eagerly waiting for their respective exams ? When their remaining exams will be held ? What about those districts where are many hotspots are present now ?
    As Iam a Bcom first year student at kanpur city and my affliated university is CSJMU , at present time around 200 corona positive cases are still active here and only one exam paper of bcom is completed here and also here examination system is annually basis of many ug and pg courses.

    1. Rahul, CSJMU will release a detailed notification about further proceedings soon, we will update then. As of yet., details are cloudy as these guidelines issued by UGC aere only advisory in nature and its upto University to finalise the process.

    1. 6th semester of a 3 year course is terminal sem, so exams would be held. If its for 4 year course, exams would not be held until your college is out of containment zone. Hope that clears your doubt.

  13. Sir I am doing Diploma and i am in 2sem. I just want to know weather our exams will be held and what about the back papers of 2sem student??

  14. I m in 3rd year UG about to give the final semester.. Also I have to clear one paper of 4th sem.. When will that happen??

      1. Sir, final year student should get 1 month after reopening of collages so that we can complete our syllabus and doubts as online teaching is not helpful for us.

  15. Sir i am doing engineering and i had cleared all my papers…. but my 5th semester one subject is back… in which rule i will be there?

  16. in case the exams are conducted, what about the hostlers?
    it is not possible to maintain social distancing in hostles and examination centres.
    how can students living in containment zones attend the exams? as approximately 1/3rd of the engineering students are not locals and are from other states, their travelling is bit risky and may increase the possibility of spreading the virus. it is been observed that the number of covid19 cases are increasing rapidly in Andhra Pradesh.

    1. Sir I want to know that I m in rajasthan university and I want reveal in one subject of 3 semester and is exam held of 4 semester

      1. Vithika, you will have to wait for notice about revaluation and exams of 4th semester. It all depends if your district/state is in containment zone or not. Check your university website for related information.

    1. Bro , for first year students university may promote on the basis of internal assessments . You can read this guidelines on UGC REPORT on 7th page thoroughly .
      Note that these ugc guidelines are advisory in nature , university may or may not adopt these guidelines .

    1. What about first year students in du.
      Exam conducted or not? And what the mean of semester grading will be done behalf of internal and previous year.

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