# Pokhara University Grading System with SGPA Calculator

## Pokhara University SGPA Calculator:

The grades (marks) awarded to the student in a course is based on his/her consolidated performance in seasonal and final examinations. The letter grade in any particular subject is an indication of a student's relative performance in that course. The pattern of grading will be as follows:

 Letter Grade Honor Point Grade Description A 4.0 Excellent A- 3.7 B+ 3.3 B 3.0 Good B- 2.7 C+ 2.3 C 2.0 Fair C- 1.7 D+ 1.3 D 1.0 Minimum Requirement F 0.0 Fail

 Letter Grade Honor Point Grade Description A 4.0 Excellent A- 3.7 B+ 3.3 Good B 3.0 Fair B- 2.7 C+ 2.3 C 2.0 Minimum Requirement F 0.0 Fail

Only in very rare and unusual circumstances, if a student fails to finish all the requirements for a course, he/she may be awarded an incomplete grade. ‘I’ if all the requirements are not completed within the following semester, the grade of ‘I’ will automatically be converted into an ‘F’.

The performance of a student is evaluated in terms of two indices:  a) Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) which is the grade point average of the particular semester and   b) Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) which is the grade point average of all the semesters are taken together.

## General Guidelines for Awarding a Grade:

The cumulative total score for the purpose of awarding the final grades in a scale of 0 to 100 is calculated as follows:

0.60 IEM + 0.40 EEM

0.50 IEM + 0.50 EEM

Where,

IEM= Internal Examination Marks

EEM=External Examinations marks

This rule is, however, subject to the rule (12.5). In a specific course, subject to the approval of the examination board, the direct final grade may be awarded based on the student’s performance as evaluated by the faculty.

### Normal Criteria for Awarding Final Grade:

The following criteria will normally be used to award a grade in each subject based on the cumulative total score on the scale of 0 to 100:

 Letter Grade Percentage (%) A [90 and above] A- [85 and above, but below 90] B+ [80 and above, but below 85] B [75 and above, but below 80] B- [70 and above, but below 75] C+ [65 and above, but below 70] C [60 and above, but below 65] C- [55 and above, but below 60] D+ [50 and above, but below 55] D [45 and above, but below 50] F [below 45]

 Letter Grade Percentage (%) A [90 and above] A- [85 and above, but below 90] B+ [80 and above, but below 85] B [75 and above, but below 80] B- [70 and above, but below 75] C+ [65 and above, but below 70] C [60 and above, but below 65] F [below 60]

The cut-off point for each letter grade may be slightly adjusted on a particular examination based on the level of difficulty of the question set as determined statistically using standardized normal distribution and natural breakpoints. The examination board of students appearing in a particular examination is less than 30.

### Pass Marks in Internal and External Examinations:

The pass marks for internal examination are 45% for the undergraduate level and 60% for the graduate level. Students failing in internal examination will be “Not Qualified” to appear in the end of the semester examination.

Pass marks for the end of the semester examination are also 45% for the undergraduate level and 60%for the graduate level. The pass marks cut-off points at the end of the semester examination for a particular course may be slightly adjusted statistically on the basis of break points in student’s scores.

Such adjustment will be based on the relative performance of the student as recommended by the Scrutiny Board and approved by the Examination Board.

### Congruency between Internal and External Marks:

A slightly higher internal examination marks than external examination marks will not be considered abnormal. However, if the marks in internal examination substantially and unacceptably exceed the marks in external examination, the internal examination marks will be questionable.

Internal examination marks in the subject of a batch of students of a particular college will be considered to substantially and unacceptably exceed the respective external examination marks, if the former exceeds the later on an average by more than 25%.

In order to discourage this tendency and to ensure greater fairness in student grades across various colleges and over a period of time, the occurrence of substantially and unacceptably higher internal examination score, no matter whatever is written in rule (12.2), will be penalized by reducing the weightage of the internal examination by 50%. Correspondingly, the weightage of the external examination will be increased.

The university recognizes that there will be variations in the distribution of the student’s grades over the years. However, the university expects that on an average over a long period of time 20%, 30% and 40% of passing students in the undergraduate level will secure A, B, and C letter grades respectively in a course.

Likewise, 35% and 60% of passing students in the graduate-level examination are expected to secure A and B letter grades respectively in a course.

### Degree with Distinction:

To obtain a degree with distinction, a student must obtain a CGPA of 3.60 or better in the undergraduate level and 3.75 or better at the graduate level.

### Dean’s List:

The Dean’s list recognizes outstanding academic performance. To qualify, a student must obtain a CGPA of at least 3.7 at the undergraduate level and 3.8 at the graduate level.

### Dismissal from the Program:

A student is normally expected to obtain a CGPA of 2.0 at the undergraduate level and 3.0 at the graduate level. The student, whose performance in the past semesters does not show the possibility of maintaining this CGPA may be dismissed from the program.

### Transfer of Credit Hours:

A maximum of up to 25% of the total credit hours of course work completed in an equivalent program of a recognized institution may be transferred/waived for credit on the recommendation of the head of the faculty.

For transfer of credit, a student must have received a grade of ‘B’ or better in the respective course. Courses taken earlier than five years may not be accepted for transfer of credit.

However, a student transferring from one program of Pokhara University may receive a credit  transfer of all the compatible courses completed with at least grade ‘C’ in the undergraduate level and grade ‘B’ at the graduate level.

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