Anna University CBCS Rules Regulation for BE / B Tech

(Last Updated On: 03/03/2018)

ANNA UNIVERSITY CBCS RULES REGULATION applicable to the students admitted to B.E. / B.Tech. Full-Time Programme at various University Departments from the Academic year 2015 – 2016 onwards are as follows:



The duration of the B.E. / B.Tech. Programme is 4 years (8 Semesters) but in any case not more than 8 years (16 Semesters).

Each semester shall normally consist of 90 teaching days (including examination days).

Category of Courses

All B.E./B.Tech. Programmes consist of Theory Courses, Laboratory Courses and Employability Enhancement Courses. Employability Enhancement Courses include Project Work, Seminar, Professional Practices, Case Study and Industrial/Practical Training.

Appearance in End Semester Examination is mandatory for all courses including Theory, Laboratory and Project work.

Following is the categorization of Courses:
i. Humanities and Social Sciences (HS) courses include Communication skills, Technical English, Employability Skills, Engineering Ethics and Human Values, Environmental Science and Engineering.
ii. Basic Sciences (BS) courses include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.
iii. Engineering Sciences (ES) courses include Engineering practices, Engineering Graphics, Basics of Electrical / Electronics / Mechanical / Computer Engineering, Instrumentation etc.
iv. Professional Core (PC) courses include the core courses relevant to the chosen specialization/branch.
v. Professional Elective (PE) courses include the elective courses relevant to the chosen specialization/ branch.
vi. Open Elective (OE) courses include the courses relevant to the chosen specialization / branch which a student can choose from the curriculum of other B.E. / B. Tech. / B. Arch. programmes and courses offered by the Departments under the Faculty of Science and Humanities
vii. Employability Enhancement Courses (EEC) include Project Work and/or Internship, Seminar, Professional Practices, Case Study and Industrial/Practical Training.

Personality and Character Development Course

All students shall undertake any one of the programmes (National Cadet Corps (NCC) / National Service Scheme (NSS) / National Sports Organization (NSO)/ Youth Red Cross (YRC)) and undergo training for about 80 hours and attend a camp of about seven days. The training activities will normally be during weekends and the camp will normally be during vacation period.

Maximum courses per semester

Curriculum of a semester shall normally have 5 or 6 lecture courses and max 2 laboratory courses. In addition, Employability Enhancement Course(s) may also be included. The total number of courses per semester shall not exceed 10.

Credit of Courses

Each course is assigned certain number of credits as follows:

1 Lecture Period per week is assigned 1 Credit
2 Tutorial Periods per week is assigned 1 Credit
2 Practical Periods (Laboratory / Seminar / Project Work) per week is assigned 1 Credit

Industrial Training / Internship

The students are required to take Industrial training for a period as specified in the Curriculum
during summer / winter vacation. The student is allowed to undergo a maximum of 6 weeks Industrial Training / Internship during the entire duration of stud

TRAINING / INTERSHIP assigned number of credits as follows:

2 Weeks Training / Internship is assigned 1 Credit.
4 Weeks Training / Internship is assigned 2 Credits.
6 Weeks Training / Internship is assigned 3 Credits.

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Industrial Visit

Every student is required to go for at least one Industrial Visit every year starting from the second year of the Programme.

One Credit Courses

Students can take a maximum of two one credit courses. Students should note that the credits earned through the one credit courses shall be over and above the total credit requirement prescribed in the curriculum for the award of the degree. Students shall be allowed to take one credit courses offered in other Departments with the permission of Head of the Department offering the course.

Online Courses / Self Study Courses

Students may be permitted to credit only one online course / Self Study course. The student can opt for Self Study course provided the student does not have current backlog and earns a CGPA of 8.0 and above. The self study course / online course of 3 credits can be considered instead of one elective course.

Note: the maximum number of credits the student can register in a particular semester cannot exceed 30 credits.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English for all courses, (except Tamil Medium batches of B.E. Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programmes) examinations, seminar presentations and project / thesis / dissertation reports.

Attendance Rule

The attendance of the student shall not be less than 75% course wise taking into account the number of periods required for that course as specified in the curriculum.
The student shall be given exemption up to 10% on medical reasons (hospitalization / accident / specific illness) or due to participation in the College / University / State / National / International level Sports events with prior permission from the Chairman, Sports Board and Head of the Department concerned.

To help the students in planning their courses of study and for general advice on the academic programme, the Head of the Department of the students will attach a certain number of students to a teacher of the Department who shall function as Faculty Advisor for those students throughout their period of study.


Performance in each course of study shall be evaluated based on

(i) Continuous assessments and

(ii) End Semester Examination.


Theory Courses will be of 100 marks

(i) Continuous assessments 50 marks and

(ii) End Semester Examination 50 marks.

Continuous Assessment comprises of two assessments of equal weightage, conducted by the course instructor / coordinator / department. The total marks obtained in the 2 assessments put together shall be reduced to 50 marks and rounded to the nearest integer. A minimum of two assessments would be conducted in a day (in the case of tests and they would be of one and a half hours durations each) students will not have regular classes on the scheduled day of these tests. In case a student misses the assessment due to medical reasons or due to participation in the events with prior permission, a Reassessment may be given at the end of the semester.

If a student has failed in a theory course, the continuous assessment marks the student has earned is no longer valid. The student on doing reappearance registration has to appear for the assessments along with the current batch of students and earn continuous assessment marks again.


The Laboratory Course will be of 100 marks

(i) Continuous assessments 75 marks and

(ii) End Semester Examination 25 marks.

Every laboratory exercise / experiment shall be evaluated based on the student performance during the laboratory class and the student’s records maintained. There shall be at least one assessment test. The criteria for arriving at the Continuous Assessment marks of 75 shall be decided at the respective course committee meetings.

The University examinations for Laboratory courses will be of 3 hours duration.

The student who fails in the laboratory course shall register for the same in the subsequent semester, when offered next, and repeat the laboratory course again.


The Project work will be of 100 marks

(i) Continuous assessments 60 marks and

(ii) End Semester Examination (project report evaluation and viva-voce examination) 40 marks.

Project work may be assigned to a single student or to a group of students not exceeding 4 per group.

There shall be two assessments (each 100 marks) during the semester by a review committee. The student shall make presentation on the progress made before the committee. The Head of the Department shall constitute a review committee for each programme. There shall be a minimum of three members in the review committee. The project Guide will be one of the members of the Review Committee. The total marks obtained in the two Reviews shall be 60 marks.



The seminar / Case study will be of 100 marks and shall be evaluated through continuous assessment only.

Every student is required to present a minimum of 2 seminars per semester before the evaluation committee and for each seminar, marks can be equally apportioned.

The evaluation shall be based on

  • the seminar paper / report (40%),
  • presentation (40%) and
  • response to the questions asked during presentation (20%).


The Industrial / Practical Training will be of 100 marks and shall be evaluated through continuous assessment only.

At the end of Industrial / Practical training / internship / Summer Project, the student shall submit a brief report on the training undergone and a certificate from the organization concerned.

The evaluation will be made based on this report and a Viva-Voce Examination, conducted internally by a three member Departmental Committee constituted by the Head of the Department. Certificates (issued by the Organization) submitted by the student shall be attached to the mark list and sent to Additional Controller of Examinations by the Head of the Department.


The one credit course will be of  100 marks and shall be evaluated through continuous assessments only.

Two Assessments shall be conducted during the semester by the Department concerned. The total marks obtained in the tests shall be reduced to 100 marks and rounded to the nearest integer. The Head of the Department may identify a faculty member as coordinator for the course. A committee consisting of the Head of the Department, staff handling the course (if available), coordinator and a senior Faculty member nominated by the Head of the Department shall monitor the evaluation process. The grades shall be assigned to the students by the above committee based on their relative performance.


Students may be permitted to credit online courses (which are provided with certificate) with the approval of Departmental Consultative Committee and Centre for Academic Courses subject to a maximum of three credits. This online course of 3 credits can be considered instead of one elective course.

Departmental Consultative Committee will take a decision on the evaluation methodology for the online course. The Committee can decide whether to evaluate the online courses through Continuous assessment and End Semester Examination or through End Semester Examination only.


The Faculty member approved by the Head of the Department shall be responsible for periodic monitoring and evaluation of the course. The course shall be evaluated through Continuous Assessment (as decided by the Departmental Consultative Committee) and End Semester Examination. The evaluation methodology shall be the same as that of a theory course. A committee consisting of the Head of the Department, the Faculty Member and
another senior. Faculty member nominated by the Head of the Department shall assign the grades to the students based on their relative performance.


The Passing marks / grades requirement for a student in a course is determined statistically based on the analysis of the marks obtained both in Continuous Assessment and End Semester Examinations. A student who earns a minimum of 6 grade points in a course is declared to have successfully passed the course.

If a student fails to secure a pass in a theory course (except electives), the student shall do reappearance registration for that course in the subsequent semester, when offered next, earn continuous assessment marks and attend the end semester examination.

If the course, in which the student has failed, is a professional elective or an open elective, the student may be permitted to register for the same or any other professional elective or open elective course in the subsequent semesters, attend the classes and fulfill the attendance requirements.

If a student fails to secure a pass in a laboratory course, the student shall register for the course again, when offered next.

If a student fails to secure a pass in project work, the student shall register for the course again, when offered next.

The passing requirement for the courses which are assessed only through continuous assessment (EEC courses except project work), shall be determined statistically based on the marks obtained in continuous assessment tests.

A student can apply for revaluation of the student’s semester examination answer paper in a theory course, within 2 weeks from the declaration of results, on payment of a prescribed fee along with prescribed application to the ACOE through the Head of Departments. The ACOE will arrange for the revaluation and the results will be intimated to the student concerned through the Head of the Department. Revaluation is not permitted for laboratory course and project work.

A student who has already appeared for a course in a semester and passed the examination is not entitled to reappear in the same course for improvement of letter grades / marks.


The performance of a student will be reported using letter grades, each carrying certain points as detailed below:

Letter Grade Grade Points
O (outstanding) 10
A+ (Excellent) 9
A (Very Good) 8
B+ (Good) 7
B (Above Average) 6
RA (Reappearance Registration) 0
SA (Shortage of Attendance) 0

The range of marks for each grade is decided statistically.
‘RA’ denotes Reappearance registration is required for that particular course.
‘SA’ denotes shortage of attendance and hence prevented from writing end semester examination. A

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