(Last Updated On: 06/01/2018)

THAPAR UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC RULES & REGULATIONS FEBRUARY 2017: There are Regulations for Programs following Semester System, Regulations for PhD Programme, Regulations for Programs following Trimester System, Regulations for Distance Education Programs and General Regulations which shall be applicable to all Programs.


One academic year will consists of two regular semesters and each semester will be of 20 weeks. The structure of the semester shall be as under:

For 2015 Batch (Semester): 15 Weeks teaching + 2 Weeks reading + 3 Weeks Examination = 20 Weeks

For 2014/2013/2012(Semester): 15 Weeks teaching + 2 Weeks teaching + 3 Weeks Examination= 20 Weeks i.e. these batches will have teaching weeks during the reading weeks of 2015 batch.

Summer Term” will also be conducted in a period immediately after the completion of even semester and start of the odd semester.

Auxiliary Exam’ shall be conducted at the end of each semester.


Every student will have to register in the courses as per the approved scheme applicable to her/him on the date as notified in academic calendar.

A student may be allowed for late registration with late registration fee as per academic calendar.

A student will be allowed to register for courses, carrying a maximum of 30 credits subject to the condition that maximum of 8 courses per semester can be offered.

The students having CGPA of less than 4.50 (10-point scale) at a given time during the first four semesters (first two semesters for lateral entry students) of the BE/BTech and MCA programs will not be allowed to register for more than the normal load (number of courses) and credits offered in that semester.


The examinations in each semester will be conducted according to the syllabi prescribed. Each course will carry credits as per the approved scheme of courses. A student must take all the courses given in the scheme.

Only those students will be allowed to appear in end semester exam who have registered for concerned course(s) and must have attended not less than 75% of total classes collectively in lectures, tutorials and practicals in concerned course(s) from the date of registration as notified in the academic calendar/prospectus.

The weightage of the end semester examination and other evaluations during the semester in different courses will be as approved by the Senate.


An instructor-in-charge shall be designated by the Heads of Department/School for each course.

At the end of the semester, the students will be awarded a letter grade in each registered course for the semester depending on the total performance that may consist of mid- semester examinations, quizzes (announced and unannounced), laboratory evaluation, tutorial work, seminars and home assignment and End Semester Examination.

Letter grades will be awarded to the students as indicated below. Each letter grade indicates the level of performance in a course and has a grade point for purposes of computing the CGPA, as given below:

Thapar University Grades

A+, A, A-, B, B-, C & C- grades: These grades are the pass grades.

A+ grade shall be awarded in rare cases.

E, F, I, X grades: If these grades are awarded in any course then that course shall be termed as backlog course.

E grade: This grade is awarded when a student has attended at least 75% of the lectures, tutorials and practicals and fails in the evaluation process.

F grade: is a fail grade and student has to register for that course again when it is offered next. A student, who even having 75% attendance and after appearing in end semester exam scores very low marks shall be awarded ‘F’ grade.

X grade: This grade is also a fail grade and is awarded as a result of detention(s) on the basis of shortage of attendance. A student, who earns ‘X’ grade in a course, shall register for that course again when it is offered next. A student who is allowed to drop a semester shall also be awarded ‘X’ grade in the courses of dropped semester.

I grade: This grade is awarded when a student having good academic record is unable to appear in the end semester exam due to unforeseen reasons justifiable to instructor in charge.

CGPA is the weighted average of all the grades awarded to a student since his entry into the University up to and including the latest semester and is computed as follows.

CGPA = (ΣCi Gi) / (ΣCi)

where Ci is the number of credits assigned to ith course and Gi is the grade point equivalent to the letter grade obtained by the student in the ith course. When a student repeats a course, the new grade will replace the earlier one in the calculation of the CGPA.

While calculating CGPA, I or X grades secured by the student shall not be taken into account.

Formula for conversion of CGPA to percentage of marks is (10 x C.G.P.A).

Dean, Academic Affairs, will approve registration of students who have backlog course(s) in each semester. However, the student may be allowed to study an equivalent course (against the backlog course), if necessary, with the approval of Dean of Academic Affairs

Process to clear Backlogs

A Student with ‘E’ or ‘I’grade may opt for any of the following option.

  1. She/he may register for that course again when it is offered next in subsequent semester(s)


  1. The student may register and appear for a single examination i.e auxiliary examination conducted immediately after the end semester exam in which he/she has earned “E’ or “I” grade on a date notified by the DoAA office. The student will not have to attend any classes. A course instructor will, however, be designated to conduct the examination and guide the student. The grades will be decided by the concerned instructor in consultation with the Head of Department.

DoAA shall be empowered to allot courses (backlog of previous semesters) to final year students in which he/she has earned ‘E’ grade, if it helps them to complete the degree in time.

If a student who gets E grade misses the auxiliary exam conducted immediately after the end semester exam in which he/she has earned ‘E’ grade, he/she shall have to register afresh for that course again when it is offered next i.e she/he cannot appear in the subsequent auxiliary exams.

Grading in the auxiliary exam shall be done as under:

The auxiliary exam shall be treated as re conduct of the end semester exam of that course in just concluded semester.

The grades shall be awarded by substituting the end semester marks with the marks secured in auxiliary exam.

Candidates appearing with ‘E’ grade can be awarded ‘C-’ grade as the maximum grade.

The cut off limits of the exam conducted in just concluded semester shall be taken into consideration for award of grades.

Summer Term: In addition to above, the final year students securing ‘E’ or ‘F’ or ‘X’ grade or students admitted in December or students having ‘Í’ grade can be offered maximum of two backlog course(s) in summer term subject to availability of faculty. The schedule of summer term, the fees to be deposited and other relevant conditions will be subject to the approval of the Chairperson, Senate on the recommendation of DoAA.

During summer term, if found fit, DoAA can allocate maximum of 3 courses to the final year students. Such relaxation shall be given only in the cases where students are left with 3 backlogs for completion of degree. Further, DoAA is authorized to take final decision regarding allotment of number of courses to final year students in exceptional cases like where change of status with the declaration of result of final semester, cases where constraints regarding number of backlogs with remaining time left to complete the degree, placement issues etc.

In the summer term, regular classes will be held if the number of students is four or more. The course will be offered as a self-study course if the number of students is less than four. The students with ‘F’ or X grade will not be allowed to take a course in summer term as a self-study course. An instructor will, however, be appointed and all the components of evaluation will be completed in each case. The decision of Chairperson, Senate in running these courses shall be binding on the students.

The students admitted in session 2015-16 will have to score minimum of 33 marks to earn minimum passing grade i.e. C- grade.

The Court of Examiners (which will include at least one external member) will review all the marks and may pass a student if he has up to two courses with no less than 30 marks and above 33 in all other courses.

Similarly, the board may consider passing a student who has at least 27 marks in one course and more than 33 in all the remaining courses.

In all project based courses (those courses where no formal written examination is conducted (e.g. Project Semester, Engineering Design II or III) a minimum of 50 marks will be required to pass the course.

There will not be any limit of AVGP on the grades of Project Semester, Engineering Design II or III and it is proposed that AVGP and other matters related to final grading of other courses will be sole discretion of the committee of examiners.

The CGPA at the end of final semester will be rounded off to next tenth decimal place as a default setting on student result transcripts.


A student will be allowed to continue in the BE/BTech/MCA programme only if,

At the end of the first year, she/he

Secures a CGPA of greater than or equal to 3.70.


Earns* a minimum of 50% of the credits offered in the approved scheme of courses in the first year.

At the end of second year, she/he

Secures a CGPA of greater than or equal to 4.50.


Earns* a minimum of 60% of the credits offered in the approved scheme of courses in the first and second year.

*Only credits of those courses will be considered as earned credits in which the student has earned A or B or C or D grade.

Important: A student who fails to satisfy both the conditions mentioned in the above paras (i) and (ii) of sub-clause (a) or (b), as the case may be, will be required to leave the University. However, for BE/BTech lateral entry programme, clause (b) will only be applicable.

CoE means Controller of Examination

DoAA means Dean of Academic Affairs

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